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The Monster Club / quad / UK

30.11.12

Poster Poster
Title
The Monster Club
AKA
--
Year of Film
1981
Director
Roy Ward Baker
Starring
Vincent Price, Donald Pleasence, John Carradine, Stuart Whitman, Richard Johnson, Barbara Kellerman, Britt Ekland, Simon Ward, Anthony Valentine, Patrick Magee, Anthony Steel
Origin of Film
UK
Genre(s) of Film
Vincent Price, Donald Pleasence, John Carradine, Stuart Whitman, Richard Johnson, Barbara Kellerman, Britt Ekland, Simon Ward, Anthony Valentine, Patrick Magee, Anthony Steel,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1981
Designer
Graham Humphreys
Artist
Graham Humphreys
Size (inches)
30" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
You'll meet some interesting people and hear some great songs at The Monster Club

The horror anthology The Monster Club was produced by ex-Amicus co-owner Milton Subotsky and was the final feature film from director Roy Ward Baker. Subotsky had seen great success as one half of Amicus (his partner was the screenwriter Max Rosenberg) with the release of several ‘portmanteau’ horrors, including three directed by genre stalwart Freddie FrancisDr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1964), Torture Garden (1967) and Tales from the Crypt (1972). Roy Ward Baker is best remembered for his work on the Titanic film A Night to Remember (1958) and several successful horror films for one of Amicus’ rival studios, Hammer, including the excellent Quatermass and the Pit (1967) and Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1972). Baker directed a handful of horrors for Amicus, including the anthologies Asylum (1972) and The Vault of Horror (1973), as well as the ghost story And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973).

The Monster Club features American horror legend Vincent Price as the vampire Eramus who bumps into the horror writer R.Chetwynd-Hayes (played by the prolific John Carradine) and feasts on his blood but ‘doesn’t bite deep enough’ to turn him into one of his own. Eramus then invites the writer to visit the titular club claiming that he’s sure it will offer plenty of inspiration as it’s home to all manner of werewolves, ghouls, beasts and other assorted creatures (read: extras in hastily prepared rubber masks). What follows is three fairly dull horror stories featuring several notable actors (Donald PleasenceRichard Johnson and Britt Ekland) but it’s the surrounding sequences in the club itself that are more interesting with a handful of catchy musical numbers and one memorable sequence in which a stripper takes everything off, including her skin (via a shadowy animation).

The poster was designed and painted by the brilliant British illustrator Graham Humphreys. Because it wasn’t a poster we discussed during our 2011 interview I wanted to speak to Graham to hear the story of the making of this poster in more detail. The interview with Graham can be read here.

Brick / quad / blue and white style / UK

18.05.11

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Brick / quad / black and blue style / UK

18.05.11

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Brick / one sheet / The Pin style / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Brick
AKA
--
Year of Film
2005
Director
Rian Johnson
Starring
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
The Pin style
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2005
Designer
P+A | Mojo
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
"All the jake sprang from him."

Brick / one sheet / Brendan style / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Brick
AKA
--
Year of Film
2005
Director
Rian Johnson
Starring
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Brendan style
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2005
Designer
P+A | Mojo
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
"Thick as what all"

Brick / one sheet / Laura style / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Brick
AKA
--
Year of Film
2005
Director
Rian Johnson
Starring
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Laura style
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2005
Designer
P+A | Mojo
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
"Hard luck in a red kimono"

Brick / one sheet / Tug style / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Brick
AKA
--
Year of Film
2005
Director
Rian Johnson
Starring
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Tug style
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2005
Designer
P+A | Mojo
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
"He shined a gat as he blew the burg"

The Watcher in the Woods / one sheet / USA

13.11.13

Poster Poster
Title
The Watcher in the Woods
AKA
Obserwator (Poland)
Year of Film
1980
Director
John Hough
Starring
Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Benedict Taylor, Frances Cuka, Richard Pasco, Ian Bannen
Origin of Film
USA | UK
Genre(s) of Film
Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Benedict Taylor, Frances Cuka, Richard Pasco, Ian Bannen,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1980
Designer
Unknown
Artist
David J. Negrón
Size (inches)
27 2/16" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
800061
Tagline
A masterpiece of suspense!

Another of Disney’s forays into live-action filmmaking (this was actually the studio’s second PG-rated film after 1979’s The Black Hole), The Watcher in the Woods is an eerie mystery thriller that absolutely terrified me when I first watched it as a child in the 1980s. An Anglo-American co-production, the film was helmed by John Hough and English director who had proved his horror chops with the adults-only The Legend of Hell House (1973) and was chosen by the American producer Ron Miller to work on this film. Legendary Hollywood actress Bette Davis was lined up to star and the year of production coincided with her 50th in the business.

The story sees an Anglo-American family move to a manor house surrounded by thick woodland that is owned by Mrs. Aylwood (Davis). One of the daughters, Jan (played by Lynn-Holly Johnson, the real-life figure-skater who would appear in For Your Eyes Only soon after), is told she bears a striking resemblance to Mrs Aylwood’s daughter Karen who went missing 30 years earlier. Jan begins to see strange apparitions in the forest and suffers a series of unexplainable phenomena. After discovering an abandoned church in the middle of the woods, Jan finds that there’s more to Karen’s disappearance than she’s been told and it’s not long before the secret behind the ‘Watcher’ is revealed.

This American one sheet bears the signature of an artist called David J. Negrón whose official website is here and describes him as an American impressionist. Negrón was born in Texas in 1935 and later graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, which allowed him to get a job at Twentieth Century Fox as a storyboard artist and production illustrator. He went on to work on films such as Hello Dolly, Raider’s Of The Lost Ark, Dog Day Afternoon, Back to The Future III, Jurassic Park and others. His website features a gallery of examples of his movie work and includes a great image of King Kong painted for Dino De Laurentiis’ 1976 version.

The original trailer is on YouTube.

 

Bite the Bullet / one sheet poster / USA

02.10.17

Poster Poster
Title
Bite the Bullet
AKA
--
Year of Film
1975
Director
Richard Brooks
Starring
Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent, Robert Donner, Jean Willes, Mario Arteaga, Dabney Coleman
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent, Robert Donner, Jean Willes, Mario Arteaga, Dabney Coleman,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1975
Designer
Tom Jung
Artist
Tom Jung
Size (inches)
27 2/16" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
75/132
Tagline
In the tradition of Shane and High Noon, a new Western Classic is born! BITE THE BULLET!

A detailed piece of art by Tom Jung features on this US one sheet for the release of the 1975 Western Bite the Bullet. The film was written and directed by the late American director Richard Brooks who is best known for Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and In Cold Blood (1967). The story was inspired by a 1908 horseback race that traveled 700 miles from Evanston, Wyoming to Denver, Colorado.

The nine contestants include a pair of former Rough Riders, Sam Clayton (Gene Hackman) and Luke Matthews (James Coburn) who are both out for the prize fund, despite their friendship. Also in the group is a former prostitute (Candice Bergen), a cocky kid (Jan-Michael Vincent) and an Englishman (Ian Bannen). A train containing the people from the newspaper who created the competition sets off along the route and meets up with the group at various points. We watch as they all suffer from various perilous situations, including attacks from bandits, large wildlife (bear!) and a group of dangerous prisoners. 

The film is a fairly lightweight but enjoyable watch and the main cast are all decent. Hackman and Coburn are, as usual, convincing in their parts and bring needed gravitas to their roles. A speech by Hackman recalling his time during the Spanish-American war is a particular highlight. Reviews were mixed, however, and I don’t believe the film was a great success as the box-office.

As well as the iconic one sheet for Star Wars, Tom Jung is also known for the style B one sheet for The Empire Strikes Back. He was a prolific designer and illustrator for film campaigns from the 1950s through to the 1980s. IMPAwards features a gallery of his work and his Wikipedia article has a selected list of the many posters he worked on. Rather unusually, at least in comparison to other film poster artists, Jung was also a designer of his posters as well as the artist. The other posters I’ve collected by him can be seen here.

Brick / one sheet / The Brain style / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
Brick
AKA
--
Year of Film
2005
Director
Rian Johnson
Starring
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O'Leary, Noah Fleiss, Brian J. White, Meagan Good, Noah Segan, Lukas Haas, Richard Roundtree,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
The Brain style
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
2005
Designer
P+A | Mojo
Artist
--
Size (inches)
27" x 40"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
"The foil with the inside track."

The Getaway / B2 / guns style / Japan

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Getaway
AKA
--
Year of Film
1972
Director
Sam Peckinpah
Starring
Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Sally Struthers, Richard Bright
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Sally Struthers, Richard Bright,
Type of Poster
B2
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
1973
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
20 5/16" x 28 14/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

The Watcher in the Woods / quad / UK

13.03.13

Poster Poster
Title
The Watcher in the Woods
AKA
Obserwator (Poland)
Year of Film
1980
Director
John Hough
Starring
Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Benedict Taylor, Frances Cuka, Richard Pasco, Ian Bannen
Origin of Film
USA | UK
Genre(s) of Film
Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Benedict Taylor, Frances Cuka, Richard Pasco, Ian Bannen,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1980
Designer
Brian Bysouth
Artist
Brian Bysouth
Size (inches)
30" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
--
Tagline
it is not a fairy tale

Another of Disney’s forays into live-action filmmaking (this was actually the studio’s second PG-rated film after 1979’s The Black Hole), The Watcher in the Woods is an eerie mystery thriller that absolutely terrified me when I first watched it as a child in the 1980s. An Anglo-American co-production, the film was helmed by John Hough and English director who had proved his horror chops with the adults-only The Legend of Hell House (1973) and was chosen by the American producer Ron Miller to work on this film. Legendary Hollywood actress Bette Davis was lined up to star and the year of production coincided with her 50th in the business.

The story sees an Anglo-American family move to a manor house surrounded by thick woodland that is owned by Mrs. Aylwood (Davis). One of the daughters, Jan (played by Lynn-Holly Johnson, the real-life figure-skater who would appear in For Your Eyes Only soon after), is told she bears a striking resemblance to Mrs Aylwood’s daughter Karen who went missing 30 years earlier. Jan begins to see strange apparitions in the forest and suffers a series of unexplainable phenomena. After discovering an abandoned church in the middle of the woods, Jan finds that there’s more to Karen’s disappearance than she’s been told and it’s not long before the secret behind the ‘Watcher’ is revealed.

This British quad features an illustration of the scene that terrified me the most when I first saw the film, which is the moment that a ritual is carried out inside the church during a violent thunderstorm. It also features an image of the Watcher in the form seen in the final release, but as the Wikipedia article on the film details there had originally been an alternative ending to the film that showed it in a much different form. The first ending apparently went down disastrously with test audiences and critics because of the poor quality of the creature effects and the studio took the decision to reshoot a new one without the participation of John Hough. The original ending can be viewed on YouTube.

This poster was illustrated by one of my favourite British artists, Brian Bysouth, who worked on a number of posters for Disney during the 1970s and 1980s, including for several of their animated titles. You can read my extensive interview with the man himself by clicking here. The other posters I’ve collected by him can be seen by clicking here.

The original trailer is on YouTube.

 

United 93 / one sheet / teaser / USA

17.05.11

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United 93 / one sheet / USA

17.05.11

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United 93 / quad / advance / UK

18.05.11

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