I personally love the fantasy film genre as we are taken off to distant lands and introduced to a range of wacky and terrifying characters.
Over the years, this genre has produced some wonderful film that has been accompanied by some wonderful artwork.
We have already looked at great poster for sci-fi, animation, and horror films, not it is time to put the fantasy movie in the spotlight.
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
You can't talk about fantasy movies without giving a little mention to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King hit the big screen between 2001 & 2003, and are three of my greatest experiences in a cinema.
The trilogy produced some terrific solo and ensemble posters, but it is this 'trilogy' poster that remains my favourite.
The poster brings together the main characters in the franchise in what is an epic piece of artwork.
Labyrinth was released back in 1986 and remains one of the best and most loved fantasy movies.
Directed by Jim Henson, the movie starred David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, and Toby Froud.
The film follows Sarah, who has to complete the Golbin Kin Jareth's labyrinth in thirteen hours, after accidentally wishing her baby half-brother away.
I have always been a big fan of the hand-drawn posters, and Labyrinth boasted a fine one by Ted Coconis.
- Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands was the movie that really kicked off Johnny Depp's film career as he teamed up with director Tim Burton for the first time - a partnership that would span the next two decades.
Edward is an unfinished creation of a scientist with scissors for hands. He is taken into the family of a local suburban family, where he falls in love with their teenage daughter.
Edward Scissorhands is a funny and gothic love story, which remains one of Burton's best works.
This simple poster is just a close up of Depp as Edward that show the self-inflicted scars on his face.
- The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is another classic in this genre and hit the big screen back in 1987.
The movie was an adaptation of the novel by William Goldman, and saw Rob Reiner in the director's chair.
This is a classic fairytale of monster, giants, sword fighting, and a damsel in distress - which is depicted in this poster of a grandfather reading the tale.
The famous poster was designed by John Alvin, who has been behind some of film's most iconic posters.
- Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are was one of the best movies to hit the big screen in 2009, and was an adaptation of the classic Maurice Sendak novel.
Spike Jonze was the director who brought this wonderful book to life in such spectacular fashion, and there were a series of terrific posters to go with it.
This poster is the one that stands out for me because there is still a sense of mystery about it. We don't get a proper look at the wild things, and yet there is a playful innocence to this creature as well.
- Pan's Labyrinth
Hard to believe, but it was eight years ago when Pan's Labyrinth hit the big screen, and it still remains a great piece of work in the fantasy genre.
Guillermo del Toro was in the director's chair for the film, which follows a young girl who escapes into a fantasy world to escape the horrors of her own.
Del Toro is known for his visual movies that are packed with weird and wonderful creature creations, and Pan's Labyrinth was no different.
Fauno is one of the film's central characters - he guides the young girl through this fantasy world - and he takes centre stage in this wonderful poster.
Fauno was brought to life by Doug Jones and is a truly great character creation.
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
We have already looked at The Lord of the Rings, but now it is the turn to look at The Hobbit.
The Hobbit saw Peter Jackson back in the director's chair as well returned to Middle Earth for another trilogy.
This poster comes from An Unexpected Journey and shows Bilbo Baggins looking out into the big wide world.
The poster backs up the theme of the film - there is a world outside your door to explore... if you only have the courage to do so.
Other great fantasy movie posters include Howl's Moving Castle, The Wizard of Oz, The NeverEnding Story, and Legend.