The best horror film posters of all time

Selection of horror film posters
(Image credit: Universal, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Compass International Pictures, MGM, New Line Cinema, Columbia Pictures, Orion, Artisan Entertainment, Curzon Artificial Eye)

The best horror movie posters do a number of things. Firstly, like all the best movie posters, they grab your attention. Secondly, they instantly summon up a sinister and spooky atmosphere. And thirdly, they encapsulate the essence of the story, often becoming iconic symbols of the films in their own right.

None of that, of course, is easy to do because horror cinema is anything but a simple or straightforward genre. A realm where the grotesque meets the profound, where fears are both confronted and sublimated, it can do everything from making us jump to instilling a more profound sense of dread. Bringing all that to bear on a single design is an enormous challenge. 

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.