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50 Greatest Mondo Posters

The Thing (1982)

The Poster: A black-and-white ensemble that oozes atmosphere. Sparing flourishes of red add depth and drama.

Coolest Detail: Kurt Russell’s hardened hero, of course, armed to the hilt for a clash with an otherworldly nasty.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

The Poster: Inspired by a scene from the better-than-usual threequel in which Freddy takes down a drug abuser by injecting her with his pointier-than-ever fingers.

Coolest Detail: The needle fingers, a witty departure from Krueger’s usual razor-glove that chimes with the film’s hospital setting.

The Evil Dead (1981)

The Poster: Dutch-angled block art that perfectly encapsulates the bare-bone approach of Sam Raimi’s classic chiller.

Coolest Detail: The tree's branches look like veins. Nifty.

Hellraiser (1987)

The Poster: Pinhead takes pride of place in a Gothic concept that sort of looks like a playing card – fitting considering the hellish games at play in Clive Barker’s grisly horror.

Coolest Detail: The chains hanging menacingly by Pinhead’s bonce.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

The Poster: Somehow turns something by Michael Bay into viable art that any collector would be proud to hang in their study.

Coolest Detail: The number three at the bottom, just in case we forgot this was a threequel.

Monster Squad (1987)

The Poster: A jigsaw puzzle of all the characters from this monsters-gone-wild classic.

Coolest Detail: The monsters get pride of place at the top, with the quartet of Wolfman, Dracula, Gill-man and The Mummy getting the spotlight treatment.

Kill Bill (2003)

The Poster: Manages to find space to cram in every one of the important characters in both Kill Bill volumes, resolving them artfully into an Eastern-spiced illustration.

Coolest Detail: The blood-splattered ‘Kill Bill’ emblem, which looks like it’s just been savaged by The Bride.

Maniac (1980)

The Poster: All this one needs to do for impact is show off Joe Spinell as splatter-loving serial killer Frank Zito. Quite an achievement.

Coolest Detail: It looks like a manic carved out the film’s title…

Star Wars: Episode VI Return Of The Jedi (1983)

The Poster: A staggering achievement, stitching in all the key Star Wars players – including an AT-AT and several storm troopers.

Coolest Detail: The Emperor’s in there twice, sitting in a throne under his own massive gawping head. Also, Alec Guinness!

Cronos (1993)

The Poster: Revelling in portraiture, and a subdued homage to Guillermo del Toro’s horror.

Coolest Detail: The clockwork in the background – del Toro would approve.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.