During the '80s and '90s, African artists were tasked with making Hollywood movie posters seem as exciting as possible, regardless of plot. Not only that, a fair share of the time they were creating promotional material for popular movies they hadn't even see. Their works had to sell tickets, so if the movie was said to be gory, the poster had to be the goriest - we're talking skulls, blood, skulls dripping blood, crushed skulls, etc.

Arguably most of these hand-painted bootleg movie posters were produced in Ghana. "World cinema is a lingua franca we all understand," Los Angeles Ernie Wolfe art dealer and collector told The Atlantic. He first noted these weird drawings while traveling in the country in 1990. "These posters appeal to people because [they] invite this really incredible dialogue—a comparison between what you know of a film and how the painter imagined it. And they’re also just really cool drawings."

During the military dictatorships of the 1970s and '80s, restrictive laws cut off the importation of the large-scale offset printing presses, usually used for poster making everywhere else in the world. Because of that, Ghanaians hand-crafted movie posters and other signage well into the 1990s.

The only restriction was the size of the canvases. Any particular one had to fit on one side of a 50kg flour bag or two sides stitched together. Apart from that, there were no limits.

However, with changes in political climate and technology, the hand-crafted posters eventually became obsolete. Until art collectors from the West took an interest. Now, the best movie posters are being sold for as much as $15,000. As the new global market opened, local artists started to create these posters anew.

(h/t cnn)

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Jurassic Park

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Moo Jar
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3 years ago

This one's better than the original

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Alien vs. Predator

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Hans
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3 years ago

Alien must have mated with Godzilla.

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Terminator I

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Iván Galarraga
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3 years ago

You say potato and I say po-tah-to You say terminato and I say termi-nah-to? Let's call the whole thing off!

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Home Alone 2 Lost In New York

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Hans
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3 years ago

This is pretty much how I remember the original poster.

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The Matrix

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

Starring Laurence Reeves.

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X-Men

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birdhouse
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3 years ago

The real weapons are those boobs!

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Fair Game

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Juana
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3 years ago

Whoa Cindy! Take it easy on the steroids.

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Robin Hood

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

actually not bad

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Mission Impossible

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Iván Galarraga
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3 years ago

The guy in motorcycle looks like kim jong un

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Invasion U.S.A.

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C Hypercube
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3 years ago

From the same person that botched the Jesus painting, comes a new masterpiece.

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Apocalypto

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Yezid Puerto
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3 years ago

this one is actually very good

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300

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Terror from Beyond Space
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3 years ago

Did you make reservations?

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Sister Act

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William Martinez
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3 years ago

Wesley Snipes as Whoopi Woldberg

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Terminator 2

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

Guest Director: Picasso

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Cujo The Killer Dog

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

Aw, who's a good killer dog? Who's a good killer dog??

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007: The Spy Who Loved Me

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

The spy who loved fishes

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The Mask Of Zoro

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3 years ago

Is the horse a vampire? XD!

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Jason vs. Freddy

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rakuninaru
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3 years ago

hahaha that insect's face XD

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Gladiator

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Swarf
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3 years ago

Is that a bowler hat?

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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birdhouse
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3 years ago

My Splinter has changed?

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Alien

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Randall Bray
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3 years ago

Ummmm....huh? Would never know what that movie was about from the poster! What's up with the blade?

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Night Of The Demons

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

You had me at alligator boobs...

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Conan The Destroyer

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

Lovely fella that Grace Jones.

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A Nightmare

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ElectricBooty
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3 years ago

"Hey Freddy, do I have something in my eye?"

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Top Dog

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

Starting Chuck in, and Norris the dog, apparently

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Anaconda 3

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birdhouse
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3 years ago

Did the snake breath fire??

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#27

Mr. Nice Guy

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Taryn Wallace
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3 years ago

Starring Jackie Chan and his lesser known blonde, totally ripped twin sister Jaqueline Chan

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Terminator 3

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Winkwoga
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3 years ago

Neat coffin cash registers

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Desperado

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Winkwoga
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3 years ago

Starring Javier Bardem and the Rock

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The Mummy

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Heidrance
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3 years ago

i mean, sure, john hannah is in it... not exactly the headliner.

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#31

Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Arc

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

Lord Varys... how you doin'?

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Planet Terror

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Efia
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3 years ago

These legs tho

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#33

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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diane a
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3 years ago

why do so many of these have a yellow border? - kind of like National Geographic Magazine covers

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Sleep Walkers

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birdhouse
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3 years ago

Does she have a cat as a foot?

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Desperado

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

That gun looks useful for shooting in 2 directions at once...

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#36

Man's Best Friend

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Rebekah
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3 years ago

Everyone on this, boy, cat, "dog", all need some roughage. Constipation is no laughing matter.

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Cat Woman

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

That tongue tho

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The Thing

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

I didn't know homeless Keanu Reeves was in this movie!

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Dracula

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Analyn Lahr
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3 years ago

Not just Dracula, it's Dracula!!

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Hell Boy

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Heidrance
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3 years ago

Kroenen is very "draw me like one of your French girls" in this pose...

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#41

Poltergeist 2

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Diana Snow
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3 years ago

Lol this one is just absurd.

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Hellraiser 2

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birdhouse
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3 years ago

Christopher Walken as Frankenstein

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Friday The 13th

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Master Markus
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3 years ago

Is that a chestburster at the bottom?

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Children Of The Corn 3

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ItsYaBoi
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3 years ago

Umm I'm not even going to ask

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Commando

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Winkwoga
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3 years ago

No Alyssa Milano??? Simply unacceptable

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Ghost Ship

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Rebekah
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3 years ago

Ghost Ship makes some pretty clean cuts.

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#47

Freddy vs. Jason

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ElectricBooty
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3 years ago

Gene Simmons vs Jason?

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#48

The World Of Drunken Master

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

Peppa Pig's let herself go...

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#49

A.W.O.L.

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Moo Jar
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3 years ago

"Honor or revenge, he has no choice". Well, he kinda does have a choice

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#50

The Mummy

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PrateekNarayanDas
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3 years ago

Those gains, the guy's whole stomach is abs

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#51

Hard Target

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Randall Bray
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3 years ago

That might be the best one I've seen

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#52

Movie Posters From Africa

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Just Curious
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3 years ago

Um, I believe the correct title was "Interview With the Fierce Ghost Eats Human Region"...

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#53

Ghost

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Winkwoga
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3 years ago

Even not-swayze is saying "what the hell is this"??

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#54

Escape From Alcatraz

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Bored Office Girl
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3 years ago

This one is really cool.

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#55

Elektra

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Tara B.
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3 years ago

Elektra lookin like a dude...or Hillary Swank.

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#56

Evil Dead

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Johanna Zamora
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3 years ago

Chin is too small

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#57

Movie Posters From Africa

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Christopher Marriott
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5 months ago

I can't even make a joke about this cuz this is nightmare fuel/pee myself scary...

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#58

Mission Impossible 2

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

I can't do eyes, I'll just fill these in, nobody will notice.

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#59

Planet Terror

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birdhouse
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3 years ago

LOL, From the Peace Video Club....PLANET TERROR!

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#60

Braindead

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John Bennick
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3 years ago

The title reminds me of a guy I worked for back in the eightys.

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#61

Resident Evil

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birdhouse
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3 years ago

Why in all these posters does someone's head get chopped off?

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#62

Anaconda

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birdhouse
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3 years ago

J-Lo isn't looking so good.

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#63

Big Trouble In Little China

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Sardonic Scribe
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3 years ago

The Asian Kurt Russell with someone who looks nothing like Kim Cattrall. Lo-Pan be pimpin' though.

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#64

The Mummy 2

The Mummy 2

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Ali Cat
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3 years ago

Oh My Rock, My Dwayne, My Johnson, they did you worse than the terrible CGI in this movie!

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#65

House Party

House Party

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Christopher Marriott
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5 months ago

Still better then that damn movie tho

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#66

The First Power

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Randall Bray
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3 years ago

Is that Joe pesci?

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#67

Evil Dead 2

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Ali Cat
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3 years ago

It's like Bruce Campbell and Stallone had a very squiggly baby.

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#68

Ewoks

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

...and santa

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#69

Hercules

Hercules

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Joshua Lott
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3 years ago

Why does he look like he is about to jizz?

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#70

Hitman

Hitman