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Basil Gogos has painted a new WOLFMAN!!!!

Published at: Jan. 13, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here with a link over to CHUD for a story I'm just downright jealous of. I mean, green in the face ENVY! You see, those many moons ago when I was on THE WOLFMAN set, I sat down with Benicio DelToro and told him in no uncertain terms that I'd take his geek card away if he didn't force UNIVERSAL to commission a BASIL GOGOS of him as the WOLFMAN. It should be printed and issued as VINYL BANNERS in theaters. Glued to the side of buildings! I also understand why CHUD put a tag on the image, but dammit... I want a huge clean copy for my desktop! ANYWAY - go check out Devin's awesome scoop!

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  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Wow...never saw a wolfman before...

    by moondoggy2u

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    First

    by Bruce of all Trades

    YES!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Goddamn it

    by Bruce of all Trades

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    And everyone should thank me for showing incredible restraint

    by moondoggy2u

    no shouts of "first" or anything....<p>Aint that cool?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this movie.

    by oaser

    Werewolves scare the shit out of me, and I think we're in for a good scare here. And moondoggy2u, thank you for not writing first. That shit pisses me right the fuck off.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Have to appreciate painted movie posters

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    A dying art, unfortunately, along with everything else. So many posters are that cheap photoshop cut-and-paste crap now...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Um, sorta.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Now THAT is a fucking movie poster

    by YackBacker

    A painted piece of ARTWORK, not some photoshopped floating head bullshit. Hats off to Johnston & Co. for having class with this poster. It bodes well for the movie.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I'm speechless. AMAZING!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    This is SO COOL (and I'm sorry you didn't get the scoop, Harry!) that I have no words to describe it. Anyone here that doesn't understand why this is cool (or know who Basil Gogos is) needs some geek history lessons! This is not a movie poster, it's a Basil Gogos original "Wolfman"! Must. Have. Print. Now.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    ...I'm all for painted posters...but that's not great.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    ...looks like a cross between Leroy Neiman and...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...Thomas Kinkade.<P>I didn't mean that quite as mean as it sounds.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Harry, I think a little Basil Gogos info is needed.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Maybe you could write a quick bio on Gogos and show some of his work so the younger fans here can see where the excitment comes from. I doubt most of the kids reading this remember "Famous Monsters of Filmland." If anyone is interested, I HIGHLY reccomend a book called "Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos."

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    cool- its the MEH MAN!

    by alice133

    even a man who is pure at heart<p>and says his prayers by night<p>may become a MEH <p>when the MEHbane blooms<p>and the autumn moon is bright.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    AICN...behind the 8-ball since 1996.

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    For one of the most name-dropped sites out there, you don't really get the goods, do you???

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    CHUD

    by TheKGB

    Always beats AICN with new news...Harry is to slow...AGAIN! Poster is meh...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    It'll be awesome . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . once its finished.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Just needs the "Famous Monsters" masthead...

    by HarryCalder

    to complete it...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    True that, flickapoo...

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    I could've painted that poster...and I paint with my dick!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Looks more like a hirstute HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME than wolfman...<p> Anyone else sense a slight air of 'retardation' in that image?<p> "The Bells. The Bells. The Moon. The Moon" said in retard voice.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Basil Gogos is the man!

    by alienindisguise

    His artwork with The Misfits is killer as is most of his Famous Monsters work. Definitely one of the only modern artist I look up to.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    to Linguo_IS_Dead and TheKGB

    by Just_Some_Guy

    Why is it so important which website posts movie news first? I really don't care if a certain piece of movie news is a few days old or not, as long as its there. I dont have the time to scour every single website out there like some of you, so I like coming to just one site that posts most of the news I am looking for. Oh, and this poster is pretty cool. Looking forward to the movie...

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    It's a nice painting.

    by blackwood

    I wonder if the typography will ruin it.<p>If nothing else it stands ten feet tall above the mediocre shit passing for poster art these days.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I was that guy drinking a pina colada at trader vic's...

    by Rage_Against_Martin_Sheen

    his hair was perfect.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    WOW, THAT'S AWFULLY MEDIOCRE!!!

    by manifestchaos

    blah blah fucking blah.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    it looks like the Freddy Krueger painting...

    by elmstreetkid

    that Robert Englund subliminally did in Wes Craven's New Nightmare!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    I'd love it if that was the official poster. Classy.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillon AS The Wolfman Painting!!1!

    by NippleEffect

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Alright ass clowns, Gogos has got to be hitting

    by skimn

    80. This may not stand up next to his classic FM covers, but its definately his style.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Harry, hey, I got a question for ya...

    by SoylentMean

    Where are the DVD reviews?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I wish we had some real monster love out there

    by SoylentMean

    I would like to go into stores all over and see items celebrating movie monsters of all kinds (although the ol' Universals definitely have a special place in me heart). Stuff like this is awesome.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    There's a fantastic retro feel to that

    by RobinP

    Damn, it's been ages since I've seen painted movie art. Gogos as well. Way to score a certain crowd pleaser for those of us who've been around for a few decades. For those who haven't - I agree with The Reluctant Austeinite and maybe we can put a few bio details up. Gogos is a legend.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I'm sure there's sentimentality here

    by virtualelder

    But that illustration is a piece of shit. Just because it was beloved in yesteryear doesn't mean it's even adequate today. It's awful.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Is The Wolfman Jabbing Himself in the Face With his own Thumb?

    by Autodidact

    Nice painting. But what the hell is going in the thumbnail/mouth area of the image?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Uh-oh

    by Castlemonster

    I'm one of Gogos biggest fans. I do horror portraits, too, inspired by all the ones he did for FM. His stuff has kinda been different in the last few years, though. Some of them, like this one, seem kind of off, somehow.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    hahahahaha

    by snowtires

    I didn't know that the Wolfman had teeth coming out of his chin.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Not bad, y'know

    by Castlemonster

    just not at the level I've come to expect from him.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    "He's 80 so you HAVE to love it"

    by manifestchaos

    Fuck you, tastefulness has no obligations. It's fucking ugly and I don't like it. Period.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I want to love it...

    by Animorganimate

    But the hand is all off and totally fucking gnarled looking. He should have just painted the face. Where's the thumb?! Why does it look like a hand wearing a costume glove? Sorry everyone...the hand just pisses me off.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Wolfman needs to visit a dentist...

    by The Dum Guy

    Pic is alright, but I'm dying to see this movie.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Wow that logo's big.

    by Adelai Niska

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    not likin it...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...especially after seein the poster JettL's brother, JedL, painted...now, that was art

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    HOY SHIT!

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    It's like some sort of wolf / man hybrid ...

    by ReportAbuse

    Or something. Genetic engineering? Gypsy curse? Gypsy genetic engineering? Fucker looks rabid either way ... not something I'd want to run into in a dark alley.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Nope. I don't like it.

    by planetran_fan

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    manifestchaos

    by skimn

    I'm not saying you have to love it, just cut the guy, a living legend in fantasy art circles, a little slack.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    oarsum

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Looks like he's about to...

    by loafroaster

    ..he-bitch man-slap someone

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Wolfy looks Tarded up a bit.

    by Mundungus

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    coooooooooolnesss

    by Rene_Belloq_12inch_Figure

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Has he got an undebite going on?

    by Mundungus

    The mouth just... doesn't go like that.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    The light highlights in the WM's hair and hand

    by Castlemonster

    are just coming from nowhere. It's bizarre. The moon bears little resemblance to the moon. Although I can take a guess what's happening in the picture the action just doesn't read. It kind of looks like he's being attacked by the fog or something. I can't think for any reason for one of his eyes to be closed. The hand...I just don't know. Oh well. Even Frazetta has a few paintings that don't quite work, as I'm certain is the case with all painters.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Gogos has done much better than this.

    by ChezKing

    It's not terrible, but compared to most of his work, it's one of his weakest. It's definitely nothing to jump out of your skin over. I am glad he did it though, he's quite a legend.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Is he licking blood off his thumb?

    by Autodidact

    Is that what's supposed to be going on there?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    that's hideous. is it velociraptor man?

    by Neo-Dominar

    or a hairy sleestak? what's with the freddy krueger pose? looks like he's flashing a gang sign for "this shit is fugly"

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    On the other hand...

    by Castlemonster

    Maybe they just did something to piss the old guy off. Maybe he wanted to punish them for remaking his beloved Wolf Man. I'm wondering what the hell happened here so in that sense the painting creates a sense of dread.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Yeah...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...no disrespect intended but this looks more like someone trying to "do" a Gogos than a Gogos. Age, I guess. <p> Phantom of the Opera! <p> Saw it without even closing your eyes, didn't you? Well, if you're a middle to old-timer, anyway.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Castlemonster

    by manifestchaos

    "I'm wondering what the hell happened here so in that sense the painting creates a sense of dread."<br><br>Fucking brilliant. You just made my day.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    ...he forgot the nards.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Gogos Style by Bob Ross

    by Autodidact

    "First you wanna get your big brush and we just (squiggle) do some trees there. Then (squiggle) some fog. And here with our medium brush (squiggle) a big fucking hard to understand area right in the middle of the image."

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Somewhere Uncle Forry is smiling...

    by cineninja

    ...I dont care what the haters say....

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    it's very film noir

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    poster

    by egomeme

    Love it!Fantastic artwork,forceful imagery

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    BASIL GOGOS IS THE MOTHERFUCKING MAN!!!FACT!!!

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    It's really well done..

    by brattyben

    technically. I would have wished for an original image instead of a retread of the first pic that came out of this movie. Half awesome + Half lame.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Monet would be proud

    by CodeName

    I'm digging the exaggerated blues.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Cool looking poster!

    by Jamie McBain

    And not a single shirtless werewolf in sight!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Apparently there are "haters"

    by Castlemonster

    and there are leg-humpers.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    My 2 cents

    by dahveed1972

    I was only vaguely aware of the artist, and only bc i remember seeing the monsters of filmland picture at some point long ago. Didnt know his name. Or i forgot. To me it looks like the artist fucked up the mouth or thumb cuz that part of the painting looks messed up. Im sure the guy is great, but not this time. No biggie

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    You guys are crazy! That poster looks like SHIT!

    by Snake Foreskin

    A bunch of you fuck-nuts must just not have any sense of taste.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    it is really fucked-up

    by frank cotton

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Monet would shit a brick. A mottled, blue and green brick.

    by Snake Foreskin

    But it would still look better than the dreck that Basil Gogo- dancer foisted upon us.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Nah, not feeling it....

    by pdennett316

    It's ok, but the mouth s very messed up. Would like to see some of his other stuff though, any chance of a few screens of his best work Harry?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    He painted the cover for Hellbilly Deluxe

    by Castlemonster

    That's his most famous recent painting. Did some killer stuff for the Misfits. OTOH he recently did a homage to his first Famous Monster of Filmland cover(Vincent Price from House of Usher) and it looks almost as terrible as this one. His original Roderick Usher blows it away.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    it's a good painting just looks a little awkward

    by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLCOSBY

    witht the teeth and the hand

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Thanks!

    by C.H.U.D.

    Thanks for the nice words, Harry. I'm sure Devin can send you a sensual hi-rez. I want one as well.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    That's just awesome.

    by gotilk

    No snark, no criticism. That's just a thing of beauty.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 2:15 a.m. CST

    elmstreetkid

    by SavageJuicebox

    You caught me off guard with that comment and I laughed pretty loudly, waking up the whole house.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 2:25 a.m. CST

    For those of us over a certain age...

    by Charlie & Tex

    ...(and we're not revealing what that age would be), the image recreates something as reassuring as a comfy pair of slippers. It's a great piece, and one that evokes strong memories of Famous Monsters of Filmland. Oh, and we're hoping that the remake is going to be good, but not good enough to eclipse the original, which is still fucking awesome and the best movie in the Universal Monsters arsenal.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    So called "geeks"...

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    bashing Basil Gogos!? You fucking morons would lose all credibility if you had started out with any. What a joke. ha you gotta laugh.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Oh it's Charlie & Tex!

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Hey boys. Tell me you are in Scott Pilgrim :)

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 3:42 a.m. CST

    I was disappointed by the poster...

    by Droogie Alex

    But I love Gogos.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Wow a proper poster!

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Awesome

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    by Charlie & Tex

    Hey to you, too! 'Fraid to say that we're not in Edgar's Scott Pilgrim opus, but we'll always work for him if he wants us :)

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Charlie & Tex

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Well I'm sure you will appear in his next Pegg/Frost collaboration. You sort of their Bruce and Cambell now surely. <p>Player Two has left the game

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST

    that looks great

    by Potatino

    even a cynical old man like me has to admit that poster is brilliant. Wow.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Harry, Harry, Harry...

    by enough22

    Once again, FUCK YOU for not having the dvd section up and ready. Two weeks in a row. FUCK YOU, FUCK YOU and FUCK YOU!

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Basil's other work is iconic and beautiful. This one...not so mu

    by Snake Foreskin

    Poor basil. With his advanced age he is probably not in the best of health, and clearly is unable to paint as well as he used to. Either that or he didn't expend much energy on this one. Frankly it sucks.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    I wonder if they're really using it as the official poster

    by chien_sale

    I hope they have the balls to do that! So fantastic, though!

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Baz is the man.

    by SlickSchlock

    Anyone who's not familiar with the Gogos legend should pick up the 'Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos' book. Beautiful beautiful stuff.

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    That´s awful!

    by Karl John

    Please, all you folks reacting according to geek law and praising this just because its handmade and made by someone who did good artwork a hundred years ago, use your eyes and look again. This is not a good painting. Its sloppy, the background looks like cheap concept art for a video game. The face itself is the only area where there is some amount of quality, probably because the old geezer has made a "paint by numbers" trick looking through a magnifying glass at the (photographed) movie poster. If you can´t see this, than accept that you know nothing about painting. Me myself, I know you see, because I´m an artist!

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    "I'm an artist"

    by Slaphappy Slim

    Yeah, sure you are. If you were, you'd know that art is subjective: eye of the beholder and all. But thanks for the "education".

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    "Hobo Eats Oyster Shells"

    by MichelleRodrijizz

    Fuck this film is gonna stink of scrotum.

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Slaphappy Slim: You´re welcome!

    by Karl John

    Please let me educate you some more! In this day and age everything seems to be subjective. There are however something called craftsmanship. My subjective opinion is that its lame with a painting made as a cheap copy of a photography, with a sloppy background. You can discuss quality in a painting in the same way you discuss the quality of a movie. Art is not sacred, its not magic. I´m sure you would disagree if I claimed that episode one was a brilliant movie. Well thats kind of what people do when they claim that this boring painting is made of gold. Basil was once a great artist, but hes very old now. Just because he was the one holding the brush doesn't make the painting great by default. Geeks often convince themselves that something is cool or great or awesome, just because it fits with what they think they already know. Luckily, there are REAL artist, like myself, around to enlighten these poor souls and make them understand that they are wrong!

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    For God's sake, Karl John, I hope that's irony I detect.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    If not, you've got to be one of the biggest d-bags on the planet. I've yet to meet a good artist that enjoys calling himself an artist, and the general disrespect for our elders in your (and others) tone is inexcusable. You guys act like anyone over 50 is incapable of doing anything to add to the current culture, which is complete bullshit. The most dangerous thing I can think of is a young person who hardly knows anything (and doesn't feel they need to study history because it is doesn't apply anymore), but thinks they know everything. That's why there are so many shitty "artists" out there making films right now. Show some respect, or at least critic constructively without blaming quality on age, or shut the fuck up and post your own art for us to savage.