Although creativity is limitless, in art, sometimes we cannot avoid works that have many strangely similarities. The film industry is no exception. Let’s talk about the script, the plot, but even products like movie posters are “directed” without mercy. It might just be an unintentional coincidence when big-idea designers meet, but the similarities in concept, layout, and color are really too great to make others look startled.
Sharing with Bored Panda, filmmaker RedRomnia said this case could be just a coincidence, or it could be the theft of the brain: “Sometimes, this “copy” happens accidentally during the designer’s creation, and sometimes it doesn’t. Only one thing is for sure: If the same design elements are used, then is a designer doing it intentionally“.
RedRomania adds that it is also possible that a team of designers are hired to work on various film projects, making their posters quite similar. This is not a plagiarism case, but rather that they formulate their own distinctive design style and apply to every product they participate in.
Not only are they similar in content, but even movie posters sometimes have a lot of strange similarities.
The producer of this film shares: “In the creative industry, it’s not uncommon for people to reference, copy or take inspiration from other people’s products. After all, if something is still perfect, still working, why should we fix it?“. However, RedRomania also emphasizes that artists as well as designers always prioritize original ideas – ideas that they have come up with and have never used. Each person will have their own orientation and working style.
To create a movie poster that attracts enough for the audience is not a simple job as you think, not just mastering the graphic tools is enough. Successful products will often turn into a general formula for “juniors” to follow This formula is called AIDA, with A being “attention” – attention; I is “Iconography” / “Interest” – visual storytelling and the fun of the poster; D is “Desire” – create desire for the audience; and A is “Appeal” – charisma.
Here are some of the works with official posters that have so many similarities, although the content and the characters in the movie are completely unrelated to each other.
Shrooms (2007) vs. Singular Cay (2012)
Unforgiven (1992) vs. Puss In Boots (2011)
Die Hard 2 (1990) vs. Speed (1994)
Blue Ruin (2013) vs. Happy Hunting (2017)
Gravity (2013) vs. Ad Astra (2019)
Ex Machina (2014) vs. WHO. Rising (2018)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) vs. Dark Phoenix (2019)
Cats & Dogs (2001) vs. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Winter’s Bone (2010) vs. A Dark Place (2018)
Drive Angry (2011) vs. Breaking Loose (2014)
Black Swan (2010) vs. Ghostland (2018)
Anatomy Of A Murder (1959) vs. Clockers (1995)
Shrek (2001) vs. The Incredibles (2004)
The Ruins (2007) vs. Wake Wood (2008)
Hot Pursuit (1987) vs. Disturbia (2007)
Babel (2006) vs. Savages (2012)
The Breakfast Club (1985) vs. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Shame (2011) vs. The Delinquent Season (2018)
The Night Eats The World (La Nuit A Dévoré Le Monde) (2018) vs. The Rental (2020)
Mystic River (2003) vs. Dusk (2010)
No Country For Old Men (2007) vs. Fright Night (2011)
Straw Dogs (1971) vs. Cold Fish (2010)
Lolita (1962) vs. American Strays (1996)
Vampire (2011) vs. Forgotten (2017)
The Ides Of March (2011) vs. Nancy (2018)
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) vs. The Kill Team (2013)
Body Snatchers (1993) vs. Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Death Ship (1980) vs. Ghost Ship (2002)
Inception (2010) vs. Geostorm (2017)
Deepwater Horizon (2016) vs. Murder On The Orient Express (2017)