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One Dark Night (1982)

Contributed by David on Jan 14th, 2019. Artwork published in .
    Original theatrical poster
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    Original theatrical poster

    One Dark Night is a supernatural horror film directed by Tom McLoughlin and starring Meg Tilly, Melissa Newman, and Adam West.

    The film follows three teenage women sent to a mausoleum for the night as part of a high school initiation rite. A dead, telekinetic occultist returns from the dead and haunts them, forcing the three to survive the night inside the crypt.

    The movie poster features Colin Brignall’s Revue (Letraset, 1968). Used in all caps, the Art Nouveau sans serif evokes a strange, uncanny mood. This is particularly due to its unusual bending A and the concentration of letters that reach below the baseline.

    Original theatrical poster
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    The trailer uses ITC Korinna for the title, with enlarged and lowered caps (see EndcapS). Like Revue, Korinna is a typeface with Art Nouveau DNA. They share some details like the top-heavy G and the high join in N.

    Original theatrical poster
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    This alternative poster shows Revue with a perspective effect, amplifying the eeriness. The yellow type appears to be Impact.

    Original theatrical poster
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    The VHS packaging replaces Revue and Helvetica with Enric Crous-Vidal’s Flash (FTF) and Franklin Gothic. With the reversed colors, the pattern in Flash looks less like wood and more like zombie flesh—compare to the skinned hands in the image above.

    Original theatrical poster
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    This Blu-ray Disc packaging returns to the original type choices from the movie poster.

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    • Revue
    • Helvetica
    • ITC Korinna
    • Impact
    • Flash (FTF)
    • Franklin Gothic

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