Monday, February 7, 2011

"Vigilante" Movie Poster by Alan Hynes

I think this may be my favorite of the William Lustig movie posters. Artist Alan Hynes did a great job creating a seemingly endless alley to nowhere in a godforsaken city. Hynes is one of the few artists who I think can really put together a beautiful screenprinted image and use photographs effectively (this is the same guy who did one of The Fighter posters I previously wrote about).

I love the timelessness of this poster. This image could have been a French one sheet for a film coming out in 1973, just as easily as it could be an American movie poster for a film coming out in 2011. This is because, while there's a great amount of detail in the image, there's never enough to point out a specific location, ethnicity, or era - it's a very versatile picture in that way. With that said, had I seen the film Vigilante I might have felt completely different (in fact I'm sure I would have). I'm also a huge fan of the coppery brown hue that's used so effectively here. The alley Hynes designed looks like an industrial walkway to hell with ambiguously shaped beasts ominously preparing to stop Robert Forster's angel of death.

If you're still not convinced, here's the summary from the film's IMDb page. WARNING: It sounds like an incredibly awesome film.
"When his wife is attacked and son killed by gang members, a New York factory worker joins a secret, outside-the-law, vigilante group made up of ex-cops whom target and kill criminals whom repeatedly get away with murder through legal courtroom technicalities."
This poster will be available for purchase through Mondo tomorrow (2/10) at a random time. The poster measures 18" x 24", is screenprinted with metallic inks and is out of an edition of 100. Want to know when/if the poster is released for purchase? Be sure to follow @MondoNews for the scoop. If you'd like to know more about the artist and his vast body of work check out his GigPosters portfolio.

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