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Better Or Worse SRL: Did Studios Make the Right Call In Shelving These 7 Alternate Movie Posters?

By Jodi Clager | Seriously Random Lists | September 26, 2013 | Comments ()


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Original
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Alternate
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Winner: The original Pulp Fiction poster is so iconic at this point that the alternate poster, though very pulpy and gorgeous, can’t begin to replace it in pop culture history.

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Alternate
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Winner: This is a tough call. Both posters are moody and tell you jack and sh*t about the actual movie. I can’t help but think that the alternate poster would have been more annoying than interesting to prospective moviegoers, so the original wins by default.

Original

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Alternate
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Winner: Though the tagline is the same for both posters and the original is more iconic than the Pulp Fiction poster, I can’t help but think that the alternate poster is somehow more evocative of the film. The original seems cartoonish when you place it beside the alternate, which shows a body that may or may not be a corpse and the gang of merry psychos strolling off into the street lights to continue on their to do list of rape and ultra violence.

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Alternate
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Winner: Dear Lord baby Jesus, lyin’ there in your ghost manger, just lookin’ at your Baby Einstein developmental videos, learnin’ ‘bout shapes and colors, WHAT IN THE HELL. It looks like the alternate poster was designed by Prince as part of the soundtrack deal. No. NO. Plus the tagline containing “not so distant future” makes me start singing the MST3K theme song, which is not very Batmannish of me.

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Alternate
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Winner: The alternate poster is lovely with Newman’s face large and handsome, but the original poster captures more of the movie.

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Alternate
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Winner: Um. I’m terrified of the original. So that one wins.

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Alternate
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Winner: Alternate poster all day long. It’s more interesting to me than the slick original poster. It also capture the sometimes ass-awful movie poster majesty of the era of the first Oceans 11 film.

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