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Movie posters now have this cliche theme of the lead star in the front with costars diminishing in the distance. The movie is no longer about the story, but just whose in it. Of course a great story must be executed with talented actors, but the posters don’t tell a story, they just show you the cast list. With many older posters, they involve a lot of text, which is simultaneously off putting and enticing. I did some searching to compare some modern remakes to their originals to see what has changed on the posters.

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Thing with teeth emerging from above to eat (?) some people and their Pegasus. These are similar and convey similar stories. I’ve never seen it so I can’t really judge its accuracy. It’s faux fantasy vs. 3D. Just a matter of taste I suppose.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Guess Who (2005)

The 1967 version was more of a social statement while the 2005 adaptation is a comedic observation. Ashton Kutcher looks light-hearted while Sidney Poitier looks heart-warming. If you don’t know the story, in the 1967, a white girl (Katharine Houghton) brings her black boyfriend (Poitier) home to meet the family. This plot changes for the 2005 version in that a black girl (Zoe Saldana, who is in fact half Puerto Rican and half Dominican) brings home Ashton Kutcher. Given that Bernie Mac plays Saldana’s father, It makes sense that he steals the show and any shot Saldana had of making it on the poster.

Stepford Wives (1975)

Stepford Wives (2005)

This one might be my favorite. Creepy right? If the original plot is anything like the 2005 version, this poster might need “spoiler alert” written across the bottom, but nonetheless, I think the older poster sets the tone for both films better than Nicole Kidman’s hushing finger.

The text on the ’75 reads: “Something strange is happening in the town of Stepford. Where the men spend their nights doing something secret, and every woman acts like every man’s dream of the ‘perfect’ wife. Where a young woman watches the dream become a nightmare. And sees the nightmare engulf her best friend. And realizes that any moment, any second–her turn is coming.” This is as much a trailer as it is a poster. I dig it.

Here are some more comparisons. Make your own conclusions on which ones “make the cut.”

One Hundred and One Dalmations (1961)

One Hundred and One Dalmations (1996)

Ocean's Eleven (1960)

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Gojira (Godzilla) (1954)

Godzilla (1998)

Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1998)


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