Anyway, the poster? Have you seen it? It's quite good.
Of course, this is hardly the first poster to do the whole "make a skull out of inanimate objects" thing, but I think this one is quite nifty. As I scanned the dates of the videos though I came across my own birthday, so I naturally have to love it. I wonder what spooky occurrence happened on that day? Hopefully something scary! Is your birthday on there? Click the image to embiggen and investigate the videos.
I started thinking about my favourite spooky skull posters and discovered this video (below) on YouTube, which basically takes all of the hard work out of it. A lot of the posters featured aren't optical illusions, as the title of the video says, at all. Fright Night, to pick just one, isn't so much an optical illusion as an optical fact. Hard to picture anybody getting fooled by that one and having to get somebody to point out the face in the sky to them. But, hey, maybe that's just me? You would have to be pretty dumb to think The Punisher's poster was just bullet holes fired in a peculiarly precise manner. Anyway. Take a look and see how common it is.
I'd seen most of these before, but there are some fun ones I'd never come across. Hello Ghost Rig! If I had to six three favourites (because posters spread three across on Blogger) then I'd certainly go with Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (one of my all time favourites - it's so subdued for a sequel to a movie that features Jon Voight getting eaten and then regurgitated by a giant Amazonian jungle snake!); the French poster for Event Horizon; 1980s Canadian slasher Visiting Hours; Eli Roth's Cabin Fever; that medical horror with Milo Ventimiglia that nobody saw, Pathology; and Death Ship, with a design obviously ripped off by Ghost Ship a couple of decades later.
Isn't it weird that that Paul Walker/Joshua Jackson flick from the late 1990s, The Skulls, didn't even attempt this concept?