The Worst Movie Posters of 2013Every year, even though Hollywood produces some visually stunning films like Man of Steel, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and Elysium, it somehow manages to lose those visual sensibilities when it comes promotional materials for those movies - namely the posters. We've dug through the more than 2400 posters released in 2013 and have picked out, what we believe, to be the 12 worst. See if you agree...
Grown Ups 2Let's be honest - no one is really surprised to see a movie starring Adam Sandler on the Worst List. Excessive photoshopping is the biggest problem with this Grown Ups 2 poster. The artist attempts to make it seem like all the stars are together, but it's painfully obvious they are not. While it's clear that Maya Rudolph is staring up disbelief at the juvenile actions of her husband, Salma Hayek appears to be pondering why Chris Rock's arm is freakishly long and Sandler's head is just as big as the guy's in the third row behind him (look closely). As for Maria Bello - she's not even looking in the same direction as the other two actresses, so we can't tell you what she's looking at.
Welcome to the JungleOne mistake artists tend to make while creating a movie poster is trying to stick the entire cast on a single poster but then not listing the all the names of the actors ON the poster. Welcome to the Jungle is a good example of this, as there are nine people on the poster - but only seven names. Forget for a moment that none of the scaling is correct (why is everyone's head virtually the same size?) but apart from Van Damme, Haysbert, Brody, Boone and Schaal, who are the other guys? We have one name left to chose from but two heads that need identifying. Also, we're assuming the two women in the background are either reenacting a scene from Chained Heat or I Spit on Your Grave, but it's nice to see Richard Parker continuing to get work after his amazing performance in Life of Pi.
Thor 2: The Dark WorldRemember what we just said about too many characters on a poster and not enough names? Well, this Thor: The Dark World poster is a glaring example of "over doing it", with its 10:4 ratio of stars-to-names. It's really not necessary to include every single character from a movie in one poster. Make multiple posters if you need to, but artists need to stop cluttering up the space with excessive images. This poster would have been much cleaner and more focused if Heimdall (why is he on a cloud?), the Warriors Three (plus Sif) and Malekith had been left off . They don't serve any purpose in THIS particular poster other than to say "We got'em all on there boss!"
Fishing NakedThis poster for the comedy Fishing Naked is supposed to make the potential viewer think, "sex, comedy, boobs" but all we think about is, "drunken ape, fly rods, boobs" - so, at least they got one out of three. Pretty much everything about this poster says "raunchy comedy" but not in a good way like Revenge of the Nerds or Porky's but in a "This movie will be shown on Cinemax after 2 AM or the now defunct USA's Up All Night with Rhonda Shear" kind of way. Just poor layout and Photoshop work all-around on this one.
Assault on Wall Street
Director Uwe Boll catches a lot of flack from movie fans - not for completely unjust reasons - and movies like Assault on Wall Street and the posters that accompany them will not do much to change those opinions.Artists of bad movie posters - especially action films - tend to put too many layers in them, which is the biggest issue we have with this particular poster. Forget for a moment that Purcell's shirt is spotless, even though it appears he just walked through an explosion, but the bullet holes on all the cars look like they were stickers bought online, then applied between takes. Poor Dominic Purcell - he's now starred in a movie directed by Uwe Boll and everyone has this poster as proof.