Mondo Mystery Movie LA Recap + Six Fantastic New Posters Revealed
by Alex Billington
October 10, 2011
This past weekend I attended three nights of Mondo Mystery Movies in Los Angeles at the New Beverly Cinema for their first-ever mystery series of screenings in LA. Mondo, the t-shirt/poster shop based at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, has been hosting Mystery Movie screening nights in Texas where the film isn't revealed until the showing begins, but all attendees also get a limited print of a custom poster they made for the film. There's an entire culture surrounding the artistic Mondo posters, but I went to their first LA event for the experience, and had a blast. All six of the movies/posters have been revealed and can be seen below.
The New Beverly hosts double features, so Mondo decided to do three nights of two movies, resulting in a total of six posters and films. Here's what they showed: Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later and Clive Barker's Hellraiser; Brad Bird's The Iron Giant and John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 (the original); Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro's The City of Lost Children and Frank Darabont's The Mist as the big finale. The event was hosted by Mondo's Justin Ishmael (@MondoNews) and included a poster reveal with each film that was then given out only to attendees at these screenings. Here's a look at all six new posters:
Finally, The Mist, by Daniel Danger. Printed in 10 colors, truly stunning work here, it looks wonderful.
If you're interested in owning any of these yourselves, your best bet is to head to eBay, that's the only way to get them now. I was in attendance all three nights, all six movies, and had a fantastic time. My personal favorite out of all of these is The Iron Giant, I even bought the variant version because I like it simpler with just the regular Iron Giant on it. Danger's poster for The Mist comes in at a close second, it's just stunning and looks even more incredible in person. I may be selling off a few of these, but I'll also be keeping most of them, as they are very rare and amazing pieces of art. And I have a great experience to connect with them.
Part of the excitement for this comes from the mystery aspect, and the fact that we had absolutely no idea what we were about to see every night (which is also a bit nerve-racking). I trusted that Justin would show great films, and he certainly picked six damn good ones, including a few I hadn't seen (Hellraiser and City of Lost Children I both watched for my very first time on the big screen). I'm glad they brought the Mondo experience to Los Angeles and I'm glad I went to all three nights, as I've got my hands on some rare, but stunning, artwork. And thanks to Justin, Mondo and the New Beverly for throwing such an awesome event.
Our friends at SlashFilm have a full recap, including all the trailers shown before each film. Overall I had a great time, and wanted to share the poster designs they revealed this weekend. Which are your favorite?