Bright Lights Film Journal

Poster Comparison No. 6 – Two-Headed Transplant

Maybe it’s just me, but when I first saw this poster –

– I was immediately reminded of this one.

Maybe it’s the way the maroon scarf playfully tugged by Ms. Garner in the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past poster performs the same compositional function as the white scarf or white turtleneck or whatever-it-is in The Thing With Two Heads poster, i.e., joining the heads of the two leads. Designers of commercial art love their phallic symbols. Hence, the prominent role of the scarf in Poster A, and the prominent role of the gun in Poster B.