Vintage Ads: Horror Movie Posters From The Past

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by

We’re back with the 7th edition of the Blade Vintage Ads Series and this month we’re bringing something special to the list.

But first, if you’ve missed any of the previous entries in the series, have a look back and see what we’ve featured from the past.

Vintage Beer Ads
Vintage Car Ads
Vintage Cigarette Ads
Vintage Fast Food Ads
Vintage Candy Ads
Vintage Lingerie Ads

With Halloween coming fast we’ve taken a look back at some of the scariest and most iconic movie posters from the horror genre. While they may not be traditional newspaper or magazine ads, there’s no doubt that movie posters have long been print advertisements for the films they represent.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at 10 great examples of scary movie posters from the past.

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
One of the very first iconic horror movies features one of literature’s scariest monsters and his search for a mate. It’s also a sequel, which should have been a warning to the world that no good movie was ever going to be left alone after finding success.

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
From When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.

The imagery in the poster certainly catches the eye in 2014, I can only imagine what kind of reaction it got from the general public in 1958. That is one giant, angry, woman scorned!

The Exorcist (1973)
“Somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. The world of darkness.”
The classic horror movie, one of the films that all others in the genre are measured against, The Exorcist came to theatres in 1973 and remains scary to this day over 40 years later.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Based on a true story, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre scared the hell out of teens in the 70’s and then came back again in 1986, 1994, 2003, 2006, and 2013 to scare and scare again. The image on the poster does a great job of showing the audience exactly what terrifying entertainment they’re getting into by introducing Jedidiah “Leatherface” Sawyer straight away!

Jaws (1975)
Maybe the poster doesn’t influence the kind of fear that it should. Looking at it now we know that it’s a classic and iconic image. But before seeing the film in 1975 did audiences have any idea just how scared they were going to be?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Okay, perhaps Rocky Horror isn’t a typical scary movie in the same vein as the rest of the list, but it seemed like we had to include it here for its connection to Halloween and the word Horror in the title.

The combination of the lips and Tim Curry’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter is all we need to see to know what we’re getting into here.

Carrie (1976)
“Based on a novel by Stephen King” is a sure way to let people know that they’re getting into a scary movie. The Carrie poster does one better though by giving us the horrifying before and after images of the titular character.

Bonus: If you loved Carrie and love Dave Grohl, you should check out the Foo Fighters’ Ice Bucket Challenge Video.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
“When there’s no more room in Hell the dead will walk the earth”
Named one of the 500 Greatest Movies of All-Time by Empire Magazine, George A. Romero’s zombie classic has become a source of inspiration for nearly 40 years of film and television zombies.

Halloween (1978)
John Carpenter’s Halloween poster doesn’t show us Michael Myers, but the knife and jack-o-‘lantern combo set the tone of the October holiday themed film. Halloween also gave Jamie Lee Curtis her movie debut and was the first of no fewer than 5 more horror flicks which earned her the title of Scream Queen!

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
The newest of our vintage horror movie set, Nightmare turns 30 this year. Iconic scary actor Robert Englund terrified audiences as Freddy Krueger, one of the most frightening characters in the history of horror.

Bonus: A Nightmare On Elm Street spawned 8 sequels (1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2003, 2010) AND a 1989 Nintendo video game, making it one of the most successful and prolific horror franchises of all time.

Voila, our list of 10 iconic and scary horror movie posters from the past.

Leave a comment to tell us which of these you think is the best, scariest, or most iconic - and feel free to tell us which scary movie posters we missed when we made our list.

Happy Halloween!


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