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Scarily Pretty, Huh?

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

I’m a big, BIG fan of properly painted posters, especially for scary movies! I’ve got an original framed print of the ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ poster hanging in my study and, often when I’m supposed to be writing, I find myself staring into the depths of it. I just love the smoky-bronze, sepia-tinged glory of the hand-painted Indiana Jones with his snaking bullwhip, the slight sneer on the lips of Ronald Lacey’s Nazi henchman, the boggle-eyed villain staring out from the jamb of a crumbling tomb door, and all the lovingly rendered, intricate detail that has gone into the background pieces, including the ominous, gilded ark.

For too long now TV and movie productions have relied on the eerie ‘perfection’ of the photoshopped poster in which an ensemble cast of lead characters stare out at you with all the frozen-faced soulessness of  a Vincent Price victim from the House of Wax! The recent X-Men: First Class poster comes to mind as a prime example of this lazy approach to movie artwork.

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