by Adam Riske
Black Christmas (2006)
The Poster: Just like the poster for the original Black Christmas, this one for the remake is unnerving. Bonus points for a pun tag line aside (how do I get a job writing those?), the image of Mary Elizabeth Winstead (?) in terror as the killer has wrapped her face in tree lights. It's a haunting image that stays with me more than anything in the movie.
Deck the Halls (2006)
The Poster: I mean, c’mon, the tagline is “There glows the neighborhood.” Do I need to continue? How about the “the” in Deck the Halls looking like it’s going to hit Danny DeVito in the nuts? How about DeVito and Matthew Broderick fighting over a string of lights even though there are hundreds on the house behind them (their rivalry runs that deep)? How about Santa and his sleigh flying overhead even though Santa doesn’t have a cameo in Deck the Halls? This movie’s naughty, yo! A “so bad it’s good” classic.
Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
The Poster: And what a great poster! I love this film’s modest, old-school animation, which makes this poster artwork feel festive and wonderful. Also, it has a trope I love in posters (another example is The Goonies, which is not as good as Eight Crazy Nights) where characters are hanging on to each other signaling an implicit promise of things about to get crazy. Bonus points, too, for the Chanukah blue font, because it’s a “holiday” movie and not just a Christmas movie. Represent!
Four Christmases (2008)
Four Christmases is better than Fred Claus (#Walkout). Truthfully, I think there are moments in Four Christmases that are pretty funny, but it suffers from a mismatched pair (Vaughn and Witherspoon look openly contemptuous of each other) and endless bad sitcom nonsense. Directed by Seth Gordon (The King of Kong), who has not made a good movie since The King of Kong.
The Poster: I dig this poster, though! It looks like one of those rotating ads on the directory at the mall (I love malls! Directories are great too!). Look how well-dressed Vaughn and Witherspoon are. They look like a couple that walks into your holiday party and you’re jealous you’re not them because they have cozy clothes and probably smell like designer fragrances. I’m also big on them being wrapped like gifts because it reminds me of a Happy Honda-Days TV Spot. What else? Holiday red and green font, classic back-to-back “get a load of…” “…can’t take him/her anywhere…” stances. It’s just flat-out sexy, okay?
Jack Frost (1998)
The Poster: The poster is fascinating. Michael Keaton seems so depressed. Also, it’s weird how his name is on the poster with him below it but Kelly Preston’s name is also on the poster with the snowman below it…as if...she’s…the…snowman??? The title font is great. It looks like an expansion basketball team logo designed by fourth graders who love glitter. Lastly, concentrate on the transformation face in the middle of the poster. It makes it look like the change from man to snowman is super painful and haunting.
What holiday movies do you think are bad but have good posters?