To this very day, I remember four things about 1977’s monster movie ‘The Car’: The terrifying voice-over from Channel 41’s late-night horror flick announcer, the fact that James Brolin looks exactly like his son Josh does today, George Barris built the titular deathmobile…  and the movie poster was TERRIFYING.  I mean, utterly transfixed by the thought of it even now terrifying, and even though I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the flick, I know in my heart that it can never be as scary as that advertisement.  Having a poster actually be better than the movie is a pretty common tale, actually (ask Stephen about the gorgeous ‘Forbidden Planet’ piece he has in his house), leading to today’s one sheet query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also knows that The Car appeared a couple of times as stock footage in ‘Knight Rider’, I guess, asking: Which movie poster has stuck most securely in your brain?


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  1. Movie posters don’t tend to be memorable to me, but that being said, you can’t talk about any of the Back to the Future movies without me picturing Marty and The Doc looking at their watches while stepping into the DeLorean.

  2. The Star Wars OT posters, particularly the iconic posters for the first and third films. Probably doesn’t hurt that somebody gave me both posters when I went through chemo, so they were on my bedroom walls until they finally fell apart from being both old and having been moved several times as we moved houses through the years.

    But the Back to the Future posters come in at a very close second.

  3. Malone_hasco on

    I remember being legit scared of Fright Night poster when browsing through rental video store catalog as a kid. It was always there to haunt me for years after I first saw it.

  4. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    I am cheating a bit because what i remember most vividly is the cardboard promo for King Kong 1976. It was as tall as me or more and was the twin towers with a big “minkey” on top. Die Hard had an impressive one as well that i think was on display when i went to see Predator.

  5. not poster art per se, but the box art for Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (aka Brain Dead for pedants) and George Romero’s Monkey Shines with that damn cymbal monkey used to freak me out in the video stores. ahh, VHS box art. truly a lost art form.

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