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Hellraiser / one sheet / USA

12.06.13

Poster Poster
Title
Hellraiser
AKA
Clive Barker's Hellraiser (UK - complete title)
Year of Film
1987
Director
Clive Barker
Starring
Andrew Robinson, Doug Bradley, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith
Origin of Film
UK
Genre(s) of Film
Andrew Robinson, Doug Bradley, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1987
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27 2/16" x 41 1/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Demon to some. Angel to others. | He'll tear your soul apart

Unquestionably one of the truly great British horror films, Clive Barker‘s Hellraiser launched an enduring franchise and established the character of Pinhead (or ‘Priest’, as Barker prefers him to be known) as one of horror’s most beloved villains. Based on the 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart, Barker made the decision to both write the screenplay and direct the film after being disappointed with how two of his earlier scripts had been treated by other directors. The story begins as seedy hedonist Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) purchases a golden puzzle box from an antiques dealer in Morocco believing it holds the key to the ‘ultimate sensual experience’. On returning to his London home, Frank opens the puzzle box and is promptly torn apart by massive hooks controlled by a group of horribly scarred and mutilated humanoids known as the Cenobites. The lead Cenobite (Pinhead, played by Doug Bradley) twists the box back to its original shape and they pass back into their realm with Frank’s remains with the room returning to normal.

Sometime later, Frank’s brother Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his second wife Julia (Clare Higgins) move into the same house assuming that Frank is in jail in some exotic location. Larry’s daughter Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) declines the offer to move in with her stepmother and chooses to find her own place. When Larry accidentally cuts his hand and drips blood onto the attic floor it somehow reaches Frank in his prison in the other realm and starts to resurrect his body (in a stunning special effects sequence). Later that day Julia finds Frank in the attic and the pair rekindle an affair they had started some years before. Julia agrees to help Frank to fully resurrect himself, which can only happen through blood sacrifices so she begins to seduce and bring back random men to the house before bludgeoning them to death for Frank to consume. Kirsty begins to suspect something is afoot and soon she is having her own encounter with the Cenobites who are displeased to learn that one of their prisoners has escaped and is on a murder spree.

What makes the film stand out is the excellent script by Barker which prevents the characters from being the usual one-dimensional death fodder usually seen in horror films, particularly those being released towards the end of the 1980s. The production, costume and makeup design are all excellent, with all of the Cenobite designs being particularly memorable. There’s only one stop-motion animation sequence at the end of the film that belies the productions low budget and the film stands up extremely well today. Although the series is up to its ninth film instalment, Barker never directed another and was only producer on the first two sequels. After the fourth film (1996’s Bloodline) the series became a straight-to-video enterprise and quality dropped significantly from then onwards.

This US one sheet, designed by Pulse Advertising, features a great image of Pinhead holding the puzzlebox, alongside a very memorable tagline. The lead Cenobite would be front and centre on posters for the film used around the world, as well as all theatrically-released sequels. To see more posters designed by Pulse, check out this page on IMPAwards and the posters I’ve collected that were designed by them can be seen here.

The Limey / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Limey
AKA
L'inglese [The Englishman] (Italy)
Year of Film
1999
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Starring
Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán, Peter Fonda, Barry Newman, Nicky Katt, Peter Fonda, Amelia Heinle, Melissa George, Bill Duke
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán, Peter Fonda, Barry Newman, Nicky Katt, Peter Fonda, Amelia Heinle, Melissa George, Bill Duke,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1999
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
26 6/8" x 39 11/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
--

Swimming Pool / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Swimming Pool
AKA
--
Year of Film
2003
Director
François Ozon
Starring
Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Jean-Marie Lamour, Marc Fayolle, Mireille Mossé, Lauren Farrow, Sebastian Harcombe, Frances Cuka
Origin of Film
France | UK
Genre(s) of Film
Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Jean-Marie Lamour, Marc Fayolle, Mireille Mossé, Lauren Farrow, Sebastian Harcombe, Frances Cuka,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2003
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
On the surface, all is calm.

Road To Perdition / one sheet / style A / international

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Road To Perdition
AKA
Era mio padre [He was my father] (Italy)
Year of Film
2002
Director
Sam Mendes
Starring
Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Paul Newman, Liam Aiken, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Paul Newman, Liam Aiken, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Style A
Origin of Poster
International
Year of Poster
2002
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Pray for Michael Sullivan

Jackie Brown / one sheet / advance / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Jackie Brown
AKA
Triple traición (Argentina)
Year of Film
1997
Director
Quentin Tarantino
Starring
Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, Michael Bowen
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, Michael Bowen,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Advance
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1997
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27 1/16" x 40"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Six players on the trail of half a million in cash. The only question... Who's playing who? | This Christmas, Santa's got a new bag

Jackie Brown / one sheet / teaser / Jackie / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Jackie Brown
AKA
Triple traición (Argentina)
Year of Film
1997
Director
Quentin Tarantino
Starring
Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, Michael Bowen
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, Michael Bowen,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Teaser - Jackie
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1997
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
--

Inside Deep Throat / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Inside Deep Throat
AKA
--
Year of Film
2005
Director
Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Starring
N/A
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
N/A,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2005
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
It was filmed in 6 days for 25 thousand dollars. The government didn't want you to see it. It was banned in 23 states. It has grossed over 600 million dollars. And it is the most profitable film in motion picture history.

American Beauty / quad / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
American Beauty
AKA
--
Year of Film
1999
Director
Sam Mendes
Starring
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1999
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
30" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
...look closer

The Hot Spot / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Hot Spot
AKA
--
Year of Film
1990
Director
Dennis Hopper
Starring
Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly, Jerry Hardin, William Sadler, Charles Martin Smith, Barry Corbin
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly, Jerry Hardin, William Sadler, Charles Martin Smith, Barry Corbin,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1990
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 41"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Safe is never sex. It's dangerous. | Film Noir like you've never seen

The Professional / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Professional
AKA
Léon (France - original title)
Year of Film
1994
Director
Luc Besson
Starring
Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Michael Badalucco, Ellen Greene, Willi One Blood, Don Creech
Origin of Film
France
Genre(s) of Film
Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Michael Badalucco, Ellen Greene, Willi One Blood, Don Creech,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1994
Designer
Pulse Advertising
Artist
--
Size (inches)
26 6/8" x 39 11/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
A perfect assassin. An innocent girl. They have nothing left to lose except each other.