Cinema #14: Killer Lobby Cards (part 1)
Since the early days of cinema, studios produced cards to be displayed or handed out in theaters. They are basically small movie posters - typically featuring a scene from the movie with the title, and some sort of illustration and text in the sidebar. By 1985, studios stopped producing them in the U.S. since the traditional theater was extinct and replaced by multiplexes. However, they continued to be issued abroad.
The lobby card above typifies my favorite characteristics of a card:
(1) It's a lesser known movie (I have no time for a Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark cards - not interesting)
(2) It has a nice illustration in the sidebar
(3) It has a full color still from the movie, complete with cheesecake
(4) It has the tag line - these are always fun to read
(5) I'm a sucker for retro fonts - so, I love it when the movie title is rendered artistically
Here's another on that more than meets the requirements...
Anyway, let me share with you some of my favorite lobby cards. I've got more to share in future posts if you're interested.
In the future, all women will be hot and wear shiny miniskirts. So says Logan's Run.
Never seen this one, but the guy in the sidebar looks like a f***ing maniac.
My review of the movie "10": Long stretches of boredom sparcely punctuated by mild hilarity. The naughty scene with Derek is in almost complete darkness, so no bonus points for that.
A "do-it-yourself murder kit"? What's that - a knife in a box?
Alas, if they had only learned from this mistake, they never would've made that Brando-Kilmer remake. Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Who would've thought bicycling competitions in Indiana could be so inspiring? Starred Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern, the narrator of The Wonder Years and Wet Bandit from Home Alone.
"You are television incarnate, Diana. Indifferent to suffering, insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality." A very prophetic film.
Remember when it was so cool and hip to be a Woody Allen fan? I don't think his movies have aged well - they were definitely "of the time".
This is actually my favorite of all the horror anthologies produced by Hammer and Amicus, with Tales from the Crypt running a close second. Ingrid Pitt.... daddy like.
This movie came on TCM or something lately, and I tried to watch it. Sure, Goldie Hawn is nice eye candy - but does not a movie make. Seems like Walter Matthau played the philandering husband a lot back in those days.
Can't say that I've ever seen this one.... can't say I plan too, either.
Stay tuned for the next round coming up next.