Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Amazing Poster Art Of Albert Kallis

Albert Kallis - I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (MGM, 1957) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - I was a Teenage Frankenstein (American International, 1957) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - Attack of the Crab Monsters (Allied Artists, 1957) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Attack of the Crab Monsters (Allied Artists, 1957) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - Invasion of the Saucer-men (American International, 1957) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Invasion of the Saucer-men (American International, 1957) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - Not of this Earth (Allied Artists, 1957) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Not of this Earth (Allied Artists, 1957) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Spider (American International, 1958) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Spider (American International, 1958) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - It Conquered the World (American International, 1956) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - It Conquered the World (American International, 1956) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes! (American Releasing Corp., 1955) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes! (American Releasing Corp., 1955) Half  Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Brain Eaters (American International, 1958) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Brain Eaters (American International, 1958) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - How to Make a Monster (American International, 1958) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - How to Make a Monster (American International, 1958) Half Sheet



Albert Kallis - The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (American Releasing Corp., 1955) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (American Releasing Corp., 1955) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - Day the World Ended (American Releasing Corp., 1956) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Day the World Ended (American Releasing Corp., 1956) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - Terror from the Year 5000 (American International, 1958) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Terror from the Year 5000 (American International, 1958) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Giant Behemoth (Allied Artists, 1959) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Giant Behemoth (Allied Artists, 1959) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Astounding She Monster (American International, 1958) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Astounding She Monster (American International, 1958) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - The She-Creature (American International, 1956) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - The She-Creature (American International, 1956) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - Fire Maidens of Outer Space (Topaz, 1956) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Fire Maidens of Outer Space (Topaz, 1956) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - Voodoo Woman (American International, 1957) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Voodoo Woman (American International, 1957) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Amazing Colossal Man (American International, 1957) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Amazing Colossal Man (AIP, 1957) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - War of the Colossal Beast (American International, 1958) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - War of the Colossal Beast (American International, 1958) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - Blood Of Dracula (American International, 1957) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Blood Of Dracula (American International, 1957) Half Sheet

Albert Kallis - The Undead (American International, 1957) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Night of the Blood Beast (American International, 1958) One Sheet

Albert Kallis - Screaming Skull (American International, 1958) One Sheet

Albert was hired by Roger Corman in the 1950's to be art director, overseeing the design of all the fantastic low budget horror and science fiction film posters from American International Pictures, where he continued on as the primary art director for 17 years. He collaborated with previously mentioned poster artist Reynold Brown on many of the posters. I was surprised to find out that Albert was one of the co founders of the popular pancake franchise in America, The International House Of Pancakes.

The following pages are from the March 1988 issue of Cinefantastique.


Cinefantastique VOL18, Page 043

Cinefantastique VOL18, Page 044

Cinefantastique VOL18, Page 046

Cinefantastique VOL18, Page 052

CinefantastiqueVOL18, Page 053

Cinefantastique VOL18, Page 055

I couldn't find anywhere online pointing to what artist created the following posters but given that they were made under AIP while Albert Kallis was the art director, and that they resemble his painting style, it seems safe to assume they were made by him, if not Reynold Brown. If anyone can clarify the artists of these I'd appreciate it!

Journey to the Seventh Planet (American International, 1961) One Sheet

Journey to the Seventh Planet (American International, 1961) Half Sheet

The Angry Red Planet (American International, 1960) One Sheet

The Angry Red Planet (American International, 1960) Half Sheet

The Giant Leeches (American International, 1959) One Sheet

The Giant Leeches (American International, 1959). Half Sheet

The Giant Leeches (American International, 1959) Three Sheet





There's unfortunately very few online articles devoted to Albert, and no websites to even mention, I did find a brief biography on his life at the Albert and Trudy Kallis foundation website here.

11 comments:

Peter C. said...

I love these posts and poster collections! Great work!

Jerry Gonzalez said...

Niceeee. Great posters!

Brian (Cool and Collected) said...

Some of my all-time favorite classic posters. Thanks for putting them all in one place!

Bonhomme said...

Very potent visual and such a fun union of beautiful ladies and eerie monsters!

Now I wanna go to the Internet Archives and watch some of these!

GSW said...

I love all these posted posters. There is a correction I must make though. Albert Kallis was not the artist for THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, Joseph "Joe" Smith was. Mr. Smith's signature can be seen on the 1-sheet in the yellow area just above the "B" in "Behemoth". You need a hi-res pic to be able to see his sig but it is there.

Kuikka said...

Great graphics! I dig Albert's work the most of vintage monster movie posters.

Grace | employment posters said...

The poster entitled "The Spider" was awesome. I really like the color plus the design!

Astrabox said...

Great work!

Anonymous said...

I think that Kallis designed those posters but the art was mostly by Reynold Brown.

PabloBrand said...

GREAT, great, great. Thank you.

PabloBrand said...

Great, great, great, thank you