A spine-chilling Belgian poster for a 1950s re-release of the classic 1931 Universal horror Frankenstein, the most iconic of the many film adaptations of Mary Shelley's chilling gothic novel of the same name, largely due to Boris Karloff's definitive portrayal of the creature, which cemented the image of Frankenstein"s a monster in our collective consciousness.
Rather oddly, the artist here erroneously depicted Glenn Strange (who played the role in the 1940s) as the looming monster rather than Karloff. The clashing garish colours and grisly scene have a strikingly nightmarish impact, making this hair-raising scarce poster a magnificent alternative to the exceptionally rare examples from the original 1931 release, which changes hands for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
CONDITION Very good (B+) Backed on linen. Prior to linen backing, this poster had one horizontal and one vertical fold line - the horizontal fold heavily creased with tiny losses - and a few minor nicks and tears to edges. Linen backing has smoothed out the folds and a few spots of restoration to the central horizontal fold line have the overall appearance ready for framing. Colours bright and striking
MEASUREMENTS Belgian 21¾ x 14½ in. (55 x 37 cm.)
Country of Origin Printed by L. & H. Verstegen, Brussels
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