Pic of the Day: The Madonna-centric Italian poster for Vision Quest (1985)

Vision Quest italian poster

Set in Spokane, Washington, Vision Quest (1985) stars Matthew Modine as a high school wrestler who embarks on a quixotic mission to drop multiple weight classes in order to take on his region’s top grappler.

Madonna makes a brief appearance in the film as a singer at a club crooning “Crazy for You.” That cameo was enough for Italian post artist extraordinaire Enzo Sciotti to re-imagine the movie as a Madonna vehicle in which Modine also does a bit of wrestling – in a ring.

Pic of the Day: Krull the video game

Krull video game Atari 2600

The box cover of the Atari video game tie-in for Krull (1983). The fantasy flick was far from the only title to get the Atari 2600 treatment – some of the choices logical (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Tron, and Star Wars), others not so much (Porky’s, MASH, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre).

Pic of the Day: The horror posters of Val Lewton

(Above) A collection of movie art from producer Val Lewton’s brief by prolific time running RKO’s B-movie horror unit. From 1942-1946, Lewton produced (and contributed uncredited script polishing) to nine genre shockers. Many of the films were scripted around preconceived exploitation titles such as I Walked With a Zombie and The Ghost Ship.

From the book Phantom Ladies: Hollywood Horror and the Home Front by Tim Snelson.

The lurid titles for the first six of the RKO horror films were audience-tested and mandated by (RKO head Charles) Koerner. RKO was the first studio to commit to George Gallup’s Audience Research Institute (ARI), signing a contract in March 1940 that would furnish sustained research regarding various audience groups’ preferences in story types, stars, and specific title choices. An initial survey for RKO revealed that a quarter of audiences bought tickets on the basis of the film’s title alone, thus explaining Koerner’s commitment to his audience-tested titles.