Sunday, February 17, 2008

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #50 - Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction (1987)
Directed by Adrian Lyne
Poster Designed by Bemis Balkind
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA

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You may not think Adrian Lyne's silly (in retrospect) Hollywood thriller Fatal Attraction has a particularly great poster. It may seem good, but nothing spectacular, right? But I think it works amazingly well. If you didn't know anything at all about this movie and you saw this poster you would be clued in instantly to what it's about. Two people - lovers who seem particularly passionate - torn apart, perhaps violently. And isn't that what the film is about? Sure, there's more to it, but in the grand scheme of things, that's what it's about and that's what the poster sells. And that is what a poster's job is. It's to sell an idea. Sure, I could have done without the purple colour filtering, but it does work well against the bold red down the middle and with the violent text of the word "FATAL".

I also love that it plays with the audience's preconceptions. The way Glenn Close and Michael Douglas are positioned gives the idea that he is the persuer, yet we all know it's the other way around. The Fatal Attraction poster is playful, but serious. It knows it's Hollywood pop, but does it with class.

1 comment:

JS said...

My room is adorned by a big wooden poster board of that picture. It hovers over my head every night as I go to sleep.

Nothing, just sharing. :)