Movie Poster of the Week – AMIN: THE RISE AND FALL

BadAzz MoFo’s celebration of the art of the movie poster (though not necessarily the movie itself).

I’d be a liar liar, with my pants on fire if I said Amin: The Rise and Fall (a.k.a. The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin) was a good movie. It’s not a good movie—it’s a great movie!!! Of course, by “great movie” I really mean that it is an exploitative bit of grindhouse schlock from the sadly neglected ripped-from-the-headlines genre that once cranked out classics like Guyana: Cult of the Damned. But more important—as it relates to the Movie Poster of the Week—this is one badass, kickass, bat-shit-crazy poster. Check out both versions of this poster. The painting of buggy-eyed actor Joseph Olita as the kill-crazy Ugandan dictator Idi Amin captures almost everything you need to know about this flick.

The only thing missing from either of these versions are the decapitated human heads in the refrigerator and cannibalism (both of which are in the actual movie). Still, this is a much better poster than the one for the disappointing movie The Last King of Scotland, which sadly did not go far enough in portraying Amin as the lunatic he was. I mean look at that poster below, and tell me which movie you would rather see.

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