New 'Straw Dogs' Poster Remembers How Reflections Actually Work

July 8, 2011
Source: Awards Daily

Straw Dogs

Last month, we got a look at the first poster for Straw Dogs, the remake of the 1971 film from director Rod Lurie. Considering the fact that the original poster has been regarded as one of the best of its time, apparently those who crafted the new poster just didn't think they could do any better and merely recreated the poster, but with James Marsden's glasses broken and Alexander Skarsgaard being reflected in them. But you can't have a reflection without glass, and while I would've preferred the whole poster be redesigned, a new version, with better real-life representation of reflections and glass has surfaced.

Seems weird that they removed the color from inside the lens of the glasses, but whatever:

Straw Dogs Poster 2

And just to refresh your memory, here's the original first poster with the reflection on no glass:

Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs Poster 1

L.A. screenwriter David Sumner (Marsden) relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. While tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with the locals becomes a big threat to them both.

Straw Dogs is both written and directed by Israeli filmmaker Rod Lurie, of The Contender, The Last Castle, The Nazi, Resurrecting the Champ and Nothing But the Truth. This is a remake of David Zelag Goodman & Sam Peckinpah's 1971 film, based on Gordon Williams' novel "The Siege of Trencher's Farm". Screen Gems is finally bringing Straw Dogs to theaters starting on September 16th this fall. Anyone interested in this?

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  • David Banner
    "But you can't have a reflection in broken glass" -really, hmm? Think I'm gunna go break a pair of old glasses and take a look :) I am pretty sure you can't have 1 reflection like in the poster above, but multipleĀ :)
    • Traveler
      They made Skarsgard's face in the place where the glass had fallen, ie, reflected in his eye socket. I see why they changed it... šŸ˜›
      • Moutchy
        Yes, that was pretty lame! I agree that the reflection looks fake, but I don't see why it would be "impossible to have a reflection in a broken glass". Actually, if you look closely at the original, you can kinda see a face reflection as well, but it's really more subtle. Unless I'm imaginating this...
    • Guys, I think he meant you can't have a reflection in the area where a broken piece of glass is missing. In the original poster, the reflection is in the part of the glasses where there is no reflective glass anymore. The new poster fixes that.
  • Adamreeo
    Either way it's crap.
  • MegaMan3k
    That is still not how reflections work.Ā 
  • It's just a film poster. It doesn't have to be real, it represents a visualisation of a fictional creation. Yip yip.
  • Desi Singh
    Hi Ethan, Just thought you might find this interesting. It's the latest concept poster for my upcoming film project which is a dark superhero story titled 'Body Count' and I posted the image on my facebook page back on June 4th, 2011. This is how a reflection in broken glass should look. You can checkout the poster on my facebook page.
    • Shadowman
      This actually looks cooler. This reflection looks more realistic. Great job!
  • But did they reverse the image of the actor's face in the glasses too?
  • David Banner
    Ah, I see what you did there Alex :)
  • I just want to remind you of this little gem... I actually liked the Tyler Perry poster better than the first straw dogs poster. Thank god they redid it - I like the new one better than the tyler perry one. There's no way a tyler perry poster should be better than a straw dogs poster, remake or not.




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