Sunday, April 6, 2008

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #31 - Eraserhead

Eraserhead (1977)
Directed by David Lynch
Unknown Designer
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA

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I don't tend to think much of movie posters that simply take a movie still, throw on some credits and call it a poster. I don't feel there's ever much of interest in them. If you're going to do it though you need a strong central image. One that can do the job of actually marketing the movie. The only posters so far on the countdown to have the same idea were Center of the World (#39) and American Psycho (#73) and I think we can all agree that the central image of those designs was bloody strong.

The second last poster on the countdown (the last one does it so well that you're not going to know what it is for a while, yet) to utilise such a design is this one for David Lynch's midnight cult flick Eraserhead. Especially considering that the film is the kind that needs a striking poster to grab peoples attention (I've said this over and over again about maligned genre films). I think this very simple but effective image of the character of Henry with the spores floating around him perfectly instills the scary, near-horrific, oddity that is on display in the film.

And the more simple white font of the title in this design, I think, works better than the one used on some other designs, which look more like hokey 1940s horror flicks about creatures from dark lagoons and the like.

1 comment:

1minutefilmreview said...

This is one hell of Lynch's weirdest masterpiece!