While the original Blues Brothers poster is also pretty cool, this Polish variant, by literally filling every bit of free space with actors' names, can't help but get you pumped. "Dude, everybody's in this movie. Why haven't I seen it yet?"
The American version of the Cabaret poster is a little busy with its juxtaposition of vaudeville acts and World War II-era Germany. The Polish version boils the components to one singular, striking image: a swastika made out of Liza Minelli's legs. It's an image so simple, yet so strikingly tense, that you immediately know exactly what the movie's about.
When compared to the American Short Circuit 2 poster, this Polish version much better captures the happy-go-lucky personality of our friend, Johnny 5. It doesn't divulge much of the movie's actual plot, but that's probably because Short Circuit 2 never actually had any plot to begin with.
While we can't fault the iconic image of the original Reservoir Dogs poster, this one's depiction of the heist players trapped in an MC Escher-style painting underlays the world of chaos and deception that they're all about to enter. Also, it's way more violent, which is always a plus.
By now we've all seen the iconic image of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800, wearing sunglasses and wielding a gun. But, dare I say... this Polish poster is better? He looks way more intimidating here, and the fact that he's a cyborg comes across simply and immediately. Consider your old DVD box art... terminated.
From a marketing standpoint, I suppose the American poster for Dirty Dancing is probably the best one to use. Something tells me that, if this image was used at the film's release, audiences would have assumed that Dirty Dancing was a follow-up to Debbie Does Dallas. However, when it comes to which image you'd rather have on your wall at home, the Polish version wins hands-down.
Well, this one is very different from the American poster. But, I have to say, I adore it.
I love this poster because it is absolute madness. I imagine that the artist watched one random scene from the movie, mumbled, "Yeah, I got it," and then spent the next 80 hours creating this masterpiece, with no concern for the movie's actual plot.
Kubrick was adamant before his death that the marketing campaign for Eyes Wide Shut reveal as little information about the plot as possible. This poster fits that criteria, while still adding some symbolism and artistic interpretation. Compare that to the original theatrical poster, which basically screamed, "It's got Tom Crusie and Nicole Kidman in it!" and I think we have a clear winner.
Smokey and the Bandit went on to become such a phenomenon that you can't really fault their marketing efforts. That being said, when viewed today, the American version of the poster certainly hasn't aged well. Everything about it seems hacky and dated. But this Polish poster, on the other hand, looks just as cool today as it did in the 70s.
Of all the images in this gallery, this Weekend at Bernie's poster blew me away the most. It boils the plot of the movie down to the simplest image: a hand puppet. And, sure, people who actually might enjoy the movie would be more likely to go upon seeing the American poster, but if you want to convince your art school grad friend to give it a look, this one is the way to go.
Fans of Temple of Doom can be pretty vocal, so I'm going to be very clear about this. The normal poster for the movie isn't bad. In fact, visually, it's quite similar. However, by this Polish one framing it as a comic book cover, it instantly conveys the sillier nature of the sequel. Plus, it makes the image look more collectible. (And, since the going rate for one of these is $200, maybe that's true.)
You can't fault the classic image of a battered-and-bruised Robert DeNiro for a one-sheet. This Polish one, though, expresses the brutality of boxing and the dehumanization done by spectators in a completely striking way. It may give your kid nightmares, but they can stand to be toughened up.
Perhaps the only good thing to come out of the 1976 King Kong remake was this Polish poster. Here, we see actual emotion coming from the beast, compared to the boring image of him swatting down planes that we've seen a million times. This is the Kong I want to see a movie about. Why hasn't anybody made it yet?
The American theatrical release poster of Harry and the Hendersons made the movie look like a huge downer. Granted, that one scene where John Lithgow drive Harry to the mountains and yells at him may be one of the saddest moments in film history, but there's also lots of fun stuff in the movie, too! Let's try to remember Harry fondly, like the Polish do.
Now that's what I'm talking about! You know what the American poster for Aliens looked like? A black page with the word "Aliens" written on it. And OK, I'll cede the point that the Polish poster's design of the actual alien is, well, all wrong. But, hey, at least it's giving us something to look at, right?
OK I'll be honest, I don't think you can improve upon Platoon's original poster. That being said, this one goes in a whole other direction and rocks it. By painting the soldier in a sloppy, splattered fashion, it conveys the total chaos and psychosis of war in a completely non-violent way, which in a sense makes it even more disturbing.
There are many words you can use to describe the Crocodile Dundee movies, but "subtle" usually isn't one of them. Here, though, is the Polish version of Crocodile Dundee 2. Did you notice the New York skyline in the croc's lower teeth? Or the silhouette of co-star Linda Kozlowski in its neck? It's leaps and bounds above what we saw stateside.
Taxi Driver is a masterpiece. Its American poster, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Over in Poland, though, they tapped into the punk subculture with a print that looks more like a concert flyer than a film promo, and is way better at capturing the attitude of Travis Bickle.
The Muppets have never taken themselves too seriously, which is why the original poster is a surprisingly well-done parody of Gone with the Wind. That's all well and good, but this poster right here is the movie that I actually want to see. It's unbridled. It's madness. It's the Muppets taking over. Now that's a Muppet movie.