Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Dracula" Movie Poster by Aaron Horkey and Vania Zouravliov

Alright, I may have been a little hard on Aaron Horkey with my review of his True Grit poster. I admit it. But I can say without any doubt that his and Vania Zouravliov's Dracula poster is downright horrifying! In a good way, a very, very good way! I'm not really familiar with Vania's work, but the combination of his illustrations and Horkey's lettering work amazingly well together. This is seriously one of the creepiest, most beautiful things I've ever seen.

Dracula - Regular Edition

Dracula - Variant Edition
On my first viewing, the thing that immediately struck me was the crazy amount of detail poured into Helen Chandler's (is that Helen Chandler?) face. That crazy-meets-weary grimace is so photo realistic I had to do a double take (and I'm still not entirely sure). Add to that, the billowing plumes of fog, lively flora and Bela Lugosi's vampire bat (AKA Dracula) in the upper right corner and you've got an image that absolutely bursts off the page. These posters seem so authentically vintage, you could easily imagine them printed as illustrations in the original 1897 novel.

The coloring is another beast entirely. While the blacks, whites and reds of the regular version are stunning to take in, it's the browns, golds and grays of the variant that are truly sublime. The brassy sepia-toned palette completely fits with what I would imagine a repressed Victorian culture would secretly adore. It's spot on!

Finally, I've really got to hand it to Horkey. Not that he did anything wrong with the True Grit poster (he didn't, really), but in my opinion he has totally redeemed himself. The Dracula title and cast credits really complete what would have been a beautiful art print and transform it into a kick-ass and frightening movie poster. Well done sirs.

Both of these posters will be available at a random time tomorrow (1/12) through Mondo's online store. The regular version measures 23.75" x 34", comes in an edition of 330 and will cost $60. While the variant comes in an edition of 65 for $110. It's also interesting to note that these posters were printed by Burlesque, not by Mondo's usual printing partner, D&L Screen Printing. I wonder what that's about? To check out Vania Zouravliov's other work you can visit his portfolio or his online store.


  1. Aaron Horkey works almost exclusively with Ben LaFond of Burlesque when screenprinting. Mr. LaFond is a printing wizard.

  2. Thanks for the info! I'm going to completely agree - Mr. LaFond IS a printing wizard. This is a gorgeous poster and is one of the gems in my collection.


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