Wednesday, October 24, 2007

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #99 - Andy Warhol's Bad

Andy Warhol's Bad (1977)
Directed by Jed Johnson
Unknown Designer
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA

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Actually titled Andy Warhol's Bad - completely by coincidence did who Andy Warhol-related films make it in at #100 and #99 - despite not being directed or written by Warhol, it was made by Johnson as a means of extending Warhol's aesthetics to more mainstream fair, such as the work that Paul Morrissey was. It's hard to see what made Bad so "mainstream" if you read the plot summary - something about hitmen and throwing babies out of skyscraper windows - but I think the poster is delicious.

Taking a design cue from the works of Warhol himself, the highly contrasted colours and the sticky tape (scrotch tape) in the corners allude to a home-made art project idea. It has a grungy feel to it that fits the marketing of a film like this perfectly. I also really enjoy the title design - the big block letters and the signature, as if he's signed his approval of it. I wish more film posters (that'll probably be a recurring line throughout this series) focused a little more on the director, like they used to. Feels more personal.

Not making the final 100 were the posters for Andy Warhol's Trash for it's striking image and Andy Warhol's Frankenstein for it's really original design for yet another take on a popular story, both of which can be seen below, just click them to see them larger.

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