Red Lips, Alien Eggs, All-White Juries and Deep Throat Too! Iconic Movie Posters!

Rocky Horror Picture Show posteret Everyone knows THESE lips, right?

No doubt you are immediately transported to the time warp again, right?

Or what about this “egg in space”:

I grew up loving movies – and movie posters – especially the ones that are iconic, provocative, incendiary or just plain fun! Here are some examples of art that transcended the movie they were designed to promote.


A DIFFERENT SET OF JAWS, INDEED!


The Rocky Horror Picture Show – 1975.

Released in the wake of the mega-hit “Jaws”, the marketers came up with a unique and instantly memorable way to promote this classic film, which bombed anyway upon initial release!

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is the 1975 film adaptation of the British rock musical stage play, The Rocky Horror Show, written by Richard O’Brien. The film is a parody of B-movie, science fiction and horror films of the late 1940s through early 1970s.

Director Jim Sharman collaborated on the screenplay with O’Brien, who wrote both the book and lyrics for the stage. The film introduces Tim Curry as Doctor Frank N. Furter, and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

Still in limited release nearly 37 years after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It bombed upon initial theatrical release and gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. The latest blu-ray includes plenty of audience participation moments.

Even with its phenomenal success over the years, nothing is so memorable as those red lips that adorned the film’s poster…and speaking of iconic movie poster images:

Alien – 1979

In 1979, a new evil was unleashed on moviegoers, with one of the greatest tag lines ever:


“In space, no one can hear you scream.”

This is just one of the best taglines of all time – and coupled with the green light seeping out of an egg, an iconic image that has rarely been topped.

“Prometheus” is the fifth “Alien” film, and while all are not as classic as the first, they all tell a terrifying story about an unstoppable alien creature…

Add to it that this is one of the best horror films of all time, and the Alien poster art is a classic in every sense of the word.

Speaking of great tag lines, how about this one:

“YOU BLED MY MAMA, YOU BLED MY PAPA, BUT YOU WON’T BLEED ME!”


Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song – 1971

In 1971 – a micro-budgeted film was – ready for this – written, produced, scored, directed by, and starring Melvin Van Peebles, father of actor Mario Van Peebles (who was also in the movie).

It tells the picaresque story of a poor African American man on his flight from the white authority.

No studio would finance the film, so Van Peebles funded the film himself, shooting it independently over a period of 19 days. He received a $50,000 loan from Bill Cosby to complete the project. The film’s fast-paced montages and jump-cuts were unique features in American cinema at the time.

The era of blaxploitation really began with Melvin Van Peebles incendiary “Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song”, which he was proud to say on his poster, was “rated X by an all-white jury!”

This incendiary movie had an underlying message of black empowerment at a time of great civil unrest in the country, and the “rated X by an all-white jury!” was a provocative statement to put on the poster – while it seems a lifetime ago, it was only 40 years!

Speaking of rated X:

“HOW FAR DOES A GIRL HAVE TO GO TO UNTANGLE HER TINGLE?”


Deep Throat.

While this is certainly the most notorious adult film of all time, I don’t think the poster gets much attention. Or respect. This XXX-rated movie was a cultural watershed when it was released – in 1972 NOBODY went to see dirty movies except perverts in a city’s worst neighborhoods.

“How far does a girl have to go to untangle her tingle?” This ushered in a new freedom in film – even though the movie was busted for obscenity in many communities – this was an era when tripe X went mainstream and never looked back.

“Deep Throat” was written and directed by Gerard Damiano (listed in the credits as “Jerry Gerard”) and starring Linda Lovelace (the pseudonym of Linda Susan Boreman).

One of the first pornographic films to feature a plot, character development and relatively high production standards, “Deep Throat” earned mainstream attention and launched the “porno chic” trend despite the film being banned in some regions and the subject of obscenity trials.

In her first two biographies, Linda Boreman characterizes making the film as a liberating experience; in her third and fourth biographies (written after she had come out with her stories of sexual abuse, rape, and forced prostitution in the porn business), she charges that she did not consent to many of the depicted sexual acts and that she was coerced to perform by her abusive husband, Chuck Traynor, who received $1,250 for her acting. She also claimed that Traynor threatened to kill her, brandishing handguns and rifles to control her.


AMANDA SAYFRIED AS LINDA LOVELACE

A new film is being made now about Linda’s life, and Lindsay Lohan did a photo shoot as her as well recently….

Lovelace had a tragic life, but the fact is, this film blew the doors off of censorship in America…

And look at the poster, a celebration of life, Linda Lovelace spreading her arms upward with joy – NOTHING to suggest what the movie was about…because everyone knew. It was a fascinating time for film. This was the era when adult films were listed in Variety’s top 50 box office charts, when lines formed around the block as people flocked to see what the fuss was all about, and because – even with the myriad of police raids and arrests in some cities – people wanted the right to see whatever they wanted, and from this moment on, they could.

And this poster is iconic for what it represents in movie history…and all of the posters shown above are iconic and stand the test of time…



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