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Evolution of a Movie Poster: Test Posters for SLiTHER (win a signed SLiTHER poster!)

While cleaning my office the other day, I came across a huge stack of SLiTHER test posters that were designed by Universal marketing and were, for one reason or another, nixed.  I thought I’d have them scanned and share them with you (there are actually a ton more than this, but I picked some of the more interesting ones).

To make this more fun, ONE of the posters below was actually my choice for the movie poster over and above the one Universal eventually went with.  If you’re the first person to GUESS THE CORRECT POSTER, I’ll send you a SIGNED SLiTHER MOVIE POSTER.  And when I say it was my choice for the poster, know I’m not including the taglines on the posters, just the graphics.  These tags were all just random ideas the marketing folks were tossing out. 

Did Universal make the right choice?  What’s your favorite?

For reference, here is the poster Universal eventually went with (and the poster you’ll receive, signed by me, if you win this contest):

And here are the test posters:















Also, for the hell of it, here are, respectively, the U.S. and the European video covers:






You can still buy SLiTHER on DVD HERE.

Talk soon,




THE CONTEST IS OVER!  And the winner is…


LULU LAW, who guessed E!

The truth is I liked a lot of these posters better than the one we actually went with, but my favorites were the ones with Kylie’s mouth being invaded by a slug.  I also loved J, but was afraid people might think the thing sticking out of her mouth was a big tongue!

Anyway, that’s it!  LULU – please send me or Linda the webmistress a message with your mailing address and I’ll get you out that signed SLiTHER poster right away.

And we’ll have more contests in the near future, giving away more cool shit, including SLiTHER SCRIPTS signed by the entire cast, including Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, and Jenna Fischer.  So please sign up for the JamesGunn.com site so that you can play!

Do any of you guys think the poster we went with was the best?  I’m curious! Let me know!



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  • walt

    I’m a big fan of (E)… and (C), to a lesser extent – they kinda remind me of the poster for A Company of Wolves.

  • moviemenace

    I would say Universal made the best choice. I saw the poster in a theater lobby before I even caught a trailer and it instantly drew my eye. I love when poster designs use negative space. Posters seem cluttered too often. The black borders and the white background; the poster really impressed me.

    I was pretty bummed out when I saw they changed the DVD cover art. It didn’t keep me from buying it though.

  • sooo_yeah

    I personally liked (H). and (M) only becuae it kinda creeps me out a bit. I’m going to apologise right now, and say that I haven’t seen it yet ( I’ve been scolded by my friends) I keep forgetting,but I will tell you that the trailers for it creeped me the hell out. maybe now I’ll finally remember.

  • whistles

    I actually really love the poster eventually used, it was so bright… and the DVD cover was awesome too.

  • ThatGermanGuy

    Yeah, I guess they wanted a spooky forest or something for the background. As if a group of some slimy monster worms that is about to climb into a bathtub wouldn’t be scary enough. And in case you wonder: The tagline above the title says “They are inside of us.”

  • Wow, thanks, GermanGuy – is that bathtub in the middle of a field?!

  • ThatGermanGuy

    BTW, the German Poster/DVD Cover looks like this:


  • Congratulations, Lulu! I’m green with envy! :) I thought “M” kicked ass–I love the “bitch is hardcore” vibe. But don’t get me wrong, the tub pic with slugs climbing up the side is awesome and still my fave.

  • ThatGermanGuy

    Crap, too late. Damn you, timezones! Whatever.
    Am I the only one who thinks that C looks surprisingly like the Cover of a DTV movie named “They Nest”. (A mutant cockroach movie with Dean Stockwell and John Savage, directed by Ellory Alkayem before he did “Eight Legged Freaks”)

  • Damn. I totally missed this. I woulda said H. It was more Howling-esque. But E makes sense too.

  • CinemaJunkie

    F kind of looks like a cock in the mouth. H reminds me of the cover of Prom Night. I personally liked J the best.

  • Open tub shots? Did that make sense?? I’m not good at wording and describing things. You probably already understood, but by ‘open’ I mean w/o the ajar door framing the view. Without the door framing it, it’s as if we’re already welcomed into the bathroom. The shot of peeking through the door gives it a whole different feel – for me. Man, I’m making myself sound like I’m some creepy peeping Tom or into that. haha. I’m not. I promise. It just makes the shot more intriguing.

  • P.S. What makes the top poster seems somewhat voyeuristic vs. the other bathtub shots is that it’s a view through an open door. I like how the door frames the subject. Much more interesting than the open tub shots.

  • I think the top Universal poster (the one you’re giving away) is cool. I like it. For me, it’s kind of aesthetically appealing and somewhat voyeuristic – making it intriguing.

    I initially said my favorite was “M” – maybe because it lends more to the imagination; invoking curiosity of the storyline (which should attract new viewers??). But, after looking the posters over again, I like some of the others just as much.

  • Bill Pardys Doppelganger

    While I think the theatrical poster was alright, I gotta say just about all the alternate ones kicked its ass.

  • hennyjen

    Lucky Lulu. Good job!