It’s already the 10th of October, which means Halloween is almost over, which means we all probably should’ve started watching the classic horrors and thrillers in September (if you have, I'm jealous), which reminds us of the fact that the months of the year shouldn’t dictate when we can watch the classics—but here we are. I’m just starting this years list as of last weekend, so naturally it starts off with one of my absolute favorites, Rosemary’s Baby (1968, Polanski).
And as a graphic designer, I can’t really just watch a classic movie without looking at some of the movie posters that were created for it (like Wait Until Dark). Below are some of the favorites, from both the original release and re-release of the film, near and far.
American Poster, 1968
Designer: Stephen Frankfurt
American Poster, 1968 (rare style)
We’ve all been to this show, tbh.
German Poster, 1974 (re-release)
If Ingmar Bergman made Rosmary’s Baby.
Japanese Poster, 1978 (re-issue)
Before The Smiths.
Freaking love this one, just in general.
There are more variations when you include re-issues, and specific pieces inspired by the film, but none of them hold up well as the film posters themselves—all of which share common imagery with plenty of room for creative freedom in terms of typography, layout and color. There are still those that took creative liberty with varying title type, like Italy, but with varying title type comes stricter imagery, using film stills to specifically tie it to the movie.
The artists prints get real liberal, and uh, interesting.
But forget you saw that and just look at this collection of title sequence stills.
K what’s next?
Hmm some candy and some weird old movie about a doll I think.
Note: Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the designers/artists name for the posters displayed above, so if anyone has the name, I’d love to know so I can update. Thanks!