The Abstract Movie Poster Quiz

I Sense A Presence

We'll start with an easy one. Big, fat, iconic clue in the middle there...

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Answer Return Of The Jedi 1983

Lightsabre! Course it was. Next...

Fog Of War

Another easy one. Look for big familiar shapes and colours.

Answer Full Metal Jacket 1987

You got the hat, right? Course you did.

I Spy

Sometimes, though, shapes aren't enough. In that case you're going to have to study the text real hard. Just make sure you destroy it once you're done...

Answer Burn After Reading 2008

Do a Brad-style chest-pump dance if you got that one.

You ve got red on you

That's definitely a gun, but what can the splashes of red mean?

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Answer The Deer Hunter 1978

Well done if you guessed Bobby's iconic headband and Russian roulette revolver.

Name up in lights

It's not a giant elephant. Promise.

Answer All That Jazz 1979

Instead it's the fizzing neon lights of Bob Fosse's frantic stage drama.

Do I ever what Where

Stairs, a hat, some writing. Not a lot to go on...

Answer The French Connection 1971

Altogether now: "Ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?"

Body blow

The toughest one yet - it'll be murder guessing this right.

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Answer Anatomy Of A Murder

Fractured orange and yellow squares are all that identify this Otto Preminger crime drama.

Ashes to ashes

The slant, that font... But there's something missing.

Answer The Evil Dead 1981

Oh yeah! We're missing a terrified woman being pulled into the earth by demonic hands.

Say cheese

Not much detail here, but it's worth zooming right in.

Answer Blow Up 1966

Congrats if you got that - did the hyphen give Anontioni's swinging London mystery away?

Hate the game

But what game is this?

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Answer The Hustler 1961

It's nine-ball pool, of course, and Fast Eddie's chalking up...

Damned if you do

Military silhouettes - a dog tag, a medal. Where have you seen that irreverant type-setting before?

Answer Catch 22 1970

It's Mike Nichols' classic WW2 farce, Catch-22.

Compelled much

If you're struggling with this one then may God have mercy on your soul...

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Answer The Exorcist 1973

The brilliant poster for William Friedkin's supernatural horror is super-recognisable even in blob form.

But seriously

Stylish, minimal, dark - which recent blockbuster is this a poster for?

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It's Heath's Joker from 2008's mammoth The Dark Knight. Look closely and you can even make out the Warners badge on the abstract.

What s the rumpus

Stripes, brown, and a crown. Easy!

Answer Where The Wild Things Are 2009

Did you spot Max's king of all Wild Things head-gear?

Every dog

Alright, alright - two coloured boxes might not be enough for this one. So here's a clue: there's also a gun in the picture. Got it?

These posters are the fine work of John Taylor. They're available to buy as prints fromhere.

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Answer Dog Day Afternoon 1975

That gun belonging to Al Pacino, screamy hold-up guy extraordinaire in Sidney Lumet's heist classic.

Such a user

There's a definite sci-fi touch to this dark image.

Answer Tron 1982

It's tiny electro-hero Tron! Bathed in some kind of data laser, holding an info disc, of course.

Great white

Hmmm what's this, then? Clue: not the upcoming film version of Horace Goes Skiing.

Answer Downhill Racer 1969

But it is the poster for early on-the-slopes Robert Redford drama, Downhill Racer.

Seeing red

Hmmm. Looks space-ish again. Or like a volcano going off in the dark. Guesses?

Answer Total Recall 1990

Yes, it's Arnie's mind-melting sci-fi adventure. Implanted memories are the only acceptable reason for not getting that one.

With a bump

They're looking more and more like covers for Spectrum games, aren't they? Try to ignore that and focus on potential clues - a hat, the sky, the earth...

Answer The Man Who Fell To Earth 1976

And they all belong to David Bowie: the hat on his head, the sky from which he fell and the earth on which he landed.

Not so mellow yellow

Not particularly hidden, this one - scare-fans, don't keep us in suspense...

Answer Suspiria 1977

It's the haunting poster for Dario Argento's chilling giallo, Suspiria.

Snap shot

A polaroid maybe? A snapshot of happier times?

Answer Kramer vs Kramer 1979

It's light-hearted divorce romp Kramer vs. Kramer.

Spicing things up

Two moons over one lonely desert.

Answer Dune 1984

But no amount of moons could save David Lynch's epic sci-fi folly.

Hit the road

Whose car is that burning a trail towards us?

Answer Mad Max 1979

It's Mad Max's Interceptor, gliding over the end-days tarmac. Good work if you got that one...

By the light of the moon

It might look like an inscrutable block of basic shapes and colour, but this is also one of the most recognisable film posters of all time.

Answer ET The Extra Terrestrial 1982

Surely you got that one - it's the huge moonlight-silhouetted bike ride on the marketing for blockbuster smash ET.

Life capricious life

What seasonal classic is lurking beneath the squirts of colour on this blurred poster?

Answer It s A Wonderful Life 1946

It's Frank Capra's guaranteed Christmas tear-jerker, It's A Wonderful Life.

No free rides

Nothing easy about this one, though that slant in the title text might give the game away.

Answer Easy Rider 1969

It's Dennis Hopper's seminal road movie and counter-cultural masterpiece, Easy Rider.

Child s play

Not much to go on here - except maybe that ring, but it's hard to be sure exactly what that is .

Answer The Hudsucker Proxy 1994

Well done if you guessed the red ring was in fact Norville Barnes' multi-purpose leisure invention. You know, for kids.

Inner space

Striking graphic design, but what's the film behind the red mist and dramatic figures?

Answer Fantastic Voyage 1966

The answer is Richard Fleischer's biological blockbuster, Fantastic Voyage.

Top secret

A right old jumble, this one. Wait a second - is that a bow-tie?

Answer For Your Eyes Only 1981

It is a bow-tie, and it belongs to none other that super-agent and suave dinner dresser, James Bond.

Hard target

Low on detail, but even the abstract poster hints at a concrete landscape and a shooter...

Answer Get Carter 1971

...which means it can't be anything other than Brit gangland classic, Get Carter.

If it s OK by them

The last one is a toughie, so have this clue: yes, all that yellow stuff is sand...

Answer Gunfight At The O K Corral 1957

Big pat on the back if you got this one, the poster for Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas' big shout-out hit.


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