Tuesday, March 4, 2008

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #46 - The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust (1975)
Directed by John Schlesinger
Designed by David Edward Byrd
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA

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Much to my surprise, this was not a horror movie about a deadly plague of locusts descending upon New York City (or Los Angeles, or London, or...) although the poster does seem to take some of it's aesthetic from horror flicks (doesn't it look like that man is being dragged down by a pack of hungry festering zombies? Okay, maybe it's just me.) No The Day of the Locust is about a troubled girl trying to make it in Hollywood. Yeah, I don't understand how the title plays into it either, but bonus points for giving it a title that piques the interest.

Nevertheless, I love the stylisation and the neon-like allumination, while the central image is - once you know the plot of the film - a great representation for the film. All those people clamouring to be in the lights of Hollywood like a blonde starlett.

1 comment:

David Edward Byrd said...

Thank you for including the art for my poster of "Day of the Locust. You failed to mention that the film was based on the 1936 novel by Nathaniel West by the same name. Also, the name of one of the main characters is "Homer Simpson" played by Donald Sutherland. He is devoured by the fans at a premier after stopping to death a nasty child star.
David Edward Byrd