The Strange Allure of Empty Film Posters

The Strange Allure of Empty Film Posters

by Elizabeth Thompson

What do you get when you remove all of the recognizable branding and stars from a movie poster? Delightful weirdness. The work of French artist Madani Bendjellal, by way of Its Nice That, these empty film posters highlight both the banality of movie poster art and the power of branding and text, for better or worse. Without its logo, the poster for Jaws looks like one of those gradient-color default wallpapers for iPhones and Forrest Gump is a park bench stock photo. Still, they're unmistakable. Posters with taglines, but no corresponding central image, are our favorites. Alien is much more chilling with its "in space, no one can hear you scream" ensconced in darkness and a Marty McFly-less Back to the Future is equally eerie with its disembodied "then one day... he wasn't in his time at all." Check them out below and see more here.




Forrest Gump

Back to the Future

Lion King

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