The History of Mondo Part 1: The 13 Greatest Mondo Movie Posters So Far…

The Burning – 2011 – Phantom City Creative

Mondo is successful in part because it teams up with great people and companies. One such collaboration has been with Toronto-based design house Phantom City Creative. While they’ve done incredible work for films like Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Trick ‘R Treat, and Sleepaway Camp, it’s their poster for The Burning that really draws my eye. The Burning is, in many ways, a standard 80s slasher, but it also happens to be the first Miramax film; it was based on a screenplay by Bob Weinstein from a story by his brother Harvey who also produced the film. Phantom City Creative’s poster features Cropsy’s lethal garden shears spilling out a literal river of blood. It’s a great image for an under-seen film.

Frankenstein – 2011 – Drew Struzan

Last, but by no means least, is Mondo’s incredible poster for the original Frankenstein. Pulling off another seemingly impossible feat, Mondo managed to coax legendary artist Drew Struzan out of quasi-retirement to construct this masterpiece. Utilizing 21 different colors, the most on any Mondo screenprint to date, Struzan’s famous style pays homage to the truest monster among the Universal monsters. It’s a stunning print that you find yourself gravitating towards from an artist at the top of his game, and a truly great print to round out our list.

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Obviously Mondo has an incredible archive of beautiful artwork and they’re still going strong in 2012, with posters for films like Drive and the Back to the Future trilogy. The problem with lists is that they’re subjective and even more so when talking about a subjective topic like art or movies. These are the posters that we love. Which ones do you love? Fire away in the comments and let us know which ones we missed and which posters you have.

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