Our Favorite ’80s Horror Covers from Fake Criterions


We’ve made occasional mention of our love for the Fake Criterons tumblr, in which the striking graphics, clever designs, and isolated imagery of that preeminent cinephile line is applied to films that are, for the most part, entirely undeserving of inclusion among that “continuing series of important classic and contemporary films.” But that site has gone above and beyond this month, with their “Faked from the Dead” series, comprised entirely of fake Criterions for 1980s-era horror movies (From their challenge: “Summer camps, creepy basements, old caretakers, guys with improbable masks, dime store psychologists, abandoned insane asylums, broken down cars in the middle of nowhere- all of it”). Their many contributors risen to the occasion, and have created dozens of sharp, funny, and downright ridiculous covers. After the jump, we’ve selected a few of our faves.

FILM: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) DIRECTOR: Tommy Lee Wallace COVER BY: Damion Schiralli

FILM: The Shining (1980) DIRECTOR: Stanley Kubrick COVER BY: Richard Pepper

FILM: C.H.U.D. (1984) DIRECTOR: Douglas Cheek COVER BY: David Cornelius

FILM: Slumber Party Massacre 2 (1987) DIRECTOR: Deborah Brock COVER BY: Brandon L. Dawley

FILM: 976-EVIL (1988) DIRECTOR: Robert Englund COVER BY: Daniel Pearson

FILM: Phantasm (1979) DIRECTED BY: Don Coscarelli COVER BY: Matt Wilson

FILM: The Thing(1982) DIRECTOR: John Carpenter COVER BY: Midnight Marauder

FILM: Maximum Overdrive (1986) DIRECTOR: Stephen King COVER BY: David Cornelius

FILM: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) DIRECTOR: Charles E. Sellier Jr. COVER BY: Damion Schiralli

FILM: The Stuff (1985) DIRECTOR: Larry Cohen COVER BY: francisrizzo3

FILM: Twilight Zone: The Movie DIRECTORS: Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg COVER BY: Keith McCaffety

FILM: TerrorVision (1986) DIRECTOR: Ted Nicolaou COVER BY: Jody Barnes

FILM: Clownhouse (1989) DIRECTOR: Victor Salva COVER BY: Jimmie Chappell

FILM: The House on Sorority Row (1983) DIRECTOR: Mark Rosman COVER BY: David Cornelius

FILM: Chopping Mall DIRECTOR: Jim Wynorski COVER BY: Devin DiMattia

Check out the rest of the “Faked From the Dead” titles at Fake Criterions.