6. Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman (1958)
Why it’s good: Chiefly because the film’s overgrown starlet, Allison Hayes, is depicted as being massive, hot and scantily clad. That’s quite literally a killer combination.
Also, it’s just a wonderfully dynamic drawing, and a sumptuous piece of design. It’s amazing how many classic movie posters of this era used the red-on-yellow theme – Breathless, anyone?
What would break it: Er, if the woman was anything like 50 feet tall.
The first set of apartment blocks in the middle-distance look about that, if not slightly more. Our leggy lassie here is 200 feet if she’s an inch.
5. The Dark Knight (2008)
Why it’s good: The tagline is the coup de grace to finish off what that brilliantly action-packed image has already pummelled us around the chops with – this is Batman with teeth, Batman gone feral. Badass Batman. Batbastard, even.
Plus any poster that literally involves ACTUAL SPARKS FLYING offers a fair indication that this film probably needs to be watched. Right now.
What would break it: No clever-clever close-up of a knitted bat-brow or similar could hope to capture the prevailing mood quite so well as his unapologetically visceral slab of exploding eye candy.
Also, the office fire not forming a bat logo would’ve greatly reduced the overall level of win.
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