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!

Alien AVP anaconda Apocalypto AWOL Bram Strokers Dracula Catwoman Children Of The Corn 3 Commando Conan The Destroyer cujo Evil Dead Evil Deade 2 Evil deade 3 FJ   Ghost GS Hard Target Hercules Interview With A Vampire Jason Goes TO Hell The Matrix Mission Impossible Mission Impossible 2 Nightmare On Elm Street 5 Planet Terror 1 planet terror Poltergeist 2 Sleepy Hollow Slither 2 The Spy Who Loved Me Suburban Commando terminator terminator2 terminator3 Texas Chainsaw Massacre Under Siege W

Waterworld”. Remember that piece of shit?

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Drew Struzan’s Universal Monsters.

Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon…
What a monstrous legacy Universal Studio’s have on their hands.

To celebrate that legacy and influence, MONDO, Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art division, have dedicated a new exhibition in Austin, Texas which collects more than 60 original and screen-printed works of art from the likes of Struzan, legendary makeup artist Rick Baker, illustrators and artists Laurent Durieux, Francesco Francavilla and Ken Taylor and many others

About MONDO:
“Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. Championed for their limited edition screen printed posters, Mondo focuses on bringing art back to movie posters by working with artists such as Olly Moss, Tyler Stout, Martin Ansin and others. Besides creating stunning works for beloved classics and contemporary films, Mondo produces posters for featured Alamo Drafthouse events and has recently inaugurated a “Director’s Series” that will focus on a celebrated filmmaker’s body of work, beginning with Guillermo del Toro.”

One of the greatest movie poster artists in history, Drew Struzan was approached to submit work for the exhibition.
Look what he turned in!

I don’t live anywhere near Austin, Texas but if you do, here are the details of this sure to be amazing exhibition…

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Trailer: “Drew: The Man Behind The Poster”.

I didn’t even know about this documentary until a pal sent it to me but here’s the trailer for “Drew: The Man Behind The Poster” which is about the greatest movie poster artist alive and one of my favourite artists in general, Mr. Drew Struzan:

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Graphic Designer Graham Humphreys.

Cast your mind back to the 1980’s.

Did you ever rent a VHS tape from the top shelf of the video shop solely because of the artwork on the front cover and in the process, discover a classic? Maybe you’re familiar with the work of graphic designer Grahman Humphreys?
He’s responsible for these amazing movie posters:

Humpreys is probably best known for his artwork on “The Evil Dead” VHS covers and the posters but he has done a lot more since then. I look at his work and I feel the want to sit him down and get him to tell me EVERYTHING behind his involvement in such classic flicks. The how, when and why.

Luckily for you and me, there is a fascinating interview with Graham Humphreys on the poster archive site ‘Film On Paper‘ and you can find it by clicking right HERE. It really is a great interview by someone who really cares and I enjoyed reading it.

Links:

Visit Graham Humphreys website HERE.
Visit ‘Film On Paper’ HERE.

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The Artwork Of “A Nightmare On Elm Street”.

I have a lot of time for Wes Craven’s 1984 shocker “A Nightmare On Elm Street“. It honestly scared me silly as a wee boy and watching it a few nights ago, I remembered seeing it for the first time and what a big deal it was back then.

It set a new mark for horror cinema but unfortunately it also paved the way for YEARS of crap. Let’s face it, if you grew up with “A Nightmare On Elm Street” in the 1980’s like I did, you’ll remember that every single sequel to that film was rubbish.

Like the dying “Saw” franchise these days, a new Elm Street film was always an event and just like the “Saw” films, the sequels got more ridiculous as the years rolled by.

What the hell though. They’re all good for a laugh and afterall, It was the 80’s.
What’s Saw’s excuse?

As ridiculous as all of those films were, I always thought the artwork for the advertising posters was brilliant. All hand-drawn and painted too! – A rare thing these days.

Earlier this year, an excellent documentary on the Elm Street series was released. 

At 240 minutes, “Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy” isn’t for the casual viewer. Insanely detailed and packed to bursting point, the documentary is well worth seeing if you (like me) have a soft spot for these films.

Original Elm Street poster artist Matthew Peak even did the artwork for the front cover:

Matthew Peak is right up there with the likes of Drew Struzan for me and like I say, he was the talent behind the artwork for almost all of the “Nightmare On Elm Street” films and here it all is…

A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1984):

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” (1985):

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” (1987):

A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master” (1988):

A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child” (1989):

Although Mathew Peek didn’t work on the 6th film, he designed the artwork for the CD soundtrack…

So there you go.
Great artwork for not so great films.

Buy the “Never Sleep Again” documentary HERE.
Visit artist Matthew Peek’s site HERE.
Watch the trailer for the original Elm Street film HERE.

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