Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fernando Fro Reza's "The Thing" Movie Posters

Fernando Fro Reza, better known as Fro Design Co on the web, has been creating and selling film / television inspired prints since early 2010 through his Fro Design Co blog. He's created prints based on shows like Lost and The Walking Dead, to movies like Inception, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (my favorite Wes Anderson film) and now, John Carpenter's legendary The Thing. In collaboration with, Fernando has been, and will continue to, create monthly movie posters for Cinematic Happenings Under Development (also known as CHUD). Here's a much more eloquent summary of this union than I could ever produce (copied, pasted, and then slightly edited / paraphrased from Nick Nunziato):
"Every month for as long as we’re able to keep on keepin’ on, we will be saluting two films with glorious and beautiful posters that should get your gears turning real nice. What qualifies for a CHUD SALUTES honor? It’s a weird combination. Some of these will be great movies. Some will be horrible movies. Some unsung classics. Some pretty obvious flicks. The end result is that when this man [Fernando Fro Reza] graces them with his eye, they’re all unified in their delightfulness."
Now onto the fun stuff!

The Thing: MacReady
Fernando's The Thing "MacReady" movie poster is my favorite of the two. It's very Olly Moss, in that there's so much going on and yet it's so minimal. I'd actually recommend clicking on the image to get a better look at a larger version, you might be surprised at all of the hidden elements he's thrown in. This poster is of course an image of The Thing's resident badass / protagonist R.J. MacReady (played to perfection by Kurt Russell). My favorite details are the hanging light that acts as MacReady's eye and the petri dish filled with alien goo and reacting to the heat under the cast and crew credits. If like me, you never had the chance to grab one of Stout's amazing The Thing posters, then you'll no doubt be picking this one up to fill that deep, dark, vacuous void in your soul. The "MacReady" poster measures 11" x 17", costs $25 and is limited to an edition of 50. There also happens to be an amazing buy one get one free deal through CHUD, so I HIGHLY recommend heading over there ASAP (hint: read the first two paragraphs) - you won't be sorry. These will sell out quickly, so act fast!

The Thing: The First Week of Winter
The Thing "The First Week of Winter" print is a bit more traditional, but definitely highlights the kick-ass-ness of Kurt Russell much more prominently, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. In a lot of ways these posters fit together perfectly. The "MacReady" print features fiery red hues, and seems to give off heat and represent action, while "The First Week of Winter" print represents the colder and more isolated atmosphere of the American Antarctic research station by using shades of blue; together these prints seem to create a whole picture. Much like the previous The Thing print, "The First Week of Winter" poster costs $25, measures 11" x 17", is limited to an edition of 50 and is available through the Fro Design Co store. Again, please be sure to check out the CHUD post before buying either one of these prints to take advantage of the BOGO offer.

Now it's time for the self serving aspect of this post, where I remind everyone who hasn't already done so (US only) to enter themselves in Posterocalypse's The Fighter print giveaway. I'll be giving away The Fighter movie poster by Alan Hynes and a mystery print on February 28th to one lucky person who leaves a comment with their name and email address in last Saturday's blog post (it was titled "Giveaway - The Fighter by Alan Hynes"). ¡Bueno suerte!


  1. Yeah I was gonna say I think I like the second one more because it highlights Kurt's badassery

  2. Yeah, it certainly does! I had such a hard time deciding between the two prints that I purchased the "MacCready" one from Fro Design Co and used the buy-one-get-one free deal to get "The First Week of Winter."

  3. Yeah I went there and I don't think the BOGO free deal is still goin on, I was gonna use it to buy the Hand Prosthetics in Film print.

  4. Hmm...I don't see anywhere that the deal is off, but then again when I ordered and left a note explaining what free print I wanted I never got any sort of confirmation. Fingers crossed I get both.

    I do really like that Hand Prosthetics in Film one. He also did a great Reptar poster from Rugrats. That brought back some memories.

  5. Yes the Reptar one is awesome haha. Maybe you can help me out, where exactly do you leave the note I was confused by that

  6. Hi Wes - When you go through PayPal to make a payment, you will have a message field on the page where you review the payment details. This message field is where you'll need to enter the CHUD mention along with the second print you want to get as part of the BOGO deal.

  7. Oh alright man thanks a lot, that'll be the first thing I do tomorrow morning after class!


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