Book Review – Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2 (2013)

Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Titan Books

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I guess it’s pretty obvious that I’m a lover of all things related to movies…and not just horror flicks, either. I am a fan of a wide variety of genres, including science-fiction, fantasy, historical dramas, and even documentaries. So, when it comes to pop culture and movies, I’m a sucker for well-known titles. Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult: CULT MOVIE ART 2 is therefore a must-own for fans of cinema like me. Chocked full of amazing artwork and nifty references to some of pop culture’s biggest names, this book will be a welcome addition to any cinephile’s collection.

If you are not familiar with CULT MOVIE ART 2, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Titan Books:

Gallery 1988’s annual Crazy 4 Cult art show has quickly become a phenomenon, with huge crowds and high profile buyers like Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon snapping up work by the cream of the underground/urban scene. Following 2011’s critically acclaimed first volume, here’s the eagerly awaited second selection of surprising, beautiful and just plain cool cult movie-inspired artwork. Be prepared to see your favorite cult movies as you’ve never seem them before! This second volume of Cult Movie Art collects the best of the last two years of the show, with pieces inspired by Escape From New York, Shaun of the Dead, Ghostbusters, The Princess Bride, The Big Lebowski and many more.

This book made me smile on more than one occasion. There are some really awesome pictures in this collection, and there are many that I would love to have hanging on my wall. But from what I understand, the originals that are hanging in Gallery 1988 as of now are very expensive. So for now, I will just have to be happy with seeing them in these volumes.

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Now, don’t misunderstand me: the artwork in CULT MOVIE ART 2 does not consist of actual movie posters, like you would see hanging outside of a movie theater. These pics are so much more. Some of them are key images of iconic figures in cinema, while others depict certain scenes from classic titles. Still others, like the image shown below, are simply homages to films that helped us grow up.

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CULT MOVIE ART 2 is a huge win for me, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the first volume. As you can see in these sample pics, there’s a lot of heart that goes into each project; the artists are obviously big fans of their subject matter. As a result, this collection is not just a nod to pop culture icons and titles, it is a labor of love. Volumes 1 and 2 are available now.

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