The other day I was having a conversation with someone about movie poster art, and how we seldom get to posters that are illustrated these days. Most of the time we see nothing more than montage images thrown together in Photoshop, which are poor excuses for the classic illustrations and paintings I saw when I was a kid. This is especially true of exploitation movies, which almost always seemed to have the best artwork. So, I’ve decided to feature some of my favorite movie posters of all time (though not necessarily my favorite movies of all time).
First up we have the Italian exploitation classic 1990: The Bronx Warriors, directed by Enzo G. Castellari. This is an early entry in the Italian rip-offs of films like The Warriors, Escape from New York, Mad Max, and The Road Warrior. In fact, The Bronx Warriors is a shameless rip-off of Escape from New York, with bits and pieces of The Warriors thrown in for good measure. It is a terrible film, and some day I may write a review, but for now let’s just admire the poster. Above we have the better of two versions, and below we have a decent, but not nearly as badass alternate poster.
I’ll be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with a ton of the movies from this particular genre of Italian exploitation films, which is to say I hate pretty much all of them. But I love the posters. I love the posters so much, that don’t be surprised if most the entries in this category are crappy Italian films you’ve probably never heard of.