Movie studios go to great lengths to ensure that their films are promoted as widely and as well as can be. Any errors with the marketing of one of their prized pictures can cause havoc at the box office, so in an industry where money is king, it’s essential that the trailers and posters are created by some of the greatest talent around.
And when it comes to Hollywood movies with their sky high marketing budgets, the results are normally there for us all to see. But once the responsibility for the movie’s promotion heads overseas, or someone decides to create a bootlegged version, there are occasions when things simply do not work out as well as they should, often with hilarious consequences.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the following 10 overseas posters that, even with the most basic of graphic design or drawing skills, you probably could have done better yourself. Posters that are so horrifyingly bad, that they’ve actually ended up being completely amazing!
10. The Matrix
We begin with an absolutely glorious artistic interpretation of the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix, which makes Laurence Fishburne look rather bewildered, and also credits him as Lawrence, alongside Reeves!
The poster also shows Neo and Morpheus wielding bladed weapons, which we don’t recall happening throughout the entirety of the movie.
Ridley Scott’s historical masterpiece Gladiator is given the overseas poster treatment here, and we’re not sure that Russell Crowe will be at all happy with how he looks.
Look closely and you’ll also see a Tiger eating a man’s innards, which we thought was a rather nice touch.
Here’s Arnold Schwarzenegger looking absolutely nothing like Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a fantastically crafted poster for the 1987 action classic Predator.
We’re not sure what that creature is on the top right, but it’s definitely not Stan Winston’s legendary deadlocked space hunter.
7. Terminator: Rise of the Machines
Depicting probably the best scene from a rather average sequel, this poster for Terminator: Rise of the Machines, or Terminator 3 as the poster calls it, looks like the result of a GCSE art project.
To be fair, if we hadn’t seen the movie then this poster would definitely persuade us to give it a go!
6. Kindergarten Cop
Oh wow, just wow. Looking less like Arnie than any of the previous examples, this poster doesn’t even spell the name of the movie correctly.
You’ve got to admire the artistic vision on display here, but we’re not sure that it promotes the movie very successfully.
If you thought that no poster for Catwoman could be any worse than the movie itself, then you’d be completely and utterly wrong.
Making a horrible movie look like a horror movie, this poster is enough to give us nightmares.
4. Alien vs. Predator
We suspect that the person drawing this poster had no pictures of an Alien to refer to, as their interpretation has ended up looking more like a bloodthirsty dragon than H. R. Giger’s legendary space creature.
It’s also rather confusing, as there’s no such thing as a sixth Alien vs. Predator movie, so we suspect they were counting up from Ridley Scott’s original 1979 masterpiece.
3. Jurassic Park
This poster for Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park may make you laugh, but to be fair, it is depicting probably the best scene in the entire movie.
Adding a bit of blood to a movie that contains none of the red stuff whatsoever, this is the adult rated dinosaur flick that we never got to see.
We actually can’t find too much to criticise about this poster for the 2006 action movie 300, as it’s actually a damn good piece of artwork.
We suspect that Gerard Butler would happily display this poster on his bedroom wall, and who knows, maybe he already has!
1. Mission: Impossible
Call us picky, but looking at the way it depicts Tom Cruise’s hair, and also the fact that he’s riding a motorbike, we suspect that the person creating this poster has actually just watched Mission: Impossible 2 rather than the original.
But either way, we’re sure you’ll agree that Tom has never looked better than he does in this gorgeous piece of artwork.