Thursday, August 7, 2008

When Bad Posters Strike: Lakeview Terrace

I am going to quote you the IMDb plot description for Lakeview Terrace before showing you the poster. Here it goes:

A young couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbor, who disapproves of their interracial relationship. A stern, single father, this tightly wound LAPD officer (Samuel L. Jackson) has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighborhood. His nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes bring comfort to some, but he becomes increasingly harassing to the newlyweds. These persistent intrusions into their lives causes the couple to fight back.

And now the poster:




No, seriously, that really is the poster. I didn't just make that myself on Photoshop using previously released movie stills, no sir. It is the actual poster for a movie being released in cinemas. As in, this poster will hang in the foyer of your local cinema. This poster. THIS poster.

Does anything on this poster make you think "Hey, it's a modern day twist on Straw Dogs or "Ooh, Samuel L Jackson is so scary!" or does it, as I suspect it will, say "Samuel L Jackson stars in a wacky sidesplitting comedy about a policeman who has been discharged from the force for accidentally letting three bank robbers get away while he snacked on doughnuts at Krispee Kreem across the street! He must now try and solve the case by himself after realising he has accidentally moved in right next door to the thieves! Hilarity ensues!! Someone from Saturday Night Live has a HILARIOUS cameo!!!" Really. Does anything about the plot I listed at the top come through with this poster? I don't think so.

I think Gus at Movie Poster Addict was right.

"I think my problem with the poster is that Jackson just doesn’t come across as that menacing"

And that's just half of it!


Adam said...

Wow. I've seen the trailer and this doesn't even remotely connect. It's like they thought they got the whole "menacing" angle by putting a split through the R on "Terrace." If they were smart they'd put Patrick Wilson on there and I might actually see it. That's a total lie, but I certainly wouldn't mind the terrible poster.

SpiceLux said...

You would be surprised at what posters we refuse to hang up at our local cinema because they are ugly, stupid and dumb.

We simply put them back into the tubes they were shipped in, take them out back to the compactor and beat them against the metal corners until they are destroyed.

Our only wish is that the producers of the film (who okay the hideous monstrosity poster in the first place) and the artist could witness. Maybe we should YouTube it sometime.

As far as hurting the artist's feelings though, is it really fair hurting the feelings of the producer's teenage son who just received their version of Photoshop so Dad the Producer could write off the expense?

Joel said...

Speaking of 'half of it', where is the other half of his car? I just looks like he is sitting behind a cardboard side of a police car...

elgringo said...

Um...this looks like a poster for a Martin Lawrence cop comedy. Picture his head on there.

Blue Streak, National Security, etc.

You know I'm right.

Neel Mehta said...

Great poster, if this movie were a remake of Risky Business.

But given the plot, they should have just recreated the poster for Pacific Heights.

Trey said...

They showed the trailer for this before Pineapple Express and...yikes. Samuel L. Jackson has actually become Dave Chappelle's impression of him.