Thursday, January 24, 2008

Continuing with the Italian gothic posters..

Continuing with the theme of Italian gothic horror, I present a German poster for The Virgin of Nuremberg (a.k.a. Horror Castle) directed by Antonio Margheriti, as well as another for The Horrible Dr. Hichcock, here paired with The Awful Dr. Orloff. Interestingly enough, the Virgin of Nuremberg poster has art elements from the AIP release of Mario Bava's Baron Blood (see below) released almost 10 years later! I'd be interested in hearing how this came about.

Next up, a trio of Mario Bava images. Italian posters for Black Sunday and Black Sabbath as well as a Pakistani poster for Whip and the Body which uses re-worked art from the Italian 2-panel.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Kicking off the blog Italian-style

In honor of Tragic Ceremony being released on DVD by Dark Sky on January 29th, I thought I would post an alternate 1-sheet for the movie. This image isn't the best and isn't at all representative of my collection. I attribute this to the rarity of the movie. (Click on the images for a larger version)

Next up, an Italian poster for the movie that is said to have kicked
off the entire Italian gothic genre, Riccardo Freda's I Vampiri.

No post on gothic horror would be complete without some Christopher Lee and Barbara Steele, so next up a couple of Italian locandinas for Blood Demon (also known as The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism) and The Horrible Dr. Hichcock. Also an Italian poster for The Ghost, the follow-up to Terror of Dr. Hichcock, also directed by Riccardo Freda. Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism has gotten a very nice DVD release in Germany under the title Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel, while Hichcock is still sadly MIA. The Ghost has only recieved minor budget releases and a DVD from Retromedia.

I'm trying to compress and keep the filesize down on the large images. Bear with me while I get the hang of the layout.

See you again soon!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Why I'm here.

So I decided to start a blog because I love horror movies and love talking about them but never really felt like I had much to contribute to the scene. These days, everybody is on the internet, everybody is talking about them and I'm certainly no movie scholar or critic, I'm just an avid fan. I didn't feel like anything I could really say would be new to anyone.

So you may be asking, then why are you starting a blog? I think I found my contribution in the fact that along with loving horror movies, I also love art and have collected over 1,700 high quality scans of movie posters. With a background in art and Photoshop, its become sort of a hobby of mine to clean up and digitally restore my collection, remove watermarks, color correct, etc. I've felt for awhile that alot of these posters don't really get seen enough by fans. Many of which are rare and hard to find (and if you do happen to come across one its probably going to be a small, crappy image). I feel that these images should be seen as they often times contain some really amazing artwork. So I decided to start a blog to try and get these images out there more to the horror-loving public.

If you have any requests, comments or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks.