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Legend of the Werewolf / one sheet / UK

30.01.12

Poster Poster

British designer and illustrator Vic Fair is responsible for the arresting poster for this 1975 horror film Legend of the Werewolf directed by Freddie Francis and produced by Tyburn Film Productions. Francis is probably best known as an Academy-Award winning cinematographer (Sons and Lovers, Glory), and he worked with David Lynch on The Elephant Man, Dune and The Straight Story. He’s also responsible for directing a slew of films for the British production companies Hammer, Amicus and Tigon, including Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors and Dracula has Risen from the Grave.

Tyburn was apparently set up by Freddie Francis’ son, Kevin, and was only active for a short period, producing three horror films in 1975, including this one, The Ghoul and Persecution. I wasn’t able to discover much more information about the company so please get in touch if you know anything of note.

The story is set in 19th century France and focuses on Etoile (David Rintoul) who is raised by wolves and is later found and adopted by a sideshow troupe traveling through the forrest. He eventually escapes to Paris and becomes infatuated with a prostitute (Lynn Dalby), but when her clients begin to be brutally murdered a police surgeon (Cushing) begins to suspect all is not quite right with Etoile.

Sim Branaghan, author of the excellent book British Film Posters: An Illustrated History is a fan of the film and sent this through to me shortly after I added the poster to the site:

I actually know a large amount about this film – and Tyburn – for the simple reason that a book was published by the BFI back in 1976, which exhaustively documented its production. The film happens to be one of my personal favourites and I think it is witty, thoughtful, and finally genuinely moving (if only in a small way). Tony Hinds’ script is classic dark-fairy-tale, the acting fine, Francis’s direction skilfully-unobtrusive and Harry Robinson’s score absolutely terrific. Cushing gives his usual model, controlled performance (rather more light-hearted than usual), Ron Moody is excellent, and David Rintoul fresh and sympathetic as the werewolf.

The supporting cast is a bit mixed, but nobody actively embarrasses themselves. Yes, the film is painfully low-budget and sometimes looks pretty threadbare, but it has HEART. Historically, it’s hugely significant as the last Costume Gothic produced in the UK (almost exactly eighteen years after the first, Curse of Frankenstein, back in autumn 1956). Hinds and Cushing worked on both of course, and the sense of fin-de-siecle here is palpable, and very poignant to a true fan of the genre.

Obviously all criticism is subjective, and you might well find plenty of other horror fans who’ll cheerfully tell you Legend is a pile of shite.  But they’d be wrong. 

The pictures of the poster don’t do the striking neon colours justice and I believe it was done with a type of screen-printing as they are particularly solid and bright in person.

Here’s a clip from the film featuring a red-tinted werewolf-vision attack.

The Deep / B2 / Japan

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Deep
AKA
Dip (Turkey)
Year of Film
1977
Director
Peter Yates
Starring
Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett Jr., Eli Wallach, Dick Anthony Williams, Earl Maynard, Bob Minor
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett Jr., Eli Wallach, Dick Anthony Williams, Earl Maynard, Bob Minor,
Type of Poster
B2
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
1977
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Gary Meyer
Size (inches)
20 6/16" x 28 13/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

The Deep / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Deep
AKA
Dip (Turkey)
Year of Film
1977
Director
Peter Yates
Starring
Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett, Jr., Eli Wallach, Dick Anthony Williams, Earl Maynard, Bob Minor
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett, Jr., Eli Wallach, Dick Anthony Williams, Earl Maynard, Bob Minor,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1977
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Gary Meyer
Size (inches)
27 1/8" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
77/101
Tagline
Is anything worth the terror of The Deep?

Mother, Jugs & Speed / one sheet / teaser / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Mother, Jugs & Speed
AKA
C.R.A.S.H. (West Germany) | Codice 3: emergenza assoluta [Code 3: absolute emergency] (Italy)
Year of Film
1976
Director
Peter Yates
Starring
Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel, Allen Garfield, Larry Hagman, L.Q. Jones, Bruce Davison, Dick Butkus, Milt Kamen, Barra Grant, Allan Warnick
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel, Allen Garfield, Larry Hagman, L.Q. Jones, Bruce Davison, Dick Butkus, Milt Kamen, Barra Grant, Allan Warnick,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Teaser - holofoil
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1976
Designer
Anthony Goldschmidt Graphic Design Ltd.
Artist
John Alvin
Size (inches)
26 15/16" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
--

Bullitt / B2 / 1974 re-release / Japan

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Bullitt
AKA
--
Year of Film
1968
Director
Peter Yates
Starring
Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon, Simon Oakland, Norman Fell, Robert Duvall
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon, Simon Oakland, Norman Fell, Robert Duvall,
Type of Poster
B2
Style of Poster
Re-release (glossy paper)
Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
1974
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
20 6/16" x 28 14/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

Breaking Away / one sheet / USA

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Breaking Away
AKA
All American Boys (Italy)
Year of Film
1979
Director
Peter Yates
Starring
Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1979
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Unknown
Size (inches)
27" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
The movie that tells you exactly what you can do with your high school diploma!