Ken Leighton 3:30 p.m., Feb. 15
Part 4: Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen (Exclusive)
Famous Movie Poster Rejects You've Never Seen Part 4
Hey again, poster fans. Today, we're looking at the original art and unused proofs for the movie poster campaigns behind 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, City Limits, and Purple Hearts.
See Part 1 for information about this poster art collection, presented for the public exclusively for the first time on the Reader website.
Interesting to see that the original Campus Man poster art above spotlighted the comic lead, while the final print went with the hunky alter-ego image below.
Nightmare on Elm Street honcho Wes Craven went through several ideas to push Deadly Friend (above), finally setting on below painting (with the painting of the girl added to the window), followed by the final printed posters.
The eyeball variation also turned up later (below), but with the artwork heavily airbrushed, to hide the fact that the added nose and fingernails are clearly by a different (and much crappier) "artist."
From a design standpoint, I prefer the completely unused skull, with its eyes subtly depicting the romantic couple facing each other!
As terrible as the rockin' horror movie Trick or Treat is, the poster COULD have been okay, had they gone with above rejected oil painting instead of the crappy final poster below.
Blood Diner and Texas Godfather art above, final prints below.
Above proof for the Elliott Gould/Margot Kidder potboiler Vanishing Act is pretty close to what was used (below).
Whereas the ominous China Girl artwork above was completely ditched for the (quite lame) poster below.
8 Million Ways to Die, before (above) and after (below).
City Limits above and below.
And interesting how they ditched the soldier's photo-decorated military helmet (above) altogether for Purple Hearts, to instead blow up the romantic photo, hovering over a battlefield. Another major misfire, IMHO.
More coming in Part 5!
PREVIOUS ENTRIES IN THIS SERIES:
Part 1: Batman, Witches of Eastwick, Supergirl
Part 2: The Fly, Vamp, Fright Night, Howard the Duck, Stallone: Over the Top, Ladyhawk
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 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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