One of the greatest producers of horror films ever was Hammer Film Studios. At the peak of their productivity and popularity from the 1950s to the 1970s, the British production house churned out high quantities of Gothic horror and “adventure” films that dominated and defined B-movie aesthetics for decades. Many of them starred Christopher Lee and/or Peter Cushing, along with bevvies of busty, beautiful, scantily-clad ladies. Remember those iconic images of Racquel Welsh in her fur bikini or Ursula Andress in that nearly-sheer white dress? Both from Hammer films (One Million Years B.C. and She, respectively).
Hammer films also always had amazing, schlocky posters, a whole host of which are featured over on the German site Crackajack. In addition to the requisite Frankenstein and Dracula posters (Hammer made absurd amounts of Frankenstein and Dracula films), the gallery features several posters for movies with more sci-fi plots centered on zombies, time travel, and space travel. Two of my favorites are for Moon Zero Two (See the fabulous Go Jos dancing on the moon!) and The Plague of the Zombies, which seems to be a zombie flick set in the Middle Ages. I mean, come on. How am I supposed to not love a movie with such a premise?
If (like me) you can’t read German but are maybe interested in learning a bit more about the posters and artists like Tom Chantrell who created them, the gallery links to the site Hammer Horror Posters. It is completely awesome in every way and you should definitely check it out!