Color Scheme Inspiration – Vintage Horror Movie Posters

It came from the color palette! Lame movie references aside, here are some color schemes for all the vintage movie buffs in need of inspiration and better acting.

Grab a bowl of popcorn, lower your expectations and take a look at these vintage horror schemes.

Photos are all found via Flickr (follow image links for author info) and a post on Well Medicated of 100 Illustrated Horror Film posters.  Color schemes are available to download through COLOURlovers.


Terror Vision PosterTerror_Vision_Poster


Destination Inner SpaceDest._Inner_Space

Fantastic Voyage PosterFantastic_Voyage

Forbidden Planet PosterForbidden_Planet



Show us Yours!

Thinking of any particularly colorful horror movies? Why not make a color scheme out of it with Kuler or Colourlovers? Once you’re done come back and share it with the rest of us!

Posted Friday, March 6th, 2009 · Back to Top


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20 Comments 4 Mentions

  1. Chris Collins Author Editor

    Dest. Inner Space is my favorite! I love these color scheme inspirations!


  2. Jack Kerouac Author Editor

    Awesome. I’ve got to use some of these.


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  3. Daniel Author Editor

    This is a great idea. I wonder though, since these are vintage posters, if they’ve lost their original luster. If colors have faded over time (even slightly), the extracted color schemes only reflect the current state of the poster. Or is that the idea, to take into account the charm of faded out vintage posters?


  4. logo design guru Author Editor

    haha, they are great. It seems that the faded, comic book look was in for the theme of scary movies. That look is scary in itself so I guess it worked. Just goes to show how popular trends spawn from one to the other and how things progress so much over time. Thanks


  5. Zach Dunn Author Editor

    @Logo Design Guru

    I agree. In going with what Daniel was saying, I think the overall lack of luster is part of the sell.

    While I was flipping through some flickr photos for this post, I did find some posters that kept their original colors. They didn’t appeal to me as much, because the trends were…. ehhhhh.


  6. Ralph DeLuca Author Editor

    Great posters. I own a few like the creature and just purchased the Dracula poster at auction; it belonged to actor Nicolas Cage! Keep up the good posts, its nice to see someone blogging about vintage movie posters.

    Ralph DeLuca
    Madison, NJ


  7. Callum Chapman Author Editor

    I love the way you make colour schemes! I’m in the middle of rounding up some vintage style posters for my blog at the moment – was influenced to do so because I’m looking at posters as part of my art coursework atm!

    Callum Chapman’s last blog post..Batch Image Resizing in Photoshop


  8. BigMovies4Free Author Editor

    Beautiufl colour schemes thank you! I love the old space style posters, nostalgia :)


  9. Ron Arts Web Design Author Editor

    Absolutely amazing posters. Love the way color schemes are used.


  10. trish Author Editor

    oh cool.. i love the old horror movies. seen creature from black lagoon like a thousand times. never gets old


  11. Tony Author Editor

    Oh my god I love you. I’m doing a 1950’s horror movie poster project for school, and you just made picking my colors SO much easier. Thanks :D


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    Great! Very inspiring to create web designs and wordpress templates around movies and 50’s themes.
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