Saturday, May 28, 2011

Countdown: The Top 20 American Horror Movie Posters--#11

[For the previous entry, click here.]

#11. Wrong Turn

This poster has a helluva lot going for it.  The tagline ("It's the last one you'll ever take.") forms a perfect counterpart to the film title.  The imagery provides a quintessential contrast between beauty (can Eliza Dushku look any hotter in that tank top?) and beastliness.  Also, the woods tunneling away down the center give the scene some mythic overtones--the suggestion that we as viewers are being steered toward the Bad Place.  For me, though, the eeriest part of this poster is the shadow branches falling across Dushku's arm and torso like lash marks.  They have a creeping, tentacular quality, and portend a terrible entanglement.

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