Amazing Bootleg Movie Posters From Ghana.

With the growing popularity of videocassettes in the 1980’s, mobile cinema arrived in Ghana, West Africa. That is, someone with a VCR, a projector and a generator would set themselves up somewhere and screen bootlegs of Hollywood movies! Man, I love Ghana.

But what happens when the official Hollywood movie posters can’t be imported? How do you entice anyone along to your illegal screenings of classic after classic and “Waterworld”? It was no problem for Ghana. No problem at all! Because when that happened in Ghana, local artists were hired to bootleg the official posters and as you’ll see here, a lot of those artists hadn’t even seen the films never mind the original posters.

In Ghana, they just drew whatever the fuck they wanted.
And they didn’t even have to sit through “Waterworld”. YAY!

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Waterworld”. Remember that piece of shit?

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The Art Of “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin.

I caught a glimpse of this from the other side of a record shop last year and quickly marched forward and bought it without looking or realising what it was…

Re-Animator

I don’t have the greatest vision in the World. All I knew was that there was a big scary green face and that I had to have it. T’was of course, the score to one of my favourite Horror flicks, “Re-Animator”. And it was on vinyl too!

The cover was drawn by Toronto based artist, designer and illustrator, ‘Ghoulish’ Gary Pullin, and as you’re about to see, Gary is one of the leading artists in the recent revival in illustrated film posters and album covers…

The cover of the soundtrack to “They Live”, released by Death Waltz records…

They Live

This is Gary’s cover illustration for Arrow Films & Video’s upcoming Blu-Ray release of “The Incredible Melting Man”…I love this…

Incredible Melting Man

From his website, here’s a little bit about the very talented Ghoulish Gary…

Whereas the infamous Dr. Frankenstein created a solitary monster in his own image, Ghoulish Gary Pullin has redefined what an entire world’s worth of monsters would look like for a new generation of monster kids, his imagination more bold and beastly than the bottomless pit of colourful creatures that flow out of his gnarled fingers and cursed pencil.”

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Ever since an old, unscrupulous priest gifted young Gary with his first set of markers at the tender age of six, he’s been developing his unique style that has bled into scads of mediums in and out of the genre. Despite being weaned on the mock horror of Saturday morning TV’s Hilarious House of Frightenstein, the glorious and garish gore of ’80s slasher films and the theatrical films of Vincent Price, it was at a commercial design firm where Gary first put an edge on his scythe, though the staid restrictions of the straight world eventually proved unfit for the graveness he was truly seeking. He soon found what he was looking for at Rue Morgue, the world’s best-selling horror magazine, where he acted as Art Director for the past thirteen years. He was the creative force behind virtually all design aspects of the respected publication, including the masthead logo, covers, event posters, merchandise and websites. Gary helped shape the ever-evolving face of horror, leading him to work with many notable contemporaries such as musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie and artist Mike Mignola (Hellboy), as well as the influences that inspired him to create in the first place, such as horror icons Clive Barker and Basil Gogos.”

Fright Night

His award-winning illustrations and designs have also appeared in popular magazines such as HorrorHound, Famous Monsters of Filmland, heavy metal magazine Revolver and beloved pop culture rag Royal Flush; on DVD releases for Anchor Bay’s Hilarious House of Frightenstein box sets, cover artwork for Arrow Video’s re-issues of Tobe Hooper’s LifeForce, Jeff Lieberman’s Squirm and Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessings. He’s worked in the music industry creating packaging for vinyl releases of Death Waltz Records They Live soundtrack, WaxWork Records Re-Animator release, Glass Eye Pix’s “radio plays for the digital age” Tales From Beyond the Pale; and gig posters, T-shirts and album art for bands including Misfits, Tiger Army, The Brains, Ghoultown, Electric Frankenstein and The Creepshow.”

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Most recently, Gary has been focusing on alternative poster art for films, working with poster houses Mondo, Skuzzles and Fright Fest Originals in the UK, and has been working closely with Glass Eye Pix on the upcoming Night of the Living Dead documentary, Birth of the Living Dead. When he’s not making monsters, someone’s usually sticking a pen or a camera in his face as Gary has written numerous art-related articles for Rue Morgue, his column The Fright Gallery appears in the magazine each month and he has been interviewed for several genre-related documentaries, the latest being Fanboy Confessional – a new TV show on SPACE about fans and personalities with an undying love for counter-culture“.

In this video, Ghoulish Gary talks about illustrated film poster art and his influences:

Links…
Ghoulish Gary’s Website
Death Waltz Recording Company
Arrow Films

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“Back Tae The Future” Gets A Mention On Yahoo Movies.

Great Scott, Marty mah man!

My Glaswegian version of the Back To The Future films on Twitter got a mention on Yahoo Movies UK! You can read it HERE.

Marty

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Back Tae The Future. The “Back To The Future” Trilogy…In Glaswegian!

3 days ago it occurred to me to remake the “Back To The Future” Trilogy…in Glaswegian! I do that at home anyway in my head so I decided to do it on Twitter. It’s my density.

Almost 800 followers in 3 days! Not too bad at all.
You can follow HERE.

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“The Local Stigmatic” (1990).

Here is your chance to see Al Pacino’s very rarely seen film, “The Local Stigmatic“. It’s particularly interesting as Pacino tries his hand at a…Cockney accent!
Yep.

From Wikipedia:
The Local Stigmatic is a film directed by David Wheeler and produced by and starring Al Pacino. It was filmed and edited during the late 1980s. It had a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in March 1990, but was never released theatrically. It was released on DVD as part of “The Al Pacino Box Set” in June 2007. The film is 56 minutes long. It follows the story of two British friends who spend their time walking about London discussing dog track racing. The Local Stigmatic is based on a stage play by Heathcote Williams.”

From Rotten Tomatoes:
“Two working-class Englishmen spend their free time arguing about greyhound-racing and Winston Churchill. They also read the papers, especially the gossip columns and Society pages. In a bar one day, they meet a film star who they’ve read about, and subject him to a savage, and apparently motiveless, beating.”

Enjoy!

Some Trivia For “The Local Stigmatic” Courtesy Of The IMDB:
* Al Pacino donated a copy to the Museum of Modern Art with the stipulation that it can only be shown with his permission. A small number of screenings have taken place since 1990. The film was not widely released until June 2007.

* Al Pacino and Paul Guilfoyle studied and examined the play for four years before they decided to make a film of it. When they finally decided to film it they spent four months rehearsing before it was finally shot. They approached the production of the film as if they were staging a play and wanted to avoid making it look too much like a film. Pacino deleted any shots looked too cinematic for his taste.

* Al Pacino, producer Michael Hadge and Joseph Maher co-starred in an Off-Broadway stage production of “The Local Stigmatic” in 1969.

* Filmed in 9 days.

* Legendary theatre producer and friend of Al Pacino, Joseph Papp was upset with Pacino for getting the film rights before he did. For many years, Papp had wanted to produce a film version of the play.

* Al Pacino began shooting exteriors for the film in 1984 while was in London doing a stage production of “American Buffalo”.

* Al Pacino strongly considered releasing the film after the success of Pulp Fiction because it is also about two nihilists.

* Director David F. Wheeler wanted Al Pacino to wear glasses throughout the film but Pacino did not want to. So they compromised by having Pacino’s character wear glasses only when he was reading.

* There are several different versions of the film since Al Pacino has continued to re-edit the film over the years.

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