Category Archives: Western

The Legend of God's Gun Poster

The Legend of God’s Gun Poster

I was going to put this poster in the weekly round-up, but I decided it deserved a post of it’s own, even if I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say about it.

I think it will come as a non-surprise to all that small movies have a hard time getting noticed. There are hundreds of films being produced every year, many of them with huge marketing budgets. Standing out from the crowd without being able to just continually bombard people with advertisements is hard.

All of this makes every marketing material, including the posters, so much more important. If someone happens to catch your poster or trailer you have to make an impression, as they might not see anything else about your movie unless they actively seek it.

Of course, small independent movies often have a hard time coming up with catchy posters because they lack known actors, amazing visuals that can be taken from the film itself, a easy to sell hook or even the proper budget to get the poster made. I think all that ends up making sheer creativity that much more important.

All of that is to say that I think this is a good example of a poster for a small movie. An illustration with strong lines and colors, packed with a lot of iconic images that get instant reactions: a cross, a gun, a scorpion, and so on. A memorable title and a critic quote both well inserted into the design also help.

I probably wouldn’t have ever heard about Legend if it wasn’t for the poster. And now not only have a heard of it, I also remember it and would probably look twice if I happened to find it in the video store, for example. A job well done.

(Via IMPAwards)

The Legend of God’s Gun Poster

The Legend of God’s Gun Poster

I was going to put this poster in the weekly round-up, but I decided it deserved a post of it’s own, even if I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say about it.

I think it will come as a non-surprise to all that small movies have a hard time getting noticed. There are hundreds of films being produced every year, many of them with huge marketing budgets. Standing out from the crowd without being able to just continually bombard people with advertisements is hard.

All of this makes every marketing material, including the posters, so much more important. If someone happens to catch your poster or trailer you have to make an impression, as they might not see anything else about your movie unless they actively seek it.

Of course, small independent movies often have a hard time coming up with catchy posters because they lack known actors, amazing visuals that can be taken from the film itself, a easy to sell hook or even the proper budget to get the poster made. I think all that ends up making sheer creativity that much more important.

All of that is to say that I think this is a good example of a poster for a small movie. An illustration with strong lines and colors, packed with a lot of iconic images that get instant reactions: a cross, a gun, a scorpion, and so on. A memorable title and a critic quote both well inserted into the design also help.

I probably wouldn’t have ever heard about Legend if it wasn’t for the poster. And now not only have a heard of it, I also remember it and would probably look twice if I happened to find it in the video store, for example. A job well done.

(Via IMPAwards)

Sukiyaki Western Django Posters

Sukiyaki Western Django Poster

These posters for the Japanese genre bender Sukiyaki Western Django are similar to the poster for OneChanbara: They both are for Japanese movies and they both fail to show a bikini clad cowgirl using a samurai sword to slash zombies. Oh, why must you mock me this way Japan? I’m starting to think I’ll never get my cowgirl slashing zombies poster.

But that galling problem aside, I mostly agree with Kurt and the commenters over at RowThree, it’s an awesome looking poster.

There are several things about the posters that I feel like mentioning. First, they are very different from the original Japanese posters. As you can see below, those mostly went for a much more typical old time western look, with some oriental elements thrown in. The new posters, which were created for western releases, go for a much more stylish and modern look, using all that white flame/snow/thingy to create an effect that can only be described as rad. Yes, I said rad. The western elements are still there, in the clothes of the characters especially, but they are much more subdued.

Sukiyaki Western Django Poster

Sukiyaki Western Django Poster

The second thing is that Tarantino (as in Quentin) gets top billing, and his mug even makes an appearance in the background of the poster above. Now, Tarantino is only on the film for a little bit, but I do understand that he is, as far as western audiences are concerned, probably the most well known name from the cast. And the bit role that he plays in the movie is one reason why people might want to see the film, and in fact it has received a far amount of attention from the English language media. So I totally understand the choice of featuring him on the poster. At the same time I’m glad they didn’t feel the need to screw up with the design in other to make QT’s presence more obvious.

Although a poster like the one above but featuring only QT looking fierce and holding a gun might have been funny. It would be the odd duckling of the set tough.

And the last thing is that I’m surprised director Takashi Miike doesn’t get more of a shout out in the posters. This is obviously a niche movie, and I imagine that the niche interested in it is likely to be somewhat aware of Miike, or at least aware of his name.

But that is too much talking. Now let’s just stare at the things some more.

Sukiyaki Western Django PosterSukiyaki Western Django PosterSukiyaki Western Django Poster

Sukiyaki Western Django Posters

Sukiyaki Western Django Poster

These posters for the Japanese genre bender Sukiyaki Western Django are similar to the poster for OneChanbara: They both are for Japanese movies and they both fail to show a bikini clad cowgirl using a samurai sword to slash zombies. Oh, why must you mock me this way Japan? I’m starting to think I’ll never get my cowgirl slashing zombies poster.

But that galling problem aside, I mostly agree with Kurt and the commenters over at RowThree, it’s an awesome looking poster.

There are several things about the posters that I feel like mentioning. First, they are very different from the original Japanese posters. As you can see below, those mostly went for a much more typical old time western look, with some oriental elements thrown in. The new posters, which were created for western releases, go for a much more stylish and modern look, using all that white flame/snow/thingy to create an effect that can only be described as rad. Yes, I said rad. The western elements are still there, in the clothes of the characters especially, but they are much more subdued.

Sukiyaki Western Django Poster

Sukiyaki Western Django Poster

The second thing is that Tarantino (as in Quentin) gets top billing, and his mug even makes an appearance in the background of the poster above. Now, Tarantino is only on the film for a little bit, but I do understand that he is, as far as western audiences are concerned, probably the most well known name from the cast. And the bit role that he plays in the movie is one reason why people might want to see the film, and in fact it has received a far amount of attention from the English language media. So I totally understand the choice of featuring him on the poster. At the same time I’m glad they didn’t feel the need to screw up with the design in other to make QT’s presence more obvious.

Although a poster like the one above but featuring only QT looking fierce and holding a gun might have been funny. It would be the odd duckling of the set tough.

And the last thing is that I’m surprised director Takashi Miike doesn’t get more of a shout out in the posters. This is obviously a niche movie, and I imagine that the niche interested in it is likely to be somewhat aware of Miike, or at least aware of his name.

But that is too much talking. Now let’s just stare at the things some more.

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Original 3:10 to Yuma Poster

Original 3:10 to Yuma Poster (1957)

3:10 to Yuma managed to take the first place in the box office this weekend. For some reason this made me curious about the original 3:10 to Yuma and I decided to seek out an image from the poster for that film. I was very happy to find the one above and the one below on movieposter.com.

It’s interesting to compare the new posters with the original ones. Despite going for an “old times” look, the new posters are obviously much sleeker and sharper looking. This once again reminds me that there is often a big difference between what we may register as looking like something from the past and what these things actually looked like.

Original 3:10 to Yuma Poster 2 (1957)

3:10 to Yuma Poster Charity Auction

I’ll let the press release do the talking for this one:

On behalf of Lionsgate, we are pleased to announce Ebay charitable auctions for several exclusive “3:10 TO YUMA” posters signed by Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, James Mangold, and Cathy Konrad benefiting The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. The winning bidders will receive studio certified posters signed by the cast and filmmakers along with a signed letter verifying their authenticity. Auctions begin today and will continue through the film’s opening weekend. Interested fans and collectors should be aware there are only a limited amount of posters available.

Included In This Package:

A Signed Poster from Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, James Mangold, and Cathy Konrad

A Hand Signed Letter from a Lionsgate Executive

So, if you are interested in a signed copy of the poster, this would be a good way to get it.

Just in case anyone missed the link above, the auction is here.