Those of you that follow the excellent and informative website CreativeBloq, will have seen that they recently asked me to comment on my favourite movie poster of all time. Whilst this is a tough challenge, their is one movie poster that has always stood out to me; Aliens.
Here is my full reasoning for liking (or worshipping) this imposing poster.
For me the “Alien” poster remains the most iconic poster. The Dark and cold simplicity of this poster remains elegantly terrorising, but captivating to us as viewers. Personally I feel movie plots can often be given away in current poster designs. In this clever design, however, it only hints at the horror that will unfold. Ensuring it does not take away from the explosive way that the aliens appear to us within the film.
This poster achieves its aim of making us, as the audience, want to investigate and watch the story unfold.
In the film it is a while before we see the alien, helping to build the suspense. This is echoed by this meticulous poster which only hints at the toxic terror to come. As viewers we are given strong visual clues that this is not going to be a cuddly creature contained within the egg. its sinister yellow-green glow tells us to be aware of what’s about to hatch. The large expanse of black echoes the iconic strap line by highlighting the dark void and emptiness of space and the plight of the crew.
This poster remains incredibly eye-catching and ominous, whilst standing the test of time in this age of VFX. For me it encompasses everything that a Movie poster should aim for, of course helped by the strap line, which is iconic in its own right. The iconic egg poster remains recognisable after 30+years, and will continue to do so because of the confidence in its minimalistic layout.
Do you agree?
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