Beginning with the not so amazing then amazing.
5. The Tall Man.
I do wish they kept the original name for the film, and just for your knowledge, it wasn't Pascal's idea to change it.
To the left is a terrible poster. Bland, boring, dull.
The whole mirror shatter has nothing to do with the film and I have no idea who the creepy eyes belong to in it either.
Really gives me no appeal for the film.
A few little tweaks in Photoshop for Jessica's face, a little more colour and a hooded man behind her with a torn jacket adds that sinister feeling to the movie.
Do not go in to watch this as a horror though as you will be disappointed, it is more of a mystery/thriller.
Even though 'Smiley' is technically a Youtube film. (In which pretty much only Youtube actors star). It makes it look even worse than that.
Which I didn't think would be possible.
This poster lives up to the film it is.
I have no idea why this poster was used to advertise the film.
Even though there isn't much to it, it has a nice colour scheme and the simple mask is quite creepy over the girls face.
I don't like how it implies a standard slasher flick though.
The poster actually shows the ending really. If you watch it you will see what I mean but I highly recommend not wasting your time.
3. The Collection.
It looks like someone stuck a few barbie dolls together with pieces of plastic skeleton.
Sometimes posters go over the top and this is one of those cases where it does and just manages to look stupid.
If it was more realistic it would have piqued interest from me but because of how it does look it just made me laugh and thankfully for the film I had already seen the first.
Such a simple poster but the iconic mask from the first returns in the dark giving it some mystery. Especially with those ominous eyes peering out.
We already know he collects and kills people by this point so the knife is no surprise but a welcome addition.
Did you know the killer was played by a different actor in this one than the first?
2. The Loved Ones.
I actually like both of these posters and dislike them for different reasons.
A pretty girl in a pretty dress running through a field.
But then you look closer and you realise she is carrying a knife.
Why? For What reason? Defence or ready to kill?
Such an innocent picture creating a maleficent feel thanks to one detail.
It reminds me of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' in which Leatherface chases after a girl in fields with his chainsaw.
It adds a more jokey feel to the film but showing it exactly how it should be shown, it doesn't reminisce the video poster for 'Carrie' in which she is stood with blood on her, it shows Lola to be pure menace, not the victim.
The film is no comedy by far but it's a teen film. An excellent teen film at that.
Oh and I love the title font.
If the top poster had the title in that font I would prefer that.
See, just one detail really can swerve your opinion.
1. Final Girl
But I found the poster in 2012, so it counts for something and the poster below is the best poster EVER.
This first one to the left is a standard boring old poster that has everything wrong with it possible.
Probably a photoshopped stock photo from somewhere of a girl with her back to us.
In the woods.
And nobody cares.
Beauty, pure beauty.
This is art.
Ridiculously simple but effective.
The girl spitting blood at the gun shows exactly what the film is meant to be like. A group of kids pick the wrong final girl to mess with.
It shows the girl has power, she isn't afraid of death even with it pointing right at her. More than likely with that amount of blood, some torture beforehand would have been dealt out and she still doesn't care.
I doubt the film will ever live up to this poster, I doubt many films will at all. (Martyrs was amazing though, another film by Pascal Laugier that did 'The Tall Man', the first film in this article).
I love absolutely everything about this poster. It knows it needs no fancy writing with a photograph like that.
I'm getting excited now. But then I see the above poster and it reminds me the film more than likely won't be any good.
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