Shutter Fear

Posted by · 12:06 pm · July 27th, 2009

Anthony B. mentioned the similarities between the “Cape Fear’ and “Shutter Island” posters last week, so I thought I’d toss this up now that Comic-Con craziness has subsided.  Intriguing parallels:

(from left) Posters for Shutter Island and Cape Fear




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  • 1 7-27-2009 at 12:12 pm

    Georgie said...

    Similarities are interesting, except I think Cape Fear does a better job of playing up aspects that Shutter Island has too, like a respected cast and Martin Scorsese as its director.

    The average American is bound to recognize one of the many names in Shutter Island’s cast (if Leonardo diCaprio isn’t enough of a selling point, which is totally possible), they really need to promote it using the other actors as well… I think. If not on the poster at least in the trailer.

  • 2 7-27-2009 at 1:02 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I don’t really see that many parallels beyond the superficial — water, eyes — but I’d be more than happy if “Shutter Island” lined up with “Cape Fear” in Scorsese’s canon. Such a great, undervalued film.

    Georgie: I think giving DiCaprio lone star billing makes sense. It’s entirely his character’s story, and as formidable as the cast is, I’m sad to say I don’t think his co-stars are really names that pull in the punters.

  • 3 7-27-2009 at 1:17 pm

    Georgie said...

    Not even for the trailer, listing all the nominations and wins between them? Although I will agree that the names themselves won’t do anything for the masses, seeing Academy Award nominee might.

  • 4 7-27-2009 at 1:55 pm

    red_wine said...

    DiCaprio is not really a box-office star, he’s just well liked. Catch Me If You can & Departed were the only hits post Titanic. And I would say that even though Williams isn’t a star, she’s the better actor out of the 2.

  • 5 7-27-2009 at 2:47 pm

    Nicky said...

    Why would they bother listing all of Scorsese and DiCaprio’s Oscar accolades? No one even watches the Oscars anymore so it won’t get butts in seats. And it looks like the film is a thriller — they don’t seem to be setting it up for awards. Although, I guess they didn’t do that with The Departed either. I like the poster and DiCaprio is enough to make me want to see the movie – the trailer is FAN-F__ING-TASTIC!

  • 6 7-27-2009 at 3:07 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    I think the Shutter Island poster would be better without Leo’s face.

  • 7 7-27-2009 at 3:17 pm

    Chris said...

    I’m still having a hard time believing that Shutter Island is a Martin Scorsese picture. If the trailer didn’t specifically state that, I would assume it was by either David Fincher or Frank Darabont and based on a story by Stephen King.

  • 8 7-27-2009 at 3:34 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    I like shutter island more, and leo more than denire(dont kill me) this cast and design looks alot better, all i know is their both scorsesse so its all good

  • 9 7-27-2009 at 4:09 pm

    Isaac Richter said...

    Cape Fear is actually my least favorite Scorsese film, partly because I saw it right after seeing the original with Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum (that guy was creepy), and I found Scorsese’s take over-the-top, but what really bothers me about Scorsese’s take on it is that I hated the Nick Nolte character, and his family (and they’re the people we’re supposed to care about). I know he didn’t want to make them happy like the original, but why did they have to be downright unlikable. And Robert DeNiro is effective through most of it, but he loses the sense of menace that Robert Mitchum managed to convey throughout the original, when his character becomes too campy to buy. I will admit the seduction scene gave me the creeps, but otherwise, I didn’t like this remake.

    As for Shutter Island, I saw the trailer, and it looks really good. I’m looking forward to it, though Scorsese is a director who is hit-or-miss with me. Always fascinating to watch one of his movies, but they don’t all work for me (last one I saw of his was The Last Temptation of Christ and I loved it).

  • 10 7-27-2009 at 4:47 pm

    carrie said...

    i disliked “cape fear”

  • 11 7-27-2009 at 11:22 pm

    Glenn said...

    Chris, have you seen movies like “Cape Fear” or “Age of Innocence” or “Last Temptation of Christ”? Scorsese isn’t actually the same each and every time and he’s shown an appreciation for various kinds of films in off-film work (festival work, producing, etc).

    The movie isn’t remotely “oscary” so i don’t know why they’d bother mentioning the Academy Award credits. I find it silly when they put stuff like “Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams” on an ad for Night at the Museum 2.

  • 12 7-28-2009 at 6:49 am

    Mike_M said...

    I like the Shutter Island poster and how Leo’s face was added subtly, looking forward to the film.

    It is similar to the Cape Fear a bit, but the Cape poster suffers from the style of the 80s or 90s that doesn’t translate well to today, but that could just be me.

  • 13 7-28-2009 at 8:21 am

    Helena said...

    The poster has the two names that will put me in the theater come Oct=Scorsese and DiCaprio.

  • 14 7-28-2009 at 12:13 pm

    Chris138 said...

    Glenn: I have not seen The Last Temptation of Christ, but I have seen The Age of Innocence and parts of Cape Fear. I know he does things outside of crime and mob movies, but this just seems more different than any of those.

    Not a bad thing, however. I am intrigued by the trailer and will end up seeing the movie. But I agree with you about this not looking like an Oscar movie. Who knows, maybe once it’s out it will become a contender.

  • 15 7-28-2009 at 8:20 pm

    austin111 said...

    From someone who has seen an early cut of the film at a private screening — the performances are incredible. Take that as you will.

    I think DeNiro is a great actor who hasn’t really done great work in a very long time. Perhaps he just lost the taste for it — who knows? I think DiCaprio is an actor who still has his best work ahead of him. All he lacks is the right air of maturity to put his detractors out of business.