A film poster is not always a simple illustration aimed at setting a tone and highlighting actors. This can be a support complementary to the dramaturgy of the film or a wink made in the direction of deserving spectators who will decide to seize the clues provided to do research. Between treasure hunt and simple cameo, there are always interesting things to glean.
- 1 1. The hidden B29 on the Tomb of the Fireflies poster
- 2 2. The secret details of the Rebelle poster
- 3 3. The face of the aliens on the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull poster
- 4 4. The arrangement of characters on the Last Jedi poster is reminiscent of Vader’s helmet
- 5 5. Dory and Marlin are hiding on the Moana poster
- 6 6. The 9 Circles of the Norse Worlds of Thor Ragnarok
- 7 7. The Morse Code SOS from the Passengers poster
- 8 8. The contact details hidden in the First Contact poster
- 9 9. The link between the Split and Unbreakable posters
- 10 10. When Kong: Skull island directly quotes Apocalypse Now
- 11 11. The skull in women’s bodies from Silence of the Lambs
- 12 12. Amy’s eyes in Gone Girl
- 13 13. The dozens of clues hidden in the bubbles of Under the silver lake
Because it’s not fireflies, but a B29 flying over the sky and dropping bombs. It is enough to clear up the poster to realize it.
2. The secret details of the Rebelle poster
Among the rocks towards which Merida is heading, we can make out the silhouette of the bear Mor’du, the villain of the story. And this walk towards the rocks also says a lot about the end of the film marked by a confrontation in this terrifying setting.
3. The face of the aliens on the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull poster
Within the crystal skull that dominates the figure of Indiana, we can see the face of one of the extraterrestrial creatures whose arrival will confirm the idea that it is indeed a good big failed film.
4. The arrangement of characters on the Last Jedi poster is reminiscent of Vader’s helmet
If the poster fits well into the AD of all Star Wars posters, the layout of the characters follows the shape of Vader’s helmet, as if to affirm that the film, while emancipating itself from all the usual codes of franchise, prolongs it.
5. Dory and Marlin are hiding on the Moana poster
If you look closely, you’ll see Dory and Marlin in the bottom right of the poster. A way for Disney to say that these two adventures take place in the same universe.
6. The 9 Circles of the Norse Worlds of Thor Ragnarok
On this poster, Thor appears in the heart of nine concentric circles which correspond to the nine worlds of Norse mythology, Thor being from the upper circle. Or how to register his superhero film in the kultür with a k.
7. The Morse Code SOS from the Passengers poster
Under the title of the film, there is a series of dots and dashes: these correspond to the Morse signal for SOS. I might as well tell you right away: this space trip is not going to go well.
For the release of Villeneuve’s film, the marketing team had planned a whole bunch of different posters depending on the geographical area. All had in common to display coordinates at the bottom right, different depending on the area. Viewers could search from these coordinates to get information about the creatures that came to visit us and explanations about the ending of the film.
Already announcing that the two films were set in the same universe and thus prefiguring the release of Glassthe poster of Split perfectly extended the broken glass presented on the poster ofUnbreakable.
10. When Kong: Skull island directly quotes Apocalypse Now
Or how to support the metaphor of the Vietnam war abundantly spun in the film.
11. The skull in women’s bodies from Silence of the Lambs
The poster for Jonathan Demme’s film is highly symbolic: the presence of the butterfly as a metaphor for Starling escaping from her chrysalis is also a nod to the cocoons found in the throats of the victims of the serial killer. Moreover, the skull present on the body of the butterfly is actually made up of the 7 female bodies of the killer’s victims.
12. Amy’s eyes in Gone Girl
Or how to warn the viewer right away: Rosamund Pike is not dead.
A pirate, James Dean, the Jesus group, a doll… So many little clues that recall details of the psychedelic thriller presented at Cannes.