Beyond the Valley of the Lurid Exploitation Film Posters of the 50s, 60s & 70s

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A Lovecraftian poster for an odd 1960s mermaid thriller starring Dennis Hopper with a freaky cameo appearance by Marjorie Cameron, the bohemian witch of Los Angeles.

This is a sampling from a private collection of rare, massive 40” x 60” posters that were printed on cardstock for drive-In movie theaters.


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An American distributor purchased a historical film and repackaged it as a Nazisploitation thrill; the fact that the movie was years old at this point was sold to the audience as the film having been “censored until now!”


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A towel-clad Brigitte Bardot stuns in this incredible 1961 Pop Art poster.


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A giant poster advertising a 1966 Hammer double-feature where theatregoers would get their own Rasputin beard!


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After stabbing her mother’s boyfriend, a teenager escapes from reform school amid a barrage of attempted rape and lesbianism.


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A psychedelic graphic for a 1971 camp film marketed as druggy horror to capitalize on the Charles Manson trials.


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This 1963 poster lured theater goers over to listen to the whispering of a rocky-skinned slime monster.


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Vincent Price narrates this “travel documentary” exploring bizarre cultural practices.


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Hammer horror classic with the busty Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla, the original prototype of the lesbian vampire.


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An Italian dramatic film released in the United States with a decidedly sexy marketing campaign.


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Mario Bava directed this 1964 film that created the template for the “body count” slasher films of the 1980s.


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In 1967, the first Argentinian vampire film offers viewers a unique experience called “Erotomania!”


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The dismembered hand of an astronaut possessed by an evil alien intelligence goes on a killing spree.  Luckily a hungry cat saves everyone at the end.  Burt Reynolds screen tested twice for this film and was turned down both times.


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Deranged: The confessions of a Necrophile is loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein and features a man using corpses for various aspects of home décor.


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H.P. Lovecraft presented with the patina of 1960s cinema.


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A hallucinogen-paranoid tale of espionage and psychedelic “acting.”

‘Neon’ movie posters of cult films by Quentin Tarantino, Dario Argento, Stanley Kubrick and more


The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) neon movie poster


Using the art of “one point perspective” (an approach to art that began as early as the 15th century in Europe that utilizes a “vanishing point” on the horizon point of the image) two Italian twin brothers (working under the moniker Van Orton Design) took on the task of digitally reimagining movie posters based on cult films from directors like Dario Argento and Wes Anderson, in vivid electric neon color schemes.



Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)



Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)


Although the twins used modern methods to obtain their striking results, there is a distinct old-school feel to their posters that homage some of cinema’s greatest achievements of the past 50 years. The brothers, who appear to prefer to remain nameless and obscure their faces with masks, have also managed to have the films be seen through fresh eyes due to their unique presentation and interpretation of different, unforgettable scenes in the films themselves. Such as the moment Marcellus Wallace unfortunately strolled in front of the beat up Honda that Butch Coolidge was driving in Pulp Fiction (pictured above) before everything goes to shit for both of them.



The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)



2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)



Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter, 1986)



Army of Darkness ( Sam Raimi, 1992)



Deep Red (Dario Argento, 1975)



The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)

Obscure Cult Horror Movie with a Funny Theme

Bubba Ho-Tep is a 2002 American comedy horror film written, co-produced and directed by Don Coscarelli. It stars Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley—now a resident in a nursing home. The film also stars Ossie Davis as Jack, a black man who claims to be John F. Kennedy, explaining that he was patched up after the assassination, dyed black, and abandoned.

It is based on novella of the same name by Joe R. Lansdale, which originally appeared in the anthology The King Is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem. Originally the film was “roadshowed” by the director across the country. Only 32 prints were made and circulated around various film festivals, though these garnered critical success. By the time it was released on DVD, it had already achieved cult status due to positive reviews, lack of access, and inclusion of (and similar on-the-road hard work by) Campbell.

While the novella and film revolve around an ancient Egyptian mummy (played by Bob Ivy) terrorizing a retirement home, Bubba Ho-tep also deals with the deeper theme of aging and growing old in a culture that values only the young. The film also features a cameo by Reggie Bannister from Coscarelli’s Phantasm series.


‘The Pit” aka Teddy (Canada 1981)


‘Andy Warhol’s Dracula poster’


Jesse Franco’s ‘Lorna the Exorcist’ (France, 1976)


‘Invasion of the Love Drones’ (USA, 1977)


‘Desperate Living’ Italy


‘Reform School Girls (1986)


A nicely creepy image for Roman Polanski’s ‘The Tenant’ (France 1976)


‘Polyester’ (UK)


‘Night Tide’ (1961)


‘Confessions of a Teenage Peanut Butter Freak’


‘The Seduction of Amy’


‘Sexual Kung Fu in Hong Kong’ (1974)


Dangerous Minds

‘Don’t Look in the Basement’ (1973)

These movies have a clue in their title. You could say the whole fricken plot’s in the title. Don’t Go in the AtticDon’t Look in the BasementDon’t Answer the Phone, you know the kinda thing. Don’t do any of these things OR ELSE! You know it’s gonna end up bad. And that’s part of the attraction.

Most movies with a big ol’ Don’t in their title promise a gory flick featuring some dumb numb nuts sophomore who ignores the advice on the poster ends up kebabbed by nightfall. The idea is simple—stick to the rules or end up dead. It’s a well-worn trope: the myth of Eve and the apple, or Bluebeard’s latest squeeze snooping in the closets, or the enquiring Pandora opening that goddam box of hers. Hindsight’s great but not when you’re dead—for Pete’s sake just don’t do it.

And that’s all part of the thrill—waiting to see what happens when someone answers the call from Mr. Slice ‘n’ Dice or goes out into the woods one moonlit night in their scanties (as you do…) never to return. These are tales to make us aware of possible dangers no matter how bizarre. To make us feel protective, and vow never to be oh, so dumb. Yet, somehow they can seem like fears from an age when things were, shall we say, more straightforward and death wasn’t just one disgruntled shooter or suicide vest away. Horror movies can’t compete with real life horror—but that kinda takes all the fun away. Here, with the emphasis on fun and cheap thrills, is a selection of all the things you really don’t want to do…or maybe, just maybe, you do…?

‘Don’t Go In the House’ (1979)

‘Don’t Go in the Attic’ (2010)

‘Don’t Open the Window’ (1974)

‘Don’t Go Near the Park’ (1981)

‘Don’t Go in the Woods’ (1981)

‘Don’t Fuck in the Woods’ (2016)

Don’t Let Him In’ (2011)

‘Don’t Let Them In’ (2015)

‘Don’t Answer the Phone’ (1980)

‘Don’t Hang Up’ (2016)

‘Don’t Knock Twice’ (2016)

‘Don’t Look Up’ (2009)

‘Don’t Blink’ (2014)

‘Don’t Speak’ (2015)

‘Don’t Click’ (2012)

‘Please Don’t Eat My Mother’ (1973)

‘Don’t Let the Riverbeast Get You’ (2012)