With the news currently circulating that Bauhaus vocalist Peter Murphy has joined the cast of Chris Alexander's upcoming giallo BlackGloveKiller, this seems like an appropriate time to take a look at the poster art for the retro director's films.
For the uninitiated, Alexander is a renowned horror journalist and editor, now a veteran of Fangoria, Gorezone, Rue Morgue and Delirium. His passion for classic Euro-horror has recently seen him switch roles from commentator to creator, as the writer/director and composer of several shoestring-budget arthouse horror flicks. His approach is thoroughly old school, favouring style and mood over action and narrative, which can be frustrating for adrenaline junkies, but rewarding for the patient. The only one I've seen, Blood for Irina, is an ardent love letter to the films of Jean Rollin and Jess Franco, saturated with the same visual and auditory atmosphere that the two auteurs traded in. If that's your thing, it's well worth seeking out. As well as his upcoming giallo (which is in early development I believe), Chris has an LP of original music and soundtrack cues coming out next month. It's on the excellent Giallo Disco label and is titled Music for Murder, natch.
The Blood for Irina poster seems like a nod to the naive staginess of some of the original Redemption Films video covers.
This first Queen of Blood artwork takes a "novel" approach to throwback graphics, emulating the look of old paperbacks (complete with edgewear and fading) as opposed to the usual folded one-sheet. Nice.
This poster wears its influences so unabashedly that the typography for "werewolf" is identical to that of the original UK posters for Rino Di Silvestro's Werewolf Woman. Don't believe me? Take a look.
The style of this first BlackGloveKiller artwork is reminiscent of Enzo Sciotti and similar artists. Love it.