Massive Movie Poster Clichés (10 HQ Photos)

Thanks to the highly observant Christophe Courtois. His blog right here.

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  • izsmile

    thank god this is high res!!!

    • Twigfinger

      lol, indeed.

  • clearance

    #1, #6

    either a winning formula or lazy as hell?

  • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

    #9
    Now to make them animated so they follow the arrow when you scroll over them.

    • Anon

      Arrow ? What arrow ? Oh you mean the eyes should follow my finger as it HOVERS over the screen of my iPad ! Now that would be freakish !!!

      • M.O.T.

        Knobhead alert.

    • JJJJ

      Please don't do this, I would never get anything done.

    • Underbaker

      2 down, 2 across that just creeped me out.

  • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

    #3
    If they ever make The Dark Tower into movies we have a pretty good idea what the poster will look like.

    • AmBush_Steve

      Dark Tower into movies? Best idea I've heard in a while. Well next to "Dog Sundays" that is.

    • YOdo

      I think I read somewhere that they are in 2013… Would be awesome!

    • newscot

      They were going to make a combination of movies and TV series for each book, first with J.J. Abrams, then with Ron Howard, but last I heard the whole thing was scrapped.
      Shame because I've been wanting this for years.

      • Kesplat

        Well they are making a comic book/ graphic novel series at least

    • Underbaker

      The only person they should choose for Roland is Clint Eastwood, any other would not do it justice.

      • Your Name Here

        Clint is about 85 years old. Too late. Maybe Clive Owen. Maybe.

        • Underbaker

          Did you see his speech during the super bowl, he's still got it.

      • Nina

        I totally agree. If Clint Eastwood had still been 40, I would have loved to see him as Roland. Now, I'd rather not see the movies made at all. Actually, no matter who they cast I would rather not see my favorite books destroyed as movies, because there's no way to do those books justice without a budget way beyond what any Stephen King-based script would ever get.

  • Don't Be a Douche

    MEh, why doesn't facebook connect work any more?

    • GamerGirl84

      I was wondering the same thing :/

      • Captain awesome

        Who fucken cares

  • Hunter X

    Uh, yea. There's only so much you CAN do with a movie poster.
    This is like pointing out that the Hump Day Gallery is awesome….

    • Pete

      Well, not really. There are a lot of unique movie posters out there… but Hollywood is a well oiled machine. It knows what works and what doesn't. MOST movies follow a set formula, and if they tweak it its only usually a little bit. The poster itself gives a general nod as to what the film is about, and the cliches reflect that. Back to back, likely to be a fun film, probably a romcom if a male/female pairing. Back with weapon action film (Puss in Boots obviously the parody of this). The eye suggests horror… yes they're cliches, yes they work, but no that's not all that can be done.

      Its just many of the others don't have the same marketing appeal.

      • Hunter X

        If I had access to every movie poster made in the last 30 years- I'll bet you dollars to donuts you can't come up with a single poster that I couldn't find a dozen similar (at least like this gallery shows). With an average of 500 Feature Films released every year (not counting Indie or Foreign films), exactly HOW many unique ideas do you think there are out of 15,000+ film posters?

  • yankeesji

    Interesting research. It always seemed like you'd "seen that cover before", but now it all makes sense. Good post.

  • Ron Burgundy?

    Interesting, but I think the blue one was a stretch. #7

    • Dylan

      I was thinking the same thing.

      Go fuck yourself San Diego.

    • Nick

      Google blue and orange movie posters. They weren't too far off. Something about the combination of those colors beings visually pleasing.

  • Rumpledumpskin

    how do you add a thumbnail of the pic to your comments?

    • tralfaz

      type # next to the number picture you want with no space for example #1 #4

      • Rumpledumpskin

        #1 ok

        • Rumpledumpskin

          thanks tralfaz

          • Underbaker

            One more thing you max out at 5 picture.

  • dirtysteve99

    Had to laugh at Rob Lowe – 'Illegally Yours'

  • 6_Crack_rocks

    #4 Is there a problem with going between the legs? I mean, I like going there, why should movie poster designers be held to a different standard?

    • Unfkngblvbl

      it's MY favorite cliche.

  • Real Dirk Diggler

    #6 Hump Day never looked so gay…

    • douche

      swing…..

  • Real Dirk Diggler

    Whoops, meant #5. Hump day never looked so gay…

  • hark1985

    All I know is that the Iphone app works again and now I can kill more time at work!!! Now to see the fit girls post!

  • tydred

    same with porn movies could be easy to

  • BloodScrubber

    What, no James Bond? I am disappointed. B)

    • http://www.thechive.com SmokeyMorgan

      There is a James Bond. In the back to back photo.

      • BloodScrubber

        I stand corrected.
        *reaches for glasses.

      • rphilman1

        Also, the first one in #4.

  • reaperMEDIC

    #4 A.K.A "The Gap" xD

  • Jeff P

    You forgot BIG RED LETTERS!

    (Every "Black comedy" ever)

  • craigggg

    Oh Hollywood, you so predictable!

  • jrey81

    #3 & #6 this is awesome when you put it all together.

  • Balorati

    Yeah, they do that because they have researchers who had determined what types of posters correlate with higher ticket sales…that's why they look so similar…someone in an ad agency has collected data and said "do it like this because 63% of people prefer this style to the others, and you'll make more money"

  • http://shrapnelgranate.blogspot.com/ Azmar

    Mother of posters…

  • Anonymous

    Did they really call the color blue cliche?

  • hafnium10

    This whole post is extremely creative .. don't know which the office chivers figured this one out but i think the deserve an extra cup of coffee .. and maybe a new bill fuckin' murray tshirt 🙂

    • Frenchgirl

      it's actually from a blog, the chive has nothing to do with it 😉

  • Biggus Diccus

    I always thought it was funny that a preview for an action movie ALWAYS has someone with a gun in the preview, either shooting it or holding it.

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