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By midlandsmovies, Aug 31 2017 03:44PM

2017 Movie Catch-Up Blog Part 3




24x36: A Movie about Movie Posters (2017) Dir. Kevin Burke

This documentary concerns the lost (and now maybe regained) art of the illustrated movie poster. With conversations from key artists over the last 40 years, the film shines a nostalgic light to the changes within the industry from the iconic (and painted) nature of the past to the resistance of the homogenised digital ‘Photoshop-ing’ of the present. It also follows the resurgence of the MONDO brand who, in the absence of Hollywood’s calling, filled the gap for creative, limited edition, screen-printed posters which has grown into an underground (but maybe no more) phenomenon. The doc is structured with the usual voice-overs and interviews yet despite its average structure, if you’re a fan of the subject then it does a great deal to explain the industry’s avoidance of creative risks with the increase use of focus groups. Similar to “Drew: The Man Behind the Poster” (2013) – a doc focused on the most famous poster-creator of them all Drew Struzan – the passion of the collectors just pulls it over the line – as was a surprise appearance from Leicester’s own Thomas Hodge whose 80s-flavoured posters are part of the scene’s rebirth. As a fan of alternative poster art (see our blogs here & here) I enjoyed the documentary, but for the passing fan however, it may be a bit too bland in style to grab you like well-designed placard. 6.5/10




Prevenge (2017) Dir. Alice Lowe

A pregnant woman who commits murder owing to voices she believes come from her unborn foetus is the dark narrative from this new British comedy horror. I had high hopes for this film after a spate of fine reviews yet right off the bat, the film is neither shocking nor comedic enough to warrant such regard. The movie’s positives include a terrific turn by writer/director/actor Alice Lowe who brings some depth to the troubled character but it delivered a poor script that thought it was far cleverer than it was. The overall feel was a few “skits” tied together with an over-arching and confusingly delivered narrative. The themes of female passions are surface level at best and an (almost) hand-held filming style meant I couldn’t get beyond the mix of its low budget technical style combined with the self-important themes and 6th Form-level wit. Apparently it was filmed in 2 weeks and boy can you tell. No laughs and no scares make Prevenge a dull girl. 4/10




Opening Night (2017) Dir. Isaac Rentz

A low budget frolic into the world of the musical stage sees Topher Grace playing a backstage producer of a new show that is as haphazard as it is a giant mess. Mixing the front of house musical numbers with the chaotic backstage antics of divas and dead-headed actors, the film is a light-hearted and enthusiastic tribute to the stresses of putting on a professional performance for the first time. Grace brings his inoffensive but warm persona from That 70s Show and a great comedic support cast delivers a stock love-story that, like the show within the film, wins the audience over despite its amateurism. Even though I’ve toured in a rock band myself, I have but a passing interest in film musicals as bursting into song in the middle of a scene has never really connected with me away from the stage. However, Opening Night is itself a meta-musical with the actors at times singing and dancing ‘outside’ of their own show. In many ways it works much more naturally than the artificial construct of most musicals. Like Moulin Rouge, well known pop songs are mixed with a handful of originals (which helps) and overall the movie avoids blandness as it harmlessly pokes fun at the crazy dramas of the theatrical world. 6.5/10




It Comes at Night (2017) Dir. Trey Edward Shults

Another film coming with a raft of praise-worthy reviews, this minimalist horror-drama also sadly fails to live up to expectations with a story about an unknown contagious disease and two families’ attempts at secluding themselves in the forest away from its ravages. One unit is headed by Joel Edgerton delivering an intense rage-filled role we’ve come to expect from him. He tries to ensure the safety of his family with a firm-hand and strict set of rules until he crosses paths with Will (Christopher Abbott) and his wife and child. The two then come together for both company and the sharing of scarce resources. However, the slow build up creates an unsettling distrust and from ‘sleepwalking’ children to barking dogs, the filmmaker aims to increase both the character’s and audience’s paranoia throughout. With dream and nightmare sequences though, the film is very ambiguous in what it is presenting. This at times works owing to the fear of the unknown but unfortunately this ‘open-to-interpretation’ delivery is stretched to a point of confusion. As the water and supplies dwindled, so did my interest and the director delivered some stock Hollywood horrors (a tree rustle here, a locked red door there – ooh spooky) whilst the investigations and infections come to an unsatisfying conclusion. It’s therefore a big shame the film failed to grab me as there are a few glimpses of a more narratively coherent horror in here. Yet It Comes at Night is ultimately a well-filmed and beautifully lit chamber-piece that some viewers will find tense, ambiguous and atmospheric whilst I predict a majority will come away simply bored to death. 5.5/10


Midlands Movies Mike

By midlandsmovies, Aug 4 2017 07:49AM



Midlands Movies speaks to local legend Thomas Hodge aka The Dude Designs who for years has been respected as one of the best alternative poster designers out there but who now has taken his first steps into making his very own film.


Thomas Hodge is the poster artist behind Hobo with A Shotgun (2011) The Innkeepers (2011) The Heat (2013) WolfCop (2014) and many more, as well as the author of VHS: Video Cover Art (2015). This book is the first of its kind to comprehensively bring together the artwork on UK VHS covers from the '80s to the '90s.


But now Tom is now proud to present his first stint in the director's chair with 'Teddy Bears Picnic', a proof-of-concept short film selected to premiere at this year's Fright Fest in London.


Written, produced, directed and financed by Tom himself, the film stars US actress Abby Miller (Justified, Aquarius & The Sinner TV series) and Laurence R Harvey (Human Centipede 2+3, ABCs of Death 2 & The Editor) yet was shot entirely in the Midlands at Welford in Northampton.


“I'm VERY excited to announce my first film project at long last!” says Tom who has kept the project behind guarded doors during its production. He adds, “It’s great the film is also showing at Fright Fest in London on the 28th August and with a world-wide online release to follow I hope it’s possible to develop it into a feature”.



The film revolves around a mother and daughter playing games in the forest but unbeknownst to them there is somebody watching their every move. Filmed entirely on location in the rural woodlands of the English Northampton countryside, Tom describes the short as "a year-long trip in terms of production but seven years of work in total”.


“I've been hands-on throughout, donning many new creative hats to produce, direct, art-direct and edit for the first time. I spent months making props, building creepy woodlands and creating original costumes."


Tom says how he was inspired by the 1907 melody of the same name, “Teddy Bears Picnic re-envisions the childhood song as a nightmarish fable that twists the concept of childhood innocence. I particularly loved the creativity of high concept horror in the '70s and '80s – from the films of Charles Band to the pulp horror novels of Guy N. Smith. So I wanted to take classic character-driven horror and develop it to suit contemporary tastes, with a strongly stylised visual approach”.


Tom also had the invaluable input of an “amazing director of photography" James Fox and the help and support from co-producer Natalie Dorn who also sacrificed a year for production. A musical score by Sophie Galpin (Pins-band) and sound design by Todd Freeman (Cell Count & Love Sick) add to the small cast and crew alongside co-writer Russell Norris.


With a set of teaser trailers being released online over the next month, you can get updates on the film at Tom’s YouTube channel - click here


And check out Tom’s poster art at https://www.thedudedesigns.com




By midlandsmovies, Jan 22 2017 09:48PM



Midlands Movies would like to thank all our readers and film followers for a great year of support in 2016.


To kick off 2017 with a bang we had a brand new competition where one lucky reader could get their hands on an Aliens film poster - which ties in with the impending release of the next installment of the franchise later this year - Alien: Covenant.


To enter, we asked readers to follow & RT our comeptition tweet and one winner has now been chosen at random.


And the lucky winner is Twitter user....


.....https://twitter.com/mattblackhall


Congratulations Matt!!!


Please get in touch to claim your prize!


Thanks to everyone who entered and please keep an eye on our site for many more competition prizes coming your way soon.


Midlands Movies

By midlandsmovies, May 15 2016 12:00PM

Midlands Movies are pleased to have given away lots of movie goodies over the last 18 months and will continue to do so therefore please follow us at https://twitter.com/MidlandsMovies to hear about our latest prizes and competitions


Previous winners include:


2016 competitions to date include:

Aliens BluRay boxset, Big Trouble in Little China PopFunko prize, Bronson BluRay, The History of Marvel Comic book & Summer Night Film Festival tickets.


The Force Awakens competition

In Autumn 2015 we gave away a brand new Storm Trooper action figure from the upcoming new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. The winner was @JackShelbourn


Pulp Fiction framed pic film Competition

Donated by Sali Jones of Ms Moo Makeup: www.msmoomakeup.com Pulp Fiction celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year and came in at number 1 in our 2013 Readers’ Poll of Midlands Movies readers favourite films of all time. The winner was @AmeliaK1987


"The Good, The Bad and the Multiplex" by Mark Kermode + Midlands Movies t-shirt Competition

We pulled one winner at random from the over 300+ entrants and that winner was Twitter user @ChrisBevan89


Chaplin Blu Ray Competition

Jim Peakman @Jimatay won a copy of Oscar nominated film Chaplin by Sir RIchard Attenborough


Pan's Labyrinth Competition

In September 2014 we joined forces with R B Illustrations to give away a beautifully designed Pan's Labyrinth poster drawn by Leicester's very own Ryan Button with the winner being Twitter user @Alex_Doddy


Shadowlands Competition

Partly filmed in the Midlands (at The Great Central Railway in Loughborough) and directed by Leicester legend Sir Richard Attenborough we have pulled one lucky reader out at random who was @JoshuaWilliam35


Transformers Competition

@IainKirtley won an Optimus Prime design courtesy of Leicester artist The Retrodraughtsman when we gave away a framed picture in July


LEGO Competition

To coincide with The Lego Movie's release on DVD we gave away one of the toy sets from the movie in June 2014 which was won by Shaun Jacques @ShaunJacquesUK


Anchorman 2 Competition

Our Anchorman competition ran in April 2014 and we drew out one lucky Midlands Movies reader who won a selection of prizes including a Ron Burgundy book, an Anchorman poster and a big red candle! The winner was Twitter user @boblikethebird


Once Upon A Time in the Midlands

We gave away Shane Meadows' FIlm 4 classic on DVD in February 2014 and the winner was Zoe Heslop @Zoe_Music


Retro Film Posters

We had a set of 8 glossy retro film posters to giveaway as a Christmas thank you to all our followers over a second successful year at Midlands Movies. A winner has been drawn at random on the weekend of the 7th/8th December 2013. Thanks to all who entered and the winner was Twitter user Emily Jasper https://twitter.com/EmilyJas


SuperMan Competition

We had a maxi-poster from Snyder's movie courtesy of Pyramid International (not run by Adrian Veidt!) as well as other assorted Kryptonian goodies. We had tons of entries who retweeted us at @MIdlandsMovies on Twitter and used hashtag #MMcompetition. Once we passed 1000 followers we drew one winner at random who was Rob Jones @Hulksmash1985


The Dark Knight Rises Competition

Midlands Movies Mike dressed as Bane at the recent showing of The Dark Knight Rises at Wollaton Hall where Wayne Manor was set for the movie! We gave you a chance to win 2 tickets courtesy of Derby Quad & the winner was @TommyDraper who was chosen at random for the event on Sept 7th.


800 Followers Competition

WINNER 1 - @deanne2622 (Singing in the Rain & Breakfast at Tiffany’s posters)

WINNER 2 - @Alex_H92 (The Birds & Gone With the Wind posters)

WINNER 3 - @JayIsANerd (The Wizard of Oz & Some Like It Hot posters)

WINNER 4 - @MrMilktray (Casablanca & Goldfinger posters)


500 & 600 Follower Competition

We gave away copies of the Alien Quadrilogy and Welcome to the Punch at our 500 and 600 Twitter followers mark.

By midlandsmovies, Feb 7 2016 03:02PM

After my original post about the hugely popular expansion in independent film poster art I have been discovering even more beautiful poster designs from artists from all over the world in 2015/16. From qualified experts to recreational amateurs, I love to see alternate takes on posters which have sadly still not moved far from the hell that is bad PhotoShop.


First 25 Movie Poster blog - http://www.midlandsmovies.com/blog/4558436876/Midlands-Movies-Feature---Top-25-Alternative-Movie-Posters/9794671


Please spare a bit of time checking out these dazzling designs and please investigate the Twitter feeds and websites of all the artists for even more talented artwork on their homepages.


25. Fantastic Mr Fox (by Jayson Weidel https://twitter.com/planet_pulp)

Amazing cartoon style design for Wes Anderson's quirky animation that captures the fun spirit and warm colours from the cast of stop motion animals


24. Jurassic Park (by Francesco Francavilla)

Humungous dinosaurs who terrify a remote island couldn't be summed up better in this simple but effective design.


23. Alien (by Randy Ortiz)

A superb print design showing the alien discovery and the scares about to emerge from the otherworldly egg


22. Inception (by Gabz http://iamgabz.com/Inception)

A mind-entering film of topsy-turvy realities is expressed in this monochrome design


21. Brazil (by Shou Yuan http://www.shou-yuan.com)

A deeply disturbing head controlling design fits perfectly with Gilliam’s dystopian vision of the future


20. Django Unchained (by Harijs Grundmanis)

A sepia tinged historical print style poster captures the time & place of this Western


19. Guardians of the Galaxy (by Paul Shipper)

This Marvel old-school space opera design takes it influences from poster legend Drew Struzan


18. The Iron Giant (by Jeff Granito)

Amazing technicolour art deco retro design showing the 2 sides of the story


17. Batman (by Casey Callender)

My fave Batman film gets a suitably dark design with his batwings extended


16. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (by Dennis Salvatier http://www.salvatierstudios.com)

A 1930s influenced print with bold geometric shapes & glamour


15. Beetlejuice (by Ken Taylor)

Crazy lighting & day-glo colours reflect the insane world of Keaton’s lead


14. The Fly (by Drew Millward)

Don’t be afraid of this stunningly twisted poster that jumps into the plasma pool


13. Birdman (by Orlando Arocena https://www.behance.net/orlandoarocena)

A great colourful one-sheet combining the city, Birdman and Keaton in one amazing image


12. The Goonies (by Tyler Stout http://www.tstout.com)

80s adventure classic gets characters & symbols + the octopus for this crazily coloured map-like poster


11. Godzilla (by http://phantomcitycreative.com)

Asian inspired design as mushroom clouds become Godzilla scales in monster movie moment


10. Wall Street (by http://www.moxycreative.com/dressthepart/)

A poster not for wimps in this cold, clinical and smart design for the 80s financial classic


9. Blade Runner (by Kako and Carlos Bela)

An industrial sci-fi font mixes with a replicant owl in this crimson classic


8. Batman Returns (by Steven Holliday)

Blues & yellows come together for this extremely breath taking poster


7. Chinatown (by Philippe Poirier. http://www.philippepoirier.ca)

Warm browns and neon signs reflect the film’s murky underworld


6. Army of Darkness (by Richey Beckett)

Incredibly intricate & organic design for this raw horror drawing


5. Rocky (by Cesar Moreno)

A unique take on a gold leaf resurrection as religious Rocky enters the ring


4. The Hateful Eight (by Orlando Arocena https://www.behance.net/orlandoarocena)

Another great design capturing the wintery wilderness of QT’s latest epic


3. The Incredibles (by Kevin Wilson http://apemeetsgirl.com)

One of the film’s iconic shots is the source of this incredible design


2. The Force Awakens (by @matttaylordraws)

Inverted colours pop off the page in a dynamic poster


1. The Shining (by http://3ftdeep.com)

Author Jack appears from the page like a great King novel


Thanks to all who followed & retweeted on February 6th & hoped you enjoyed a timeline of cool movie art


Check all the posters using the hastag #MMfilmposter over on Twitter

By midlandsmovies, Dec 28 2015 10:39AM

Top 10 local movie posters of 2015


Midlands Movies Mike picks 10 of the promotional movie posters from films made in the region.


* Night Owls (Nottingham) Film by Sophie Black and art by Dan Lord of @forecastdesign

* Crying Wolf (Derby) Film by MonoStereo

* The Witching Hour (Nottingham) Film by Mr. Stitch Films and art by Anthony Winson

* Derelict (Worcestershrire) Film by Venomous Little Man and art by Jamie Huntley

* Killersaurus (Leicester). Film by Steve Lawson

* The Wrong Floor (Leicester). Film by Marc Hamill/Roasted Films and art by Tom Hodge

* Junction 51 (Nottingham) Film by Superfreak Media

* The House of Screaming Death (West Midlands) Film by Lightbeam Productions & art by Colin Webb

* Athena (Leicester) Film by 305 Productions

* Acquiesce (Lincoln) Film and art by Thomas Cuthbertson




By midlandsmovies, Oct 11 2015 06:57PM

Comic Con Leicester


Full set of photos from the event courtesy of Jimo Jones are at this link - click here


On Sunday 11the October Midlands Movies Mike headed down to Comic Con Leicester at the city’s cultural quarter where a full day of comic creators, video gaming, movie memorabilia and cosplay costumes descended on the city. Held at the art-deco Athena venue, Midlands Movies joined the (large) crowds to see what fantastical fun could be had...


Entering through Leicester’s Orton Square early in the morning, I was aware that Comic Con Leicester had already sold out such is the explosion in all things that were once considered firmly in the realm of “geek”. Now popular with the mainstream, my local Comic Con already had a snaking queue around the large building and at the entrance was a gull-winged DeLorean from Back to the Future for photo opportunities. So far so good. And the day just got better.


Once inside, the Athena venue covers multiple floors and was once a cinema so has many tiers and balconies. After attending a number of other comic cons that are so often in large and flat arena-style settings, it was hugely refreshing to see the stalls set up across all the levels which meant that even if you were at the back of the auditorium, you were so high up you could still see the stage and lots of people dressed up.


With very welcoming staff and assistants, I wandered through the stalls, gaming zones and zombie make-up artists and was impressed by the range and quality of everyone showcasing their work and skills.


Obviously, Leicester was well represented with illustrator Rachael Smith whose comic The Rabbit has recently be nominated for best book at The British Comic Awards www.rachaelsmith.org At the next stall, Ryan Button who donated a Pan’s Labyrinth print for one of our early competitions showcased his brilliant drawing skills with amazing prints featuring Transformers, Skeletor and Stormtroopers as well as his dabbles as a storyboard artist of local films www.rbillustration.com


Also previously on our site and promoting his latest comedy webisodes was Thomas Crook and his two cartoons www.cheesemen.co.uk & www.afrogoblinandchums.co.uk Another Leicester favourite was “Zombie Ed” from Terror 4 Fun who runs the longest running film festival in the area and was suitably done up in undead make-up scaring the patrons where he could www.terror4fun.com


I was hugely impressed with the film-related poster art of John Pearson who also creates comics and his movie-inspired work can be seen at his website here www.johnjpearson.co.uk I found a musical connection with artist David Millgate whose Iron Maiden t-shirt complimented my own and his 2000AD and Predator artwork showcased the Leicester artist’s talents with paint and brush https://twitter.com/davidmillgate


Also already featured on Midlands Movies, it was great to see Lincolnshire film “The Drift” by Backyard Productions showcasing their successful sci-fi feature. Filmmaker Darren Scales brought along a scale model of one of the spacecraft which showed the passion he and his crew put into creating large ideas on a small budget. Follow the film on Twitter - @bypuk @thedriftmovie


Comic artists were extensively showcased (obvs) and some of the talent included German artist Anja Uhren (http://anja-uhren.blogspot.co.uk) whose art is influenced by her own travels whilst Vanessa J Hill http://vanessajhill.tumblr.com is informed by military, sci-fi, fantasy and more. Keith Chan graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in the Midlands and specialises in cartooning in various mediums and genres (www.keith-chan.co.uk) and artist Verity Hall had a fairy tale aesthetic in her teenage coming of age comics http://www.comicsy.co.uk/midnightmilk


Hoshi-Kou https://www.facebook.com/HKillustrations is inspired by Manga and Japanese woodcut art as well as tattoo design and another artist with Asian influences was Lauren Rowley in her comic Bubblegum girl http://www.laurenrowley.co.uk


More locally, Leicester illustrator Rebecca Mansfield also creates animation which can be seen via Vimeo at http://rebeccamansfieldart.tumblr.com whilst fellow Leicester-based Drew Askew works on storyboards, comic books, children's books and commissioned work. www.inkandbooze.com. Based in Birmingham, Steve Tanner of Time Bomb Comics has been publishing one-shots and graphic novels from historical horror to mind-bending science-fiction since 2007. http://www.timebombcomics.com


Russell Hillman of Freaktown Comics headed down early from Yorkshire with their Deadly Burlesque comic https://www.facebook.com/FreaktownComics and also travelling from further afield were Dead All Over who produce Limited Edition Pop Culture prints from sugar skull designs to zombie-movie crossovers of Darth Maul, Iron Man and Kick Ass. http://www.deadallover.co.uk Artist Richard Rudge from Birmingham showcased his own comics including "Eat Your Heart Out" and "Galactic Scrap Collector" http://richardrudge.daportfolio.com and the unique “The Ever Winter Series” by Tara Behan & Matthew Hill was a children’s adventure story set in a magical kingdom https://theeverwinterseries.wordpress.com


The talent continued with Kayla Gill of Lunaci whose expertise is in bespoke digital illustration and hand-drawn art work www.lunaci.co.uk and Patrick Scattergood of Dark Pond Creations was promoting his Neil Gaiman inspired Flesh Tones and The Meek graphic novels https://www.facebook.com/DarkPondCreations


These (and many more who I didn’t get around to talk to) was just the tip of a huge array of regional and national talents which demonstrated the high level of talent from independent artists, filmmakers and comic creators. And please check out the above links to find out about many of the people and their most recent projects and creations. With hours of entertainment, the full day was tiring but hugely successful and a big thank you should go to the organisers Gavin & Richard who should be very proud of the hard work put in to an entertaining event for all ages.


Midlands Movies Mike


http://www.comicconleicester.co.uk


More photos coming soon courtesy of Midlands Movies and Jim Jones

By midlandsmovies, May 28 2015 08:07PM

Top 25 Alternative Movie Posters


After purchasing The Art of Drew Struzan, I decided to investigate the lost art of innovative film poster design. It seems to me it has been taken on a much more serious sub culture as designers (homemade and unprofessional) have flooded the internet with alternative designs to a wealth of films.


(Click here to jump to larger images of all posters on our feature page)


From fans to cinephiles, the designs range from the simplistic to the hugely complicated with both classics and new releases getting a makeover using a range of styles from painting to computer aided design. With film posters becoming more homogenous to take into account a global market, the over use of PhotoShop to combine actors together in a simple Struzan-esque group shot is far too over relied on in Hollywood. So, from new takes on established ideas to the simplification of more complex posters these 25 alternative designs show a whole host of ideas that I hope film companies and movie marketing departments consider when trying to sell their films to the public.


In most instances I already love the film’s original artwork (e.g Ghostbusters, Star Wars and Robocop are already iconic classics to me) but these new pieces show how another angle can be equally good and it some cases even better.


So, please take a look at 25 brilliant pieces of art (with some further thoughts after the jump) and I also request if any readers can please illuminate me with the names of any of the artists responsible so I can link to their sites and reference their work appropriately. Please click on each pic to enlarge.


1. American Psycho (by TVNZ)

This poster shows some kind of abstraction, something illusory and so much of this idea is brilliant from the pieces making the American flag to the tasteless red blood stains on a subtle off-white shirt. With the corporate blue tie finishing off the stars and stripes design and the tilting angle showing everything is not as it seems, this poster has it all.

2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (by Olly Moss)

There are so many “simple” alternative posters out there that after a while they can blend in with each other but this one stands out for using the classic cup/face illusion to show both a key blood filled grail and the father-son dynamic Spielberg covers in this historical action romp.

3. The Lego Movie (by Tom Whalen)

Lego blocks are intrinsically angular and cuboid and this poster incorporates a range of colourful characters all interlocking perfectly with each other on a Lego base.

4. The Wizard of Oz (by Kevin Tong)

Some posters just capture the whole of a film so perfectly and this ingenious design uses the colour palette of Oz in contrast with the black & white Kansas to amazing effect.

5. True Romance (by Gabz)

This stunning poster places an orgy of characters and scenes within a statue of Cupid with rough writing for the font and more handwritten style on the credits. A beautiful piece.

6. Die Hard (by Zach Hallum)

Retaining the font from the original poster, the red continues as the blood on McLane’s glass-cut feet in this effective design.

7. The Dark Knight Rises (by Olly Moss)

Awesome moody poster with art-deco influences with a classic font and great usage of the bat-symbol iconography on the cowl. Simple yet effective with a real PUNCH!

8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (by Tom Whalen)

Maybe giving too much away, this WFRR poster retains the cartoon nature in a distinct new style with heavy hints of its mystery/gangster style genre

9. Memento

A basic poster shown in mostly black and white (a key design of part of the film) plus showing the photograph/camera that is essential to the character with the film credits in the Polaroid itself. Genius.

10. Terminator 2 (by Tom Whalen)

The Terminator is “within” the human in this angular & technical design made with the deadly precision of a robot itself and including everything from the chip to the HKs

11. Oldboy

Another poster that takes a key scene from the film, this time the protagonists violent one-take corridor fight with a hammer in Park Chan-Wook’s Asian masterpiece

12. Robocop (by Casey Callender)

An outstanding 80s sci fi gets a great hand painted 80s style poster with metallic font and emphasis on the gun representing the film’s violent obsessions.

13. Psycho (by Victor Hertz)

Simple and well known images/icons combine to summarise Hitchcock’s classic horror scene as well as the duality of the sexes

14. Big Trouble in Little China (by Tyler Stout)

A gaudy but intricate poster of innumerable details from David Lo Pan to Jack Burton in this Asian inspired poster

15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (by Joshua Budich)

From the huge sky to earth via the ape, star child and Hal this collage of key moments is as good as Kubrick’s journey through space and time

16. Prometheus (by Martin Ansin)

An almost 70s novel cover-style artwork in monochrome which showcases the exploring nature of the sci fi film

17. Ghostbusters (by Joshua Budich)

Beautifully illustrated character poster with bold colours and brilliant inclusion of the fire house too

18. Gremlins

A film of soft and cuddly versus scaly and scary in this two-faced poster showing the duality of the Mogwai

19. Captain America 2: Winter Soldier (by Rich Kelly)

This comic-book-esque poster has a retro vibe and washed out coloured linking the past with the future.

20. American History X

Brilliantly creative idea of including the Swastika invading the middle of American life in an “X”

21. The Shining (by Tracie Ching)

Outstanding updated artwork focuses on a dark vibe with blood red splashes of colour

22. Star Wars (by Old Red JalopY)

Iconic helmet ware in this pastiche of Full Metal Jacket and war films in general making a bold statement on a white background

23. Hell Boy (by Orlando Arocena)

This movie inspired artwork uses a 30s art-deco style of the comic anti-hero

24. The Godfather (by Marie Bergeron)

Going for the simplistic style, this poster takes one key moment from the film from a different perspective

25. The Burbs (by Paul Ainsworth)

An alternative colouring for this brilliant and zany 80s comedy starring Tom Hanks


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