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Something Weird Video

Around 1991 my world became a far, far bet­ter place thanks to the exis­tence of Some­thing Weird Video and their amazing archival releases of lost educational films, drive-in commercial ephemera, and B-movie exploitation madness.

Mike Vraney (1957-2014) and Lisa Petrucci have always been a tremen­dous plea­sure to work with, and I’m over­joyed to have gotten the chance to design several of their signature clamshell VHS cases, special event showcards and movie posters.

From a design stand­point “gar­ish and trashy” are prob­a­bly the only guide­lines I’ve ever really been asked by them to adhere to, and I could not have been hap­pier in obliging.

That's Sexploitation - One Sheet Poster Design
That's Sexploitation - Severin Blu Ray Cover
That's Sexploitation - Severin Promo Flyer

Top Left: Something Weird Spook Show Poster

Top Right: “That’s Sexploitation!” Documentary Poster

Bottom Left: “That’s Sexploitation!” – Severin Blu Ray Cover

Bottom Right: “That’s Sexploitation!” – Severin Promo Flyer

Something Weird Spook Show Poster
Designed to emulate the cheap, crude and fantastic Spook Show posters from the mid 20th century, this silkscreen print on chipboard was printed and colored by Lance Thingmaker, and features the always amazing Lisa Petrucci as the Spider Girl.

“That’s Sexploitation!” Documentary Poster
Produced by Something Weird Video, Frank Henenlotter’s documentary THAT’S SEXPLOITATION! reveals the untold story of American cinema’s gloriously sordid cinematic past.

Above: The K. Gordon Murray Collection

The K. Gordon Murray Collection
K. Gordon Murray is a legend in the world of oddball cinema, and this collection focused on the Mexican horror and children’s films that he purchased for US distribution back in 1959. His sometimes bizarro translations of the already far-out subject matter only enhance the uniqueness of the “Murray Edits”, which are cemented in the minds of millions of movie-watchers thanks to the “World of Terror” package licensed off to television during the 1960’s.

The rights to these films have also changed hands several times over the years, which made my designs for this VHS collection a real “blink and you missed it” chapter in Something Weird’s history.

Above: Various VHS Titles

Various VHS Titles
Here’s a grab bag of several (though by no means all) of the other covers that I’ve created for Something Weird over the years.

Sure, sure — naturally a number of these titles eventually made their way over to DVD, but you never forget your first love, right? Well for me that means the signature clamshell VHS cases with the outrageous colors and almost crude ad-mat style graphics first introduced by Something Weird back in the early 1990’s. I’m pleased to have made at least a few contributions to that tradition.


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