Posted by Steven Brinn @DouchebagBatman
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Like trailers, which I have covered before, movie posters have become an art form unto themselves over the years. Originally exclusive to theaters they have quickly grown in popularity with collectors and developing a fandom all their own. From Jaws (a poster that has been parodied countless times) to Star Wars to The Godfather they have all become iconic images. We have even seen a rise in original fan art being sold as posters with one of the most prominent companies doing this being Mondo.

Based out of Texas, the company has made a name for themselves selling stunning original art in limited quantities. For many cinephiles, owning one can be the Holy Grail. While they have expanded into vinyl, toys and even an art gallery, they are most well known for their posters. They have put out countless high-quality posters but which ones are the best? While you can visit the site and sift through their archive and judge for yourself here are what I consider the 15 Awesome Mondo Movie Posters.

1. Battle Royale

Artist: Bryan Lee O'Malley And Kevin Tong

As it turns out even the bloody, dystopian world of Battle Royale can be made adorable by Bryan Lee O'Malley (creator of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World).

2. The House Of The Devil

Artist: The Silent Giants

The Silent Giants do a brilliant job of giving The House of the Devil the retro poster it was always meant to have.

3. They Live

Artist: We Buy Your Kids

I just love the idea of taking sci-fi classic They Live and making it look like a Polish movie poster from the '70s.

4. Cabin In The Woods

Artist: Phantom City Creative

Designed by the Toronto-based Phantom City Creative, the collective is able to perfectly capture the 2012 film's complexity without spoiling a thing.

5. Why Don't You Play In Hell?

Artist: Jay Shaw

It really takes a talented artist to take such a gonzo, out-there movie like Why Don't You Play In Hell? and mix it with Katsushika Hokusai's The Great Wave Off Kanagawa so perfectly. So good that Alamo Drafthouse used it as alternate art for the Blu-Ray release.

6. Kill Bill

Artist: Rockin' Jelly Bean

Like Jay Shaw, Japanese artist Rockin' Jelly Bean turns Kill Bill into the ultraviolent manga we all want.

7. Halloween

Artist: Jock

Better known for his comic book work, Jock does a great job capturing the original Halloween. Ignoring the violence and the gore (well, what little there is) he captures the dread of Michael Myers being anywhere.

8. Man Of Steel

Artist: Ken Taylor

While a lot can be made discussed when it comes to the tone of Man of Steel. Ken Taylor's poster does a great job having the hope and inspiration that the movie lacked.

9. Scream

Artist: Alex Pardee

Alex Pardee is famous for his detailed and gnarly art. I can think of no better representation of his work than his poster for the film Scream.

10. Jurassic Park

Artist: JC Richard

One of the best aspects of the original Jurassic Park is the awe it could inspire with its visuals. JC Richard does a great job recreating one of those great moments.

11. Psycho

Artist: Kevin Tong

Kevin Tong's use of frames is a brilliant way to paint one of the most iconic scenes in cinema. Making the center panel red and of Norman Bates is a genius touch.

12. Let Me In

Artist: Olly Moss

Using a minimalist style, Olly Moss does a good job presenting Let Me In without spelling the whole thing out. Well, unless you know Morse code.

13. Zombie

Artist: Jeff Proctor

It's a zombie fighting a shark. I really shouldn't have to explain why that's so great.

14. The Babadook

Artist: Gary Pullin

Being illustrated and the angle of the knife reminds me of older horror movie poster. Making the Babadook more of a background for the picture is a nice touch.

15. The Burning

Artist: Phantom City Creative

Making their second appearance Phantom City Creative do a great job illustrating Tom Savini's brilliant work for this slasher cult classic.

Wrapping Up

Of course this is just a fraction of the posters distributed by Mondo. They have been doing this since 2006 and have released hundreds of posters. So take a look through the archives and maybe you will find your new favorite movie poster.

What do you think of the posters picked? Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments section.