Thursday, September 20, 2012

Heads Up: Fernando Fro Reza's Fan Theory Movie Posters

Hey folks! Hope everyone is having a great week. As you may have noticed, I've been a bit slow on updating the site recently. The reason: I done got married and have officially started the honeymoon / film festival process. This means that until I get back to LA (where I'll then be preparing for a move to the Bay Area), there's likely to be a brief period of Posterocalypse radio silence. I double-pinky promise I'll get everything up and running again once I'm back. But before I leave, I wanted to highlight some awesome fan theory movie posters by artist Fernando Fro Reza.

Not sure what a "fan theory poster" is? Here's the short version: a few months back there was a thread on Reddit titled, "What 'fan theories' have blown your mind with their devastating logic?" As Reddit threads are often wont to do, it became incredibly popular, and was quickly inundated with theories / conspiracies relating to film and television. So what did Fro do with this information? The only sane thing a man could / should do - create movie posters inspired by his favorite theories. Duh! Without further ado, I've included images of the prints below along with a brief description of the theory in question. Enjoy!

My Neighbor Totoro Movie Poster (The Death God)
Fernando Fro Reza
18" x 24" (Giclée) - Signed and Numbered
$35 - Limited to 100

The Theory (as explained by Tophat Duck in the Reddit thread):
"The rumor says that Totoro is the God of Death, so the persons that can see Totoro are actually close to death, or already dead. What that means for the story is that when Mei goes missing and a sandal is found in the pond, Mei actually drowned. When Satsuki is asked about the sandal she cannot face the truth and lies about it not being Mei's sandal. So Satsuki goes on a desperate search for Totoro, calling for him and actually opens up the door to the realm of the dead herself."
This is by far my favorite of the bunch, because not only does it feature Totoro of My Neighbor Totoro fame, it's also got a little bit of Bergman's The Seventh Seal thrown in for good measure. Fro Reza created something that's both elegant and fun as hell. The poster measures 18" x 24" and is currently available through Fernando's My Neighbor Totoro print costs $35 and is limited to an edition of 100.

The Shining Movie Poster (Le Voyage Dans La Lune)
Fernando Fro Reza
24" x 36" (Giclée) - Signed and Numbered
$50 - Limited to 100

The Theory (as explained by Fernando Fro Reza):
"Stanley Kubrick is notorious for obsessing over the minutiae of filmmaking. He would research every detail of every shot and his compositions were works of art. The Shining works beautifully as a straight horror movie but Kubrick packed a lot into his films and it's only natural for audiences to want to peel back the layers and look for what's there. There's been a lot of theories about The Shining (e.g, it's about the plight of Native Americans, it's about Kubrick's struggle to make a film about the Holocaust). But I think the most interesting theory, and coincidentally the most misguided, claims that The Shining is a thinly veiled admission that Stanley Kubrick faked the Apollo 11 moon landing."
It's a pretty bonkers theory, but I love that Fernando took all that crazy and created something absurd, beautiful, but ultimately playful. Making the bar into a rocket and using the creepy twins in each corner of the wallpaper pattern-like border were inspired touches and make this a worthy entry in the annals of Shining inspired art. Fro Reza's Le Voyage Dans La Lune print is now available through his site. The poster measures 24" x 36", is limited to an edition of 100 and costs $50.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster (Fight Club)
Fernando Fro Reza
18" x 24" (Giclée) - Signed and Numbered
$35 - Limited to 100

The Theory (as explained by Cool Papa Bell on Metatalk):
"My favorite thought-piece about Ferris Bueller is the Fight Club theory, in which Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.
One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.
It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state that he finally gets a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane ('He’s gonna marry me!'), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have."
I love all the thought that goes into these theories! Who even has the time to think up stuff like this? Fro Reza's Ferris Bueller meets Fight Club print is simple and straight to the point, yet captures a memorable moment from the film (minus the phantom Bueller, of course) in a stylishly minimalistic manner. Fro's Ferris Durden inspired print is available through for a cool $35. The poster measures 18" x 24" and is limited to an edition of 100.

Should you wish to acquire all three prints, you can get the entire set for only $100 (that's a $20 savings!)

Also a quick heads up, Fernando just started selling a pretty awesome Lebowski / Street Fighter mashup titled, "This Is What Happens When You Find A Stranger In The Alps." You can purchase the prints (there's a regular and variant) through his storefront at

Thanks, everyone! I'll be back real soon!

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