Although I loved Conan The Barbarian when I was a kid, in retrospect I can say with supreme confidence that the movie poster is the best part. The American version of the poster (above) features art by Renato Casaro. The superior European version (directly below) also features art Casaro. The third image I’ve posted is also by Casaro, and is clearly inspired by the movie, but I don’t know if it was ever used for an actual poster.
For this installment of the Movie Poster of the Week we proudly present director Paul Bartel’s brilliant satire, Death Race 2000. What more needs to be said? Below is an Italian version of the poster, with different artwork, but still equally badass (perhaps even slightly more badass).
And one more version, just for good measure.
I’ve never seen Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave, although I have seen the trailer, and it looks terrible. I still remember the first time I saw this poster, hanging in the lobby of a theater with a “coming soon” plaque right under it. I was mesmerized. Transfixed. Dumbfounded. See, I was one of those kids that believed the urban legend that Bruce Lee had faked his death, and would return on the 10th anniversary of his “dying.” Seeing this poster only helped convince me the legend was true. Then I came to my senses (but only after Bruce didn’t return from the dead). Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave was just one of many Brucesploitation movies that popped up in the 1970s, and even though I never saw it, I did see Dragons Die Hard (in the theater, no less). It sucked.