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Book Review: The Art of the B-Movie Poster

When a movie has no big stars or advertising budget to rely on, they often utilize eye-catching artwork to draw audiences to the theater. The Art of the B-Movie Poster collects over 1,000 such posters from the 1940s through the 1970s. Although most people have never even heard of the majority of the titles highlighted across the more than 300 pages, editor Adam Newell treats each one as if it’s a classic cinematic achievement.

The tome is divided into five convenient chapters: moral panic, action, horror, sci-fi, and sex. Each subject is then broken down into subcategories that receive a 2-4 page spread of art with a little blurb about the films featured. For example, the horror section - which, I’m happy to report, is the longest - highlights everything from Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee movies to Jaws rip-offs and Mexican horror.

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20 Films that have used Bach’s Toccata in D Minor:

FANTASIA James Algar
SUNSET BOULEVARD Billy Wilder
THE GREAT RACE Blake Edwards
THE BED SITTING ROOM Richard Lester
THE MEANING OF LIFE Terry Gilliam
A CANTERBURY TALE Michael Powell
THE BLACK CAT Edgar G. Ulmer
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Richard Fleischer
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE Rouben Mamoulian
THE ETERNAL JEW Fritz Hippler
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Cy Endfield
I’VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU Frank Borzage
7 FACES OF DR. LAO George Pál
DALEKS: INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. Gordon Flemyng
THE AVIATOR Martin Scorsese
…AND THE FIFTH HORSEMAN IS FEAR Zbyněk Brynych
EATEN ALIVE Tobe Hooper
BAD BOYS II Michael Bay
LA DOLCE VITA Federico Fellini
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION Nicholas Ferguson