Box Art vs Reality

Box Art vs Reality

by | Jun 23, 2016

Back in the good old day of film, we would visit a video store in order to watch movies. Films were too expensive to buy and renting was the only option we had. Most of the films never made it to the cinemas, so trailers and poster went pretty much unseen. The only way we could judge a film was by its cover, and not every film was honest with it’s representation of its films content. The VHS box art was often something that would catch your eye, but you always found yourself sceptical of its dramatic depiction of the films events. I wanted to look at a random selection of box art, and find the good and bad illustrations that were used to sell us films. Box Art vs Reality


Blood Beach (1981)

Verdict : BAD


The poster depicts a bikini clad beauty dramatically being pulled under the sand, but the closest we get to this scene is an older dog walker who falls foul at the start of the film.


Creepshow (1982)

Verdict : GOOD


We have a skeletal creature at a window, wearing a cloak and looking pretty creepy.  Yep both the poster and film seem to have caught this well. The Poster creature does have a missing eye and long claw like fingernails, but we can forgive those missing details, because the film’s villain is just nightmare fuel!


Critters (1986)

Verdict : GOOD


Despite a slight exaggeration of the Critters features and claws on the poster, the artist has managed to capture the Critter in all it’s full fury glory.


The Evil Dead (1981)

Verdict : GOOD


It’s hard to mistake poor Cheryl’s ugly undead mug on the front of the Evil Dead box. Even with a colour pallette change, her white eyes and bandaged forehead are film accurate, even down to the scratches on her face.


From Beyond (1986)

Verdict : GOOD


Dr. Edward Pretorius deformed face features on the box of From beyond. It’s a very accurate illustration taken from one of the scenes in the film.  The poster actually holds back the full horror of Pretorius’ mutation.


Ghosthouse (1988)

Verdict : BAD


The boxart of Ghosthouse shows a blond hair spectre, surrounded by swirling energy, cradling a sinister severed doll’s head. The films spook is much less scary, appearing as a brunette girl with a large doll. The doll does get some fang action a little later on, but the girls dramatic stormy hair and white eyes only appears in the illustration.


The Kindred (1987)

Verdict :BAD


The creature that features on The Kindred’s box looks like an alien octopus from hell. The films creature is a guy in a suit. Yes, ok it does have a few tentacles and it does look a little like the illustration, but the bright colours fails to depict the brief and dark glimpse that we get in film.


Seedpeople (1992)

Verdict : GOOD


The creatures that appear on the box for Seedpeople, appear to be an accurate representation of their onscreen counterparts. Despite a dramatic palette change that makes them appear more menacing and less plastic looking, they do accurately exhibit the films content.


Street Trash (1987)

Verdict : BAD


Street Trash is a messy over the top film, and it’s no surprise that the film’s content is actually much more gruesome than it’s box art depicts. The artist clearly knew what was happening in the scene, they went for a much cleaner and yellow design, whereas the film used as much coloured goo as they could.


The Video Dead (1987)

Verdict : BAD


A zombie crashes out from a television, it’s cold rotting hands reaching out towards you. Sadley, for the Video Dead, that’s about as exciting as it gets, because the film scene that the box art depicts is less dramatic. On film, dry ice pours out from a tv as a head slowly rises from below. The zombie has both it’s eyes and nose and it never opens its mouth. The illustration really exaggerates the activity that happens in film.


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