Before a film hits theaters, its studio spends at least several months – and sometimes a lot longer – marketing it to the masses, in the hopes of a big box office return on investment. One essential aspect of good film marketing is an attractive poster, designed to catch eyes.
This is no different for horror films, but while U.S. companies often stick to the boring “floating head” template, other countries sometimes let their freak flags fly, coming up with posters for popular films that are awesome, just this side of insane, or both.
Presented directly below are five such horror posters, along with their country of origin. Ten more can be seen on page two.
The Shining (1980) – Poland
Pumpkinhead (1988) – Turkey
The Fly (1986) – Poland
Alien (1979) – Poland
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – France