24. Up From The Depths (1979)

24. Up From The Depths (1979)

There is an old Marvel comics character named Eternity who basically is the embodiment of everything in the universe. This iconic poster has always reminded me of Eternity, only in this poster, the entire universe consists of 4 campers cluelessly hanging out in his intestines.

An Education From Jai Lennard

There is an old Marvel comics character named Eternity who basically is the embodiment of everything in the universe. This iconic poster has always reminded me of Eternity, only in this poster, the entire universe consists of 4 campers cluelessly hanging out in his intestines.

Poster inspiration

Poster inspiration

SQUIRM (1976)  Much like SLUGS, I grew up around tons of worms that would all somehow appear out of nowhere upon the first sign of moisture. Worms were even less scary than slugs, but seeing this poster that insinuated that worms can burrow in your skin and destroy your life was horrific.     I've always loved everything about this poster. The composition. The logo. The colors.

An Education From Jai Lennard

SQUIRM (1976) Much like SLUGS, I grew up around tons of worms that would all somehow appear out of nowhere upon the first sign of moisture. Worms were even less scary than slugs, but seeing this poster that insinuated that worms can burrow in your skin and destroy your life was horrific. I've always loved everything about this poster. The composition. The logo. The colors.

Poster inspiration

Poster inspiration

In an exact opposite move than C.H.U.D.'s marketing team made, all stops were pulled on creating a design that told the viewer anything about the actual movie. Instead, they all just agreed to make something so confusingly and awesomely hardcore that you wouldn't care. It was a gamble. And it worked!     Well, it worked as far as being confusingly awesome. I mean, an obviously evil killer robot going shopping is pretty hardcore....right?

An Education From Jai Lennard

In an exact opposite move than C.H.U.D.'s marketing team made, all stops were pulled on creating a design that told the viewer anything about the actual movie. Instead, they all just agreed to make something so confusingly and awesomely hardcore that you wouldn't care. It was a gamble. And it worked! Well, it worked as far as being confusingly awesome. I mean, an obviously evil killer robot going shopping is pretty hardcore....right?

Poster inspiration

Poster inspiration

This design isn't for everyone. In fact, it still surprises me that this poster actually got a wide release even by 1980's low censorship standards. The bright red blood pool alone would get the designer of this poster castrated nowadays, let alone the implied violence toward women and (GASP!) the unkempt button-up shirt! However, this poster is pretty tame in comparison to the madness of a movie that it's representing.

An Education From Jai Lennard

This design isn't for everyone. In fact, it still surprises me that this poster actually got a wide release even by 1980's low censorship standards. The bright red blood pool alone would get the designer of this poster castrated nowadays, let alone the implied violence toward women and (GASP!) the unkempt button-up shirt! However, this poster is pretty tame in comparison to the madness of a movie that it's representing.

Poster inspiration

Poster inspiration

THE THING (1982)  Out of the hundreds of posters that Drew Struzan created as I had mentioned with SQUIRM, to me "The Thing" is his masterpiece.     Although it's beaming with light and wearing a parka, the faceless being depicted here is terrifying no matter the context. If you saw this silhouette in a field of gardenias it would still look like a monster. And it's cold in this design. In fact it feels FREEZING, thanks to Struzan's perfectly straight hard lines and perfect glares.

An Education From Jai Lennard

THE THING (1982) Out of the hundreds of posters that Drew Struzan created as I had mentioned with SQUIRM, to me "The Thing" is his masterpiece. Although it's beaming with light and wearing a parka, the faceless being depicted here is terrifying no matter the context. If you saw this silhouette in a field of gardenias it would still look like a monster. And it's cold in this design. In fact it feels FREEZING, thanks to Struzan's perfectly straight hard lines and perfect glares.

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