Movie posters: The horror portrait

Horror portraits,
showcases films of suspense, terror, and violence.  It spans cultural icons both old and new and is commonly practiced.   As different the films are, their film posters have much in common.

The style of the Horror Portrait,
is a very simple one.  There will be one model, the villain or otherwise the antagonist.  It will be the culture icon.  Many times, the background is non-existent and flat.  What makes the technique distinctive is partial profile of the model.  We never see the entire face as it is partially obscured by shadow, darkness, or wardrobe.

What’s the point?
Subconsciously, you want to see more.  You expect more.  There is a secret, a suspense, that has not yet been answered.  The mystery is what intrigues if not makes us fearful.  The villains never reveal their true identity or persona.  They will have alter-egos, a dangerous ego, that lurks into the darkness before striking.

Most recent example: I, Frankenstein (2014)

Frankentein2014There is no background as we see a single”evil” character.  Although we get a good idea what he is, we are not given a full profile.


Saw V (2008)
Hannibal (2001)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The Wolfman (2010)
I, Frankenstein (2014)




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