Box office smash or matinee meltdown, movies can speak volumes. Certain movies defined a decade and bits of the movie live on through DVDs, sequels, spin-offs or even soundtracks.
But one piece of movie memorabilia stands above the rest: the movie poster. Ah, the movie poster. While many movie posters are arguably iconic works of art, many others are not.
Below is a collection of posters that missed the masterpiece mark, to say the least. Whether their eyesore-ness can be attributed to poor imagery, confusing wording or general hokey-ness, you’re about to discover that movie posters gone awry can incite confusion, gasps of horror or – in most cases – laughter.
1. There’s just so much going on. Two thumbs down.
2. While I don’t doubt the poster was eye-catching in its heyday, I can’t help but put it under the “glad the 80s are over” file.
3. This poster dedicated three paragraphs to telling the entire plot of the movie. Fail.
4. Is this for real? Yes. This is an actual movie that hit theaters in 1973.
5. Is there an echo in this poster? (Bonus: Ringo Starr is in it!)
6. This face feels like a terrifying and overbearing presence.
7. Yes, that is an alien on a cell phone.
8. The summer’s not complete without Burt Reynolds? I want to disagree because this poster is so poorly designed that I can’t take it seriously.
9. Between the blossoms on Uma’s bosom and the horrific “cut and paste” Photoshop job, this poster is all kinds of fail.
10. Vanilla Ice takes to the silver screen armed with a slick street bike, a straight-laced girl and at least three random dance/rap sequences.
As long as movies continue to flood the box office, whether good, bad or ugly, epic poster fails are sure to follow. And we will be laughing or cringing our way through it.