Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ghana Film Posters

Jack The Giant Killer


The Guardian

Ajooba Kudrat Kaa

Starship Troopers

7th Voyage Of Sinbad


Zinabu 3

Jurassic Park

Death Stalker


Demons In The Land

Snake Island


Head Of Blood



Armagedon King 1 & 2

Maniac Cop 3

Iron Warrior

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen


Candidates For Hell

Blood Money

Snail Woman

Queen Of Heaven


Abro 2

Blood Money 2

Marriage To Witch

The Pit And The Pendulum

The Snake Girl 2

After School Hours

Narrow Escape

Receiving Powers From Mame Water

Scores To Settle



Signs Of End Time 2

Snake Money

Flash Gordon

Women In Love

Nyame Ye Nyame

Snake Lord

Princess Of Fire


Masters Of The Universe

The School Boy

I Want Her Blood


Land Of Doom

Expect No Mercy

US Seals 2

Dog Soldiers

Heart Break

Rhythm Of The Gods

"These posters were once the product of a much larger industry known as the “Ghanaian Mobile Cinema”. This business started in the late 1980’s when artistic industrious groups of people formed video clubs. With a television, vcr, vhs tapes, and a portable generator they’d travel throughout Ghana setting up make-shift screening areas in villages void of electricity. An interesting selection of movies became popular because of this trade includeing both Hollywood action and horror, low budget American schlock, Bollywood films, Hong Kong martial arts movies, and native Ghanaian and Nigerian features.

As more people gained interest in this rising business, competition arose. Mobile cinema operators found a need to set their products apart, so an advertising motif came into play. With no affordable access to printing, the hand-painted movie poster was the most logical advertising vehicle. Skilled local artists were now part of this growing entertainment industry in Ghana, and they surely brought their own distinct touch to each film they were called upon to promote. By sewing together two used flour sacks, a perfect sized canvas for a movie poster was created. Each unique poster varies in size ranging from 40 – 50 in. width x 55-70 in. height. The ruggedness of these posters is immediately noticed. Though a specific poster might only be 10-20 years old, it’s appearance will far surpass it’s actual age due to the elemental toll one takes from constant transit, being rolled, folded, left in the sun, rain, etc.

Today access to printing is far less expensive and movies have become more accessible to the general public in Ghana. The mobile cinema has all but passed away, but these hand-painted movie posters remain a wonderful, tangible product of the time." - quote source

All images provided by the curator of Deadly Prey Gallery. You can see these posters at their gallery space in Chicago.

Previous posts on Ghana film posters can be found here.


Ana said...

Snake movies are a thing, apparently.

The Mountie From Hell said...

The Jurassic Park one is hilarious.