Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Countdown: The Top 20 American Horror Movie Posters--#8

[For the previous entry on the countdown, click here.]

#8. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

This poster might not be as flashy as some of the others on the countdown, but the more I look at it, the more I love it.  The Janus-like melding of Bette Davis's and Joan Crawford's visages; the prismatic panels; the macabre variation on a nursery rhyme; the inverted, decapitated head blurring the distinction between human being and toy doll.  Also, the fine print at the bottom of the poster does a mighty fine job of building hype, like the verbiage of some dark carnival barker. Your curiosity fuse definitely needs replacing if this poster doesn't jolt you with wonderment.

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