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These amazing hand-painted Ghanaian horror movie posters are often better than the films!
09.06.2017
10:44 am
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Perhaps there should be a warning. Maybe something like: “These Ghanaian movie posters may have no relationship to the actual film you are about to see.” But that kinda ruins what these artists are trying to achieve. Their remit was simple: Get as many people to come and see this film no matter what—so paint lots of blood and guts and monsters and big, big, huge breasts. Anything. Just so long as it gets some butts on seats and some moolah in the box office coffers.

The Ghanaian artists who created these posters probably didn’t make much money for their efforts. They probably could earn far more painting walls or street signs or putting down road markings. Each poster could take up to three days to create depending on the subject matter and what the artist could find out about the movie. Their one big advantage was that they could paint whatever they liked so long as it created interest. This inevitably led to a few well-worn tropes: snake women, skeletons, zombies, witchcraft, and even the occasional giant fish—as seen in a few James Bond posters. Some of these efforts are far better than the films they advertised—Van Helsing, for example.

The so-called “Golden Age” of Ghanaian movie posters is cited as the 1980s—1990s, when the boom in VHS players meant films could be screened in the smallest of venues, Most of the posters from this era were painted on grain sacks or just large pieces of cloth. These now fetch around a thousand bucks a pop at the more fashionable L.A. art galleries—considerably more than the few cedis the artist originally made.
 
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More handmade Ghanaian movie posters, after the jump…
 

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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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09.06.2017
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Little boy in Ghana makes serious beats with his mouth
10.27.2011
03:20 pm
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Seven-year-old Nana Kyei aka “Mr. Rhythm Machine” is probably going to need a full set dentures by the time he’s twelve if he keeps this up. He certainly demonstrates some wicked talent, though!
 

 
(via The Daily What)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.27.2011
03:20 pm
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Bizarre and Wonderful Movie Posters from Africa
09.12.2011
02:05 pm
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Aren’t these something? Hand-painted movie posters from Ghana, for such Hollywood movies as Alien, Cujo, Evil Dead 2, Mission Impossible, The Spy Who Loved Me and Terminator.

For party games, remove title and guess the film solely by its art work. Or suggest even better titles - post yours below.

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Previously on Dangerous Minds

Bizarre hand-drawn movie posters from Africa


 
Via Thumb Press, with thanks to Anne Billson
 
More works of cinematic art, after the jump…
 

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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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09.12.2011
02:05 pm
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