Update: Outlander

The poster for the vikings vs alien giant monster flick, Outlander, has surfaced!

Outlander poster

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8 Responses to Update: Outlander

  1. Avery says:

    OK,I’m not too keen on this poster.it looks fantastic and everyone’s raving about how epic it looks,but it just brings to mind the “300” poster.Why is the creature hidden in the background,barely visible!!Aarrgh!!

  2. Backbrain says:

    I agree. I don’t find it very exciting and I feel it doesn’t express most of the conceptual ideas that have been getting the fans all excited. This makes it look much more “standard epic” than it is and doesn’t forge any sort of iconic image that will live on in the cultural memory. Very weak — sort of a poor-man’s Lord of the Rings (though not nearly as effective or well-designed as all the LOTR imagery). Hopefully response will be negative and they’ll do better as the release time approaches.

  3. Avery says:

    Well the good thing is that this is just the first ‘international’ poster for it.Hopefully the fans will protest enough to change this horrible mistake.It feels like comparing ‘Pathfinder’ to ‘300’ or ‘Lord Of The Rings’.It misses the point entirely!!The fans are really ecstatic about this film,mainly because of the monster and spfx!!Where are those elements in this pic??We should start the protest here and now.Anyone else got a gripe or praise for this poster??

  4. AD says:

    I think they’re selling the LOTR connection a little too hard, but I do like the poster. Barrie Osbourne is only an Exec. Producer according to this poster (IMDB says different but IMDB reliability is a discussion for another time). He oversaw a lot of the preproduction when a lot of the look of the film was decided on, but didn’t have much to do with it after the movie moved to Canada from New Zealand.

    Personally, I don’t mind the monster being hinted at. The movie is more that just monster slashing after all, and if the movie is going to draw in big crowd they need to sell other aspects of the film too, Over all I like the “epic” poster, but I don’t like the big scrawl saying “from the producer of..)

  5. chrisbarnes says:

    Argh! I agree that the poster isn’t all that great for the various reasons you’ve all mentioned, but also for another reason; in some of the original concept art the Vikings appeared to be reasonably authentically dressed and equipped. Here they’re just another bunch of fantasy warriors. Oh well, I guess authenticity was never going to be a priority for this type of movie, but it would have been nice for a change.

  6. Backbrain says:

    AD, I think the poster is well painted (though Chris’s remark about the difference between the Vikings’ appearance here and in the concept art is a fair cop), but I really don’t think it represents the film well. I don’t expect rampant monster action on the poster, but I would like to see something more focused and dynamic…. and something that suggests that this is more than a generic fantasy epic. That is, I’d personally like to have seen the SF elements represented. A picture more like this would be much more potent, to all audiences, in my opinion:


    It says so much about the film and is a potent image. So make the figure a warrior instead of a fisherman and stick a suggestion of the monster somewhere and you’ve got a powerful poster.

  7. Backbrain says:

    That being said, I don’t think it’s a terrible poster, just not optimum… and a bit disappointing.

  8. Avery says:

    I agree.It looks ‘epic’,but it also just looks like a viking flick.There’s nothing representing the kaiju or spaceship or anything of the sci-fi sort.It looks like just another ‘300’ or ‘L.O.T.R.’s rip-off,and not a very good one at that.I think that audiences might be tired of those kind of films by now, and in order for this picture to work,it may need to rely on it’s differentiating qualities.

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