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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

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    by darth_hideous

    Snazzy new poster up for THE INNKEEPERS! Gee whiz!

  • March 4, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Love it, love it, love it.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    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 mclost?

    by Laguna_Nigel

    Kelly mcgillis was hot in top gun, where the fuck has she been?

  • March 4, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT!!!!

    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    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

    I think the problem is the Photoshop artists suck

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    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

    House of the Devil was a snore

    by mrgray

    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.

  • March 4, 2011, 6:51 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 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

    from the designer!

    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

    thedudedesigns

    by deathraycharles

    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

    Great Poster

    by jimmy_009

    Put's Mondo's latest efforts to shame.

  • March 4, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    This isn't a family film, is it?

    by D.Vader

    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

    The reason photoshop posters suck is that they're not artistic

    by D.Vader

    Its just the star's face slapped up next to the costar's face.

  • March 5, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Illustrated Basterds

    by JerrysGhost

    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

    Is it Kelly McGillis's career haunting the Inn?

    by WickedChicken37

    Thats been dead a long time.

  • March 5, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    @thedudedesigns

    by montessaurus

    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, 5:14 a.m. CST

    This looks stunning!

    by Matt

    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

    Not bad at all, but...

    by AlienFanatic

    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

    Kelly McGillis

    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

    Example:

    by Rebel Scumb

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/SZ9F4ScgLZI/AAAAAAAAQFw/wTL2vnVGEZs/s400/090220-mcgillis.jpg

  • March 5, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Photoshop Isn't The Problem

    by SnakesOnABicycle

    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

    No, Photoshit really is the problem...

    by Arafel

    ...and the motherfucking assholes who bring it up.

  • March 6, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    its meant to have that 80's g rated vibe

    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

    @thedudedesigns

    by Prawnee

    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

    Amazing!

    by KyleG

    Just gorgeous, need to get my hands on this one sheet!

  • March 9, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    From the director of "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever"!

    by Elgyn6655321