Wanna check out the sweet art poster for Ti West's THE INNKEEPERS? Of course you do!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. As a one-sheet collector I'm dying for some big studio boss to come in and mandate nothing but art posters from their studios. When Tyler Stout and Olly Moss Mondo posters sell out in under a minute and go for thousands on the secondary market you know that art posters are still very relevant.
Go to any movie site or message board and you'll hear people bitching about photoshop posters. I never hear anybody on the pro-Photoshop side except for accountants and pollsters who say that non-photographic posters mean films won't open.
To that I say horseshit. When you have a Spider-Man movie or the next Batman movie or any big tentpole release people are seeing it. These big studios have the ability to change perception.
Listen, I get minimalist posters are a niche audience of rabid collectors and they won't work for mass audiences... but I long for the days of Drew Struzan, Saul Bass, Bob Peak and John Alvin. Right now all we get are special one-offs from passionate filmmakers (who are usually poster collectors themselves like Guillermo del Toro and Frank Darabont), but those are relegated to Comic-Con posters and web art, never put up in theaters.
This rant was inspired by the rather cool art poster done for upcoming Dark Sky Films flick from director Ti West, who is showing a talent for real throwback films. His THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL legitimately felt like a 1980 Canadian cult film you'd find buried deep within the local Mom and Pop video store's Horror section in an oversized VHS box.
The Innkeepers is about the last two employees at a closing haunted hotel and will be premiering at SXSW.
We get to debut the poster, so enjoy the first look! Click here to visit the site of the designer, TheDudeDesigns! Also, click the poster to embiggen!
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March 4, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST
Snazzy new poster up for THE INNKEEPERS! Gee whiz!
March 4, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST
The movie may suck, but that is just gorgeous, top to bottom. (Not so crazy about that tagline, though...)
March 4, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST
Kelly mcgillis was hot in top gun, where the fuck has she been?
March 4, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST
I hope this foray is as good as his last, because then I'll have a good reason to display that poster in my home.
March 4, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST
You can create amazing images with Photoshop. A lot of photoshop artists seem to lack artistic vision, creativity, and a mastery of the computer program/tool.
March 4, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST
Hopefully this will be better. As in SOMETHING will happen before the 90-minute mark. Why any horror fan thinks that flick is good is beyond me.
Hey I just wanted to chip in and say thanks man, I'm Tom Hodge aka 'the dude designs', who's responsible for the poster. I worked quite closely with Ti West on this one to give it the right vibe to represent the film. I previously did the Hobo with a shotgun poster. I totally agree with everything you've said, the reason I started doing poster art was to create designs/illustrations like you used to remember them, before photoshop montages and over sized heads started to dominate everything! So please check out my other stuff on my blog http://thedudedesigns.blogspot.com
March 4, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST
by tom hodge
Hey I just wanted to chip in and say thanks man, I'm Tom Hodge aka the dude designs, who's responsible for the poster. I worked quite closely with Ti West on this one to give it the right voice which represented the film. I previously did the hobo with a shotgun poster. I totally agree with everything you've said the reason I started doing poster art was to create designs/illustrations like you used to remember them, before photoshop montages and over sized heads started to dominate everything! Please check out my other stuff as well on http://thedudedesigns.blogspot.com
March 4, 2011, 7 p.m. CST
awesome work man, on this as well as the pieces on the blog....believe it, if I can ever clear the cash to commission an album cover in this medium you'll be hearing from me!
March 4, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST
Put's Mondo's latest efforts to shame.
March 4, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST
I'm alllllll for art posters that are hand-drawn or painted, but in this case it looks like a family film from the 80s, which I feel is extremely misleading?
March 4, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST
Its just the star's face slapped up next to the costar's face.
March 5, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST
There was an unused illustrated poster for Inglourious Basterds which received alot of coverage except for on this site strangely enough. Maybe if it had been championed here it would have had some influence.
March 5, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST
Thats been dead a long time.
March 5, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST
Great job man, not only on the wicked poster above - but on scoring a gig for Ti West. That dude is for real. I hope.. I really only logged in here though to give you insane props on your Hobo With A Shotgun poster. That piece of genius was my laptop's wallpaper for at least a month. You sir, are made of WIN.
March 5, 2011, 2 a.m. CST
March 5, 2011, 5:14 a.m. CST
Your description of House of the Devil is very fitting. Very atmospheric horror and suspense movie without the usual self-irony. I loved it!
March 5, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST
I still miss Struzan and Alvin's work. Those guys has incredible composition skills, as well as some of the best realism and tone. There's just something about a hand-drawn movie poster that is magical. Come to think of it, it's sad how they started the Harry Potter movies with hand-drawn posters and moved to Photoshop as time went on. Going from Struzan to "Unnamed Photoshop Artist #6,715" is like going from eating grain-fed filet mignon to munching a rat burger behind a dumpster.
March 5, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
I looked her up recently She looks REALLY old now. Its like she jumped from young hottie to old lady and skipped middle age.
March 5, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
March 5, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST
Lame and lazy poster concepts are the problem. The Innkeepers was done in Photoshop, but the artist(s) obviously took their time, had a decent idea, direction of style, etc. It was still done with layers like pretty much everything else.
March 5, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST
...and the motherfucking assholes who bring it up.
March 6, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST
by tom hodge
The posters divided a few people as i think they have got confused over the vibe of it! So i just wanted to clear that up. Its totally MEANT to have that 80's G (pg) rated vibe. as ive said i worked closley with Ti and the guys on this and its EXACTLY what they wanted (i did quite a few concepts and a few got rejected for being too horror orientated) in the end it was a mix of inspirations from the old Fontana ghost story books of the 60's to the work of Drew Struzan ‘Adventures in baby sitting’ etc meets Victoriana/art deco style. i think people where expecting another full on horror poster like house of the devil, but that’s not the vibe of the film at all!! check out Ti's strap line for instance.
March 6, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST
Loving the stuff your doing for Arrow at the moment. Any plans in the future to sell prints?
March 6, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST
Just gorgeous, need to get my hands on this one sheet!
March 9, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST
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