New Posters for The Ruins and Funny Games

January 3, 2008
Source: Collider

Two very simple thriller posters for a relaxing Thursday afternoon. First up is the first new teaser poster for the upcoming horror/thriller The Ruins, directed by Carter Smith. We ran a trailer for it in December and it looks pretty thrilling, but nothing extraordinary. Second up is a better poster for the upcoming horror/thriller Funny Games written and directed by Michael Haneke. I've heard incredible things about this movie and after the latest red band trailer, I'm anxiously awaiting it.

The Ruins poster    Funny Games poster

Click each poster above for larger versions.

I love the new Funny Games poster quite a bit. It's simple and effective and designed really well. For those who've never heard of the movie, it takes a moment to realize that the golf club is their "weapon of choice." Then after that, the only other selling point is the perfectly and prominently placed "Restricted" MPAA banner. Good job Warner Independent!

Funny Games, a remake of the 1997 film of the same name, arrives in theaters on March 14th.

As for The Ruins poster, I'm just the opposite. What the heck? This looks way too much like the December Boys poster! No one even knows what's going on here or what it's about. The movie doesn't even take place on a beach. The starting scene takes place there then they hike to the temple way inland. I guess the idea is they're trying to capture the attention of those who know the book, but that's it.

UPDATE: The Ruins poster is apparently a fan-created fake (via Sorry for the confusion. I'll leave it up anyway and either way, it still looks terrible. Maybe this will encourage Paramount to get a real poster done and out.

The Ruins, based on the bestselling novel by Scott B. Smith, arrives in theaters on April 4th.

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I liked the first 'Funny Games' poster more with the head shot of Naomi Watts crying. Much more brutal but this one is cool too.

Ryan on Jan 3, 2008


the red band funny games trailer is nowhere near as good as the first one. have you seen the original? the red band trailer was the first time i questioned haneke's motivation for re-making it... we'll see.

jk on Jan 3, 2008


Are you kidding? The first trailer (watch it here) looked like a whimpy, cheesy drama, not an intense thriller. When I saw it I was asking myself "that's it?" and "this is supposed to be thrilling??" THEN the red band trailer came out (watch that here) and I saw how insane the two guys were. That's when I got that evil grin on my face and thought... this is going to kick some ass!

Alex Billington on Jan 4, 2008

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