Neo-Retro Movie Posters: Sci-Fi & Horror MOvies
Around 5-6 years ago, I started to notice new 'retro' styled posters for classic films being posted around the Weird Wide Web. Many of these have been designed by fans and/or graphic designers to advertise special showings of these classics. Then designers started designing them as special editions, as fans caught on to the trend and wanted to hang them on their walls. Styles varied, but the there was a strong trend towards minimalism, bold design, minimal colour palettes. Often the posters seemed abstract, referencing geek film-fan moments, or taking elements and giving them a new twist. These posters took the idea of the 'midnight movie' into the 21st century. As every cafe and small hip venue started hosting cult cinema nights.
One of my personal favourites is by designer Jamie Bolton, this design for Blade runner (left) is very much part of the minimalist school that designers were going for in poster design at that time. The three white tear drops among a sea of blue circles, wonderfully representing the classic "Tears in rain" speech at the end to the film. I have an original of this hanging in my living room, and think it's still one of the best of the new poster designs for any of the cult classics. I've pulled out my collection of posters from around 2009 to 2011, for some of the best of sci-fi and horror movies. Giving some great examples of what designers of these posters were doing at the time.
Blade Runner (1982)
Back To The Future Series (1985 - 1990)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The Dead series (1968 - 1985)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)