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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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