Horror movies and Weird Tales magazine have given us some beautiful, spooky and unnerving works of art. But if you really want a dose of scary brilliance? Check out the posters that warned people of the evils of Communism. These are scarier, and more beautiful, than pretty much any horror art you've seen.

British Conservative Party posters, 1909

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What bolshevism brings to the people, a Russian anti-Communist poster from 1918

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Bolshevism brings war, unemployment and famine, a German poster from 1918

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Germany's ideal future under the leadership of the Bolsheviks, 1919

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A French book titled This is What the Bolshevist will Bring to Europe, published in 1934 or 1935

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Do you want to live in the shadow of him?, A Norwegian anti-communist poster

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Bolshevism Unmasked, WWII

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Is this tomorrow?, a cover of a propaganda comic book, 1947

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Civilization or barbarism – Don't you still understand?, a Dutch poster from the 1940s

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Look behind the mask! Communism is death, 1950s

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Caucasian Dance: Stalin, having stuck the knife in Hungary, Romania and China, turns to France, surrounded by the French communists Duclos and Thorez, anti-communist poster by the 'Paix et Liberte' movement, 1951

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Protect us!, election poster of CDU, 1953

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Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks?, a Scot towel advert

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Sure I want to fight Communism – but how?

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Stalin as a peace protector, by the French anti-communist group Paix et Liberté, 1951

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Communism wears a false face. The hard, vicious face of Communism hides behind a mask of peace, an advertising of Bohn Aluminum & Brass Corporation, by Robert Tohm, 1952

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More ads for Bohn by Robert Tohm in 1951 and 1952

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In case the Communists should conquer, our women would be helpless beneath the boots of the Asiatic Russians, 1953

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Communism and Christianity, by Canadair in 1955

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The Red Iceberg, a comic book that warns children of the dangers of communism, printed by the anti-communist Catholic Cathechetical Guild in 1960

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"My dear son, I am so sort you are going to have to live under Communism.", a Freedom Foundation ad from 1961

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"Look what the Russians are building, just 40 miles from the U.S.A. As an American, you should look into it.", an ad from Expo 67 in Montreal, 1967

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