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?
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
the first and last poster I would pay to have on my wall.
Oliver J L on Oct 10, 2011
Wow...The Iron Giant 😀 That was a GREAT fucking movie haha havent seen it in YEARS! I gotta watch it again... NetFlix, AWAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!
Anonymous on Oct 10, 2011
Iron Giant and the Mist for defos! My kid has been watching the Iron Giant nonstop the last while, he loves it. You can't lose with the Iron Giant imagery though.
Crapola on Oct 10, 2011
Xerxexx on Oct 10, 2011
Hm, only 28 days poster I did not like. If you are concidering selling them Alex, I suggest you instead give them away as prizes/gifts next anniversary of Firstshowing.net 🙂
David Banner on Oct 11, 2011
I second this, since gordonandthewhale.com shut down I have no more contests to enter :o) What'd you think of Hellraiser? I remember that film scaring the shit out of me as a kid and I think the creatures created still hold up to the make up effects of today.
peloquin on Oct 11, 2011
Yeah, I still am quite fond of Hellraiser and its first sequel, rest is a bit meh. Slightly offtopic, but a Clive Barker film: The one that really scared me as a kid was Nightbreed. Too bad there won't be a "Director's Cut/Extended Cut", as the 20-30mins of extra footage is lost.
David Banner on Oct 14, 2011
Hm, a doubble post before I was done? Anyhow, coincidences has it that its the scene with Peoloquin saying "Fuck the law, I want meat", that scared me as a kid 🙂
David Banner on Oct 14, 2011
These are amazing, i loved them all especially The Mist besides it shows that huge monster that i don't think was seen in the movie as far as i can recall. I will have to watch it again to check that out.
AHox on Oct 28, 2011
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