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Austinites! Meet awesome poster artist Alex Pardee in person and get the first chance at his Tremors and Basket Case posters!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The folks at Mondo have put together another great poster set in celebration of two great B-movies. One is Frank Henenlotter's BASKET CASE and the other is TREMORS, which is playing the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown this coming Tuesday, December 1st. Check 'em out:



The artist is a guy named Alex Pardee who did another Mondo poster I love, Re-Animator. Pardee is actually coming into Austin to sign both posters. The show will be the first chance at the posters, any remaining to be sold on Mondo's website. I, unfortunately, will be in Louisiana on a set visit, so I will miss it, but thought some of you might want to know about it. -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • Nov. 28, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    MUCHO COOL!!!

    by THE TRUE PINBACK

    This guys one sheet art is very cool. Tell me, has he done any wide-release one-sheet work, or is his stuff limited to Alamo Drafthouse work?

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I don't remember an emo goth chick in Tremors....

    by Chakraborty

    Nice artwork....but needs more Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, and less emo chick.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    those are awesome

    by Kammich

    an artistic style I've tried to emulate many times before, to much less success than Mr. Pardee. but they bring back good memories, too. one of my first jobs was at a little family-operated quick stop that pumped gas, sold sandwiches and rented out movies. when I got the job working the sandwich press I started to grab the cheesiest box cover I could find each day and I'd watch it when I got home from work. I saw a lot of cult classics that way, perhaps one of the best being "Basket Case." man, i miss those old 50-cent VHS places.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    style

    by Moshi

    Not mucho cool, nor shite. But completely innapropriate for the films.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    lol

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Remember the days of REAL poster artwork? ... Star Trek/Indy/Apoc' Now and the rest ..... The work above is just not that great.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    to the people saying shite or meh...

    by ufoclub1977

    I think that you're not understanding that this artist is not trying to create a commercial traditional movie posters for marketing, but rather interpret the movie within a personal poster style and show how these genre movie can all be represented through that "lens".

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    ATTN: rubes

    by Gwai Lo

    Hardee's artwork is very good. The fact that there are still artists out there dedicating their time to one-sheets that aren't even used commercially is a blessing. Look at the posters of almost every major studio release. They're all photoshopped, nine times out of ten they're floating heads with a few stills integrated into the bottom somewhere, or a character standing in front of a white background shrugging or something with red lettering for the title. No, Hardee's work doesn't look like Drew Struszan's, but frankly with all due respect to the man he's not the only classic stylist out there. Check out wrongsideoftheart dot com for incredible period artwork from all over the world that we just don't get with modern movies anymore. We need more guys like Hardee, and more studios to take notice of them, so that they're doing the one sheets for Avatar instead of Tremors.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    johnnyrandom

    by Gwai Lo

    You're unoriginal, badly composed and poorly executed.<p>Oh and I meant Pardee. Sorry Pardee.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Awful shit

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I know people on the street that could do better.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I'll take Cult Classics for $300, Alex

    by channelchange

    Pardee used to be one of those guys on the street. Its obvious you guys haven't followed this dudes work because you would know his stuff typically has some kind of humorous undertone that indicates he was probably laughing (maybe sadistically) the entire time he worked. He's achieved way more than I probably ever will Also it seems as though you guys aren't familiar with the original posters or the horror genre and OTHER posters to see that this is a clever take. I'm jacked on this because NOWHERE IN THERE IS A FLOATING KEVIN BACON HEAD Amped to finally meet this dude count me in "Earl explained it to me: we plan ahead, that way, we don't do anything right now."

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I love Tremors

    by The_Crimson_King

    I used to watch it all the time on TNT as a kid, I especially loved the part where Finn Carter has to run around in her panties

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    We'll call 'em Snakeoids! No, wait...GRABoids!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "I vote fer outer space...no way these are local boys."

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    The amount of fun that I had creating these...

    by alexpardee

    Just wanted to say a quick thank you both to Quint for putting this up here on the site (as I have been a huge follower of the site for years), and for all of the comments, both good or bad. Any reaction is good in my book, as I have never been one to feel the need to defend any of my art throughout the years for the simple fact that I create art as a means to have fun. For any of you that are interested, however, as a fellow fan of genre films and old poster & box art, I thought it might be semi-interesting to give a little background on these particular designs that I was honored to be asked to create. 1. Basket Case: My first foray into super-B-movie cult films was Basket Case, which was shown to me by my father around the mid 80's when I was about 10. Basket Case was my gateway drug to everything from early Troma films to eventually discovering and exploring all of the grindhouse sub-genres on VHS and having a blast while doing so. When asked to create this design I jumped at the chance, but I also was nervous because I have gone my whole life thinking that the original one- sheet and box art, as simple as it was (it was just a screenshot ran through a xerox machine with a swiped Rocky Horror Picture show font I think), was PERFECT, because it FIT everything else about the movie. So I knew I wasn't going to do justice to the original. Therefore, I threw that nervousness out the door and just wanted to do something that at least reflected some of the poster design from the early 80's that I loved. I thought that New York City was an important character in Basket Case, as the city itself was the reason why there were so many other colorful characters in the film aside from Duane & Bilial. The sleazy hotel manager. The friendly hooker, etc. These were iconic NY stereotypes at the time. Sure, the movie had about 4 different sets, and almost none of them were exteriors, but to me, NY City played a big role. And I loved the movie posters that didn't really LIE, but they didn't tell you much truth, either. I mean, no, Bilial isn't a giant monster that is taking over the entire city, but that ridiculous epic scale is one of the things I loved about old poster art for other NY genre films like Nightmare City & The New York Ripper. Either way, I had a lot of fun with this one. And considering I have been wearing the same Rotten Cotton Basket Case T-shirt for 15 years, the fact that Mondo Tees is making this design into a t-shirt is a pretty big milestone for my chest;) 2.TREMORS: For this one, as soon as I was asked to work on this I knew what I wanted to do. Two things came together instantly. My favorite scene in the movie is when the gang of Bacon-led misfits is doing their best to keep quiet, but they hear the familiar sound of a pogo stick being guided by an oblivious little girl who is no doubt rocking some Tiffany in her headphones while a giant Graboid is bearing down on her from under the surface. Additionally, the original theatrical poster for Tremors was a nice little homage to the original JAWS poster. So I wanted to keep that homage going and pay a little tribute to the JAWS 2 poster. Seemed to fit together nicely and once again, I had a lot of fun doing it, and I hope they call me back to do some more. (Hint hint: CREEPSHOW?? AMERICAN MOVIE???) Anyway, like I said, thanks for the comments. If you are interested I have a lot more random art and stuff over at my blog, http://www.eyesuckink.blogspot.com

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Thats nice

    by Niger_Hating_White_Boy_88

    you still suck though.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    White_Boy_88?

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Why exactly do you hate a West African nation with high uranium ore deposits? It’s either that or you’re just a racist asshole that is showing off his limited intelligence by demonstrating an inability to spell one of the 120 words featured in your vocabulary.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Very cool; especially like the Basket Case one

    by NotoriousBettyRage

    Really dig the work, Alex.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    zzzzzz

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I can draw real good. Please buy stuff.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    ZeroFriends.com

    by DrewDaddy

    If you like Pardee's stuff, check out www.zerofriends.com. Good stuff there.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Screw you haters.

    by criticalbliss

    I think these kick ass. Wish I lived in Austin (not the first time I've said that). Love the Tremors poster. Funny.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    The Tremors one ain't great

    by Lost Jarv

    The Basket Case one is. <P>And anyone that says a rude word about Basket Case can suck my cock: <P>http://tinyurl.com/yj72k38