Savage Streets Linda Blair ~ The Dude Designs


Savage Streets Linda Blair

Savage streets was a cool one to work on as i got to give it that real 80's video cover style mixed with the classic action poster montage structure and inject a little something different to the other versions that have been done, the composition was the main challenge with this one as there had already been about 6 totally different posters, video covers and DVD covers already designed for it in the past, and they where all great (even if someone felt Adrienne Barbeau was hotter looking that Linda Blair on the classic uk Medusa release).

Watching the film there was one (or two) BIG things that jumped out at me! I have never seen such an indulgent use of breast in a film since an episode of Benny Hill! from Linda Blair bouncing down the street in the intro, to the gym class work out, to the shower fight scene.... i could go on! (im never going to be able to watch the exorcist the same again!!!). So wanted it to have an 80's action film meets tacky 80's porn vibe. Which i reflected in the colour scheme, Linda 'glamour' baby doll pout porn hair pose... I admit it may be a bit heavy on the sex but i felt that this was a big part of the film and an avenue for the design which hadn't really been explored so blatantly before in the other poster/cover treatments, so it was a different approach which would allow me to bring something alternative to cover.

I also really enjoyed playing about with the type giving it a new title treatment and getting that quintessential VHS style to it... ahh a rough script with a flat colour drop shadow... nothing says video box art better!!!

Well hope you like this take on a classic video title.


McBastard said...

Great artwork sir! I am a fan. I first took note of your artwork through the Hobo with a Shotgun poster, perhaps my favorite film poster of the last decade. I then saw your artwork for Arrow's Fantastiv Factory set and De Palma's Obsession, brilliant stuff. I appreciate the blog and the insight into the process, verry illuminating.


Anonymous said...

I love this. It;'s so good that I'm ready to forgive Linda Blair for becoming a Scientologist.

Chris C. said...

I LOVE this new artwork. This is my favorite film ever and would love if a full poster sized print was available to purchase. Any chance of being able to obtain one?

Vern Snackwell said...

I agree! I would love to purchase a full-sized poster of this artwork.

Ryushinku said...

That is, frankly, an AWESOME cover and I'm fully in agreement with why you went for this style.

It really does capture wonderfully those memories of 80s video store browing as am early teen, where the battle for your cash was won by whichever had the most eye-catching cover and title. Gets that whole sex and violence thing dead-on and really grabs the attention.

And holy mother of God yes, can't ignore it, Linda Blair's rack! The film's a homage to them so quite right you reflected that in the poster, heh/