Neil Kellerhouse, Criterion DVD/Blu-Ray cover art designer and frequent poster artist for directors like David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh created these fantastic one-sheets for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. I love these, because they seem to echo the tone and feel of the eerie teaser trailer we got for the film earlier in September. Also in a day and age where posters are basically a competition to see who can slam more stuff on it, this minimalist approach is very refreshing.
If I had to guess I would imagine that all those pictures are shots taken directly from the film itself and possibly distorted, enlarged or added some color filter. Aside from that of course the promotional hashtag #UnderTheSkin appears at the bottom of each poster, but the text is partially cut out. Without knowing it I was already a fan of Kellerhouse’s previous work for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and his Criterion cover art for Antichrist, In The Realm of the Senses, Night and Fog, Dillinger is Dead and Walkabout (to name a few).
I think he exemplifies how marketing, doesn’t have to be tacky and manipulative, but can be art as well. Under the Skin is an independent horror/sci-fi/thriller based on Michel Faber’s novel Skin. The film stars Scarlett Johansson as a sexy alien sent to earth to seduce the males of our species and bring them back to her home planet. Under the Skin opened at last year’s Venice Film Festival and garnered generally positive buzz. The film opens on April, 4th in the US and in Italy.