Pic of the Day: Mondo poster for Green Room (2016)

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Prints of Oliver Barrett’s new poster for Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room (2015) will be released today by Mondo. The time of the sale will be announced on Mondo’s Twitter feed.

To read more about the making of the film, check out this interview I did with Green Room cinematographer Sean Porter (Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, 20th Century Women) for Filmmaker Magazine.

 

Pic of the Day: For a Few Dollars More (1965)

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The German poster art for the middle entry in Sergio Leone’s “Dollar” trilogy of Spaghetti WesternsCheck out more Pics of the Day here.

The trilogy upped the ante on cinematic violence, a gauntlet picked up by Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and The Wild Bunch (1969). Long-tenured New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther was not amused by the bloodshed. Here is the concluding paragraph of Crowther’s review for the American release of For a Few Dollars More in July of 1967.

“But the fact that this film is constructed to endorse the exercise of murderers, to emphasize killer bravado and generate glee in frantic manifestations of death is, to my mind, a sharp indictment of it as so-called entertainment in this day. There is nothing wholesome about killing men for bounty, nothing funny about seeing them die, no matter how much the audience may sit there and burble and laugh.”

Crowther’s distaste at the graphic shift of the American cinema reached its apex a month later when he bashed the August release of Bonnie and Clyde. By December of the same year, he had announced his retirement after 27 years at the Times.

Vintage exhibitor ads from Boxoffice Magazine

Dr. Phibes Rides Again!

Since the 1920s, Boxoffice Magazine has been the rag of record when it comes to film exhibition, bustling with ads designed to catch the eye of movie theater bookers.

For the last two months the Facebook page Nostalgic Drive-In Theater Newspaper Ads has been sharing massive collections of Boxoffice Magazine adverts from the 1960s and 1970s – the Golden Age of exploitation posters. (continue for more photos) Continue Reading ›

Behind the scenes stills, posters and more from Brian De Palma’s original Carrie (1976)

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“I’ve made so many films and people still keep saying “The Horror Genre.” They never seem like horror films to me! Horror films are “Hammer Films” — vampires and Frankenstein. I love those pictures, but I don’t feel it’s exactly what I’m doing…” – Brian De Palma in a 1977 issue Cinefantastique

One of the arguments in the case against director (and noted Alfred Hitchcock fetishist) Brian De Palma is that De Palma is a cold formalist who places the style of his intricate set pieces above the human beings within them. Which is why it’s so surprising that De Palma’s 1976 version of Carrie is filled with significantly more empathy than the recent remake from director Kimberly Peirce, the humanist behind Boys Don’t Cry. (continue reading) Continue Reading ›

31 Days of Horror: It’s Just a Harmless Little Bunny – Revenge of Nature posters

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In April of1970 the world celebrated (if that’s the right word) the first Earth Day.  In the decade that followed, apocalyptic prognostications, environmental regulations and an energy crisis that led the United States to briefly ration gas created a new sense of ecological anxiety. The horror movies of the era reflected – as the genre often does – those anxieties in a series of films in which environmental imbalance (often precipitated by corporate greed) caused our furry little friends to revolt against us. (Continue Reading) Continue Reading ›

Faux-VHS cover art for the Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive

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Graphic designer James White put together this imaginary VHS cover art for director Nicolas Winding Refn’s instant cult classic Drive. Below are a few additional examples of White’s work. To see more, visit White’s website.

CORRECTION: The original Drive poster design featured above is the work of James White, however the VHS mock-up of that design was put together by Canadian artist Nicolas Girard.

No Country for Old Men (James White)

Fight Club
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