'Blazing Saddles', 'Spaceballs' Posters for Mel Brooks Double Feature
Long before the days when Seltzer and Friedberg essentially ruined the spoof genre, and even years before classics like Airplane! hit the big screen, there was really only one name that mattered in spoof-centric cinema: Mel Brooks. The filmmaker burst on the scene with The Producers in 1968 and never looked back, going on to make classics like Young Frankenstein, History of the World: Part I, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. But his real masterworks are Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs, and Slashfilm points out both of those films had brand new posters commissioned for a double feature in San Francisco tonight, July 27th.
Here are Brandon Schaefer's two posters for Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles via SlashFilm:
Brandon Schaefer is the artist, and they were commissioned by Spoke Art for the fantastic Castro Theatre series they've got going on (check out their website). I love how the Blazing Saddles poster makes use of the classic "Excuse me while I whip this out" moment from the movie, because it's such a perfect gag that exemplifies one of the best aspects of Brooks' humor: subverting expectations. Both posters will be available for purchase at the screening and at Spoke Art's website. Tonight, both Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs are playing back-to-back starting at 7:30pm at 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA, so try to make it out!