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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.