The Terminator

Although Western films were shown during the Soviet era in the Communist Bloc, American publicity materials were banned, allowing the state-commissioned artists to operate with total creative freedom from the demands of the big Hollywood studios, offering quirky interpretations which often had little reference to the film.

Jakub Erol's superb stylised silhouette design of Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator is far and away the finest poster created for the seminal 1984 sci-fi blockbuster. The primarily monochrome design is accented by the colour-pop eyes of the Terminator's mechanical endoskeleton and the neo-futurist font translating to Electronic Murder. The critically acclaimed film launched Director James Cameron's career and cemented Schwarzenegger's, despite his only uttering 74 words of rudimentary dialogue as the time-travelling cyborg assassin.

Excellent (A-)
Backed on linen. Prior to the backing, this poster had one vertical and one horizontal fold line with minor splits to fold lines and slight fading to coloured spots along the horizontal fold. The backing has smoothed and diminished the folds ensuring the poster looks spectacular for display

Polish B1
38¾ x 26⅜ in. (98.5 x 67 cm.) 

  • Science fiction