Fan art, taken as a whole, is a hit or miss proposition most days. There are some pieces that you look at and know immediately why this person is not making art for movies in a professional capacity. But then there are the ones you look at and ask yourself, “why the hell doesn’t the movie studio just use this instead of paying some hack to make a poster where the main character stands with his back to you?” There are a lot of terrible movie posters out there for great, great movies, and for every one of those, someone invariably seems to have made of something incredibly beautiful, as if to say, “see, you poster didn’t have to suck.” Such is the case with this new gallery of fan made posters for a grip of wonderful science fiction films, classic, recent, and otherwise.
Erupting from the mind of Adam Rabalais, these posters are absolutely freaking gorgeous. (Follow the link to check out even more fantastic attempts for non-sci-fi movies, if you’re into that sort of thing.) His choice of pictures are subtle and understated, but totally capture the feel of the films in a way that you rarely, if ever, get from the cluttered, tech heavy offerings you see from most movie studios. He actually makes you feel like this is an art form rather than manufacturing throwaway chunks of movie marketing. These make me want to see movies, most posters don’t.
We’ve got classics like Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Alien. There are a couple of harsh dystopian joints, like A Clockwork Orange and Battle Royale, as well as a pair for John Carpenter’s The Thing. Of course you can’t have a collection of science fiction related memorabilia without including Star Wars in the mix, that’s the rule, but other favorites like Tron, Back to the Future, and Jurassic Park are also well represented. Rabalais also includes a slew of more modern genre offerings, like Inception, Moon, Firefly (also the only TV series represented), and Children of Men.
This group includes revered elder statesmen of sci-fi, like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Steven Spierlberg, Ridley Scott, and Carpenter. Most of them are still alive and kicking, but Rabalais also gets points for including a sprinkling of newer, fresh voices operating in the genre. You also get Joss Whedon, Alfonso Cuaron, and Christopher Nolan. Perhaps the most unexpected inclusion in this group is Duncan Jones’ 2009 indie Moon.