STUNNING PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND Poster Leaves Fans Desperate For More!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last week saw the release of the trailer (watch here) and poster for Prisoners of the Ghostland — the first English-language feature by idiosyncratic director Sion Sono (best known for Love Exposure) and the latest weird movie starring Nic Cage (best known for, well, being Nic Cage). 

The film, set in Samurai Town, sees a bank robber on a mission to save the adopted granddaughter of a local warlord from a cult of ghostly revenants. Appropriately for a madcap genre mishmash, the poster has a little (or a lot!) of everything: dragons, dead bodies, mannequins, neon bar signs, a giant head with glowing red eyes of doom, and a leather-clad Nic Cage wielding a katana with his back to the audience (which we all know means badassery in movie poster code). 

Confronted with this cornucopia of crazy coolness, many people unexpectedly zeroed in on the poster’s text instead — some praising the choice of the pull quote, which doubles down on the key art’s promise of a wild ride:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”262535″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]and others pointing out an unfortunate misspelling (which has since been rectified): [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Typos aside, the poster is undoubtedly a stunner, and its mental/metal vibe has been a big hit on the Internet. The people behind it are no strangers to marketing action-heavy titles: the LA-based agency Stockholm Design had previously done key art for franchises like The Hunger Games, John Wick and The Expendables

The studio has actually created two posters for Prisoners of the Ghostland, but the second one capitalizes on Nic Cage’s star power rather than the film’s weirdness factor and is not quite as striking. There’s really no contest between a sullen Cage in a collar and a neon-soaked Mad Max by way of a samurai western![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”262537″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The general public agrees, and many movie fans have already voiced the desire to buy the pink-and-blue key art once it’s available for sale — definitely the highest praise that a movie poster can get.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Articles like this are funded via our Patreon, become a patron and receive benefits and more:[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Become a Patron” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”danger” size=”lg” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fpatreon.com%2Fposterspy||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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My name is Maria Ku, and I am an artist, an animal shelter volunteer, and a horror aficionado. I work as a graphic designer in the IT industry — doing everything from web promos to merch — but my passion is freelance illustration. I've worked a number of movie festivals and done client work for The Washington Post, VICE, Notion, Amber Lotus Publishing, and Group Greeting. I love the PosterSpy community, and I write biweekly art-related articles for the PosterSpy newsletter. Oh, and one final thing: I am available for commissions!


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