If you missed it, yesterday I explored 11 great posters from 11 not-so-great movies, and I promised today I would take a slightly different angle at the same idea. Yesterday’s 11 posters were for films I had seen, today’s collection come from nine films I have never seen and I can’t take full credit for this list.
After I had compiled a list of my own I reached out to a few friends and one of them provided me a TON of suggestions, several of which I had never seen. David Frank, who used to provide content on a regular basis for me, is a big poster buff and of the nine posters here, he suggested seven of them. As for the other two, well, I’ll explain below and perhaps in too much detail on one of them.
This list also differs from my previous one as it’s largely filled with B-movie classics and “never heard ofs” and they can get a little racy, but I couldn’t help but laughing at several of them, most of which would be excellent lining someone’s home theater room.
When it comes to why I think these posters are so great, I think it’s rather self-explanatory in most situations, as most of these are representations of the timeless art of movie promotion and how it has lost a little of its flare as of late. Then again, as I said above, these aren’t necessarily major studio features that I’m featuring here and I’m sure you could find several posters along the same lines that accomplish very much the same effect. These just happened to be the ones I used for this post and each one of them offers a different, and I think, interesting story.
With that said let’s have a look and as for the “not-so-great” movies tag, that’s once again based on general opinion. Since I haven’t seen any of them I can’t personally speak to their quality, but it made for a good headline… so try not and get too “Internet commenter” on me and just let it slide and enjoy…
1,000 Convicts and a Woman
(Story of a Nympho)
The story outline on this one just floored me when David sent it over. Looking around the net, there isn’t a lot of information out there about the film, but it was directed by Ray Austin who may be best known for directing 12 episodes of “Magnum P.I.” in the ’80s and stars Alexandra Hay as the titular “woman”.
There’s also an interesting user review at IMDb addressing the film’s misleading title:
This British movie, originally called “Fun and Games”, was released in America under the the misleading title “1000 Convicts and a Woman” and with tagline “Black men! White men! Every man!”. Actually though, there are nowhere near 1,000 inmates at this prison and only one of them is actually black.
No matter how you look at it, a great poster for an exploitation film.
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
This may be a bit of a cliched addition, but you can’t leave out Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and that classic image above. Made for around $88,000, the film made $480,000 at the box-office in 1958 and while there were attempts to remake it after its release, it wasn’t until 1993 that Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman), of all people, directed Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman for HBO with Daryl Hannah in the lead role.
Interestingly enough, Roger Corman is producing Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, a new film taking the same premise, which is expected to be released later this year. Directed by Kevin O’Neill, the film stars Jena Sims (Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007) in the lead role with Sean Young (Blade Runner) as her mother and Ryan Merriman (Final Destination 3), Treat Williams and Ted Raimi co-starring. What kind of beautiful disaster could that end up being?