Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Body Snatcher

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After Karloff-centric Monster PSA and Universal posters, I had to come up with something else for today. Since I previously I had done custom posters for two of Val Lewton's films (Curse of the Cat People and I Walked With A Zombie) I thought why not tackle one of the films he did with Boris?

By most people's reckoning, The Body Snatcher is the best of the Karloff/Lewton collaborations. Directed by Robert Wise, it feels like a hybrid between Lewton's more intellectual approach to horror, but with a little more of the gothic touches you'd see in the Universal films of the time (undoubtedly helped by the appearance of Bela Lugosi, the last time he and Karloff would appear in a film together).

Once I had finished the portrait of Boris carting off yet another victim, it was just a matter of finding the right design to put in around it. I originally had a more design-y white box cutting across the bottom, but when I dropped in the grass effect, I liked how that worked a lot better. I added some text from the original posters and voila!


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7 comments:

Pierre Fournier said...

Superb.

Sean Tiffany said...

That grass effect at the bottom of the poster is BEAUTIFUL!

Mr. Cavin said...

Thirded. This is dynamite.

Wings said...

Love the poster! This is one of my favorite Karloff pics, without a doubt. He is just so AWESOME as Cabman Gray!

Will Errickson said...

Wonderful! Great work. That's the film I'm working a write-up on this busy week.

George said...

Spectacular! I'd be proud to have it hanging on my wall (Next to my Universal Studios bust of the Monster, of course)

Gord Shriver said...

It would look good on my wall, too. Very nice job--love the colors, graphics, etc.