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Scott Ellis 5:15 a.m., Aug. 5
Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen Part 2
Today, we're looking at the unseen/unpublished artwork from movie poster campaigns designed to promote Howard the Duck, Fright Night, Vamp (with Grace Jones), Ladyhawk, the Fly, and Sly Stallone's Over the Top.
If you're just joining us, part one link is below, along with info about the source of this private collection, presented exclusively here, for the first time ever, on the Reader website.
Uh, Grace, you've got a little something in your teeth there...
Though well-rendered, the below painting for Fright Night is kinda generic and could be used for any number of movies.
The original Howard the Duck comic books used to carry a cover tagline reading "Trapped in a world he never made." Whoever painted this rejected poster seems to have taken that quite literally, with Howard actually IN the world, coming out as if from an egg.
I LOVE this Ladyhawk painting!
The iconic poster artwork for The Fly originally had more of the image of a human climbing out of the device, including the outline of his head and shoulders. However, what looked like a hastily spray-painted white paste-on was applied directly over the artwork, so only the white glow was evident in the final printed shot, with just the human arm and insect leg coming out either side. BIG improvement, with a much more mysterious impact.
Me, I kinda like the above rejected version showing just a fly: THE Fly, with Jeff Goldblum's head! Although, now that I examine more closely, that looks like Donald Trump! "Screeeen meeeeeee!"
MORE ENTRIES IN THIS SERIES:
Part 1: Batman, Witches of Eastwick, Supergirl
Part 3: Horror film Near Dark, horsey drama Phar Lap, the Robert DeNiro/Albert Brooks sleeper Midnight Run (still under its working title Running Scared when these two posters were mocked up), 3D cartoon Starchaser: The Legend of Orin, Airplane-style comedy Bad Medicine (with Steve Gutenberg and Julie Hagerty), and war story Hamburger Hill.
Part 4: Collegiate comedy Campus Man, horror hits Wes Craven's Deadly Friend and Blood Diner, and rock and roll horror flop Trick or Treat, as well as Texas Godfather, Vanishing Act, China Girl, 8 Million Ways to Die, sci-fi biker flick City Limits, and war romance Purple Hearts.
Part 5: Voyage of the Rock Aliens with Pia Zadora, the Annette Funicello/Frankie Avalon/Pee Wee Herman surf comedy Back to the Beach, psycho-ex thriller Fatal Attraction, alleged comedy Planes Trains & Automobiles, James Woods in Cop, the Tom Cruise hit All the Right Moves, drive-in horror hit Deadly Blessing, the re-release of Roger Corman's original Little Shop of Horrors, import sex comedy Perfect Timing, historical drama Hanoi Hilton, Stallone sequel Rocky V (under its original title Final Bell), and Nothing But Trouble, back when it was still known as Welcome to Valkenvania.
Part 6: Horror comedy Return of the Living Dead, Force III, Meatballs III, plainclothes cop thriller Off Limits (Willem Dafoe, Gregory Hines), sci-fi McDonald’s commercial Mac & Me, the Diane Lane potboiler Lady Beware, UK comedy Mr. Love, Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle, Walter Bannert’s German-language Austrian film the Inheritors, the Dudley Moore/Eddie Murphy flop Best Defense, Richard Donner’s Inside Moves, William Peter Blatty’s Ninth Configuration, adventure flick Tai-Pan, German musical the Frog Prince with Helen Hunt, and the Rosary Murders.
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