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Happy Frankenstein Friday!

TGIFrankenstein, Folks!

And this week, we’re going hormonal with the Teenage Monster in a really cool reason bust from Executive Replicas — this thing is 3/4 scale and stands 18 inches tall!!
Teenage Frankestein Bust

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  • Height: 18-inches
  • 200 piece Limited edition
  • Resin
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Expand your classic horror film collection! From  I Was a Teenage Frankestein (1957) and How to Make a Monster (1958), it’s the one-and-only Teenage Frankenstein.

This resin I Was a Teenage Frankenstein from Executive Replicas offers the misunderstood monster in incredible life-like detail and scale.  

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CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS GALLERY – THE ROBOT MONSTER

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Robot Monster One-Sheet Movie PosterThe Robot Monster (Astor Pictures, 1953) Style A One Sheet (27″ X 41″)

 

In my last post, I reviewed a toy inspired by this movie.  As I was writing that review, I did quite a bit of research on this film and thought it worthy of being this week’s installment in our Classic Movie Poster Gallery.

This 1953 science fiction romp is frequently cited as one of the worst, or at least silliest, movies ever made. Twenty-five-year-old writer/director Phil Tucker made Robot Monster in four days for an estimated $16,000. Most footage was filmed outdoors in Bronson Canyon, the site of innumerable motion pictures and TV settings, including It Conquered the World (1956), Earth vs the Spider (1958) and in more recent times, Army of Darkness (1992) and The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera (2001).

Robot Monster‍ ’​s budget was so low , Tucker couldn’t afford a robot costume as intended, so he hired his friend George Barrows, who had made his own gorilla suit, to play Ro-Man; Tucker then added the space helmet.

Robot Monster‍ ’​s special effects include stock footage used from 1940’s One Million , 1951’s Lost Continent, and Flight to Mars. Also spliced into the film is view screen footage with a brief appearance of the Rocketship X-M (1950) spaceship boarding; a matte painting of the ruins of New York City was also included from Captive Women (1952).

Robot Monster 1953

In spite of the minuscule budget and garage sale monster costume, the 3-D in the film is considered well-crafted, according to Jeff Joseph, organizer of the World 3d Film Expo in Hollywood. “Robot Monster is actually well-shot,’ he says, “and the 3-D is spectacularly good.”

Poster Value

This film flopped at the box-office, grossing $1,000,000 and received extremely limited distribution.  As a result, the posters are quite rare.  Further impacting scarcity and value, most theaters didn’t show the movie in the intended 3-D and the majority of posters have been restored where “3-D” was marked out or taped over with paper.

While not astronomically valued, the rarity of this poster would lead me to believe that it will continue to increase in worth over time and could be a good investment.

A couple of these posters are listed on eBay, starting at $2,000.  I couldn’t find any recent auctions for this poster to benchmark values against, though Heritage Auctions has sold other poster styles from this film in recent years, including:

Half-Sheet (22″ x 28″) VF Sold for $1,553 in 2009

Robot Monster Half-Sheet movie poster

Banner (24″ x 82″) FN+ Sold for $1,793 in 2012

Robot Monster Movie Banner 1953

 

Summary

This is another example of a really great poster for a really bad movie.   I love how much they’ve crammed into this poster — including love scenes, space ships, battling “dinosaurs” and even added a skull-face to Ro-Man to ramp up the fright.  Never mind that he doesn’t have a skull face in the movie, or that the iguana / “dinosaurs” appear for less than a minute.   Truly a poster from a different era and a great example of over-the-top, B-movie pop art at its finest.

Classic Movie Posters Gallery – Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Three Sheet Poster

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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: