Movie Posters are great ways for the industry to make their movie seem more awesome than it will eventually be.
Todays fast paced world calls for a more subtle approach to advertising. Put simply, people don't want to look at a picture that's full of little details. We're not saying it's a good thing, we're just stating the facts. Back in the day, posters would tell a story, or give us an idea of the plot through multiple images. A good example of this is the Star Wars: A New Hope poster.
Two words: Fucking Awesome
What does this poster say? A lone young man, stood atop a rock, holding a glowing sword. Sort of like King Arthur, no? A large masked man, towering over the lone hero, next to an ominous structure floating above a peaceful city, starships streaking past him, in attack formation. The poster basically holds the plot of the film. One kid has to take his destiny-forged responsibilities, learn how to become a hero, and fight a growing empire that has taken over peaceful settlements.
Maybe it's just us....
Still, if you look at the poster for Scary Movie...
Yeah, all this tells us is a bunch of morons were given drug money and they decided to use it to fund their retarded script. Real creative. As for plot hints, all we get from this is: The guy from scream rounded up his next victims and forced them to watch a film in the cinema. The film in question was so terrible, they got bored and decided to reference other horror films they'd seen.
Unfortunately, we're not far off, are we?