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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Moo Jar
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2 years ago

This one's better than the original

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

did napolean dynamite draw this?

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

it's not a tumour...

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

"the back page" ace...

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Hans
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2 years ago

White Morpheus with a light saber. Well...

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Moo Jar
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2 years ago

Haha mystique never had nipples like that

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MJ
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2 years ago

Starring William Crawford...

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

actually not bad

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Iván Galarraga
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2 years ago

The guy in motorcycle looks like kim jong un

Sarcasticow
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2 years ago

It reminded me of a drawing class I once attended. We had to draw each other and instead of my classmate I accidentally drawn Putin. My teacher showed my sketch to whole class and we had a good laugh :)

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Hans
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2 years ago

From the critiques: "Tom Cruise never looked so good!"

Jaime Leon
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2 years ago

Looks more like a Bollywood movie poster

Erwin Sanz
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2 years ago

Nice mustache, Tom..

Liz Karsa
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2 years ago

Tom Cruise has never looked better!

Pedro Hasashi
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2 years ago

And Tom like a younger Charles Bronson

velocirrober
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2 years ago

Misión Imposible, con Tomás Cruz.

stellermatt
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2 years ago

nice balloon modeling for the letters

Concerned Citizen
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8 months ago

From this moment forward, my mind will automatically paste over any image of Tom Cruise with the head of "Babyface Enrique Stallone" from this poster. Forever and ever and ever.

Kevin O'Neil
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1 year ago

Looks like Kim Jong un on a motorcycle

Sara Kate MacFarland
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2 years ago

pretty bad, alright...don't see the 'good' on this one

MITS Koala
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2 years ago

more like tom cruz

EllenRipley112
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2 years ago

Tom looks like Donny Osmond.

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

OMG! I...I...can't..eve...ohh...catch..a..breath!

Izami Nazuri
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2 years ago

Tom cruise baby face is actually a baby face.... 😂😂😂

Shane Allon
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2 years ago

Starring - Antonio Kim Jong Banderos

Alex K
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2 years ago

the chinese tom cruise

KT Trondsen
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2 years ago

hahahahaha

Randall Bray
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2 years ago

Why does Tom cruise look Asian? And why is Kim Jong un speeding on a motorcycle?

Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Starring "that dude from Hollywood" !!

C Hypercube
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2 years ago

I swear that just as I scrolled down to this entry, the Mission Impossible theme was on TV. So...this must be legit. Illuminati approved.

ElectricBooty
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2 years ago

Reminds me of Colt Luger.

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Hans
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2 years ago

I would definitely watch this if it actually starred Chuck Norris. Story notwithstanding.

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Yezid Puerto
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2 years ago

this one is actually very good

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Terror from Beyond Space
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2 years ago

Did you make reservations?

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Hans
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2 years ago

Whoopey!

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

Guest Director: Picasso

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

"well hello yes i am a killer, however did you know?"

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Terror from Beyond Space
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2 years ago

What's with the fish?

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

Amazing

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Hans
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2 years ago

Is that a Gollum abomination?

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Hans
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2 years ago

Tiger approves.

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Hans
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2 years ago

Welll... Almost

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Hans
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2 years ago

Almost art. Almost.

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

see ya later alligator

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

Lovely fella that Grace Jones.

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

well yes, yes it is.

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

Bark Norris

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

The Vomiting

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Terror from Beyond Space
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2 years ago

Which one is real?

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

I'll Be Back (Or dead)

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Sick Boy
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2 years ago

Salman Hayek...

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Hans
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2 years ago

"a rousing". Indeed.

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

Lord Varys... how you doin'?

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Rebekah
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2 years ago

Whip that hair!

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diane a
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2 years ago

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

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

oh god... oh god no. Seriously that movie wasn't half as scary as this poster.

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

He looks like kylo ren

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

great, now I want a danish pastry

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Yezid Puerto
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2 years ago

hahahhaahhaha, this sucks,..., almost like the movie.....

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

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

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

Dracula, you don't look so good

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

Does not show Hellboy... *faceplam*

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

Ah yes Poltergiest, the classical horror masterpiece.

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

I don't remember Frankenstein in this movie?

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

R.I.P. Jason

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

Umm I'm not even going to ask

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Winkwoga
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2 years ago

No Alyssa Milano??? Simply unacceptable

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

Don't you mean ghost ship with chopped off head?

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

Kruger? If so I would see that

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

Peppa Pig's let herself go...

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Moo Jar
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2 years ago

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

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Rebekah
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2 years ago

This is pretty good.

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Randall Bray
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2 years ago

That might be the best one I've seen

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

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

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Winkwoga
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2 years ago

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

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Bored Office Girl
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2 years ago

This one is really cool.

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Jennifer Walker
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2 years ago

Looks like as dude

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Johanna Zamora
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2 years ago

Chin is too small

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Diana Snow
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2 years ago

No Jennifer Anniston?

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

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

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

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

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John Bennick
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2 years ago

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

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

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

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

J-Lo isn't looking so good.

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Sardonic Scribe
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2 years ago

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

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ItsYaBoi
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2 years ago

You mean, the scorpion

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