CanFilm Five: Genre Poster Expert Tal Zimerman

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Tal Zimerman is an actor, movie poster collector, and freelance journalist.  Tal runs the  Toronto Cult Paper poster shop and has written about horror posters for genre publications including FANGORIA and the October 2011 issue of RUE MORGUE magazine, where his latest article, “Poster Mondo”, appears.  Tal can currently be seen on Bite TV’s Comedy Bar Monday to Saturday nights.

For this CanFilm Five, Tal brings us his five most eye-catching international movie posters for classic Canuxplotation films.

1. TERROR TRAIN (1980) — Thailand
This is the typical Thai poster illustration approach; busy with activity and key scenes from the film, though presented in the unusual (but not unique) landscape format. One of the best works by artist Tongdee, an eminent name in the world of Thai film poster illustration.

2. THE MASK (1961) — U.K.
Toronto-lensed 3D mindbender gets the British Quad treatment, and nifty new title. Not only is the illustration killer, it features instructions/warnings that bubble with the kind of ballyhoo that cinemagoers throughout history have found hard to resist.

3. SHIVERS (1975) – France and Italy
David Cronenberg’s seminal first horror feature. As governed by local tastes, the poster for the French release (on the left) plays up the sensual and dark fantasy elements of the film, whereas the Italian design (on the right) presents a similar layout and concept, but in a more aesthetically realistic fashion.

4. THE CHANGELING (1983) — Latin America
Though commonly credited as a Spanish poster, this only holds true of the language—here is one of a great many Latin American posters whose specific origins are difficult to trace, largely due to the uncharted history of films distributed in the region. Italian movie poster legend Enzo Sciotti (INCUBUS, PROM NIGHT) is responsible for the design.

5. VIDEODROME (1983) – France 
Poster illustrator Laurent Melki’s trademark surrealism meets Cronenberg’s psychedelic masterpiece of body horror. This is the most eye-popping example of the title’s foreign interpretations. Melki also designed the French poster for Jerry Ciccoritti’s GRAVEYARD SHIFT.

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  1. Love the TERROR TRAIN poster.