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Reimagined classic movie posters you’ll want to buy

When a film is approaching its launch date, you’ll often see movie trailers and posters advertising the film; without them, would you be enticed enough by the title alone to head to the cinema and spend your hard-earned cash to watch the film? Probably not.

Did you know that some of the most iconic movie posters have been created by the world’s finest illustrators, including Saul Bass? The art of these movie posters is sometimes so iconic that people often remember it more than the movie it was advertising.

To have a little fun with this, The Mill Shop has taken some of the world’s most recognizable horror movie posters, stripped them of their slick finish, and recreated the posters using fuzzy felt. Would you still want to watch these iconic movies if these were the original posters?


Original poster credit: Steve Frankfurt & Philip Gips

As far as horror movie posters go, the advertising for Alien is superb: minimal, yet packs a punch. Conveying the entire movie through an imagine of an alien egg was such a brilliant idea. It left sci-fi fans wanting more and questioning the depth of its symbolism.

We think the felt version, although less “horror”, still gives us that creepy wonderment feeling.

A Clockwork Orange

Original poster credit: Philip Castle

The original movie poster for Clockwork Orange was extremely enticing. This artwork was created before the likes of Photoshop appeared on the scene; the poster was actually airbrushed, but it doesn’t make it any less iconic. In fact, the original artwork for this movie is one of the most recognized posters of all time.


Original poster credit: Roger Kastel

One of our favorite movie posters comes from the film Jaws. The poster was created on a budget – by paying a model $35 to lay across two stools and pretend she was swimming – but the end result was fantastic. To this day, it’s a poster you instantly recognize whether you’ve seen the movie or not!

Jurassic Park

Original poster credit: Sandy Collora

For the creation of this movie poster, Spielberg wanted to keep the advertising quite minimal as to not give many hints regarding Jurassic Park itself. This resulted in Spielberg banning the use of the movie’s dinosaurs in any of their marketing material. To keep the artwork relevant to the film, Collora decided to use a fossil-like image to capture the essence of the film without giving anything away.

We really like the outcome of the felt version for this iconic poster!

The Shining

Original poster credit: Saul Bass

The Shining is remembered not only for the movie itself but its poster too. Created by Saul Bass, The Shining’s poster was actually rejected numerous times in the early stages but, by the use of negative space, director Stanley Kubrick eventually agreed upon the final design and allowed the public to be mesmerized by its eerily simplistic design.

The Silence of the Lambs

Original poster credit: Dawn Baillie

The poster for The Silence of the Lambs is such a beautiful yet terrifying image. The contrast in colors, the font, and the use of a death’s-head hawkmoth is such a brilliant idea. Its simplistic design by Dawn Baillie allowed the movie poster to become just as iconic as the movie.

The Terminator

This is one of the more detailed movie posters, and believe The Mill Shop when they say this was the hardest to recreate. Nevertheless, the artwork for The Terminator represented the movie perfectly; it shows masculinity, danger, and action, while showing its sci-fi element through the glasses and body of The Terminator himself.

All image credits The Mill Shop.

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