Hard Candy from 2006 counts without a doubt among the greatest poster designs, presenting its subject matter with a remarkably inventive take on the image of Little Red Riding Hood.
It creates an instant sense of danger and violence, never needing to shed a single drop of blood, and like the movie it cleverly plays with our perception, leading us to draw wrong conclusions about what we are seeing, while playing with completly open cards.
The creator of the poster artwork for the 2007 movie Descent hooks up with the least imaginative rip-off possible, freely following the old proverb: Why work if you can steal?
This is a long standing custom especially in the video market, and with some genres, like the Porn industry, the outcomes can be actually quite funny, witty even, worthy images of their own merit. Unfortunately a lot more often they simply follow the same example as Descent does, stripping the original idea of all taste and sublety and presenting us with something devoid of any original thought.
"When someone doesn't show up, the people who wait sometimes tell stories about what might have happened and come to half believe the desertion, the abduction, the accident. Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don't--and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they too contain the unknown."— Rebecca Solnit