David F. Walker
Category: Movie Poster of the Week

A celebration of the art of the movie poster (though not necessarily the movie itself).

Movie Poster of the Week – THE ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD

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

Okay, I saw The Island at the Top of the World when it was in the theater—which will give you a hint as to how old I actually am. But I don’t remember anything about the movie. Not a single scene. And just so you know, my non-existent memories of the film have nothing to do with being really young at the time, because I saw movies before this one, and I totally remember those. No, I suspect this movie is just not memorable. For years, however, I remembered the poster being pretty cool. Well…it turns out the poster isn’t as cool as I remembered—at least the American version (below) isn’t that cool. The British version of the poster (above) for The Island at the Top of the World actually is pretty decent (at least compared to the U.S. version). But it still doesn’t make me want to watch the movie again.

Movie Poster of the Week – ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX

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

Last week, we showcased director Enzo G. Castellari’s 1990: The Bronx Warriors. And now we have Escape from the Bronx (a.k.a. The Bronx Warriors 2), Castellari’s sequel to what seemed like a terrible film, until you compared it to this follow up. As bad as the first installment of this Italian exploitation rip-off of Escape from New York was, Escape from the Bronx is even worse. But the poster art is amazing, which is all too often the best thing about these low budget grindhouse films from Italy. Here we have three different posters for one movie, and all three kick ass. Above we can see both the version that graced the box for the American home video release (on the left) as well as a French theatrical version. Below we have what I believe is a British poster. I can’t emphasize enough what a terrible movie Escape from the Bronx is, although “unwatchable” and “mind-numbingly boring” seem to really convey the quality of this trash. And speaking of trash, part of what makes this movie so laughably bad is lead actor Mark Gregory, who stars as Trash, the hero of both Bronx films. Rumor has it that Castellari discovered Gregory, working at a gym, or doing his laundry, or some nonsense like that. Gregory is one of the worst actors of all time, and we’ll be seeing more of him in movie posters we’ll be highlighting.

Movie Poster of the Week – 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS

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

The other day I was having a conversation with someone about movie poster art, and how we seldom get to see posters that are illustrated these days. Most of the time we see nothing more than montage images thrown together in Photoshop, which are poor excuses for the classic illustrations and paintings I saw when I was a kid. This is especially true of exploitation movies, which almost always seemed to have the best artwork. So, I’ve decided to feature some of my favorite movie posters of all time (though not necessarily my favorite movies of all time).

First up we have the Italian exploitation classic 1990: The Bronx Warriors, directed by Enzo G. Castellari. This is an early entry in the Italian rip-offs of films like The Warriors, Escape from New York, Mad Max, and The Road Warrior. In fact, The Bronx Warriors is a shameless rip-off of Escape from New York, with bits and pieces of The Warriors thrown in for good measure. It is a terrible film, and some day I may write a review, but for now let’s just admire the poster. Above we have the better of two versions, and below we have a decent, but not nearly as badass alternate poster.

I’ll be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with a ton of the movies from this particular genre of Italian exploitation films, which is to say I hate pretty much all of them. But I love the posters. I love the posters so much, that don’t be surprised if most the entries in this category are crappy Italian films you’ve probably never heard of.