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A Remake That Doesn't Need To Happen Gets A Poster That Doesn't Even Try!! THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 Poster Is Here...

Merrick here...
This cheap, ugly, and says nothing about this new film from Tony Scott. Or, maybe it does say something about the film...if it's trying to illustrate that this movie should never have been made. I'm not sure if the Marketeers were aiming for retro, and missed the mark? If their PhotoShop froze-up half-way through the image's production? Or...whatever. This originates from an exclusive over at JoBlo - you can see its embiggenable entirety by clicking the thumbnail below.

Harry here - this poster makes me sick to my stomach. Looks like a shit direct to video hack job. Check out the original...

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  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but 99% of todays movie posters are shit.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I think the best poster I've seen for a while was the one for Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and that one wasn't even original.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Malcolm X Vs. Travolta as Danny Trejo

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Bad. Ass.

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    Look at that facial hair fest, BA badass

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    SWBM: "What's Up? Sorta Blackish Tan Man...

    by ThePilgrim

    SBTM: "Nothing Much, Sorta Whitish Blue Man...

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Looks great and you're a buffoon

    by ArcadianDS

    Care to explain exactly what is wrong with that poster, Merrick? How does it demonstrate why this movie should not have been made, specifically.<p> or are you just blowing smoke out of your ass again?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I think the worst poster ever might be the one of...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...As Good as It Gets. Just a photo of Jack Nicholson with sunglasses. What is the movie about? Jack Nicholson loves to take a walk in the sun? I mean, here they even put some color filters over it and show a train.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    The poster's fine

    by slone13

    What exactly did you want instead, Merrick?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Travolta = Instant Failure

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Pack it in.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    And now Harry chimes in with more ass-smoke

    by ArcadianDS

    How about explaining EXACTLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH IT, instead of handing out these Papal Bulls as if the words themselves are validated because you said them. Knowing nothing about this movie, I get the impression that Denzel and Travolta are the antagonists and that Travolta is some sort of 'bad guy' - I got all that from a simple 'duet' poster.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    At least the names are next to the right actor...

    by BiggusDickus

    ..normally those idiot Hollywood art directors can't even manage that, even if there's only two people on the poster.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Will be nowhere near the original. Mark my words.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I love the 1974 version, especially Walther Matthau.<p>Btw, that poster is kinda lame and unimaginative.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by Aquatarkusman

    I'm like the run n' shoot Houston Oilers on a 3rd and 11: PASS!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    Harry said, "it makes me sick to my stomach. it looks like a direct to video hack job" I don't know how you express opinions generally, but I think that explains how he feels and why pretty acutely when you combine it with actually looking at the shitty poster. What more do you want from him?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    I'm afraid Merrick and Harry are right

    by Darryll

    This poster is absolute shit.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    one MILLION dollars!

    by SG7

    That old poster is retarded. Sorry dude, it's the poster for retards where the film is spoon fed to retards. They still probably didn't know what the film was about. Summary: old poster made of failure. New poster: slightly less fail but at least you know who's in it and it doesn't like like a Chick Tract.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    by Crow3711

    ..and as far as him explaining to you EXACTLY what is wrong with it, why don't you form your own opinion. DO you need him to tell you what to think? Moron.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    by Crow3711

    ..and as far as him explaining to you EXACTLY what is wrong with it, why don't you form your own opinion. DO you need him to tell you what to think? Moron.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Crow3711 you are a complete idiot

    by ArcadianDS

    Harry and Merrick tossed out opinions WITHOUT BACKING THEM UP. All I asked for was some kind of explanation of what brought them to that conclusion "looks like a direct to video hack job" - sorry, that doesn't really tell me what's so wrong about this poster. Whether or not I have formed my own opinions is immaterial, but if you actually knew how to read with that mongoloid retard brain of yours, you'd find my opinion about 4 or 5 posts ABOVE your retarded double-post of failure.<p> Next time you want to call someone a moron, make sure you dont do it in a double-post. Makes you look very stupid.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Movie posters seldom wow me anymore

    by YackBacker

    Very rarely do you see posters nowadays that are iconic. There may be a couple here or there, but for the most part they all look like THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Whoever said As Good as It Gets had a terrible poster...

    by blackmantis

    ...has obviously never seen this one --

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    The problem here is that...

    by Darryll

    modern marketing wisdom dictates that the actors faces must dominate the poster but we, the potential audience, don't learn anything else about the film except who the stars are. The original poster has a lot going on (almost too much) but it has menace and action and it tells the audience they are in for an intense thriller. Posters in the 70's were like a whole movie trailer on just one piece of paper. Awsome.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Goatee vs. Handlebar One Two Three

    by TylerDurden3395

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    what did you expect from a Tony Scott film?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    One... MILLION... dollars! * ta dah dah...!*

    by ricarleite

    Don't you think we should ask for MORE?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    It'll make money...

    by matineer

    ... but likely won't match the original. Not a fan of remakes, though. And yes, there does seem to be less art in movie posters, as in book covers. It must be cheaper to photoshop stills than to commission original art.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I think the poster shows their character

    by kikuchiyoboy

    but yeah, it's nothing special. It's not horrible, it's just blah. <br> <br> I used to love those old posters as a kid, but now they just remind me of MAD magazine. If we fold it it's probably Alfred E. Newman shitting on Tony Scott.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    They don't make posters like they used to

    by Flip63Hole

    Ah, the good ole days...

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    great idea! (sarcasm)


    hey let's make the black guy brown and the white guy white. but then to drive it home we'll have the black guy be the only brown element in the poster.<P>i didn't know travolta was making anything lately- too busy flying around with his gay lover nanny and all that.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    As soon as I read a useless poster

    by skimn

    I KNEW it would be head shots. If no one knew of the original the title is meaningless. I liked the old school disaster-movie feel of the original.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Losing respect for he really racist?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    I heard he was but I never took stock in it. This is at least the SECOND time that he has participated in an unnecessary remake where he plays a role that was originally played by a white man. What if they remade Seven or Shawshank Redemption with some white guy taking over for Freeman? There would be an outrage, no doubt. <p></p> The original Manchurian Candidate was amazing but the remake was awful and I am sure this will also be the case with this remake.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST



    Seriously. What the fuck? Its just a standard studio boring looking poster. They weren't aiming for shit. <P>TONY SCOTT IS GOD.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    the original poster is outdated now

    by cloudrider`

    that poster can pass for a comedy today. the remake poster is not exceptially bad, it's just generic. it's how every movie is marketed nowaday. huge mugs of big stars splash across the entire poster. it's boring, but how else would you attract the movie going public?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    The original poster looks like a Mad Fold-In

    by tonagan

    I wonder if they ever did a parody of that movie back in the day.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    This is gay porn right?

    by Garbageman33

    Shouldn't it be called "The Dick Taking of Pelham 123"?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    tonagan I doubt they made a parody of it.

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Every damn poster looked like that back in the day. I bet if we build a time machine and sent this site back in time the same stuff we say today would hold true than. BUT... <br> <br> This original film ROCKED... and so did Star Wars... so never mind we wouldn't be sounding like a bunch of whiney TB'ers. Hehe.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Put a key in the middle and presto!

    by skimn

    You've got the "1408" poster.<p>I just hope that since this is basically a hostage drama, and a war of wills/wits, that we get Crimson Tide Scott, and not Domino/Man On Fire Scott. I rewatched Crimson on TCM recently, and it holds up very well.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    It Quite Clearly Says, "This is Another Mediocre Tony Scott Movi

    by grungies

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by BlackBauer0320

    I was wondering who that other black guy was next to Denzel until I saw Travolta's name. Nice lighting!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Travolta sucks.

    by Knuckleduster

    No seriously, Travolta sucks whale tits. He deserves to get locked up in direct-to-video hell.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Blackmantis, I love you for showing me that poster

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    and I now must get it for my room.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Tony has only has one good movie

    by redfist

    True Romance. Everything else...and I mean everything else is SHIT. Including the poster, yes I agree with the headmasters is shit, not ass smoke.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    If they remade Shawshank with a white guy playing the role of Morgan Freeman's "Red" it would be fine. Seeing as how Red WAS a white guy in the book by Stephen King.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Since when are Tony Scott movie posters things of legend?

    by slone13

    <p>The poster for True Romance was one of the most uninspired posters in movie history. Yet the movie was amazing.</p> <p></p>

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Looking at the whole poster, with the train and skyline....

    by Chewtoy

    I don't think it's all that bad. Generic, yes, but Denzel Washington is the obvious selling point of the film, and the rest tells me it's a gritty urban thriller. I like the minimal warm/cool hue coloring job.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The actors are the big story, then the Story story...

    by TheThinker

    The group hostage story has been done so many time before, I don't blame them for not going that angle - especially when it is more interesting to see Denzel & John act in the movie together. To bad that it will probably be Denzel as the "good guy" & John and the "bad guy"...the other way around would have been REALLY interesting.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by Dollar Bird

    That was a good poster. <P>It saddens me that most modern posters (Blackmantis' example being the exception) are just moviestar faces. I know it's been like that for a long time. I rememeber when Crimson Tide came out and I saw the poster and was like, "Oh, more faces." So, if I was already bored of it then, you know how I feel now. Granted, a lot of those old tyme movie posters were of just the movie stars' faces, but there were always the really iconic images thrown in there. the stone title of "Ben Hur"; the countless awesome "King Kong" posters; even those kooky comedy posters of the 70s and 80s that had a cariacture of every character featured on it. What about iconic stuff like "The Man with the Golden Arm" or "Jaws"? Or stylized stuff like "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? Oh, well. I suppose the pendulum has to swing back sometime...

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Um you know anything about design?

    by SomaShine

    Looks like a Tony Scott "movie" poster to me. (man on fire / Domino) lol "retro" for the link to ANOTHER website for information. Aint It Cool..we Whine and cry and post links to other peoples shit.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    It's the taking of the Pelham 123...

    by jarjarmessiah

    ...and if want a funky rhyme then come see me...

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    most posters these days

    by ufoclub1977

    Are all photography based as opposed to artwork/illustration/absract... its kind of like today's mass audience needs to be spoonfed literal clarity as opposed to any kind of abraction of concept. The other side of the coin is foreign movie posters from back in the day... they would get the craziest results by hiring artists to make posters for mainstream genre movie releases in foreign markets... guess what this is:

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Great, the Big Heads

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    They've opened the movie poster handbook and their running it step by step.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST

    AICN doesn't want this film to be good.

    by LoneGun

    You can smell Merrick and Harry's disdain for this project. And yet, I wonder if either of them ever bothered to read John Godey's original bestselling novel. Probably not. If they did, they might understand why another take on this story isn't such an evil thing.<p>As for this movie poster, it may not be Poster Of The Year but it's not nearly as bad as they are making it out to be.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Denzel Travolta

    by j_difool

    Denzel Washington is every bit as good an actor as John Travolta. Which is to say, they both suck mountain oysters.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Old movies and Bad posters.

    by vic twenty

    I saw the original years back and about a month ago on TCM. It was the shit. This remake won’t make sense unless it is a period piece, and then why bother? <p> Other great titles that could apply to this vanilla-ass movie poster: The Bakery Carpark Loyal Opposition Free Refill The Lumberyard Return to Sender <p> See, anything applies when it is just 2 stupid heads. “It doesn’t matter what it’s about – it has DENZEL and TRAVOLTA!!!”

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Sorry about the jumble. No edit fuction, you see...

    by vic twenty

    The Bakery <p> Carpark <p> Loyal Opposition <p> Free Refill <p> The Lumberyard <p> Return to Sender

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    I really hope Travolta kicks Denzel's ass in this one...

    by cifra

    Despite what Oscars say, Vincent Vega, Tony Manero, Chili Palmer and even Danny Succo and Edna Turnblad kick most Denzel performances save Malcom X and maybe Training Day. I'll watch this to see John in full bad-ass mode (Swordfish, Face Off, Broken Arrow, Get Shorty) rather than the bland Denzel.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    IAmJack'sUserID, your Denzel comments hold no water.

    by LoneGun

    The character Washington is playing was originally written to be a black man in the novel. It was changed into a white guy for the 1974 version of PELHAM, as played by Walter Matthau.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Here is WHY the poster sucks

    by Continentalop

    It is completely boring and uninspired. It is like every other poster out there: showing photos of the stars in close up staring seriously at the viewer, but without being related in any context whatsoever to what the movie it is promoting. This could be any movie – Face/Off II, American Gangster Returns, The General’s Other Daughter - who the hell knows. <p> Complain all you want about the other poster being dated, and perhaps it was, but it also was a piece of art that you could instantly identify. Other dated posters include Jaws, American Graffiti, M*A*S*H, Star Wars, Exorcist, The Warriors, Blazing Saddles, etc. <p> I admit, the purpose of a movie poster is to get people inside a theatre and perhaps the new trend of just having photos of the stars works wonders at that, but I miss the day when the poster was more than just forgettable advertisement but instead a memorable part of the film going experience. Back when the posters for Halloween became just as memorable to me as the film it enticed me to see. <p> Now excuse me while I pull and look at out my dated and “retarded” poster for the Big Bus.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    You include Edna Turnblad as an ass-kickery role??? OK, Washington hasn't played a role in full drag......THANK GOD.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    This poster tells me nothing.

    by jimmy_009

    Literally NOTHING. There is no way in hell I would ever see this based off the poster. Terrible. Floating heads, all caps. Nothing about the movie. The absolute worst in poster design. The art director that approved this should be fired.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    May be......

    by fxmulder35

    a bit generic, to say the least. But come on! Does it even warrant a mention? And I don't think either Harry or Merrick can sound more bitter. About what? Who knows. But get real. A big slice of movie posters have been "faces" for decades. That ain't gonna change. Much Ado About Nothing!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by Titus05

    who the hell even watches a movie based on the poster?...are there people that do that?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I knew it!! As soon as I read the headline i thought,"someones's

    by brock landers baby

    This movie will suck. The original pitted brainiac,Shaw against regular Joe,Matthau. Now,Denziel ain't going to be anything but sparkling in any movie he does. So there will be no battle of wits,just guns/chicks/explosions?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Testify, Continentalop!

    by Darryll

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by cifra

    Edna Turnblad was a CHALLENGING role, and Johnny kicked ass specially at the final number. Which is more than Denzel has made since Malcom X. Probably the most "playing safe" 2-Oscar winner star in Hollywood. To look back in the past and see how Travolta wasn't even nom'd for "Blow Out", "Get Shorty", "She's so lovely", "Hairspray"... well it's just proof they don't like the guy that much in Hollywood.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by Stormshadow4life

    must be a slow news day if the poster of a remake of a movie most people never even heard of is getting bashed. this poster is boring, and the original poster was B-movie retarded

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Another to avoid

    by The StarWolf

    At least I'm keeping my money in my pocket. To think I used to respect Denzel Washington. But after this? Not bloody likely. *sigh*

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    The poster's inspiration...

    by The Great One

    I think it might be from the DVD menu of the original film. Looks similar to that stylistically. I know it doesn't need to be remade, but I do think the film will be ok in Tony Scott's hands. He's decent with thrillers and action. If it turns out to suck I will admit to that as well on this board but I think with the caliber of talent involved here, we should give it a chance before bashing it.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    slone13, Bale would have torn Patricia a new one

    by kikuchiyoboy

    for trashing his scene on that True Romance poster... <br> <br> That True Romance poster looks like a frame the night cleaner picked off the floor. But that was Goddamn great fuck'n film. "Now tell me. Am I lying?"

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    OOhhh,Travolta is scary. He has black hair AND a tattoo.

    by brock landers baby

    He bad. Denziel good. So me like Denziel.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Travolta is a murderer.

    by disfigurehead

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Brown and Blue

    by BigDude

    Or maybe Gold and Blue. Probably the color scheme of the film itself. Hey, I like the Scott brothers a lot, and I dig when Tony works with the big D, and ultimately I will reserve judgement for at least a trailer, but this poster sucks a greesy monkey cock.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Blow Out is one of my favorite, if not favorite Brain DePalma film, and a role that took Travolta out of the "kid" roles he had prior. And Get Shorty stands as one of the few, if not only film, to get Elmore Leonard's vibe on the screen, in no small part to Travolta's performance. But sorry, you lost me with Hairspray, which seemed liked novelty casting (yes, I know the role was played in drag from the original), and the make-up looked like a living Cabbage Patch Kid.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Or maybe that's Robert Downey Jr in the Travolta role.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Alien Goatee Invasion Movie!

    by rxse7en

    Alien Goatee Invasion Movie!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    john travolta as Dr manhattan

    by Mr_X

    stay with that shaven head mate

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by Kid Z

    ...someone didn't get an invite to the set from Tony Scott, did they?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    This poster was made for the people who

    by haggardatbest

    walk around the lobby saying, "Ooooh I want to see that" after looking at it for 3 seconds. Like the guy a few months ago who, after seeing a "Leatherheads" poster proclaiming John Krasinki as The Bullet, told his wife "I wanna see that football movie 'The Bullet'. Looks pretty good." The same audience members who feel the need to tell those they are with whether they want to see each advertised movie througout the trailers. Like Jim Gaffigan says, no one ever watches commercials and says whether or not they are going to buy the product. This post might not make any sense, maybe I should get back to work.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Okay, I stand corrected

    by skimn

    now that I see the full poster (why did you have to cut off half of it AICN, just to prove your point?), the subway silhouette and the skyline does help balance the "GIANT FLOATING HEADS". It does look much better than the cropped version.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Why a better poster is a worse idea

    by rockgolf

    The original Pelham did terrific business... in New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto & London. The rest of the world? It sucked.<p> Why? Those cities had subways. The people could relate. I saw this on a series in Canada called Movies 101 on TVO. It includes a lot of interviews from twenty years ago or more by Elwy Yost, who is Graham Yost's father. The senior Yost had an encyclopeadic knowledge of film, and was able to get interviews with thousands of movie makers from big stars to bookkeepers. He once sent a note to his son's elementary school. "Please excuse Graham's absence yesterday. Citizen Kane was showing on the late movie."<p> Back on topic - the reason you can't have a subway-related icons on the poster is that you instantly alienate over 80% of the movie-going public.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I have to say I am like skimn

    by Continentalop

    I thought the cropped head shot WAS the entire poster. I didn't know about the skyline and the subway light. <p> Still not a great poster, but at least it isn't nearly as bland or as boring as just a pair of head shots of the stars.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by Steve Young

    A corporate executive, Photoshop, an intern, and a dream.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Someone may have covered this but...

    by dogrobber

    is this just a teaser poster or is it the final poster?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    how long is the movie?

    by ThePilgrim

    cause a passenger a minute killed could be pretty fucking interesting if it 2 hours. What if they run out???

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST

    The Text on this Poster should say

    by ThePilgrim

    "Wanna Compare Penile Lenght and Girth?"

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by aversiontherapy2

    Why they remade this film I'll never know. The casting shows a complete lack of understanding of the material.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Doesn't matter anyway

    by haggardatbest

    No matter how bad this poster is, the DVD cover will be much, much worse.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    The poster for the original reminds me of...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...the marketing for Liam Neeson's flick, "Taken". The way "Taken" is being marketed using Neeson's little chat on the telephone with the abductors is a neat and tidy way to sum up the movie in the same way the quote on that movie poster for the original Pelham 123 sums up that movie.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    nearly the entire talkback didn't look at the poster

    by ArcadianDS

    mission accomplished Harry. Your poorly cropped and chopped edited version of the poster is a smashing success. Whomever it was on this production that steamed your panties sure got what was coming to him.<p> The actual poster (as opposed to the painfully obvious 'crap-edit' that AICN created in order to fabricate this whole tempest in a lapband), is not nearly as bad as Harry and Merrick intentionally misrepresented it to be.<p> The HarryFail Express keeps on running, boys.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Today's Posters Suck

    by Le Phantom

    Most of the movie posters of the past 15 years just suck a dead dog's ass!No creativity, no style...Just plaster the star's mug(s)nice and big and they will come! Even McDonalds has an ad agency make fake great looking burgers for ads cause real burgers photograph like shit!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    here's a link to the "REAL" poster

    by ArcadianDS<p> Nice try Harry. Keep on failing, chief.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    "1 million dolllars!"... heh heh, i miss the 70s

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    yes - the original is a great movie - it still holds up well - my guess is the makers of this new one just want a good character showdown (over phones) between the 2 leads (on the poster) - thats all i can see them taking from the original (mathau and shaw) - at least its tony scott directing - "man on fire" was really good - maybe some of that grit will be on this

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    This post reeks of bias

    by estacado1

    At least try to hide the bias with some fake objectivity.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by im_a_lead_farmer_muthafucker

    That was a fucking kickass poster that Harry covered a while back in the DVD column. That movie probably sucked a whole bunch, but that poster was freaking awesome!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    ICE-T as John Travolta

    by Marko Ramius

    Hope JT has that same monotone, I'm obiviously reading off cue cards that Ice-T has every week on L&O:SVU.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Le Phantom

    by haggardatbest

    They taste like it too

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    re: Chevy Chase

    by haggardatbest

    I went to the link, but it is blocked here at work. Then I looked at the URL and thought to myself, "Mr. Twist, you and I are fucking done, professionally."

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Really? He's dead?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Ho ho

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    You got me. :(

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    They should only remake films like this

    by Dr. Chim Richalds

    Where 90% of the audience has no idea that the original exists and doesn't particularly care. Anyway, the poster for the original gives me a Police Academy-vibe (too many characters drawn together, each trying to convey an emotion).

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    ANYWAY...the complete poster over at Joblo..

    by IAmMrMonkey! actually pretty cool. It's got the two stars, a subway train and a threatening skyline. What more do you need, really?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Denzel is the white guy

    by quintana007

    posing as a black guy.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Merrick, this is just a variant of the "flying heads" poster.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    In other words, a variant of the Modern School of Poster Design. Or, in other other words, shit.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Today's posters lack imaginations

    by DarthBakpao

    mostly consist of floating heads, no creativities, just laziness

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Not Getting It

    by toxicbuddha

    It's a movie poster. Not looking for it to make me blow my load in my drawers. And, while I do not share Arcadian's vitriol, methinks he has a point. Did someone incur Harry's wrath with this film? If your gonna hate on the poster, show the whole damn poster. Shows Travolta as the badass of the piece and showcases two actors whose films make bank, regardless of what all the internet movie experts here think of either of them. I would imagine the trailer would be the more relevant bit of marketing here. And name one remake that does 'need' to happen. The original is a nifty film, but hardly some sort of pristine classic.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    the original poster looks like something from MAD magazine

    by WickedJacob

    you know, maybe one of those overly complicated things you fold at the right spot to get the real picture.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Recall the alternate poster, too.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Even better: <p> <p> <p> <p> And not a trace of flying heads on either. But what other than shit can you expect from Tony "I WILL live up to my brother's fame, you'll see!" Scott? I'd like to hope it flops badly and maybe even buries the twat's remake of "The Warriors", but whom am I kidding... of course it will make tons of money.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    This is one step away from

    by haggardatbest

    123 Fast 123 Furious

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    The FAN is the only weak link in Tony's chain

    by Six Demon Bag

    my fiend's dad says Mick Jagger is gay...

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST

    the original was made when movie posters were art

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    look at any movie poster from the 70s - they filled seats - they made promises - and kept most - they were great art - that transcended their purpose and the movies they were for (a lot of the time) - look at the original jaws poster - perfect - or phantasm - or logans run - or rollerball - art

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Right on JimmyJoe

    by alienindisguise

    There are so many movies I saw just because the poster hit me right between the eyes. Most of them were simple but I still look at them as pure forms of art. Too bad those days have all but ended. I think Alex Ross needs to do some movie posters especially for comic films. It's a total no brainer.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    yes yes and yes - alex ross should do the GL poster

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    My submission for Best Poster Ever

    by haggardatbest

    The Jerk. With this you know exactly what you are in for.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Not only that, but this poster doesn't inspire confidence

    by Continentalop

    Besides the fact that I think older movie posters used to be art (like JimmyJoe RedSky mentioned), this poster also doesn't give me the impression that they filmmakers have any confidence in their movie. Whenever I see a poster that only features the leads in an ambiguous pose, overlooking a generic cityscape, I think to myself that the producers have no confidence or idea how to promote this. They have no movie to sell her, just the stars. If the movie itself was better, I would have expected them to have made a more original poster and expect them to use word-of-mouth and critics reviews to make people want to see their product, but not here. Instead they use only the names of the stars to sell this film, implying to me that is all this movie has got - two big name stars but no plot or emotion or suspense or anything else that would make it worthwhile. <p> Maybe the film is good, but that isn’t the feeling I get when I see this poster. I just see “Typical Bad and Unoriginal Hollywood Production.”

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Mad foldins are better than lazy ass head collages

    by Prossor

    I mean seriously two fucking heads? That look like they're taking the most excruciating nastiest shit ever?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    The Remaking of Pelham 123

    by Blue_Demon

    Bah.<p>Robert Shaw would slap these pansies around.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by SomaShine The REST of the poster that Aint it Cool Propoganda cut off..JESUS YOU ARE FUCKING RETARDED

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    by SomaShine

    Just in Case you missed it you whiny Baby...jesus this site has become a joke

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Looks like a TONY SCOTT movie poster

    by Turd Furgeson

    no better no worse.. if I didn't know who made this movie, I would know from the poster it was Scott.. I hope they use the original music!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Lol SomaShine

    by dr sauch

    He did cut the bottom.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    there is nothing wrong with the poster...

    by Bob Parr

    The original poster looks like a cover to a shitty National Lampoon vhs tape.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Gee, I wonder who's starring in this...

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    "...with some white guy taking over for Freeman?"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Um, the character WAS white in the original Stephen King novella.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Bob Parr

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    exactly - there is nothing wrong with this poster - it disappears amongst every other modern poster - the original is cool - it was very cool in the 70s and its still cool - taste is relative i guess - any real lover of movies would get why the original is cool and the new one is nothing to remember - im guessing you were born long after the original pelham 123 was released

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    "the warriors" is another perfect 70s movie poster

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    "scanners" has a great painted poster (80s)

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    michael ironside bugging out scanner style

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    JimmyJoe RedSky

    by Continentalop

    I'm liking your taste in posters. Another great poster was "Joe."

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    George A. Romero's "Martin" had an awesome poster

    by Continentalop

    With the razor blades shaped like fangs and the legend "Made in the USA" stamped on them.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Travolta looks ready to lick some guy's ass!

    by johnnyangelheart

    Oops! I meant kick some guy's ass. My mistake. Sorry.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    one of my all time favorites, "king kong 1976"

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    wow what a poster - far better than the movie

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    another classic painted movie poster, "sorcerer"

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Frazetta's "the gauntlet" poster

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    "battle for the planet of the apes" ridiculously cool

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    The overly wordy AICN article has a headline that doesn't make a

    by TallBoy66

    And goes on way too long. Merrick sucks. Bring back Moriarty.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    OMG! Photos of actors! On a movie poster!!

    by Bot-Bot

    There has hardly been a single movie poster worth looking at since the Rocketeer poster - probably the last poster to NOT have cheesy photos of the actors on it. I can't imagine how bored the graphic designers must be who crank out this mediocre stuff.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    best recent movie poster, "the wrestler"

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    photo manipulation done right

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    posters that dont show the actors says "confidence"

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    posters that show nothing but the actors in close up says, 'hey, see this movie... (fill in blank) is in it"

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by lsleelee

    idiot "...bothered to read the John whatever's bestselling novel..." Here's a clue on how to not sound like a press release and get IDed as a plant : don't sound like a press release

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Tony Scott has whittled away the energetic editing

    by CreasyBear

    from his glory days of Man on Fire. As uneven in tone as Domino was, it's more entertaining than Last Bay Scout or Top Gun. I knew when I saw Deja Vu that the fun, stylistic Tony Scott (the one most talkbackers despise, yeah, I realize) was gone, replaced by the very unremarkable, run-of-the-mill director. I'll admit, I usually love it when a director goes a little crazy with the editing in post production (Snatch, Pulp Fiction, Ang Lee's Hulk, etc.)

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Or the Last Boy Scout.

    by CreasyBear

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Bah! This movie will rock!

    by maddox

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    How come big budget movies have such bland posters...

    by Continentalop

    ...but low budget, b-movies had such cool posters and cover art? I mean, I never would have rented a shitload of schlocky/crappy movies (Maniac, Spasms, The Burning, Hollywood Blvd,, Mason County Line, Fade to Black, etc.) if they didn't have such awesome cover art on their dvds or vhs boxes.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    its harder to make a great movie than it is to make a great poster - for this reason bad movies usually kick ass in the poster department - they have to sell harder

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Continentalop, i was referring to old movies

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    nowadays most movies are bad and flat out suck no matter what the poster looks like - and bad not in a good way, like "chud" or "q: the winged serpent" - both of which had great posters

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    JimmyJoe RedSky

    by Continentalop

    Yeah, I know. I used to work for Roger Corman at Concorde/New Horizons, and for Alain Siritzky (the "genius" behind Emmanuelle) and I remember all the time we spent making great looking poster art and fake trailers for stuff we hadn't shot yet. And I kept thinking, "if we spent this much effort on making a good product, we wouldn't have to spend this much effort on lying to our buyers!"

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by Darkman

    Seriously, this remake is a waste of resources. I can rent the original...or, better still, INSIDE MAN.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    "battle beyond the stars" has a fantastic poster

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    best SW rip off poster ever - and a corman movie

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    "Q" had an awesome poster...

    by Continentalop

    ...and it delivered. It promised you a giant flying serpent that grabbed women, and it gave you a giant flying serpent that grabbed women. <p> Not like "Dreamaniac," which promised a young adolescent boy tantalizing naked women but instead delivered a Dave DeCoteau film freighted with more gay code and innuendo than any film since "Desert Fury".

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    the japanese 80s "flash gordon" poster is great too

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    looks like boris vallejo painted it

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    "inframan" poster fucks everyones eyballs

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Alligator had a great poster

    by Continentalop

    Ridiculous movie though (but the script by John Sayles is pretty good; he knew how to writer monster/horror movies).

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Oh man, "inframan"

    by Continentalop

    That poster just made me go see that movie. My dad is still pissed at me for forcing him to take me.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by Continentalop

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    "Deeds not words". That funky poster was like hypnotic to kids. We didn't stand a chance.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    i wish mad max looked like its poster

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    the poster promised a level of coolness that was undeliverable - and i love mad max - but that poster is so cool the movie suffers in comparrison - just a masked bad ass holding a smoking sawed off shot gun with a car a corpse and some buzzards behind him - it says so little but speaks volumes - epic

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    inframan is so bad its sublime, required viewing

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    slow movie news day

    by antonphd

    who gives a shit about a poster for a film that will be seen, enjoyed for what it is and then quickly forgotten.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST

    "equinox" and "the devil's rain"

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    wheres the rest of the poster?

    by alice 13

    floating heads= cheap sell. and i love tony scott's hyper-amped style. despite how it seems its very deliberate and difficult to make work and i think its brilliant.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    "Fear No Evil" and "Raw Meat"

    by Continentalop

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I have to laugh

    by Fireball XL-5

    AT the Talkbacker near the top who mocks the original poster for "spoon-feeding retards the plot." As if there wasn't a world before the Internet, a world in which average people didn't know every friggin' thing about a movie before it even came out. Sheesh.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I loved the original and about the "dated" poster...

    by andrew coleman

    Sure it's dated but it's still better by a long shot. Now of course they couldn't remake this poster because every cry baby dumb bitch would complain seeing it in the theater. PC fuckwads would be on the news claiming it promotes terrorism. Or they don't want their kids seeing images like that when they are seeing Paul Blart Mall Cop. My personal opinion taking your kid to Paul Bary Mall Cop makes you a terrorist and you should be killed or put in GITMO. I wish movies would have kick ass movie posters again but oh well the good days of movies are gone.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    A Film By Tony Scott

    by SnootyBoots

    is a film I wont see.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:15 p.m. CST

    JimmyJoe RedSky

    by Bob Parr

    Loved the original movie, (was 7 years old when it was released) as a matter of fact, take today's poster and stick Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw's mugs in those same poses and you would have a great poster. As you said, taste is relative.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    JimmyJoe RedSky

    by Bob Parr

    Agreed_ King Kong 76-Great poster!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack


  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Seriously, that's Travolta out of the closet, folks.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Johnny T. needs a hit!

    by thebearovingian

    For that matter, so does Denzel.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    "... and not enough on Travolta. Are you fucking professional or not?"

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    SPOILER giant psionic squid hijacks the plane in ending

    by Groothewarrior

    Travolta, Matthau, Shaw and Washington must unite against a greater common enemy!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba beatdown!!!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Travolta: "Stay gold, Pony."

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Travolta: "Between two pillows." <P> Denzel: "Those aren't pillows!!!!!!"

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Should be a sequel: TAKING OF PELHAM 456!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    And the train is on the moon!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Denzel: "Good luck carrying it home."

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Travolta: "Jim Cameron. Who's lighting you?" <P> Denzel: "Danny Boyle."

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Kong '76

    by ufoclub1977

    Great poster... I have a framed promo movie poster edition of it that lacks the black movie credits and fills the whole poster with the painting by John Berkey... who also did the great cover painting for the Star Wars novel... and... I think the '76 Kong is GREAT.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang had a great poster.

    by GQtaste

    And so did the first Burn after Reading:

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Mickey Rourke is smiling

    by Star Hump

    "Thank Holy Sweet Christ I landed 'The Wrestler,' now I'll never have to work with Tony Scott again."

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    piece of shit

    by Gungan Slayer

    is what this movie is. we don't need a fucking remake of this. And I could add many more to this list.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Why are you trashing my movie poster?

    by geek molester

    Seriously man, we're fuckin done professionally.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Bob Peak made some kick ass posters

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    enter the dragon - apocalypse now - every which way but loose - star trek 1-4 - the missouri breaks - my fair lady - hair - all winners, poster wise

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST


    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ever see the other kong 76 posters - the subway smash and the gate smash - they were promos - burger king gave some away back then (with a wopper) - great posters - frame worthy

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    The Movie.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Cuz Photoshop is no substitute for a palette and canvas. Death to the new flesh.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Denzel's upper lip

    by Prossor

    looks like someone spreading their cheeks upside down.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Regarding the original.

    by Royston Lodge

    Didja know that the New York transit authority (or whatever it's actually called) set a condition on the production that the method they used to disable the "deadman" switch had to be completely fake? Apparently there actually was a way to disable the deadman switch, and they didn't want any actual criminals getting any bright ideas. Neat, eh?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST

    The greatest movie poster is....

    by Madmacks

    THE TOWERING INFERNO. Movie posters today suck! just look at how great the old Bond posters were compared to what they are today.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Havent they realized no one cares about stars now?

    by BurgerKing

    The death of the movie star and all that? No one gives a shit about their faces, we know what they are. Give us something related to the story, that's what we want!!!<p> Also I don't see how this is any more forgettable than 80% of movie posters, it's just generic.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    We have a broken arrow . . .

    by aboriginal

    Could another Travolta reboot.


  • Feb. 11, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST

    the one good thing about remakes

    by deanbarry

    is the interest it brings over the original. a lot of movies fans who might not have seen a particular flick, will suddenly see a REMAKE of something and check out the original version. i know i have. and i have made my dvd collection all the richer for it.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Lucio Fulci's "Zombie" is one of the best posters

    by Stalkeye

    just for scaring the shit outta me when i was a kid.Nothing says "ojj shit" than a poster of a rotting corpse with subtitles; "We are going to eat you". >:)

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Cash the pay check easy as one two three !

    by kingoflight

    I take it travolta is the bad guy due the the lack of tie and being blue !

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Why so much Tony Scott hate?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Aside from the brilliant TRUE ROMANCE, the guy did also the following:<p>THE LAST BOY SCOUT<p>CRIMSON TIDE<p>SPY GAME<p>plus some really fun guilty pleasure flicks like TOP GUN, DEJA VU and DAYS OF THUNDER. And MAN ON FIRE was okay, too, imho.<p>Only DOMINO was really crappy.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Come on!

    by Bruarvatn

    This will be good. It's Tony Scott, it's R rated. This will kick ass. I will be watching this and Public Enemys this summer. Films made for adults. You guys can have your G.I Joe and Transformers all day long.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    And don't you even dare to hate on...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...The Last Boyscout!<p>I dare you! I double dare you, motherfockers!!!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:31 a.m. CST

    high rez version of original poster

    by mr.brownstone

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Tony Scott

    by Bruarvatn

    is one of the few guys that keep making badass films for adults. I love him for that. The trailer for this will be very good and I think the movie will be great. Revenge friggin rocks by the way!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:53 a.m. CST

    and aicn kept saying

    by Bruarvatn

    Eagle Eye was so good. Enemy Of The State was ten times better and smarter. And it was rated R as opposed to Eagle Eye's PG-13 rating. And don't get me started on Man On Fire. That movie was brilliant! Tony Scott will deliver this summer.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST


    by im_a_lead_farmer_muthafucker

    I have to say, you have to be one of the more advanced plants I have seen come of late. You actually try to push the R-rated nature of this film as a reason for geeks to go watch it, and I respect that. But, as much as I love the last boy scout (shit was awesome) and true romance (awesome), I will not tolerate a Warriors remake that WONT HAVE ANY BASEBALL MOTHERFUCKING FURIES! Seriously, it's either source material of gtfo, and if not watching this movie means no warriors remake, by all means I am boycotting this film. You're a nice guy Bruarvatn, but you and me are done professionally.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST


    by Bruarvatn

    funny with the Bale thing. I am no plant. I am from Norway and have been reading this site for 12 years. I just happen to love Tony Scott films. I'm not sure this will be great, but based on the talent involved I think it's gonna be pretty damm good. I have to admit I have not seen the origianl but I think Tony Scott knows how to make a good, fresh remake. I love The Warriors but I think Tony Scott would have made a great modern day gang epic, but that film looks to be dead in the water. I have not heard any news about that one for years. But like I said, I think it would have been good in a different way than Hills' original. And after PG-13 Die Hard, Max Payne, Eagle Eye and so on, an R rating always makes me happy.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Seriously though...

    by im_a_lead_farmer_muthafucker

    Rockstar released their videogame adaptation of The Warriors, and I know a lot of people that got into The Warriors because of that that probably never would otherwise. Are you telling me that kids wouldn't get The Warriors, when the makers of Grand Theft Auto proved that actually, embracing source material (read: the only reason anyone gives a shit about the name recognition) rewards the die hard fans and brings in new ones at the same time?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:21 a.m. CST

    who dosen't love

    by Bruarvatn

    Crimson Tide, Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Man On Fire and so on. Spy Game was also great. Smart, entertaing and exiting. And I have to say I even like The Fan. De Niro is crazy in that one. It's also very violent and edgy. Not a typical crowd pleaser but for me it was dark, scary and disturbing. Thumbs up from me.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST


    by im_a_lead_farmer_muthafucker

    If people see this Pelham movie, Tony Scott inches a step closer to the Warriors Remake. If there's one way I like my Tony Scott, it's with Shane Black or Tarantino. This remake stuff is for the birds.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    I don't remember

    by Bruarvatn

    that much about The Warriors. I saw it about 15 years ago when I was sixteen, and I remember I loved it. I love most Walter Hill's movies by the way. Who knows what the ramake would have been like. It would probably have been very different but still good I think. Like Snyder's remake of Dawn of The Dead. I wold love an R Rated gang epic from Tony Scott, maybe it should not be called The Warriors refering to the old movie, but like it Dawn of the dead I think it would have turned out good based on Scott's talent and vision.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    I think

    by Bruarvatn

    The Warriors remake is dead. I don't think Tony Scott will ever make it. He has not talked about it for years. My guess is it will be made in about 5 year by Len Wiseman or something like that. And it will probably be PG-13. Then I think we would have prayed for the Tony Scott version.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    But Dawn of the Dead was just zombies...

    by im_a_lead_farmer_muthafucker

    Zombies are a generic enemy like vampires, werewolves etc. But the Warriors had gangs like THE GRAMMERCY RIFFS, THE BOPPERS, and THE BASEBALL FURIES. Remaking the Warriors without the Baseball Furies and the Grammercy Riffs is like remaking The Empire Strikes Back with no AT-ATs and no Boba Fett.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:34 a.m. CST

    V for Vendetta was so so

    by Dingbatty

    (though Hugo Weaving did the comic book justice), but the posters were keen.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Dawn of the Dead wasn't just zombies...

    by Continentalop was also bikers, which is why the remake sucked. The theme of the movie was a the one-legged priest said, only when we stop killing each other will we be able to stop fearing the dead. Well, when bikers come to plunder a department store because neither side will share, you know you can never defeat the dead.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:23 a.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    The funny thing is that the original novel of the Warriors is nothing like the movie. The gang isn't called the Warriors and in fact are a bunch of wimps. <p> But that still doesn't mean I want to see a remake of the Warriors. You want to make a movie about street gangs with elements lifted from the Anabisis, go ahead. Just don't call it the Warriors. <p>

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by HenryVIII

    Guys, I'm not a flamer here. If you have the ability and time to read back - I post very rarely, and do not bring the hate. But ... let me get this straight ... Merrick says "the poster you see here sucks". Harry chimes in with "yep, sure is shit!" ... BUT NEITHER OF YOU MENTION YOU'RE ONLY SHOWING US HALF THE POSTER. Guys, your "journalistic integrity" just took a HUGE whopping hit in my eyes. I never thought such a thing was possible. I looked up to you guys, and would like to continue to. But please don't try to pull fuckin' cheap wool over my eyes again! If you got a reason to hate this movie or this director, come out and say so - I'll respect your honesty. But not this bullshit, please. Not this Hearst-OReilly-yellow bullshit.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:40 a.m. CST

    orange man vs blue man

    by The Amazing G

    whoever wins, we taste the colors of the rainbow

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:54 a.m. CST

    original sucks too

    by ironic_name

    I thought that was THE TREJO for a min

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Spike Lee is in this?

    by Droid

    And Travolta looks like he just stepped out of an Underworld flick.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by caruso_stalker217

    You're fucking amateur. Matthau trashes your fuckin' lights.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    The MUSIC of Pelham 123..

    by CeejayNightwing

    is the one thing I fear they'll never beat with this remake. The film was great but the music was a blooming triumph in itself. If you can't top the original movie as well as the music then don't bother doing a remake! At least Bryan Singer got that much right with his Superman Returns flick!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7 a.m. CST


    by Codename V

    I agree with HenryVIII. Put the whole poster up. Not everybody will click to embiggen. The train gives a little bit more info. Now I don't look up to anyone unless they're taller than me, but I will say I've enjoyed reading most of the stuff Harry and the rest post. But it is a little childish, to me anyway, to only put up part of a poster, not tell us there's more, and just trash it outright without more of an explanation. I smell grudge. Either against the making of the film, the director, etc...

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Matthau is too dead to trash my scene.

    by ironic_name

    scarface is the best poster.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I like the other original poster the best

    by MRJONZ72

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Kind of reminds me of the freakiness of

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    the Soylent Green poster. The original Pelham poster, not the new one of course.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Do any of the remakes really need to happen?

    by quadrupletree

    Just saying

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Twats crying "dat's only half of da poster, you suck!"...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Do they really think that the small subway car pasted somewhere below the GIANT FLYING HEADS magically makes this pathetic poster amazing? <p> <p> That's not even to mention the fact that it actually makes the damn thing look more like a remake of "Rollercoaster". Which probably will happen, too.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Tony Scott is God?

    by ScottinDC

    Sure, Man on Fire was good..but did anyone else see Domino Deja Vu The Fan or Enemy of the State? Fuck, those were god-awful.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    JimmyJoeRedSky is right

    by The StarWolf

    Back in the 70s, the ROLLERBALL poster got me in to see the film. And I went back a couple of times because the film lived up to it. Still does. Back then, posters certainly got me there. Now? Word-of-mouth, usually, or outstanding reviews.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    if there's Crank 2, then we needs Man On Fire 2

    by Spandau Belly

    Where Dakota runs around killing the gangsters who killed Denzel only to find out he's actually still alive and it was all a hoax arranged by Mickey Rourke who is really her father.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Creasy Bear "twas a flesh wound."

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Comes back so he can hit on Fanning's hot mom.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Okay, so who's going to photoshop

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Staying Alive Travolta into that poster?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Best poster EVER

    by ArcadianDS

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Codename V

    I, for one, didn't say the poster was amazing. I merely stated that pertinent info was left out to make it suck even more. But I don't think it's amazing nor pathetic. Therefore I am removing any twat status you may have assigned me.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    JimmyJoe RedSky... Kong '76 art

    by ufoclub1977

    Yes, I have a t-shirt of the subway/city painting, and I have all 3 of the glasses. It's funny that someone took the face off the first Berkey Trade Center painting, and put it on the other three paintings... that was not his intention. Shit, I think I even have the lunchbox somewhere.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by radio1_mike

    The problem with this poster and other like it, is that the poster is about who IS IN the movie. Rather than, what the movie was about. The original movie poster, while you may not like-- at least it told you something. I mean really, apply what posters are now to classic movies. Imagine Jaws with the 3 big head triangle of: Dreyfuss, Schneider and Shaw?? Or Close Encounters with Dreyfuss and Garr? The last poster (with this type of layout) was Cameron's Titanic. Other than that-- all shite!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    the portion that harry left out doesnt help it

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    i saw the whole poster - just more photo montage - subway system is blue above ground is orange - i get it - the hero and villain, plus their settings, are color coded - so the movie goer knows who is who - brilliant - if you are a moron

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Escape Fron NY is one of the best posters iv'e seen.

    by Stalkeye

    Something about The statue of Liberty's head is cool in a creepy kinda way.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    not as bad as this

    by jermcdee I mean honestly. What do you want people.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Stalkeye, yes - thats a great one

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    i have a print of that - EFNY

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Top Gun

    by mojoman69

    FOr giving us the gayest scene ever(volleyball) in a feature film. legendary!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST



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