American Pie 2 (2001) – 10 things I hate about you (1999)
Two examples of really lazy designing; just a cast photo with a movie logo above it. Yawn. I can’t be too picky of the American Pie poster being a ripoff of the 10 things I hate about you poster as it itself has been done many times before. Take the original Police Academy Poster for instance. It was drawn, but other than that the concept was the same.
Day of the Dead (2008) – Skinwalkers (2006)
Day of the Dead is already a remake, so originality isn’t it’s strongest suit, but that doesn’t excuse it from almost completely copying the poster of another recently released horror film. Both the posters breathe the same atmosphere so when you see them in a videostore you might think there were related in a sequel kind of way. Fun bit of trivia: Steve Miner who helmed Day Of The Dead, directed Friday The 13th part 2 and 3, while James Isaac, the director of Skin Walkers also directed Jason X.
100 Mile Rule (2002) – Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)
Plotwise these two movies have nothing in common, posterwise… well I rest my case!
The Beast within (1995) – The Frighteners (1996)
This is a cheat as The Beast Within is actually a video game. Nevertheless it’s cover art was shamelessly ‘copied’ for Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners. On the other hand, The Beast Within could also be inspired by The Prodigy’s Music for the Jilted Generation.
The Strangers (2008) – Funny Games (2007)
These movies deal with relatively the same material plotwise. One had more meaning to it, the other is just a horror movie. The posters aren’t exact copies of each other but they look very similar; a desperate looking young woman on a black background.