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2005 Internet Movie Poster Awards - Worst Teaser Nominees

Dark Water

There is only one real problem with this poster. That ain't Jennifer Connelly there. In fact, if you look at the arms and that peculiar stance, it might not even be human! A potentially interesting design ruined by a really awkward rendering of the actress.

The idea of showing a first-person perspective on the poster similar to the game was a good idea, but that's about the only nice thing we can say about this poster. The gun looks plastic, the creature is far too vague to be scary, and what are all those white splotches over the creature? Is the gun shooting holes through it or covering it with foam?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It's hard to say what exactly is wrong with this poster, but it rubbed us the wrong way the moment we saw it. It felt like it must be someone's fan art. Maybe it just seems too pompous. Masked in smoke, standing in the spotlight, as if Harry is about to walk out into a WWE wrestling arena with his Potter 4 jacket on. Of course it doesn't help that the original poster came out missing the all-important comma.
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

We're likely to attract lots of hate mail for this one. People seemed to either love this poster or hate it. We disliked it. The teaser poster for Episode I did a wonderful job of turning the young boy's shadow into Darth Vader. But turning Annakin's cape into Vader's helmet just seems far too forced and awkward. It may have worked if we had seen the whole cape and the mask was much more subtle, but this design just seems slapped together.
XXX: State of the Union

Sure, you can sell a movie with a simple logo or symbol. The teaser posters for Superman Returns and X-Men 3 are perfect examples. But XXX doesn't quite have the same power. And there's nothing special about it. The poster is the equivalent of a guy walking into the room and saying "Ummm, we've got this new movie coming out. Yeah, and umm, it's a sequel to this other movie you might have seen. It had three Xs in the title. Do you remember it?"

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