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When You See It, These Horror Movie Posters Get Even Creepier

Updated August 12, 2020 6.3k votes 1.2k voters 126.1k views13 items

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The artists who hid Easter eggs in these horror movie posters certainly knew how to mess with their audiences. The Silence of the Lambs poster, for example, actually hides a Salvador Dali painting on its surface. A close analysis of The Exorcist poster reveals striking similarities to René Magritte's painting The Empire of Light

Horror movie poster designers seem to have a knack for mirrors, as the Coverfield poster Easter egg shows. And though fans are quick to point out the Halloween poster's hidden face, the artist actually denies any intentionality. 

Like the films themselves, there are plenty of hidden details in these horror movie posters that only someone with a close eye for context clues could spot. 

  • It's so hidden, most people wouldn't see it without knowledge of what they're looking for.

    The logo for Amblin Entertainment, the production company behind Gremlins, can be spotted on the fastening button on Billy's jeans. 

    • Actors: Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel, Frank Welker
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Joe Dante
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  • Though the original Halloween poster's designer Bob Gleason swears it was unintentional, fans quickly noticed an unusual shape in Michael Myers' knuckles. The hand appears to resemble a screaming human face. 

    Gleason used his own hand as a model for the poster, which apparently turned out to be a happy accident. 

    • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence, Sandy Johnson, Charles Cyphers
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: John Carpenter
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    Mother

    Aside from the biblical allegory of Jennifer Lawrence standing in the garden of Eden pulling out her own heart, this horror movie poster has a few more hidden details. For one, the doorknob used as a weapon in the film can be spotted at the center of the white flower. 

    Also, a photo of Javier Bardem (on the left) and a frog face (on the right) are peeking out from behind a few leaves under Lawrence's elbows. 

    • Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
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  • Cloverfield has more than a few big reveals lingering beneath the surface of its poster. Not only are people falling off the top of the Statue of Liberty, but the monster itself is hiding in the image. 

    Mirroring the poster reveals the monster over the city, just as it appears in the film.   

    • Actors: Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Mike Vogel, T. J. Miller
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Matt Reeves
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