Horror movie posters don’t get much more iconic than that Drew Struzan‘s artwork for The Thing, an evocative piece of art depicting a mysterious man with a blinding light bursting out of his face. Struzan’s art captured the “ultimate in alien terror” tagline for the film, as well as the cold, wintry setting that trapped John Carpenter’s characters in a battle with that alien terror.
In celebration of 40 years of Carpenter’s The Thing, Vice Press has announced today that they’ve partnered with Struzan to release an officially licensed screen print of the original art!
Vice Press explains, “When we produced the lenticular versions of Drew’s The Thing Last year, we had a huge outcry of people who wanted the poster available as a screen print. Given that this year is the 40th anniversary, we felt what better time than now to oblige! With that, we have worked with Drew Struzan and his team, Sep Lab and End Hymns, under license from Universal Studios, to produce an official 24 × 36 screen printed version of this amazing poster. “
Speaking in an interview back in 2012, Struzan recounted the poster art’s creation, “It simply came to our notice then. I got an immediate concept, which is not unusual for me; I usually have something roving around in my mind. I dressed up in a winter snow outfit and my wife took a Polaroid of me. This was 30 years ago, back in the stone age when the only way to communicating a hundred miles away was the telephone or the fax machine. So I did the drawing and I faxed it back to the studio and they said, “Fine. We need it by tomorrow morning. ” I went to work. We stopped for a moment and I took some more photos with my wife, this time with a 35mm camera. She developed the film for me and I just started drawing, then painting through the rest of the day, then painting through the rest of the night. At 9 am a guy shows up at my doorstep and says, “Is the painting ready?” I had about an hour to go, so I finished painting it and he took it away. Since then it’s done more traveling than I have. [Laughs] It’s been around the world many, many times. “
The Thing by Drew Struzan will be available exclusively from Vice Press and comes in two versions, a timed, 24 × 36 movie poster editionalongside a limited edition 24 × 36 inch foil variant art print. Each print will be available from 6pm BST on Tuesday the 21st of June. The timed edition will be available until 6pm on Tuesday the 28th of June.
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