What are the best cinematic retro horror movie posters?

Horror movies are great! They give us a good scare and get our adrenaline pumping. The posters for these movies are just as great especially classic films that feature creative artwork that incite a sense of dread and anticipation even before seeing the actual movies themselves.

Any self-respecting cinephile would have already grabbed a copy of their favorite horror films for themselves but why not take it a step further and add their corresponding movie poster to your collection? Having said this, check out some of the best cinematic retro horror movie posters below and see if your favorite one is included in the list.

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    #1House on Haunted Hill

    House on Haunted Hill

    This poster is for the 1959 horror film classic, House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, and Richard Long and directed by William Castle. This haunting artwork was created by artist, Reynold Brown and measures 24x36 inches.


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    Carl Gibson
    Written on October 23, 2019
    "The poster features some grim and gothic elements on it as well as the larger than life feeling of the skeleton and a scary funhouse style vibe to it. A great cinematic retro horror movie poster to add to have in your collection."
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    #2The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    The 1973 horror film, The Exorcist features a minimal approach to its movie poster yet somehow feels unnerving and dreadful to look at. The poster who did the artwork for it, Bill Gold, utilized dark shades and light to invoke a sense of fear and mystery from it.


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    Will Gu
    Written on October 23, 2019
    "Any horror movie fan will easily recognize what movie this is from and if you haven't already, you should definitely grab one of the best cinematic retro horror movie posters for yourself now."
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    This poster measures 24x36 inches and is one of the alternate poster artwork for the classic 1931 horror film, Dracula. It's a film that has major significance in the film industry as it is widely considered to be the first real adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.


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    Patrick Dean
    Written on October 23, 2019
    "It's the first official Dracula film to ever be made so it's only right to have it on this list. It's original poster even became the most valuable movie poster that sold for over half a million dollars."
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    This is for the 1931 horror movie starring Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, and Boris Karloff which was directed by James Whale. This particular poster measures 24x36 inches and features a close-up portrait of the titular character, Frankenstein played by Boris Karloff.


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    Cheng Gu
    Written on October 23, 2019
    "While it's not the poster that was released together with the movie, there is just something about it that resonates with me. Boris Karloff's portrayal of Frankenstein was amazing and this is my pick for the best cinematic retro movie poster hands down."
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    #5A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    This poster is for the slasher film, 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street directed by Wes Craven and starred Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, and Robert Englund. The artist who did this amazing artwork was Matthew Peak, who at the time, just finished art school.


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    Thomas Tran
    Written on October 23, 2019
    "If you can only get one of these cinematic retro horror movie posters, get this one. This movie remains my favorite of all the slasher movies that I have seen and deserves a place on your wall."
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    #6The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead, directed by Sam Raimi and stars Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, and Richard DeManincor, is one of the most popular and easily recognizable horror movies ever made and the poster for it is equally great and striking.


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    Howard Holmes
    Written on October 23, 2019
    "The artwork for the film is really striking and gives you a good idea of how the film itself will be when you watch it."
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    The 1982 horror-thriller film, Poltergeist features a minimalistic artwork but it does so to great effect by replicating one of the film's most iconic scenes along with a powerful and dreadful tagline, "They're here." was enough to send the message.


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    Jessica Jiang
    Written on October 23, 2019
    "This poster was particularly unique as it took inspiration from one of the movie's iconic scenes itself and one of my favorite as well. It's simple but is really telling and gets the message across perfectly."
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    #8Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    Stephen Frankfurt, who was the artist for the 1968 horror thriller, Rosemary's Baby, did a masterful job at creating a dreadful artwork for the movie's poster. It's quite unnerving and unsettling as the movie itself is.


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    Tiffany Perez
    Written on October 23, 2019
    "This movie's poster is proof that you don't need to have a lot going on in the picture to send a powerful message to its potential viewers. Amazing job by the artist on this one."


Best What are the best cinematic retro horror movie posters
1House on Haunted HillOther 19 Paid
2The ExorcistOther 16 Paid
3DraculaOther 8 Paid
4FrankensteinOther 3 Paid
5A Nightmare on Elm StreetOther 2 Paid
6The Evil DeadOther 2 Paid
7PoltergeistOther 2 Paid
8Rosemary's BabyOther 1 Paid

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