• Callie Budrick

Hunting for Horror Movie Posters

For me, fall begins on Labor Day and ends on Dec. 1. The calendar might not agree with that, but I don’t really care. Fall is a time for celebrating harvests, drinking cider, burning candles, breaking out the cozy sweaters, and scaring the pants off yourself with some horror movies.

In the age of Netflix and countless other streaming services, the art of the movie poster has changed drastically.


At the outset, they were illustrated, hyper-saturated and reeked of maximalism. By the ’80s, key art was turning into an entirely new beast. Instead of cramming as much imagery as possible into one poster, designers began focusing on more concentrated elements and incorporating more typographic treatments. Horror movie poster designs that we see today are almost diametric opposites of the starting line examples.

What changes and themes do you notice in the timeline of movie posters below?


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