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You be the judge: The Straw Dogs Posters

December 7, 2011

Ever since I posted my Straw Dogs (2011) review two days ago, me and my friend All-in Pete has had a long and heated (well, at least tepid) argument about the poster for the original Straw Dogs movie from 1971.

First of all, look at this poster (click to enlarge).

I’ve circled in the details or “problem areas” we are dealing with.

1. All-in Pete thinks the “white curbed thing” is shine in Dustin Hoffman’s hair. Me, I think it’s the glasses temple arm.

2. All-in Pete believes the glasses has no temple arms, because the angle of them is weird, and that in order to get the effect of broken shards (from the glasses) staying on the face, the photographer actually took TWO pictures; one of Dustin Hoffman without glasses and one of the glasses laidout on a flat, transparent surface, and then he merged the pictures into one. And in order for that to look good, the glasses couldn’t have any temple arms, because they would be in the way.

Me on the other hand think they simply asked Dustin Hoffman wearing glasses (with temple arms) to lie down on the floor,  and took the photograpf from above to get the shards of glass to stay on his face. (All-in Pete thinks this theory sucks because he believes the shards wouldn’t look that way if he was lying on the floor.

SO! What do you think about our theories? Who do you think is right, me or All-in Pete? Leave a comment and help us solve this important argument.

And by the way, if someone could explain why Alexander Skarsgård isn’t mirrored in the glasses, but instead seems to be living in James Marsden‘s eye socket on the poster of the 2011 Straw Dogs poster, I would love to get your opinions on that too.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anders permalink
    December 10, 2011 10:59

    1. Hard, but I’m more with Pete on this. There are some other bright looking hair straws in other directions too.
    2. Defenetly on Pete’s side. Everything looks flat and weird. The merge isn’t very good either.

  2. Gudihimlen permalink
    December 18, 2011 10:59

    Seems like the folks behind the new one thought they should fix it, and released this version…

    • Sika permalink*
      December 20, 2011 10:59

      Yeah, that one makes more sense!!

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