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The Toxic Avenger / quad / UK

25.07.14

Poster Poster
Title
The Toxic Avenger
AKA
--
Year of Film
1984
Director
Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Starring
Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Prichard, Cindy Manion, Robert Prichard, Gary Schneider, Pat Ryan, Mark Torgl, Dick Martinsen
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Prichard, Cindy Manion, Robert Prichard, Gary Schneider, Pat Ryan, Mark Torgl, Dick Martinsen,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1984
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Unknown
Size (inches)
30" x 40"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
He was 98 lbs. of solid nerd until he became... | A new kind of super hero

Released by the infamous American production and distribution company Troma, The Toxic Avenger was something of a box-office failure on its first release, but subsequent long-running shows on the midnight movie circuit at the Bleecker Street Cinemas in New York City helped to cement its current reputation as a cult classic. The film would go on to become Troma Studios’ most successful film, spawning numerous sequels, spinoffs and even a stage musical. The Toxic Avenger himself even features as their official mascot and this original entry is seen as the film that ‘built the house of Troma’.

Melvin Junko (Mark Torgl) is a social misfit working at the Tromaville Health Club as a down-trodden mop boy who is often at the receiving end of the cruel pranks of a pair of bullies called Bozo (Gary Schneider) and Slug (Robert Prichard) and their girlfriends. One day whilst being chased through the club Melvin jumps out of a second story window and lands in a vat of toxic waste, which burns his skin and completely disfigures him. After running home and jumping in a bath to try and wash the waste off he finds himself mutating into a creature of superhuman strength. The rest of the film sees Melvin fighting crime in Tromaville as the Toxic Avenger, menacing the corrupt mayor Peter Belgoody (Pat Ryan).

The artwork on this British quad is, as far as I’m aware, unique to the poster. I’ve been unable to discover who the artist responsible is so if you have any ideas please get in touch.

The superb original trailer can be viewed on YouTube.

Q / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Q
AKA
Q: The Winged Serpent (International title) | American Monster (West Germany)
Year of Film
1982
Director
Larry Cohen
Starring
Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree, James Dixon, Ron Cey
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree, James Dixon, Ron Cey,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1982
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Boris Vallejo
Size (inches)
27" x 41 1/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
It's name is Quetzalcoatl... just call it Q, that's all you'll have time to say before it tears you apart!

Borat / quad / teaser / mankini style / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Borat
AKA
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (full title)
Year of Film
2006
Director
Larry Charles
Starring
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
Teaser - mankini style
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2006
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
30" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
--

Borat / quad / teaser / goat style / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Borat
AKA
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (full title)
Year of Film
2006
Director
Larry Charles
Starring
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
Teaser - goat style
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2006
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
30" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
--

Back to the Future Part II / quad / teaser / check watch style / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Back to the Future Part II
AKA
Paradox (USA - fake working title)
Year of Film
1989
Director
Robert Zemeckis
Starring
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Elisabeth Shue, James Tolkan, Jeffrey Weissman, Casey Siemaszko, Billy Zane, J.J. Cohen, Charles Fleischer
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Elisabeth Shue, James Tolkan, Jeffrey Weissman, Casey Siemaszko, Billy Zane, J.J. Cohen, Charles Fleischer,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
Teaser - check watch style
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1989
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Drew Struzan
Size (inches)
30" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
Synchronize your watches. The future's coming BACK...

Borat / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Borat
AKA
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (full title)
Year of Film
2006
Director
Larry Charles
Starring
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Style A
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2006
Designer
New Wave Creative
Artist
Blake Little (photography)
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
--

Borat / quad / advance / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Borat
AKA
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (full title)
Year of Film
2006
Director
Larry Charles
Starring
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
Advance
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2006
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Blake Little (photography)
Size (inches)
30" x 40 1/16"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
--

Borat / quad / advance / reviews style / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Borat
AKA
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (full title)
Year of Film
2006
Director
Larry Charles
Starring
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
Advance - reviews
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2006
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Blake Little (photography)
Size (inches)
30" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
--

Borat / quad / teaser / beach style / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Borat
AKA
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (full title)
Year of Film
2006
Director
Larry Charles
Starring
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
Teaser - beach style
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2006
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
30" x 40 1/8"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
--

The Goonies / one sheet / style A / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Goonies
AKA
--
Year of Film
1985
Director
Richard Donner
Starring
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, Anne Ramsey, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, John Matuszak
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, Anne Ramsey, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, John Matuszak,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Style A
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1985
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Drew Struzan
Size (inches)
27" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
They call themselves "The Goonies." The secret caves. The old lighthouse. The lost map. The treacherous traps. The hidden treasure. And Sloth... Join the adventure.

Q the Winged Serpent / quad / UK

23.12.13

Poster Poster
Title
The Winged Serpent
AKA
Q (USA) | Q: The Winged Serpent (UK) | American Monster (West Germany)
Year of Film
1982
Director
Larry Cohen
Starring
Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree, James Dixon, Ron Cey
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree, James Dixon, Ron Cey,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1982
Designer
Tom Chantrell
Artist
Tom Chantrell
Size (inches)
30" x 40"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
You'll just have time to scream... before it tears you apart!

Writer/director and B-movie legend Larry Cohen is responsible for this 1982 horror film that harks back to the popular ‘giant beast’ monster movies of the 1950s. Commonly known as ‘Q: The Winged Serpent‘, or simply ‘Q’, the story is set in New York City and follows two police detectives (played by David Carradine and Richard Roundtree) investigating a series of brutal sacrificial slayings in which victims’ hearts and skins have been removed. They are also struggling to explain the mysterious deaths of people snatched from high up on rooftops by what is reported to be a flying lizard.

At the same time, a luckless hoodlum called Jimmy Quinn (played with gusto by Michael Moriarty) is on the run from murderous mobsters and discovers a giant egg hidden in the crown of the famous Chrysler Building, which apparently belongs to the deadly creature. It becomes apparent that the cult behind the sacrificial murders has managed to resurrect an Aztec god known as Quetzalcoatl, a flying lizard with huge talons and a taste for human flesh, and the detectives must battle to stop both the cult members and defeat the beast before New York City is lost.

This quad was designed and illustrated by the late, great British artist Tom Chantrell whose dynamic and colourful work featured on hundreds of posters over a forty year period. It features the Chrysler Building, a famous New York landmark that also appears on the international one sheet, painted by Bob Gleason. Note that the lady in peril is wearing quite a bit less on this quad than she is on the one sheet – Chantrell always had an eye for adding extra bits of titillation to his artwork.

Tom Chantrell sadly passed away in 2001 but last year his widow Shirley launched his official website, which showcases his work and features a great biography written by Sim Branaghan, author of the must-own book British Film Posters. Chantrell illustrated many classic poster designs, including several Hammer posters such as the brilliant quad for ‘One Million Years B.C.’, and he was also responsible for the iconic Star Wars quad, the artwork of which ended up being used around the globe.

I have a number of other designs by Chantrell on this site and you can read an exclusive interview with Shirley by clicking here.

The Goonies / one sheet / style B / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster

The Goonies / B2 / style B / Japan

17.05.11

Poster Poster

The Goonies / B2 / style A / Japan

17.05.11

Poster Poster

The Goonies / screen print / Print Mafia / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster

The Toxic Avenger / one sheet / red title style / USA

16.09.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Toxic Avenger
AKA
--
Year of Film
1984
Director
Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Starring
Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Prichard, Cindy Manion, Robert Prichard, Gary Schneider, Pat Ryan, Mark Torgl, Dick Martinsen
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Prichard, Cindy Manion, Robert Prichard, Gary Schneider, Pat Ryan, Mark Torgl, Dick Martinsen,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Red title style
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1984
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Sid Blaize
Size (inches)
27 2/16" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
He was 98 lbs. of solid nerd until he became... | The first Super-Hero... from New Jersey!

Released by the infamous American production and distribution company Troma, The Toxic Avenger went on to become their most successful film, spawning numerous sequels and spinoffs. He’s now featured as their official mascot.

This poster features artwork by Sid Blaize and is one of two one sheets printed for the film. The other one looks like this (image taken from emovieposter.com).

The superb original trailer can be viewed on YouTube.

The Stuff / one sheet / USA

13.07.12

Poster Poster

You only have to look through my poster archive to know that I love schlocky horror films as much as the next person, but I really struggled to make it through The Stuff when I rewatched it again recently. Sadly, that wasn’t because it was too gory or scary but because it’s such a terrible mess of a film, with clunky pacing, a complete lack of suspense and painfully bad acting across the board. Lead Michael Moriarty gives one of the strangest performances I’ve ever seen featuring baffling line deliveries and the general air of someone who thinks he’s acting in another film entirely.

The premise is okay with a mysterious white goo being discovered in the desert by a miner who then samples it, declares it to be tasty, and before long it’s the nation’s favourite dessert and is being marketed as an alternative to ice cream. The only downside is that it turns people into brain-washed zombies who infect anyone else they come into contact with. The leaders of several ice cream companies hire Mo Rutherford (Moriarty), a former FBI agent, to investigate what the secret of The Stuff really is.

I’m unsure who painted the artwork on this US one sheet so please get in touch if you have any ideas.

The original trailer is on YouTube.

The Winged Serpent / one sheet / international

16.07.13

Poster Poster
Title
The Winged Serpent
AKA
Q (USA) | Q: The Winged Serpent (UK) | American Monster (West Germany)
Year of Film
1982
Director
Larry Cohen
Starring
Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree, James Dixon, Ron Cey
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree, James Dixon, Ron Cey,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1982
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Bob Gleason
Size (inches)
27 2/16" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Today in New York City the winged serpent rules. | A true legend comes alive.

Writer/director and B-movie legend Larry Cohen is responsible for this 1982 horror film that harks back to the popular ‘giant beast’ monster movies of the 1950s. Commonly known as ‘Q: The Winged Serpent’, or simply ‘Q’, the story is set in New York City and follows two police detectives (played by David Carradine and Richard Roundtree) investigating a series of brutal sacrificial slayings in which victims’ hearts and skins have been removed. They are also struggling to explain the mysterious deaths of people snatched from high up on rooftops by what is reported to be a flying lizard.

At the same time, a luckless hoodlum called Jimmy Quinn (played with gusto by Michael Moriarty) is on the run from murderous mobsters and discovers a giant egg hidden in the crown of the famous Chrysler Building, which apparently belongs to the deadly creature. It becomes apparent that the cult behind the sacrificial murders has managed to resurrect an Aztec god known as Quetzalcoatl, a flying lizard with huge talons and a taste for human flesh, and the detectives must battle to stop both the cult members and defeat the beast before New York City is lost.

This is the scarce international one sheet, printed in the USA for use in other English-speaking territories, and it differs greatly from the American one sheet that features artwork by Boris Vallejo. The detailed artwork on this poster is by the American artist Bob Gleason who is probably most famous for his work on the one sheet for John Carpenter’s Halloween. The artist, who lives in Portland, Oregon, has an official website that features galleries of the fine art paintings he currently works on, but makes no mention of his time painting film posters.

Woodstock / program / USA

10.10.13

Poster Poster
Title
Woodstock
AKA
--
Year of Film
1970
Director
Michael Wadleigh
Starring
N/A
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
N/A,
Type of Poster
Program
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1970
Designer
Bert Cohen, William Gast, Ziegenfus, Vincent Cucinotta
Artist
Photographs by Benno Friedman, Charles Harbutt, Burk Uzzle, Elliott Landy, Jason Laure, Amalie

This is the original program for the release of Woodstock, a documentary of the music event of the same name that took place in August 1969 and is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in the history of popular music. 400,000 revellers descended on farmland in a quiet part of New York State – several times the magnitude of people that the organisers were expecting – and despite local protests and plenty of logistical issues, 32 acts performed over the course of a long weekend. Many of the most popular musicians and groups of the era were present, including Grateful DeadThe WhoJanis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Famously Jimi Hendrix was the last act to play and, thanks to poor weather and other delays, he didn’t take to the stage until 8.30am on Monday morning by which time many of the concert-goers had already left the site. Despite this, Hendrix played an incredible two hour set featuring a psychedelic performance of The Star Spangles banner that has since become a defining sound of the 1960s zeitgeist.

The event was released a year later into cinemas as a three-hour documentary that was a huge commercial and critical success. It was directed by Michael Wadleigh whose only other director credit is for the 1981 werewolf horror Wolfen, and edited by several people including Martin Scorsese and his regular collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker. The film would go on to win Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

This program, featuring some superb photographs and illustrations, would have been given out to film premiere attendees, the press and other people involved in the marketing of the film. In the back of the program the designers are credited as Bert Cohen, William Gast, Ziegenfus and Vincent Cucinotta, and there are a number of photographers who are also credited (I’ve listed them under ‘artists’).

This is one of those items that I wish you could see in person as a lot of care and attention has been put into the printing of it, with superb use of thick, often patterned paper. It surely ranks up there as one of the best film programs ever printed.

Borat / quad / teaser / Kazakhstan style / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Borat
AKA
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (full title)
Year of Film
2006
Director
Larry Charles
Starring
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
Teaser - Kazakhstan style
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
2006
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
30" x 40 1/16"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
--