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20 amazing movie poster parodies

20 amazing movie poster parodies

12/02/2016Movies

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Nothing says 'Is this enough to go viral?' like a set of movie poster parodies – any big screen comedy worth its salt these days should have a set of one-sheets gently mocking other, probably more successful movies. Deadpool, out this week, has taken great pleasure in mocking other movies – even movies set in the same universe as it is – so it's only fitting that Mr Pool would kick off our look at the best official poster pastiches...

Deadpool does... The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Mocking the Mockingjay

Mocking the Mockingjay

The marketing team behind Deadpool deserve the highest honours at whatever the marketing equivalent of the Oscars is. The movie's posters have been consistently top notch; first came this Hunger Games rip-off, tweeted by Ryan Reynolds, which is literally just a head transplant onto the Mockingjay: Part II poster; then came the amazing fake weepie posters created to lure unsuspecting women to the cinemas. Kudos, Deadpool marketing guys. Kudos.

Shaun the Sheep does... Mission: Impossible

A baaaaa-rilliant pun

A baaaaa-rilliant pun

Cheeky chappy Shaun the Sheep released a whole host of parody posters last year to celebrate the release of his movie. The best of the bunch was this pastiche of the latest Mission: Impossible movie Rogue Nation, here renamed Mutton Impossible: Rogue Bacon. One can only imagine how long it'd take Shaun's stop-motion animators to recreate Tom Cruise's plane stunt in full.

SpongeBob does... Fifty Shades Of Grey

We have one question.  Why?

We have one question. Why?

Taking the jockey out of Fifty Shades Of Grey quickly became a national pastime, but there's something inherently funny about seeing the super-silly SpongeBob assuming the role of super-serious sex fiend Christian Grey. Would kids even understand this reference? Has SpongeBob got a Red Room of Pain in his pineapple under the sea?

Zootropolis does... Star Wars: The Force Awakens

These ARE the posters you’re looking for

These ARE the posters you’re looking for

Disney's new animation Zootropolis (named Zootopia in the US) is set in a giant city home to all manner of animals, so there was plenty of potential for parody when it came to mimicking more recognisable movie posters. We particularly liked seeing star Judy Hopps play Star Wars (Star Paws, surely?) but the other posters for Straight Otter Compton and Ex Yakina are just as funny.

The Muppets does... Twilight

Kermit goes into the Twilight

Kermit goes into the Twilight

The Muppets have always taken a sideways view at the entertainment industry so it was no surprise when their 2011 comeback movie produced a batch of poster parodies. Twilight, of course, was practically begging to be spoofed, and Kermit and friends were only too willing.

The Muppets does... Captain America

This is how the Civil War started

This is how the Civil War started

Even though they're both technically owned by Disney, we wonder if there was any bad blood between the Muppet and Marvel camps - if only because Sam the Eagle clearly makes a way better Captain America than Chris Evans does. Maybe we should petition Disney to add Kermit and the gang to the new Avengers roster.

The Hangover Part III does... Harry Potter

Ten points from Gryffindor

Ten points from Gryffindor

A very odd poster indeed, we enjoyed this Hangover III spoof poster very much, perhaps because of how random it is, not in spite of it. The Hangover lads have very little in common with the Hogwarts crowd, and Part III rarely features scenes where Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong share the screen... Still, it's instantly recognisable as a Potter pastiche, so full marks.

Spy does... Skyfall

Let the spy fall

Let the spy fall

The entire concept of Paul Feig's action comedy is based on one gag: wouldn't it be funny if Melissa McCarthy were a spy? The Bond connection was an obvious one to make, but the all-action pose by former desk jockey Susan Cooper in full-on 007 mode is an absolute joy - it's the facial expression that seals it.

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World does... The action genre

Chris Evans’s Lucas Lee is a one-man action franchise

Chris Evans’s Lucas Lee is a one-man action franchise

One small delight in a movie jam-packed with joy was the eventual reveal of all of the fake movie posters from the resume of action star and Evil Ex-Boyfriend #2 Lucas Lee, played by Chris Evans. Lee is something of an old hand in the action genre, and his posters - released online after the movie opened - spoof the likes of Mission: Impossible and Fast & Furious. We would totally watch Lucas Lee's movies if they were real.

Dumb And Dumber To does... Lucy

Imagine what they could do with 1% of their brain capacity

Imagine what they could do with 1% of their brain capacity

Diane Lane maintains her dignity in this schlocky thriller about a twisted kidnapper torturing victims live on the net. She’s the FBI agent trying to trace the source, but as the title suggests, it’s easier said than done. There’s some suspense and a whole heap of nastiness but Lane remains convincing as the bright, concerned agent in charge who is, refreshingly, not of the male persuasion. Colin Hanks co stars.

Madea's Big Happy Family does... Black Swan

Is it us, or does Madea look a bit like the Queen here?

Is it us, or does Madea look a bit like the Queen here?

Tyler Perry lives a double life: on one hand he's a talented and credible actor/director who works with filmmakers like David Fincher and Lee Daniels; on the other hand, he occasionally dresses up like an old lady called Madea. We're not quite sure what Madea's Big Happy Family has in common with Natalie Portman's Black Swan but let's hope it's not a sex scene.

Fanboys does... The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Fanboys to er…men

Fanboys to er…men

What we like in this simple one-sheet, which parodies Judd Apatow's sex comedy, is the unspoken connection made between Star Wars fans and virginity. Stick a Darth Vader helmet on any movie character and it'd get a chuckle, but this one is particularly effective if you imagine the 40-Year-Old Virgin himself Steve Carell underneath the mask, still grinning his goofy grin. Maybe he'd get lucky at Comic-Con.

Walk Hard does... The Doors

Walk Hard does... The Doors

Walk Hard does... The Doors

Another Judd Apatow comedy, only this time it's his film that's doing the spoofing. If you're under 25 you might not recognise the iconic pose pulled by country star Dewey Cox, but if you're over 25 and you still don't recognise it then shame on you: go and rent Oliver Stone's The Doors and don't come back until you've finished it. Who's in it? Val Kilmer. What do you mean, who's Val Kil... Oh, forget it.

A Haunted House 2 does... The Conjuring

The Wayan brothers take a swing at The Conjuring

The Wayan brothers take a swing at The Conjuring

Granted, the Haunted House movies are themselves parodies, so you expect a certain amount of homage in the posters. And yes, even though the spoof movies of the Wayans brothers are aren’t usually up to par, this poster - a mickey take of The Conjuring - is an effective parody: simply adding a swing to the ghostly vista renders it null and void in horror terms.

Ice Age: Collision Course does... The Martian 

The scrat-pocalypse is almost upon us

The scrat-pocalypse is almost upon us

Poor old Scrat can't seem to catch a break – he thought his problems were big when he couldn't catch an acorn, now he's marooned off-planet and is in desperate need of rescue. At least, that's what this Ice Age parody poster would have us believe: in mimicking Ridley Scott's The Martian, Scrat has taken the Ice Age series to the furthest reaches of space. Here's hoping it stays there.

Muppets Most Wanted does... Face/Off

Could do better, Muppet marketers

Could do better, Muppet marketers

2013's Muppety movie Most Wanted didn't skimp on the poster parodies either, although you wouldn't exactly call the targets it chose to skewer topical or relevant. Skyfall? Fair game. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy? Okay then. But Face/Off? The Nicolas Cage vs John Travolta action thriller directed by John Woo from 1997? The familiar typeface and punctuation is unmistakeable, but is Fraud/Frog supposed to rhyme with Face/Off?

Pineapple Express does... Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End

Put this in your pipe and smoke it

Put this in your pipe and smoke it

Subtlety isn't something people often accuse Seth Rogen movies of, but the poster for stoner comedy Pineapple Express is actually a clever take-off of the previous year's Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. Instead of mist, it has smoke from suspicious-looking cigarettes and instead of Johnny Depp it has James Franco with a machine gun, but it's clear the intention for parody was there. In fact, 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' even sounds like it'd be a strain of something that Franco's drug dealer would sell in the movie...

Kill Keith does... Kill Bill

Cheggers plays pop culture

Cheggers plays pop culture

If you've ever seen Kill Keith – and generally, only paid professionals and masochists have made it through to the end – you'll know that the movie isn't exactly a laugh-a-minute chucklefest. However, maximum points for getting Cheggers into the iconic yellow and black jumpsuit, so famously worn by Uma Thurman and Bruce Lee among others. It's Keith's facial expression – one of utter humiliation – that makes this poster a winner.

Megamind does... Obama

Good is the path of honour, heroism, and nobility. Evil... well, it's just cooler.

Good is the path of honour, heroism, and nobility. Evil... well, it's just cooler.

This is not the place for politics, but it is the place to appreciate a good bit of poster parody, and this one-sheet for DreamWorks' otherwise forgettable super villain comedy Megamind is a great take on the Obama campaign's iconic 'Yes We Can' poster series by artist Shepard Fairey. Who knew that less than 10 years later, a real-life super villain named Donald Trump would be trying to unseat Obama from the White House?

Shaun the Sheep does….The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Oh Shaun, ewe are really spoiling us

Oh Shaun, ewe are really spoiling us

Here's Shaun again with his riff on The Hunger Games' final instalment. Do sheep even eat hay? Does the joke even work? Don't worry about it. By the time the animators finished setting up this shot they probably realised it wasn't all that funny and just took the photo regardless.

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