August 28, 2009

The Posters of Frankenstein : Flesh for Frankenstein

There were several, vastly different posters created to promote Flesh for Frankenstein (aka Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, 1973). One had the title cantilevered off the screen and over the audience to promote the 3-D novelty of the film, others featured large portraits of the stars, sexy Joe Dallesandro or the bloodied, lance-pierced Udo Kier. One version prominently displayed a topless female Monster on an upright slab.

The poster shown here, a field of skin with the title captured under stitches, is by far the simplest in the collection, a pure a graphic interpretation of the theme. Similar designs have been used in various configurations on book covers, and the poster for Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990) featured a stitched-up eyeball, but the Warhol film is likely the earliest use of the concept.


Alexander said...

Great poster for a not so great movie

Christopher said...

saw this at he drive-in the year it came out..It played for a bit in movie houses in 3D before it moved out to the Drive-in where I saw it without the 3D :o(...Last House on The Left was the other feature that evening and It bummed me out for the rest of the night!