|Horror Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Bruce Hershenson 1999
|This collection contains 280 full-color
illustrations of horror, science fiction, and fantasy movie posters spread over 84 pages.
I was very impressed that there are absolutely none of the same images that appeared in
the earlier Horror Movie Posters, which I previously reviewed.
Here are some of the posters that stood out to me and what struck me about each. Family warmth is captured in A TRAP FOR SANTA CLAUS (1909). Hyper real color nearly comes of the lobby card for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923). The amphibian robots of THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1929) are kind of creepy. The artist who drew FRANKENSTEIN title card really captured the movement of the lumbering giant. Red color of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) is an attention getter. I like the cartoon abstracted in upper right above the characters on the WIZARD OF OZ (1939) poster. There is something primal about THE WOLF MAN (1941). The multi layer images of THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942) are eerie.
I like the witch shadow on I MARRIED A WITCH (1942). ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) looks like loads of fun. The human race is in dire trouble on THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951). Horror and terror best describe the look of Italian poster of DOCTOR JEKYLL (1951). Who wouldnt love looking at the voluptuous vixen writhe under the MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR (1954), half-sheet?
GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956) is the first thing I remember saving money to buy in my life. I think everyone recognizes the image of ATTACK OF THE 50 FT. WOMAN (1958). The eeriness of the children is within VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960). The best aspects of BARBARELLA (1968) are on display on the 1977 reissue. The future looks crazy in LOGANS RUN (1976), half-sheet.
The essence of STAR WARS (1977) is captured on the poster. The simpleness of SUPERMAN (1978) is very powerful. MAD MAX (1979) is just awesome. THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (1980) is very atmospheric. I like use of space and color of WEIRD SCIENCE (1985). Strength is completely represented in ROBOCOP (1987). The poster of FREDDYS DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE (1991) is much better than the movie.
THE SIXTH SENSE (1999) is classic use of black and that shows simple is the best way to go on a movie poster. SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999) uses black space to fuel its scary fire.
This is a fantastic book that any film fan would love to have.