While there’s been plenty of yelling and desperate clicking concerning Mondo’s Marvel tie-in posters — including a stunning Tyler Stourt image that sold out quicker than Thor calling down lighting — it must be said those (delightful) fanboy-servicing tie-ins are nothing compared to the good works Mondo was truly put on this Earth to curate. The company made its bones fostering the creation of beautiful art for films that might not have otherwise had a decent piece of art associated with them, and these new designs I have to share are definitely in that tradition. Even better, a new show at the Mondo Gallery will definitely switch the gears from its current Adventure Time fixation, to a Jay Shaw-produced set of pieces based on Blue Underground titles. More info on that below though.
It’s not often a one-sheet genuinely puts me on edge, but two out of the five new Mondo posters debuted at the Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas actually manage to do so. Just look at the appropriately nightmare-fueling piece of work up there by Jay Shaw… creepy. as. fuck. A Nightmare On Elm Street has never looked scarier.
I’m also creeped the hell out if I stare at this creepily fractured They Live poster for too long. This thing’s scarier than the movie!
And while not quite as hair-raising, the other three posters from the set are all excellent examples of screenprint film art in several of the different styles associated with Mondo. Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Mole People are all honored by prints that I know many of you would be proud to own.
New Mondo Gallery: Blue Underground by Jay Shaw
Jay Shaw, responsible for that creepy creepy creepy Nightmare poster up above, will be the featured artist of Mondo Gallery’s next show, and he’ll be presenting a series of screenprints based entirely on films in the Blue Underground library. If you’re not familiar, BU is a DVD and Blu-ray publisher that has been delighting cult and exploitation fans for years by publishing films that wouldn’t typically be high priorities. These are the cultiest of the cult, stuff like Cannibal Man, City of the Living Dead, Goodbye Uncle Tom, Machine Gun McCain, and The Bird With The Crystal Plumage. You can see their catalog listed right here- it runs deep.
OMG Posters — who brought us the Texas Frightmare posters above –have an exclusive debut of one piece that will be featured in the show. Shaw will be in attendance at the gallery opening, but you’ll have to watch @MondoNews for dates and more info. I’ll say, just the show’s promo image alone is pretty fucking awesome. Check it out, and then take a look at The Nesting image below.
I’m curious what Blue Underground films you’ll be happiest to see Shaw tackle. Shout out your suggestions in the comments below.