While I like the typographical simplicity of Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac teaser poster, this weeks highlighted poster goes to the Sam Mendes produced triller, Blood. Desaturated color and a bright red, very clean, typographic integration to the design, a healthy respect for the rule of thirds, a late 1970s model car on the horizon and a corpse buried beneath the mud — Can you say gritty paranoid thriller? The chilly open space (which takes full advantage of the UK Quad format) is also reminiscent of the ending of the Mike Hodges/Michael Caine Get Carter, which is a good thing to allude to in your marketing materials if you are going for bleak Britain-set drama. I know it is keeping with the time period to use those little picture boxes featuring the top billed cast, but that really is my only complaint with the otherwise clear design. Judging from the poster design and the synopsis (below) I expect this to be in the vein of the handsome and engaging Red Riding Trilogy from a few years ago.
Thriller charting the moral collapse of a police family. Two cop brothers, smothered by the shadow of their former police chief father, must investigate a crime they themselves have committed.
Directed by Nick Murphy and featuring a great character-actor cast including Paul Bettaney, Brian Cox and Mark Strong, Blood had a brief run on the festival circuit in the UK and is making its to wider release at the end of the May.