December 1, 2020 — Movie posters are an iconic part of the pop culture lexicon. So much in fact that the online community feels a yearning desire to walk down theater halls. Taking in posters for upcoming movies, but sadly can’t be due to recent closures. People collect movie posters all over the world, and they have come to be seen as legitimate art pieces.
Like everything in pop culture, as soon as it gets popular enough, people start making fakes for fun or otherwise; there is a long history of spoof movie posters, dating back to the golden age of movies as early as the 1910s. Something about the 80s and 90s films in particular made them even easier to parody. And thanks to the internet, some brilliant minds have come up with some genuinely funny movie parody posters for people to enjoy.
1. THE EXORCIST/GHOSTBUSTERS
The Exorcist (1973) and Ghostbusters (1984) are both classics in their own right, but an internet genius had the idea to put the two together. Making a classic movie poster that sees the quartet standing outside the MacNeil house.
2. THE CRAFT/KRAFT
The Craft (1996) is a cult classic that has recently found its way back into pop culture relevancy thanks to a remake. It may be a bit of a lowbrow joke, but this poster visualizing the remake as an ad for the famous American cheese company is so…shall we say…cheesy, that you can’t help but laugh.
3. FRIDAY THE 13TH/WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
This poster may be a little too subtle for some, but this makes total sense for fans of both movies. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) is a spoof in itself, making light of similar summer camp movies. While Friday the 13th (1980) is one of the most revered horror films of all time. Both have to do with summer camps in the same era but have entirely different moods. Making the crossover poster even more tongue-in-cheek.
4. SNAKES ON PLANE/SPEED
This poster re-imagines what the completely serious movie Snakes on a Plane (2006) would look like if it were mashed up with another completely serious movie, Speed (1994). Both films have been criticized for being unintentional comedies, so the combination of the two makes movie fans chortle at what could have been.
5. TERMINATOR/TOY STORY
The Terminator (1984) and Toy Story (1995) have nothing to do with each other. But make a pretty funny movie poster when mashed together. This is a part of a series of posters that imagine Toy Story characters in different movies. Just the idea of Woody being an unstoppable killing machine is laughable, but something about this poster and the stoic look on Woody’s face is hilarious.
6. E.T./BACK TO THE FUTURE
An intrepid designer merged E.T. (1982) elements and Back to the Future (1985) to create a unique movie poster that imagines Back to the Future in a new light. It may not be outright funny, but it is a smart and well-done poster that deserves a little attention.
7. JURASSIC PARK RE-IMAGINED
This hilarious poster re-imagines Jurassic Park (1994) in the vein of old Dinosaur movies like One Million Years B.C. (1966.) The scene depicted in the poster is one of the most memorable moments in the film and adds a bit of fun despite its seriousness, so it is the perfect choice for a parody piece.
8. HALLOWEEN/ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING
A simple title switch is all it takes to make this movie poster hilarious. Fans will remember Adventures in Babysitting (1987) as an adventure comedy, while Halloween (1979) sees Jamie Lee Curtis as a babysitter being hunted by a masked serial killer. Putting the Adventures in Babysitting title on the Halloween poster paints Halloween with a brush of dark humor.
9. THE TRUTH ABOUT LION KING
This is another poster that swaps out the title on an otherwise real poster for the sake of a joke. This one is brutally honest as it calls out The Lion King (1994) for being nothing more than Hamlet with animals.
10. THE BLACK KNIGHT RISES
This mash-up of The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) doesn’t quite land either of the movies in the 80s or 90s, but it is too good to ignore. The Black Knight in Holy Grail is one of the most iconic characters in a film that most people believe to be a criterion movie. Mashing up the two and replacing the stoic Batman with the incompetent Black Knight is too perfect to put into words.
There are so many parody movie posters on the internet; it can be more than an arduous task to find all of them. Because for every one of the showcased images, there are twenty poorly made fan spoofs. Luckily, we were able to find some of the best, and share them for the world to enjoy.