The Top 50 Greatest Horror Movie Posters Of All-time

by Pierre Vudrag on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Dear Poster Fans!

We have compiled the third and most challenging category in our list of the greatest movie posters of all-time.  Authentic vintage horror movie posters are some of the most highly sought after by collectors many selling for record prices at auction (we’ve listed some record breaking sales figures in this list).  As is our custom, we judge posters from all over the world and even compared initial and re-release posters as well as alternative styles to come up with this list of the 50 greatest horror movie posters of all-time.  There were so many great posters with some of the greatest artwork ever designed that we expanded our list.  As usual there were a lot of spirited debates, arguments and jockeying to get everyone favorites on the list.  We hope you enjoy the list and please let us know if you think we missed any poster that should have been added to the list.  We know you’ll discover some great art as you countdown the top 50 greatest horror movie posters of all-time. Enjoy.

50. The Brain Eaters (American International, 1958) One Sheet

 

49. Die Monster Die! (American International, 1965) One Sheet

 

48. The New York Ripper (77 Cinematografica, 1982) Italian 4-Folio

 

47. The Aztec Mummy (Cinematográfica Calderón S.A., 1957) Mexican One Sheet

 

46. Baron Blood (Jumbo Cinematografica, 1972) One Sheet

 

45. Dawn Of The Dead (United Film Distribution, 1978) One Sheet

 

44. Friday the 13th (Paramount Pictures, 1980) One Sheet
Artist: Alex Ebel

 

43. Squirm (American International, 1976) One Sheet
Artist: Drew Struzan

 

42. Halloween II (Universal Pictures, 1981) One Sheet

 

41. The Wasp Woman (Film Group, 1959) Three Sheet

 

40. Frankenstein (Universal, 1932) French Grande
Artist: Jacques Faria

 

39. Isle of the Dead (RKO, 1945) Six Sheet

38. Night Of The Living Dead (Continental, 1968) Poster

 

37. The Mummy (Universal International, R-1960s) Italian 4-Folio
Artist: Mario Piovano

 

36. Creature From the Black Lagoon (Universal International, 1954) Swedish One Sheet

 

35. Frankenstein (Universal, R-1938) Three Sheet
Recently sold for $38,837.50 at Heritage Auctions

 

34. War Of The Colossal Beast (American International, 1958) Three Sheet

 

33. King Kong (RKO, 1933) Austrian Oversize Poster

 

32. The Curse of the Cat People (RKO, 1944) Six Sheet
Recently sold for $10,755.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

31. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Universal International, 1948) Six Sheet
Recently sold for $11,400.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

30. I Was a Teenage Werewolf (American International, 1957) One Sheet
Artist: Reynold Brown

 

29. I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (American International, 1957) One Sheet

 

28. House On Haunted Hill (Allied Artists, 1959) One Sheet
Artist: Reynold Brown

 

27. Salem’s Lot (Warner Brothers, 1980) French Grande
Artist: Grello

 

26. I Walked With A Zombie (RKO, R-1952) Three Sheet

 

25. The Body Snatcher (RKO, 1945) One Sheet

 

24. The Invisible Ray (Universal, 1935). Swedish One Sheet
Artist: Fuchs

 

23. White Zombie (United Artists, R-1938) One Sheet

 

 

22. The Creature Walks Among Us (Universal Pictures, 1956) Italian 4-Folio

 

21. House of Dracula (Universal, 1947)
First Post-War Release French Grande
Recently sold for $4,481.25 at Heritage Auctions

 

20. Jaws (Universal, 1975) One Sheet
Artist: Roger Kastel

 

19. Horror of Dracula (Universal International, 1958) French Grande
Artist: Guy Gerard Noel
Recently sold for $8,962.50 at Heritage Auctions

 

18. Phantom of the Opera (Universal, 1945)
First Post-War Release French Grande
Artist: Constantin Belinsky
Recently sold for $10,800.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

17. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (Universal, 1943) One Sheet
Artist: Karl Godwin
Recently sold for $31,070.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

16. King Kong (RKO, 1933). Three Sheet, Style B

 

15. The Wolf Man (Universal, 1941) One Sheet
Recently sold for $24,150.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

14. Frankenstein (Universal, 1931) One Sheet

 

13. The Phantom of the Opera (Universal, 1925) One Sheet
Recently sold for $203,150.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

12. Dracula (Universal, 1931) One Sheet, Style A
Recently sold for $525,800.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

11. Creature from the Black Lagoon (Universal International, 1954) Six Sheet
Artist: Reynold Brown
Recently sold for $17,925.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

10. The Invisible Man Returns (Universal, 1947)
First Post-War Release French Moyenne
Artist: Rene Lefebvre

 

9. Cat People (RKO, 1942) One Sheet
Recently sold for $14,340.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

8. Werewolf of London (Universal, 1935) French Grande
Artist: Jean Rene Poissonnie

 

7. King Kong (RKO, 1933) French Grande, Style A

 

6. Frankenstein (Universal, 1931) Three Sheet, Style C
Recently sold for $358,500.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

5. Dracula (Universal, 1931) One Sheet, Style F
Recently sold for $310,700.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

4. The Black Cat (Universal, 1934) One Sheet, Style D
Recently sold for $286,800.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

3. The Invisible Man (Universal, 1933) One Sheet, Style B
Artist: Karoly Grosz
Recently sold for $182,400.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

2. The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935) One Sheet, Style D
Recently sold for $334,600.00 at Heritage Auctions

 

1. The Mummy (Universal, 1932) One Sheet
One of the rarest and most celebrated movie poster with only three known copies to exist.
This is a seminal example of the graphic design pioneered by Hollywood during the ‘Golden Age of Horror’ and our selection for the greatest horror movie poster of all-time.

 

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