Sunday has once again arrived all too quickly and here at Halloween Love that means one thing – it’s time for another batch of incredible poster images from the thriving alternative art community!
So far I’ve revealed my personal favorite posters that pay tribute to: Jaws – Stephen King’s IT – Alien – The Shining – The Thing – Ghostbusters – Jurassic Park – Scream – A Nightmare on Elm Street – Halloween 3: Season of the Witch – Halloween – Silence of the Lambs – The Friday The 13th franchise – An American Werewolf in London and The Fly.
This week we head to a town called Kingston Falls, where apparently some strange little creatures have been spotted causing chaos and killing local residents in creative and amusing ways!
As always this list showcases MY personal favorite posters. The select few that pushed my art loving buttons and made me want to force-feed my cat after midnight while microwaving something that will hopefully explode! There are hundreds more incredible designs out there but these are the best of the best in my humble opinion.
Make sure your novelty digital wristwatch is showing the correct time, try to remember a depressing Christmas story from your past, and follow me …
Gremlins – (Randy Ortiz)
Stripe melting in the sunlight at the climax of Gremlins was just about one of the coolest things I had ever seen when I first watched the movie as a nine year old back in 1984. I LOVED the way his skin was stripped away to expose the gooey bones underneath, and those anguished screams combined with his defiant skeletal lunge at Billy stayed with me for a long time. Randy’s piece is a brilliantly illustrated reminder of that moment of movie magic. A moment that would almost certainly be a CGI creation these days. Memorable art paying tribute to a very memorable end scene.
“Gremlins” – (Adam Rabalais)
Adam’s beautifully detailed and smooth piece perfectly captures the personality of the characters along with the huge difference in behavior and intent that arrives the moment a Mogwai becomes a Gremlin. Gizmo has his ridiculously cute scared/shocked expression, while Stripe just looks like he is ready to unleash chaos and love every second of it. I’m a huge fan of Adam’s work, and this was the first poster that entered my mind when I started putting together the list.
Gremlins – (Daniel Norris)
Daniel’s dark and brooding poster makes the list because it’s just so damn stylish and pleasingly different. From the vision of Gizmo that is formed at the centre of the pizza, to the way the ‘R’ in Gremlins has been transformed into the number 12, this is clever design choices working with cool illustrations to create a classy and memorable piece of art.
GREMLINS – (Todd Spence)
Oh yes!! Have you ever seen a more brilliantly dark and retro piece of Gremlins art?! It’s like a painted VHS box cover image from the early 80s, except it comes from a parallel universe where Gremlins was a low budget horror movie filled with fake blood and ripped rubber limbs. I love how terrified Gizmo looks as he is framed by the silhouette of Stripe. I love that Todd included a clock that shows one second from midnight. I love the eggs and the motorcycle helmet… I just love it all! This is a poster that dares to be different and has instant visual impact. Did I mention I love it?
Gremlins – (Peter Strain)
I wanted to include Peter’s poster for two reasons … the first and most important is that it’s simply a fantastic design! The concept is clever, I love the altered shadow that stretches onto the wall, and having the characters stand on a clock face is another nicely subtle reference to the danger of feeding a Mogwai after midnight. The other reason I was determined to include this poster is that it features Billy! Seriously, the poor guy rarely shows up in Gremlins art and I think we can all agree that some Peltzer love is fully deserved.
“Gizmo VS The Spider Gremlin” – (Mark Lone)
Sometimes you can push a Mogwai too far, and when that happens to Gizmo you better believe he will go Rambo on your ass! I love “cute” Gizmo as much as the next guy, but sometimes it’s good to see the little dude set fire to stuff and fight back. Mark’s stunning poster is dripping with dynamic energy, like an action-packed double page spread from a modern comic book version of the movie. Spectacular work from a top artist.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch – (Matt Ferguson)
A clean, highly detailed and no-nonsense little masterpiece from Matt, who focusses on that most disturbing of creations … the Spider Gremlin! The transformation Mohawk goes through after drinking the serum is a highlight toward the end of the movie, and the practical effects work still looks great today. As a kid I disliked spiders, after seeing Gremlins 2 on the big screen that dislike turned to sheer hatred and terror!
GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH – (MAXIME CROUZET)
We finish for today with this epic piece by Maxime, which is sprinkled with memorable little references and moments from Gremlins 2, all based around the Clamp Enterprises building in New York City. The illustration is made up of simple shapes and limited to shades of blue but it works incredibly well. There is a feeling of depth thanks to the layered buildings, and the dark color scheme allows the piece to be fun but ALSO atmospheric. There’s lots of subtle magic in this one so take a closer look!
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