Monday, September 21, 2009

 

War of the Collossal Freaks of Frankenstein’s Planet

Over the weekend, sculptor/illustrator/designer James Groman opened up his own online store, including prints of some of his previous illustrations. Included among them is my personal favorite, the film poster for Sergio Leone's classic planetary romance, War of the Collossal Freaks of Frankenstein’s Planet, starring Clint Eastwood.



What? You've never heard of a planetary romance starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Sergio Leone. Well, allow me to direct your attention to the History of a Lost Film.
At the close of the year 1966, Italian Director: Sergio Leone and American Actor Clint Eastwood had just completed a string of highly successful films now referred to as their "Spaghetti Westerns". This series began in 1964 with "A Fistful of Dollars", continued on with 1965’s "For a Few Dollars More", and concluded with "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" in 1966.

Leone had long been nurturing a big-budget, science fiction film script he had written many years before, and convinced a reluctant Eastwood to star in his epic as a last favor before returning to the states. The script was entitled "War of the Colossal Freaks of Frankenstein’s Planet" and was pure, red-blooded, action adventure that harkened back to the days when Leone directed his first few gladiator "Sword and Sandal" films at the beginning of his career.

In this particular branch of the Multiverse we might not have had the chance to watch the flick, but at least we can get the poster and hang it up on our walls. And who wouldn't want that? There's more great stuff in the link, so check it out.

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