Poster Art: ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ – ‘Mallrats’ – ‘Inglourious Basterds’

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Title: Mallrats

Artist: Laz Marquez

Mallrats was the subject of much critical derision when it was released, with many critics comparing it unfavorably to Smith’s first film, Clerks. In his negative review of the film, critic Roger Ebert said “Before Mallrats was released, I chaired a panel that Smith participated in and Kevin Smith cheerfully said he’d be happy to do whatever the studios wanted, if they’d pay for his films. At the time, I thought he was joking.” Kevin Smith responded by apologizing for Mallrats at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards, though he later stated that the apology was made in jest. Nevertheless, the film developed a strong cult following after it was released on video and here we are years later, with artists influenced to design their own unique posters for the film.

An excellent woodcut-style poster has been put online for Meek’s Cutoff, and it’s pretty inspired stuff. It debuted at Cinematical, and plays off a striking image from the film in which Michelle Williams wields a shotgun and a fierce, completely unblinking gaze.

Title: Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino’s films always have beautiful poster art to help market the movies and more, so they influence independent artist to create their own designs inspired by his films. Here are two posters based on his last film Inglourious Basterds.


Title: Inglourious Basterds

Artist: Estevan Oriol

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