• Title:
    Battlegroung
  • Client:
    Epic
  • Design:
    Film Poster
  • Date:
    01.02.11
  • Region:
    USA
This is a poster for an action/horror/suspense, think Rambo meets Jason, with tones of those old 80’s Nam style revenge War films gone bad! Basically its about a group of robbers who get mixed up in the forest with an old Vietnam vet that lives out there surrounded by an arsenal of weapons in a Cong style den!

The Client wanted a more action orientated vibe but after viewing an early teaser trailer (the film was originally
titled Skeleton Lake) I definitely picked up on some
darker horror tones.

So i merged a homage to those Nam action films of the 80’s (which i personally love as a kid). keeping it on a more serious level (so not to over the top layout) with a darker more somber twist of the aging Rambo who’s gone even further over the edge, into a darker place because of the war. The poster did become a some what alternative comment on The Rambo films of the time as i developed the design.

The characters pose is very expressive i chose his arsenal as a specific homage to those 80’s Vet film so we have the Uzi 9mm in one had, although i did also want to go with a machete, but it was felt that it would make it to horror orientated over action and with hindsight after finally viewing the film, i felt the Machete really would have been the darker tone, This is NOT a nice guy! and the films a killer (no pun intended) alternative horror flick which should have been sold as such. However Knives and Uzi’s aside the most important and iconic weapon is the M16 (complete with bullet belt), which is the classic gung-ho action weapon,
However the way the character is holding it shows a more weathered, so although he is kited out we see he’s looking downwards to the smoking gun in his hand with these almost totally blacked out eye sockets (which was kind of inspired by the work of Tim Bradstreet). So you the darkness of the character.

I then surrounded the main character with the more explanatory narrative elements of the film, so of course the big action explosion on one side with the dead bank robber, guns and cash which is integral to the story draped along the bottom. Then main gang is seen weaving there way around the edge hunting through the grass, yet there is
a tone of who’s hunting who as they seem edgy in
there stances.

Finally to round off the layout and give it that almost mushroom cloud formation, a large red skull which again helps give the poster that darker tone and was inspired by the scene in the concept trailer where he boils a skull, I’m not sure if this was carried through to the final film but it still works in the posters concept and is a sweet device with which i could show the vets background in Nam and have those iconic scenes of the patrol walking through the paddy fields and the helicopters flying through the sky.

The title itself i wanted to keep quite simple and bold to contrast against the busy ness of the illustration. So there it is a homage to those 80’s Nam films but with a more darker and somber twist.