Posters from the Vault: Shock Waves

Shock Waves (1977) is hands down one of my top 10 favorite horror films of all time. I've mentioned it before here, but I'll say it again. I am obsessed with this film – even after all these years! I used to watch it on TV late Saturday nights with my grandparents. Those are fond memories that have stayed with me, and I just love Nazi zombie movies!

The detail in this poster is amazing! Here is yet another perfect example of what works and why most mainstream horror posters suck today. It's all in the details! Notice how bright the colors are? It's crazy how many modern horror posters are mostly black with either a floating head or a lone man standing, looking up at something. Gets old quick!

There was a 35mm print of this screened at the Sci-Fi Spectacular Film Festival in Chicago last month! Unfortunately, since it wasn't playing until almost 5am, I couldn't stay for it. This was a 24-hour marathon, by the way! I was vending my art, so we had to pack things up and get to a good friend's house. I would've loved to have seen it there on the giant screen. Peter Cushing as the SS Commander legitimized the outlandish story with a solid performance. I compare this acting believability with Vincent Price in The Tingler, meaning that as long as Peter took his role very seriously, so would the audience.

My SHOCK WAVES painting!

And, in case anyone is not familiar with the movie, watch the trailer!!

“From beyond the dead, from beneath the living, from the depths of hell's ocean, everything they touch WILL DIE in the deep!!!”