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To help entice an audience to the cinema, a horror film is going to require a striking and memorable poster. Not only that, it’s going to need a killer tagline which will aim to leave potential viewers wanting to know more.
Did you know that some films have used multiple taglines? For example, our opening entry – the 1971 Vincent Price horror The Abominable Dr. Phibes had eight different taglines across its various releases. Gremlins (1984) had nine. Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) had thirteen!
These multiple variations usually appear on special or later re-releases and can become more creative as time passes. Sometimes a tagline can be creative in enticing viewers by drawing simply on the reputation of its director, writer or producers (e.g., “From the director of…” or “From the team who brought you…” or “Based on the book by…”). And let’s not forget about the creativity required for foreign market translations – a whole new post probably!
Below is TVTA’s top thirteen horror movie taglines; our very own dastardly countdown of some of the best horror slogans ever.
Good morning vintage mates! Only one day to go till Halloween… I’m reblogging this tricky horror movie quiz for you to get your fangs into! Courtesy of fellow WP blogger VHS Revival. Enjoy!
Test your horror mettle with VHS Revival’s bumper Halloween quiz
It’s that time of the year again; I can feel it in the air. Lanterns are burning, leaves are plentiful and everyone is feeling just a little devilish as they dust off their favourite costumes and prepare to embrace the darkness. Halloween is a time for fun and thrills, an occasion to bask in the opulence of candy laced nightmares. More importantly, it is a time to celebrate the rich and wonderful annals of horror cinema, and what better way to prepare for your annual frightfest than with a little horror trivia?
Think you know your stuff? VHS Revival tests your mettle with its bumper Halloween quiz. Don’t get scared now!
I was sorting through my horror DVDs for some upcoming Halloween viewing and decided to scan a few of the cover images for today’s post. I’m itching to rewatch The Evil Dead, Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), Let The Right One In, Only Lovers Left Alive, and The Company of Wolves…
This Halloween TVTA has taken over an abandoned Blockbuster video store… Please make your video selections from the °TVTA-BUSTER HORROR SHELF° below. Choose 2 titles and get a 3rd free! Or why not take our Bloody Halloween Special: 7 titles in exchange for a litre of blood? C’mon, it’s only a teeny tiny litre of blood – the average human body contains nearly 5 litres of the stuff. It doesn’t even have to be your own blood!
Presenting: 24 Japanese horror movie posters. From originals to remakes to recently made. Many titles you’ll recognise, others perhaps not, some drift into genres like sci-fi and fantasy while retaining a suitable horror element.
Go ahead… pick your films wisely, lock the doors, close the curtains and enjoy! And don’t forget to rewind the tapes back to the beginning before returning them to the store!
°THE TVTA-BUSTER HORROR SHELF°
The Exorcist Director’s Cut. 2000.
Twilight Zone The Movie. 1983.
A Clockwork Orange. Re-release. 2001.
28 Days Later. 2002.
Alien. 1979. Japan.
The Nightmare Before Christmas. 1993.
Godzilla. 1954. Cinema Re-release.
Nightmare on Elm Street. 2010.
Phantasm II. 1988.
Poltergeist III. 1988.
Gremlins 2. 1990.
Addams Family 2. 1993.
Naked Lunch. 1991.
Pan’s Labyrinth. 2006.
Get Out. 2017.
Graveyard Shift. 1990.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. 2013.
1995. Toy Story. Japan.
Oh oh, looks like someone slipped a copy of Toy Story into the Horror Section. Tut, tut, I hope that doesn’t mean some poor child somewhere is about to watch Hellraiser by mistake! Yikes, better get Wooof to go search the membership register pronto…
Not long to go now vintage mates, and the TVTA office is well a-wailing with ghoulish goings on and spooky scanning shenanigans! Wooof just got back from le kiosque presse with our Halloween edition of Première featuring Jamie Lee Curtis on the cover, while I’ve been busy scanning images of horror-themed toys from Tomart’s Action Figure Digest, 2006.