April 1, 2008

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

The upcoming documentary American Teen examines the various cliques within the senior class of an Indiana high school. The theatrical poster pays tribute to the artwork for another film that dealt with teen cliques, the '80s teen classic The Breakfast Club.

They did a very good job on matching the poses, but my favorite nod to the John Hughes film remains the original poster for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. Released just a year after Breakfast Club, it sent a clear message that the saw sequel would be much more fun than its brutal 1974 predecessor. It's a shame that MGM didn't keep this artwork when they released the film on DVD.

The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Breakfast Club

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Part 2


Since it's April Fool's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to look back at a few other movie posters that spoofed an earlier film's artwork. Here's a handful of examples from the last couple of years.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden (2008)
Where in the World
Is Osama Bin Laden


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Fanboys (2008)

Return of the Jedi (1983)
Return of the Jedi

Delta Farce (2007)
Delta Farce

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Full Metal Jacket

Epic Movie (2007)
Epic Movie

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory


Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Scary Movie 4
The Grudge (2004)
The Grudge