Entertainment TV & Film 60 Great Horror Movie Posters Share PINTEREST Email Print TV & Film Movies Horror Movies Best Movie Lists Comedies Science Fiction Movies War Movies Classic Movies International Movies Movies For Kids Movie Awards Animated Films TV Shows By Mark H. Harris Mark H. Harris has written about cinema and horror films since 2003. His work has appeared on PopMatters.com, Vulture.com, and Ugly Planet, among other online publications. our editorial process Mark H. Harris Updated July 16, 2018 Movie posters are an art, and horror movies have had their fair share of artistic triumphs. Some horror posters, in fact, are more entertaining than the actual films. Here are 60 of the best. 01 of 60 Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Allied Artists Creepy and mysterious; like the movie, you're not sure what to expect. 02 of 60 An American Werewolf in London (1981) Universal In this poster for the quintessential werewolf movie, the actors convey the film's sense of humor, while the use of space and vertical balance draw your eye to the (significant) full moon. 03 of 60 Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) Sony Simple yet effective with striking color contrast. 04 of 60 Army of Darkness (1992) Universal This parody of '80s bare-chested barbarian flicks (Conan the Barbarian, Beastmaster, etc.) captures the film's camp appeal. 05 of 60 Blood Beach (1981) Jerry Gross Corny fun image draws attention to what would otherwise be an overlook-able movie. 06 of 60 The Body Snatcher (1945) RKO Menacing yet artistic with muted tones. 07 of 60 The Brain Eaters (1958) American International Pictures Startlingly scary, dominated by the disturbing visage with cold eyes, sharp fangs and a throbbing brain. 08 of 60 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Goldwyn Distributing Company Captures the surreal artistry of this German expressionist classic with a twist ending. 09 of 60 Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1972) Geneni Film Distributors Offbeat and goofy, yet unnerving—just like the movie. 10 of 60 C.H.U.D. (1984) New World Cooler and more foreboding than the actual film. 11 of 60 Cloverfield (2008) Paramount Like Planet of the Apes, this poster for the blockbuster found footage-style movie uses the unexpected rendering of an iconic symbol to create striking imagery, all the while maintaining the mystery of the "something." 12 of 60 The Company of Wolves (1984) Cannon Wisely highlights the gruesome werewolf transformation scene, since the rest of the movie is not nearly as outrageous. 13 of 60 Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Universal Colorful and action-packed with a vintage, hand-drawn design. 14 of 60 Creature from Black Lake (1976) Howco International Pictures Brooding, imposing and impressively rendered. 15 of 60 Creepshow (1982) Warner Bros. Places an otherwise horrific image in the safe context of a movie theater, creating a playful, tongue-in-cheek poster. 16 of 60 Dead Alive (1992) Trimark Nightmarish picture hints at both the grisly content and the dark humor in the film. 17 of 60 Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) American International Pictures Wince-inducing photo catches the eye (pun intended). 18 of 60 Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) Warner Bros. One of the all-time greats, combining color, humor and artistry for maximum impact. 19 of 60 The Evil Dead (1981) New Line Startlingly dark, reflecting the graphic content of the original film that lacked much of the sequels' warped humor. 20 of 60 Eyes Without a Face (1960) Lopert Pictures Intense use of red contrasts the woman's soft features, reflecting the beauty and danger wrapped together in the plot. 21 of 60 The Fly (1986) 20th Century Fox A shadowy tease that provides a vague promise of the shocks to come. 22 of 60 The Food of the Gods (1976) American International Pictures Embodies the campy terror of '70s animals-running-amok flicks. 23 of 60 Frogs (1972) American International Pictures Funnier and more intriguing than anything in the film, although it wrongfully gives the impression that the movie contains giant, maneating frogs. 24 of 60 Future-Kill (1985) International Film Marketing Created by famed Swiss artist H.R. Giger (who designed the aliens in Alien and Species), the poster showcases his "biomechanical" style and is perhaps more famous than the movie. 25 of 60 Garden of the Dead (1974) Entertainment Pyramid Marvelously morose with an unexpectedly artistic sensibility for a low-budget zombie movie. 26 of 60 Halloween (1978) Compass International Pictures This poster for the movie that launched a franchise treats the embodiment of Halloween—a jack o'lantern—with deft use of shape and pattern to create the illusion of movement, making the design all the more ominous. 27 of 60 Happy Birthday to Me (1981) Columbia A gruesome tribute to slasher movie excess. 28 of 60 The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) 20th Century Fox Declared disturbing enough by the MPAA that it had to be edited to remove the hand. 29 of 60 The Hitcher (1986) Tristar Dramatic and conceptually innovative, delivering a first-person point of view with the simple addition of a rear-view mirror. 30 of 60 Hostel Part II (2007) Lionsgate Inventive, provocative and sanitized for your protection. 31 of 60 House (1986) New World Pictures Alternately fun and creepy, drawn in classic '80s horror poster style. 32 of 60 House on Haunted Hill (1959) Allied Artists Pictures Grimly playful reflection of its B-movie status. 33 of 60 The Howling (1981) AVCO Embassy Pictures Edgy and memorable, conveying the werewolf theme without actually showing a werewolf. 34 of 60 I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Cinemagic Pictures Appropriately envelope-pushing and controversial, given the movie's theme. 35 of 60 I Walked With a Zombie (1943) RKO Classy with layered visuals that signal there's more here than a standard zombie flick. 36 of 60 Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957) American International Pictures Colorful, cartoonish artwork resembles a vintage pulp magazine from the '30s or '40s. 37 of 60 Jaws (1975) Universal One of the most famous movie posters of all time feeds on the classic film's nightmarish scenario of not knowing what lies beneath. 38 of 60 The Killer Shrews (1959) McLendon-Radio Pictures Distributing Company Despite a cheesy concept and even cheesier execution (dogs dressed in "shrew skins"), the movie delivered a wonderful poster—both shocking and humorous. 39 of 60 King Kong (1933) RKO Captures the thrilling spectacle of the original film's epic scale. 40 of 60 The Lost Boys (1987) Warner Bros. Hipsexycool. 41 of 60 M (1931) Vereinigte Star-Film A bold and iconic representation of the German movie's heavy content. 42 of 60 Maniac (1980) Analysis Film Releasing Corporation Brutal and arousing, raising morbid curiosity with a darkly playful tagline: "I warned you not to go out tonight." 43 of 60 The Mummy (1932) Universal Classic and appropriately understated. 44 of 60 Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) Universal Vivid and beautifully grotesque—perhaps as influenced by German expressionism as the film was. 45 of 60 Night of the Lepus (1972) MGM Another poster that exceeds the movie, this one using a creatively embellished shadow to maximize the fun. 46 of 60 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) New Line Dizzying visual representation of a living nightmare, with Freddy Krueger's claws hovering menacingly at the top of the image. 47 of 60 Not of This Earth (1957) Allied Artists Pictures The epitome of '50s sci-fi camp. 48 of 60 Open Water (2003) Lionsgate Extreme use of perspective to illustrate the terrifying real storyline. 49 of 60 Phantom of the Opera (1925) Universal A soaring, romantic poster with an explosion of color and style. 50 of 60 Poltergeist (1982) MGM Minimal design that's still eerily effective, recreating the film's most memorable scene. 51 of 60 Q: The Winged Serpent (1982) United Film Distribution Company Arresting -- almost tongue in cheek -- juxtaposition of a creature from a fantasy novel against the backdrop of a modern cityscape. 52 of 60 Road Games (1981) AVCO Embassy Pictures Sinister with a creative streak that incorporates the highway theme. 53 of 60 Rosemary's Baby (1968) Paramount Weighty and somber with dramatic use of silhouettes and an eerie green hue. 54 of 60 Severance (2006) Magnolia Funny, twisted send-up of the white collar lifestyle. 55 of 60 Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) TriStar A perfect embodiment of the "killer Santa" horror sub-genre, an image likely to give any child nightmares. 56 of 60 Slave of the Cannibal God (1978) New Line The over-indulgence of '70s Italian cannibal movies boiled down to one wonderfully exploitive image. 57 of 60 The Stepford Wives (1975) Columbia Striking and symbolic. 58 of 60 The Stuff (1985) New World Pictures Gleefully gross. 59 of 60 A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) TLA Releasing A dystopian nightmare. 60 of 60 Voodoo Devil Drums (1944) Toddy Pictures Co. Recalls the bold Afrocentric art of the Harlem Renaissance.