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The 40 Worst Posters Of 2014

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There have been many great posters this year – here are 50 of them, to get you started – but there have also been many terrible posters too. From characterless character banners to good ol’ fashioned Photoshop cock-ups, quite a few quads have got the ignominious one star from Empire. Here are a few of our ‘favourites’ - and if there are any we missed, do let us know in the comment box below.

Better Living Through Chemistry

Better Living Through Chemistry

The worst bit? It might be Ray Liotta’s face, startled that a giant make-up sponge has just been slapped across his cheeks, but it’s probably the tiny incidental scribblings that litter the whole sorry affair.


They Came Together

They Came Together

The worst bit? They may have come together – geddit? – but it doesn’t look like they were photographed together. The weird thing is that they were photographed together, as this is a still from the film, but the Photoshop work is so ungainly, they look patched in. Also, swap those names around, go on, just this one time.


The Prince

The Prince poster The Prince poster

The worst bit? The Artist Formally Known As Prince isn’t even in this movie (unless he’s the right thigh and you can’t spot him). Also, John Cusack’s face – is it looking left or right?


Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys poster

The worst bit? They’re standing under a street light, except they’re not, except they are, except they’re not. It’s so confusing. And why are they outside again?


3 Days To Kill

3 Days To Kill

The worst bit? All that creative black space would be a perfect spot to cram in stills of the film. Oh, wait, they did that too.


Gone Girl

Gone Girl

The worst bit? She hasn’t gone anywhere – she’s right there! In front of you! HER HEAD IS ON FIRE, FOR GOD’S SAKE!


Expendables 3

The Expendables 3 poster The Expendables 3 poster

The worst bit? Arnie is smiling because the photographer told him it was just a normal photoshoot. He lied.


Pompeii

Pompeii

The worst bit? You’d think it was the all-seeing eye of God hidden in Kit Harington’s belly button, but it’s actually the typo. It’s called Pompeii, not 'Pomeji'.


Noah

Noah

The worst bit? The shrubbery. And everything else.


Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted

The worst bit? The Gervaision Of The Froggy Snatchers. That is to say, Ricky Gervais’s grin.


Maladies

Maladies poster

The worst bit? The tear gas that’s about to envelop them all.


The Identical

The Identical poster

The worst bit? It may be the tagline, which is beyond confusing.


Horns

Horns poster

The worst bit? The same licks of smoke repeating about Daniel Radcliffe’s hair.


GOOD PEOPLE

Good People

The worst bit? James Franco’s creepy face or Kate Hudson’s chimpanzee impression. Or the cheeky-looking tagline. Or the blur on Omar Sy’s hands. Or the distracting bulge in Franco’s trousers. Or James Franco’s creepy face…


Drive Hard

Drive Hard

The worst bit? That hand carrying that gun. Whose might it be, do you think?


Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

The worst bit? The floatiest floaty head of all time.


Chef

Chef

The worst bit? The four central faces, all taken from red carpet photos. Also, none of them are pastry chefs, so those hats are frankly unnecessary. Not a one.


Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy

The worst bit? The girl on the left – is her right foot behind or in front of her other leg? And why do the lockers have a reflection in the floor?


The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The worst bit? Crowbarring in the Green Goblin. Also, if the big screens on the building behind Electro are showing what’s currently on TV, how can the cameraman be so close as to get Big Blue Eyes’ exact same face at that exact time?


Need For Speed

Need For Speed

The worst bit? The way it forces you to tilt your head. See? Still not much cop.


Left Behind

Left Behind

The worst bit? How Nic Cage’s eyes, nose and mouth look like they’re two inches lower than they should be.


The Giver

The Giver

The worst bit? Meryl Streep’s face. That is Meryl Streep, right?


The Felony

The Felony

The worst bit? How Jai Courtney looks like he’s about to fall over into the camera. And how confused Joel Edgerton is about having a gun in his hand.


Draft Day

Draft Day

The worst bit? How there’s absolutely nothing enticing about this poster. It’s two Photoshopped people sitting on a desk. There's a stadium in the background. And there are clouds. That’s it.


Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2

The worst bit? Why are they smiling? THEY’RE DROWNING!


And So It Goes

And So It Goes poster And So It Goes poster

The worst bit? The black and grey sunbeams, though the dead-looking flowers deserve a mention.


Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold

The worst bit? The bats. Are they attacking him or becoming him?


Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2

The worst bit? The poster itself isn't that bad, but just look at how sinister Jason Bateman looks with a roll of gaffer tape.


Blended

And So It Goes poster And So It Goes poster

The worst bit? The kids’ eyelines – no-one is looking at that ostrich.


Think Like A Man Too

Think Like A Man Too

The worst bit? Turtle from Entourage’s dead eyes as he casually kills a man.


Sex Tape

Sex Tape poster

The worst bit? “Can’t wait for the sequel!”


Are You Here

Are You Here poster

The worst bit? A question mark, perspective, a sense of fun – are you here?


Magic In The Moonlight

Magic In The Moonlight poster Magic In The Moonlight poster

The worst bit? If they’re that close to the top of the observatory, what exactly are they standing on?


A Million Ways To Die In The West

A Million Ways To Die In The West

The worst bit? The implication that Amanda Seyfried is a sheep. Also, what they did to Charlize Theron’s face.


The Humbling

The Humbling

The worst bit? “The Humbling”.


Love, Rosie

Love Rosie poster Love Rosie poster

The worst bit? The ickiness.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The Hunger Games : Mockingjay - Part 1

The worst bit? The messiness.


Dumb And Dumber To

Dumb And Dumber Too

The worst bit? The laziness.


Wildcard

Wild Card

The worst bit? Well… this is a tough one, as it’s both brilliant and bad at the same time. It looks like someone’s Photoshopped out a skipping rope / pair of maracas / lightsaber / knife and fork / bucking bronco and lasso, and the Stath’s face is bizarre to say the least, but dammit if it doesn’t make us want to see the film. And William Goldman wrote the script? And Stanley Tucci is in it? And Jason Alexander... as in Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander? Get. Out.


The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water

The Spongebob Movie

The worst bit? Like Wildcard, it’s either all of it or none of it, but we bring it to your attention because it demands to be brought to everyone’s attention, like an ambulance driving off a bridge or an otter headbutting a wall.