Last Halloween, designer Cristin Burton used a handful (pun intended) of Shutterstock assets to create a retro movie poster for an imaginary horror flick called Snack Attack. We liked it so much that we’re giving it an encore showing this year. Read on for the original post from October 2012, including full details on how to create a macabre masterpiece like this on your own.
Halloween is on the way, and we’re already getting in the spirit of what is arguably our favorite holiday of the year. Embracing all things spooky, we decided to invent a movie poster for a horror flick of our own imagining, and what we came up with is ghoulishly great. The result is Snack Attack, a fake film that likely sits somewhere in between Silence of the Lambs and Dawn of the Dead in all its B-movie gory glory. Check out the poster we created, then think about what a real version of this movie might actually entail. (Just don’t do it while eating.) When you’re done, read on for the full rundown on how we brought this movie monstrosity to life!
The original inspiration came from the amazing hand-in-the-popcorn image that sits at the center (and which was also featured in our fantastically frightening “Macabre” lightbox). Shutterstock designer Cristin Burton was drawn to its retro sensibility — plus, she loved the meta idea of making a movie poster for a “movie” movie. Cristin clone-stamped some extra background around the edges of the image, then added the eyeballs, giving them a bit of a fake shadow for consistency with the rest of the poster.
For the title, she found some nice exploitation-movie style block typography, to which she added a multiply-layer effect, imbuing each letter with varying opacity. And for a nice horrific juxtaposition in type, she also found these blood-dripping letters, which she treated with a red faded-paper hue. Afterward, Burton put this paper texture over the top of everything, adding a multiply-layer effect, and lowered opacity on the texture to give the poster the appearance of having been folded and stained over time. Finally, a grunge brush was used to stamp out various elements of the entire image and push that old, worn effect just a little more.
Now, if only we had the resources to make the entire movie…