The Best and Worst Movie Posters of 2015
The Year's Best and Worst Movie Posters
Long before viewers took seats in theaters or even watched previews for 2015's biggest films, we got a sneak peek thanks to the movies' posters. From Joy to Straight Outta Compton to Spectre, check out our ranking of the art, ahead.
BEST: 25. Amy
One of the most iconically tragic pop stars of the new millennium, rendered here in a just askew image. The perfect tantalizing shot for this tantalizingly searching documentary.
BEST: 24. Ant-Man
And the prize for "Best Use of Negative Space" goes to this unexpectedly low-key poster from Marvel Studios. How do you sell a superhero who sounds hilariously non-threatening? You turn the bug into a feature. (So to speak.)
BEST: 23. The Martian
Beloved movie star. Simple concept. Good tagline. The easy victories are the hardest to come by.
BEST: 22. Joy
Big star. Concept? Tagline? No need.
BEST: 21. By the Sea
Big stars? Sure, but more importantly: How about those hats! As an act of marketing, it's a complete self-immolation, but it's one of the year's most dorm-worthy one-sheets.
BEST: 20. Captain America: Civil War
Another adventurous poster from Marvel, albeit with more blunt-force power. Then again, when your two most financially successful superheroes are facing off in one movie, maybe blunt-force is the best force.
BEST: 19. Point Break
Planes! A flying money mountain! When you're selling a remake nobody wanted, best to go as big and goofy as possible.
BEST: 18. Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST: 17. The Rock the Kasbah
As a movie, Rock the Kasbah is a snooze. But as an opportunity for the further sanctification of Bill Murray as the Saint of Memes, at least the movie produced this gloriously colorful poster.
BEST: 16. Pitch Perfect 2
Nothing can hold back the exultant power of the Barden Bellas. (Not even some odd skin-smoothing photoshop.)
BEST: 15. Steve Jobs
As subtle as the movie isn't.
BEST: 14. Sicario
The unfurling nightmare of Denis Villeneuve's borderland drug thriller gets encapsulated perfectly in this epic rendition, with relative innocent Emily Blunt backgrounding images of a weaponized Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.
BEST: 13. Straight Outta Compton
It's the Avengers, except real and with better music.
BEST: 12. Room
A captivating portrait of swooningly emotional, high-tension intimacy, this mother-son shot could be mistaken for a casual Instagram photo — except for the cubed corner of the sky, implying that even the outside world can feel like a prison.
BEST: 11. The Hateful Eight
The fine art of the illustrated poster has mostly faded into history. Thank goodness for history buff Quentin Tarantino, whose newest Western gets a groovily subdued, blood-on-the-snowscape poster.
BEST: 10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Yes, this poster for March's Batquel is a shameless riff on an iconic poster for 2008's beloved The Dark Knight. Yes, it still looks pretty nifty.
BEST: 9. The Night Before
Ugly Christmas Sweaters, a stained-glass-window aesthetic, and an embedded Christmas Carol reference in the tagline? Well done, boys. Well done.
BEST: 8. Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation
Big star. Hanging off a plane. Are there planes in Joy? I don't think so.
BEST: 7. Trainwreck
Witness the moment when Amy Schumer went global.
BEST: 6. The Visit
Horror films often bring out the best in designers, encouraging clever and subtle imagery. That's especially true of this funny-weird quilt design. And how nice: They mentioned M. Night Shyamalan's name!
BEST: 5. Bone Tomahawk
S. Craig Zahler's rollicking Western adventure is part throwback rescue odyssey, part horror freakout. But this poster is a pure wonder of retro '70s design, with the silhouetted face of kidnapped Samantha O'Dwyer etched in the red sun looking down on the men who could be her rescuers — or her fellow victims.
BEST: 4. Furious Seven
BEST: 3. Tangerine
The year's must-see indie gets the year's must-put-on-your-wall poster, with stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor etched in silhouette against the purple sunset of the SoCal skyline.
BEST: 2. It Follows
That most American of rituals — a boy, a girl, the back seat — rendered with lovingly freaky paranoid tension.
BEST: 1. The Mockingjay Posters
How we will miss you, Hunger Games advertising campaigns, and your darkly comic riffs on political propaganda and Orwellian advertising!
WORST: 10. The Intern
Are they walking? Standing still? Is that a living room or an office? Is "smugcore" an adjective? It is now.
WORST: 9. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Guy Ritchie's spy romp was a stealth delight buried in August. This poster helped do the burying: A colorlessly bland cast shot with the year's least helpful tagline.
WORST: 8. Pan
Dear Academy Voters: I was in Carol this year. I've never heard of Pan. Love, Rooney Mara.
WORST: 7. The Huntsman: Winter's War
Look, I'm obviously excited about Snow White and the Huntsman But Without Snow White. But this is no way to sell a confusing sequel-spinoff. People will think Thor lost his hammer!
WORST: 6. Spectre
The problems with the latest James Bond movie started early, with this confusingly opaque one-sheet. The bullet hole crack kinda forms an octopus, see? Y'know, like the insignia for SPECTRE, that group from those 40-year-old Bond movies! You remember SPECTRE, right? Right????
WORST: 5. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Here's how you don't sell a horror movie: Promising that everything that used to be subtle about this franchise has gone completely out the window.
WORST: 4. Daddy's Home
Whuh-oh, that one guy's all, like, wearing a collared shirt, but that other guy's all, like, on a motorcycle. Crazy!
WORST: 3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
How long do Chipmunks live for? Not long, right? Thank heavens.
WORST: 2. Entourage
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WORST: 1. Fantastic Four
In the end, the collective might of the Fantastic Four couldn't defeat their worst nemeses: Photoshop.