Movie Poster of the Week – THUNDER (a.k.a. THUNDER WARRIOR)

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

I absolutely love the poster director Fabrizio De Angelis’s shameless First Blood rip-off, Thunder (a.k.a. Thunder Warrior). Seriously, this is one of my all-time favorite exploitation posters (this version is from the Italian release). The irony, of course, is that this movie is more than a piece of shit, it is an entire pile of steaming shit. But as I keep saying over and over again, the Movie Poster of the Week has nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself, as it does the pure beauty of the poster. And this poster is gorgeous—at least within the context of the genre. Even lead actor Mark Gregory, best known for his work in 1990: The Bronx Warriors, looks kind of like an actual action hero in this image.  As a bonus, I’m also showcasing the poster for Thunder III (a.k.a. Thunder Warrior III), also directed by De Angelis (a.k.a. Larry Ludman), this poster for the video release is pretty badass too, but not quite as bombastic as the first. And it should come as no surprise that the third movie also sucks. For some reason I’ve never seen the second film in the Thunder series, which may explain why I have so much trouble sleeping at night.

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