FX’s “The Strain” is a show that generated a whole lot of controversy before it even aired. As we reported here on Dread, a billboard advertisement for the series was pulled by the network in the wake of several complaints from disgusted passersby who were quite horrified about the fact that the image of a woman with a worm coming out of her eyeball had become a part of their daily commute.
It certainly wasn’t the first time a piece of poster art for the kind of entertainment we horror fans love was targeted by angry citizens, resulting in it being banned and pulled from public display. In fact, it’s happened a whole lot more than you might think.
Today we shine the spotlight on 13 other horror posters that were victimized in much the same way over the years, which we’ll present in chronological order. Read on for the full gallery along with specific details about each incident!
Years later, the film saw re-release from an independent company with a much less controversial piece of art used to promote it – though it smartly played up the previous controversy.
One of my personal favorite posters of all time is this one for Jason Takes Manhattan, a fun play on the iconic “I Love NY” art that it’s hard to escape from when visiting the city. Unfortunately, the New York State Department of Economic Development wasn’t as into the art as most horror fans were, deeming it an infringement on the copyright of that original art and forcing Paramount to completely replace it with a much less enticing – but similar – poster.
I suppose the art was a bit of false advertising anyway, considering the fact that Jason spends such little time in New York City. Yeah, still mad about that.