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The 25 Best Horror Movie Posters Ever

 

 

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25. ‘Fright Night’ (1985)

There are not enough vampire clouds in movies or in posters in my opinion. Clouds that can suck your blood are terrifying.

24. ‘Curtains’

This poster could definitely give you the ultimate nightmares.

23. ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’

This whole series had some excellent posters, but the best of the bunch is this atmospheric and slightly abstract piece featuring Freddy and his new opponents.

22. ‘The House of the Devil.’

Sort of a spoiler, I guess? But it’s also an unforgettable image.

21. ‘Alice, Sweet Alice’

Getting some mixed signals here. The tagline is so reassuring! The image is so disturbing!

20. ‘Creature From Black Lake’

I want to own a rustic cabin just so I can hang this poster in the bathroom.

19. ‘Scream and Scream Again’

That’s just gross.

18. ‘Alien’

Not as overtly scary as some other choices on this list, but hard to top ‘Alien’ for ominous overtones from outer space.

17. ‘It Follows’

Sometimes one image sums up an entire movie. ‘It Follows’ does that.

16. ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’

A work of art worthy of its inspiration.

15. ‘Halloween’

Sometimes it’s all about the details. Look at the veins in the illustration of the hand. There’s an intensity to this poster.

14. ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

Some horror isn’t about intensity, though. Some horror is about inexplicable menace.

13. ‘Re-Animator’

Text can sometimes overwhelm a poster image, but here the tagline works perfectly in concert with it.

12. ‘Buried’

This poster might be better than the movie.

11. ‘The Legend of Boggy Creek’

This poster is *definitely* better than the movie.

10. ‘Pulse’

I feel like I have had this nightmare.

9. ‘The Thing’

I have *definitely* had this nightmare.

8. ‘House on Haunted Hill’ (1959)

You know what’s scarier than a skeleton? A giant-ass skeleton with a noose.

7. ‘Jaws’

Forget the movie and its impact for a second. How many people has this poster convinced not to go swimming in the ocean?

6. ‘The Mummy’ (1932)

An epic of life and death in a single painting.

5. ‘Poltergeist’ (1982)

This poster scared me so much as a kid I didn’t see the movie until I was in my 20s.

4. ‘Not of This Earth’

Something tells me this poster promises mind-warping visuals that the film itself does not provide.

3. ‘The Exorcist’

One of the most iconic posters of any kind in movie history. Get rid of the text, and you’d still know exactly what this is.

2. ‘The Evil Dead’

Probably owes a debt to ‘Dial M for Murder,’ but so effectively transforms Hitchcock’s image into a vehicle of pure horror, I think the Master of Suspense would have been cool with it.

1. ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

Sublime, disturbing, beautiful, hideous, alluring, monstrous.
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