An arresting image by artist Enzo Sciotti for the 1984 film ‘Heavenly Bodies’ (billed in Italy as ‘Scratch Dance’).
During the 1970s and 1980s, Italian artist Enzo Sciotti created hand-painted artwork associated with the films of many influential directors who hailed from his home country, such as Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and Lamberto Bava, the son of the great Mario Bava.
Born in Rome in 1944, Sciotti got started drawing professionally at a very young age—fifteen according to his online biography. Sciotti’s bio also states that he has been responsible for over three thousand movies posters. Sciotti has lent his talent to album artwork as well—specifically the cover of the stellar soundtrack for Phenomena, Dario Argento’s 1985 film starring Donald Pleasence and a fifteen-year-old Jennifer Connelly.
Most of what follows showcase blood and nudity, which means it’s NSFW.
The artwork for the 1986 film by Lamberto Bava, ‘Midnight Killer’ by Enzo Sciotti.
The album artwork for the soundtrack to ‘Phenomena.’
‘Hotel of Evil Adolescence’ 1980.
‘House by the Cemetery’ 1981.
‘Cannibal Ferox’ aka ‘Make the Die Slowly’ 1981.
‘La Retape’ aka ‘The Alcove’ 1985.
Artwork for ‘Silver Bullet.’
The album artwork for ‘Kísértet Kastély’ the 1991 album by Hungarian metal band, Stress.
A poster by Sciotti for the 1983 Lucio Fulci film ‘The Beyond.’
Sciotti’s original, much bloodier version of the previous poster.
A photo of Enzo Sciotti, who is still active at the age of 72, back in the day.
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Can’t look away: Go behind the scenes of films by Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper & more
Bizarre, sexually depraved covers of vintage Italian adult comics from the 70s and 80s
Monsters, mayhem & lots of nudity: The gory erotic horror of Italian comic ‘Wallestein il Mostro ’
Monsters, death and the Mona Lisa stripping: Lorenzo Alessandri, father of Italian surrealism