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Scary Monsters & Super Cheap Thrills: The awesome movie poster art of Reynold Brown

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House on Haunted Hill’ (1959).
 
If I had the money, I guess I’d buy an old abandoned cinema somewhere downtown or maybe one of those big ole drive-ins that’s been long left for dead some place out in the desert. I’d refurbish it then screen double-feature monster movies each and every day. Double-bill after double-bill on continuous performance. Choice picks from the whole back catalog of Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, dear old Peter Cushing, and “King of the Bs” Roger Corman. Yeah, I know, I would probably go bust within six months—but hell, it would have been worth it just to see these classic horror movies and glorious science-fiction films on the big screen where they belong and not on flickering cathode-ray tube of childhood memory.

The walls of this fantasy cinema would be covered with the finest movie posters and artwork by the likes of Albert Kallis, Frank McCarthy, and Reynold Brown—“the man who drew bug-eyed monsters.”

Brown has probably impacted on everyone’s memory one way or another as he produced a phenomenal array of movie posters. Brown supplied artwork for B-movie features like Creature from the Black Lagoon and Attack of the 50ft. Woman, mainstream movies like Spartacus and Mutiny on the Bounty, to those classic Corman horror films House of Usher and The Masque of Red Death. I know I can hang large parts of my childhood and teenage years by just one look at a Reynold Brown poster. Straight away I can tell you when and where I saw the movie and give a very good idea of what I thought and felt at that time. Now that’s the very thing many a great artist tries to make an aduience feel when they look at a work of art. While artists can spend a lifetime trying to achieve this, Reynold Brown was doing it as his day job.
 
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The Thing That Couldn’t Die’ (1958).
 
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Tarantula!’ (1955).
 
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The Headless Ghost’ (1959).
 
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Revenge of the Creature’ (1955).
 
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She Gods of Shark Reef’ (1958).
 
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The Time Machine’ (1960).
 
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Curucu, Beast of the Amazon’ (1956).
 
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Curse of the Undead’ (1959).
 
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Teenage Caveman’ (1958).
 
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Creature from the Black Lagoon’ (1954).
 
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The Mole People’ (1956).
 
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Attack of the Puppet People’ (1958).
 
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The Land Unknown’ (1957).
 
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World Without End’ (1956).
 
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This Island Earth’ (1955).
 
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I Was A Teenage Werewolf’ (1957).
 
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The Incredible Shrinking Man’ (1957).
 
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The Invisible Boy’ (1957).
 
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The Monolith Monsters’ (1957).
 
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The Creature Walks Among Us’ (1956).
 
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House of Usher’ (1960).
 
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The Pit and the Pendulum’ (1961).
 
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The Brain That Wouldn’t Die’ (1962).
 
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The Deadly Mantis’ (1957).
 
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Black Sabbath’ (1963).
 
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X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes’ (1963).
 
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The Comedy of Terrors’ (1963).
 
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The Raven’ (1963).
 
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War Gods of the Deep’ (1965).
 
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The Dunwich Horror’ (1970).
 
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The Night Walker’ (1964).
 
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Frankenstein Conquers the World’ (1965).
 
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Goliath and the Vampires’ (1961).
 
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Die Monster, Die!’ (1965).
 
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The Maque of Red Death’ (1963).
 
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Konga’ (1961).
 
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Monster on the Campus’ (1958).
 
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Goliath and the Dragon’ (1960).
 
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Destroy All Monsters’ (1968).
 
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The Atomic Submarine’ (1959).
 
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Attack of the 50ft. Woman’ (1958).
 
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The Day of the Triffids’ (1962).
 
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Reptilicus’ (1961).
 
Via Monster Brains and Wiki Commons.
 

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Two Star Movies, Five Star Posters: The B-movie artwork of Albert Kallis
The kick-ass movie poster art of Frank McCarthy

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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04.28.2017
01:18 pm
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