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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (Allied Artists, 1958) Three Sheet (41″ X 81″)
This 1958 camp science fiction movie has the unique distinction of being considered one of the worst science fiction movies ever made and one of the most valuable movie posters of all time.
Released on May 19, 1958, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman has become a cult classic and has remained in the public eye largely due to this poster. The poster is like a comic book cover with its over-the-top action combined with a powerful composition that draws the viewer in. The poster is serious, while the sci fi romp it promotes is anything but.
artwork is by Reynold Brown.
A master of 1950s matinee movie art, Brown designed so many classic genre movie posters for science fiction and horror classics including Tarantula, House on Haunted Hill and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
I highly recommend the book Reynold Brown: A Life in Pictures to all fans and collectors of vintage movie poster art:
No six-sheet was produced for this film, making this three-sheet the largest poster format available for this movie.
This poster goes for big bucks, ranking in the top 100 most valuable movie posters. Heritage Auction sold a VF+ on Linen poster at auction for $33,460.00 in 2014.
I enjoyed this film, but it isn’t one that I care to watch again anytime soon — too many other movies that I haven’t seen or love to watch again and again to spend time on this one. That said, I appreciate the timeless appeal of this poster and love that it remains a pop culture icon, being parodied and replicated on every imaginable product.
Check out the the wide range of custom products on Etsy featuring this artwork.
And, of course, if you’ve never seen this movie, it’s worth watching once: