Horror repeats itself: the same type of motifs on vintage horror postersBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/horror-repeats-itself-the-same-type-of-motifs-on-vintage-horror-posters
There is nothing strange in the fact that certain images and concepts of fear are repeated in the horror genre. Themes of horror move from one artist to another, therefore, in the 1960s - 1980s, you could see the same pictures on different covers of books, magazines and cassettes. The names and characters changed, but the horror themes remained the same.
Find out which basic creepy motives make the deepest impression on the intrigued viewer and reader from our material.It's no secret that in art, themes are often repeated, and artists borrow plots from each other. Horror illustrators are no exception. The same scary motives appear here and there, but they can be divided into groups.
An open door - the villain is waitingCarefree victims are standing near the open door, and a bloodthirsty monster is waiting to attack unexpectedly.
Severed headAn old theme, which, from this, does not become less terrible.
Women running out of housesOne of the most popular topics. Illustrators of Gothic novels of the 1960s- 1970s were especially fond of her.
Huge sinister handsTerrible hands hanging over a defenseless victim — what could be more terrible?Giant handsA theme similar to the previous one. Often, the same motif can be found in science fiction. The raking paws of evil continue to haunt their victims to this day in modern horror films.
"Lazy" imitationsSome of the images simply copy one another, causing a deja vu effect. This is especially true for European horror films.The authors of these works are different, the stories are different, and the artists are lazy, because they ripped off the plot, even without bothering to replay it somehow.
The human skull is a strong image. He constantly reminds us of mortality and causes fear of the inevitable end. Therefore, it is so often used in the horror genre when depicting imminent death.
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