Happy Halloween! The Art Of Cheesy Horror Movie Posters

This week’s Thursday Art Gallery comes a day early, and takes a different yet no less surrealist form: the classic, cheesy horror B-movie poster, another of my favorite art forms. Look if you dare at all forms of ghouls, goblins, terrifying creatures … unreal, horrific sights the likes of which man has never seen. Why, it’s enough to scare the pants of ya!  From all reaches of globes they come, and they all have one word to say: BOO!
Happy Halloween, everybody!

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Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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27 Responses to Happy Halloween! The Art Of Cheesy Horror Movie Posters

  1. I see you have pictures of all of my friends here (I will expect you to view them all before the holiday is out, or evil will befall you). I have long been an admirer of your posts, from my station far, far away. Signed, The Devil Girl From Mars

  2. Northern Narratives says:

    Great posters. Did you photo them in a museum?

  3. Angeline M says:

    Well, BOO to you too. Great posters. Maybe I’ll watch one on Netflix tonight.

  4. petit4chocolatier says:

    Excellent posters! I really love The Blob and The Crawling Eye! Scary!

    • Hi Judy … glad you like ’em. Gosh, I have so many faves in this gallery, but I gotta say I’m partial to Invasion Of The Saucer Men, The Black Scorpion (a movie I own, btw) and El Santanico! The Crawling Eye is definitely up there. Fun stuff, eh?

  5. Wow, I love those classic horror movie posters! 🙂

  6. Pat Bailey says:

    These are really funny. Film’s portrayal scary sure has changed over the years.

    • Hi Pat … you bet. I really like the sense of fun these posters convey. Things now are way too graphic, as far as movie content is concerned. I don’t like any of the recent “horror” (more like splatter porn) flicks like Saw or Final Destination. I won’t waste my money on those. Give me the classics any time.

  7. cocomino says:

    They are very unique and interesting posters. 🙂

    • Thanks my friend. I really like the graphic design of that era. These posters have a similar look that was popular in the fifties and sixties. You rarely see that type of poster design any more. Glad you like them!

  8. ledrakenoir says:

    Very interesting post… 🙂

  9. ilargia64 says:

    Terrible these films!!! Posters are great ,,,Except “Neutron: el Enmascarado Negro” …(I wonder how the film is…) Is funny in all of them there is always a beautiful poor woman semi-naked being attaked by the aliens….

  10. Paul says:

    I love all, or mostly all, pulp type illustrations from the 40’s through these early b movie posters. So, obviously, I love this post. I’ve actually seen about ten of these films- though the only one I really remember is The Blob. And my favorite city has always been San Francisco- having attended SFSC from ’66 through ’73. I even lived in the Haight district in those days.

    • Hi Paul, and thanks for stopping by! Glad you liked the post. I just love this style of pulp design, and I’ve actually seen many of these, my favorites being “The Deadly Mantis” and “The Black Scorpion.” (I had a thing for giant mutated animals).
      And here’s a San Francisco connection for ya: the giant multi-tentacled sea creature in “It Came From Beneath The Sea” takes great pleasure in destroying the Ferry Building and the Bay Bridge. Must be getting revenge for all that god-awful calamari at Fisherman’s Wharf!
      Wow! ’66 – ’73! That must have been quite a time!

  11. Gotta love those B-movie promo posters!
    And … You’ve been nominated! http://suburbanferndaleark.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/3599/

  12. Madhu says:

    I have actually watched one of these – The Fly returns – Eeew! The posters are great though 🙂

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