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Artist Matt Busch is about to unveil the fourth incarnation
of Hollywood is Dead, a collection of hand-painted, reimagined movie posters
with a zombie twist. This time around, the series will focus on big name summer
The posters include LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER (LARA CRYPT: TOMB RISER), THE SIXTH
SENSE (THE SICK SENSE) and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (SHAWSHANK REANIMATED).
“Summer is when all the studios release their big guns,” comments Busch, “so
it’s perfect timing to pay homage to the wondrous posters that leave us in
Busch first made waves with his undead parodies in 2009 with
ZOMBIE WARS, a project authorized by Lucasfilm, repainting all six STAR WARS
movie posters with his decrepit vision. Since then, the outbreak expanded into
an online gallery with over 40 posters.
For this latest series of zombified posters, Busch has
returned to the roots that started it all: STAR WARS. Busch explains, “When I illustrated the original set of
ZOMBIE WARS posters, I had no idea how big this was going to be, so I just
picked my favorite poster images from the saga.” For STAR WARS: EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, Busch chose a rare
poster image that Drew Struzan illustrated for the 10th Anniversary. “A lot of
collectors loved what I did, but purists have been begging for the standard
one-sheet that everyone knows. Thus, the ZOMBIE WARS: A NEW EPIDEMIC alternate
version has now been infected.”
Also coming to light this summer is the complete LORD OF THE
RINGS trilogy (LORD OF THE RANK: THE FESTERING OF THE ROTTEN, THE TOMB TOWERS and RETURN FROM THE CRYPT). Busch also completes the previous INDIANA BONES
trilogy with the fourth installment based on INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF
THE CRYSTAL SKULL. Busch remarks, “The original title is already so
ridiculously long, so I had a lot of fun putting a spin on that. Plus, each
sequel poster develops the undead evolution of its decrepit saga.”
In addition to the posters, Busch has recently struck a
licensing deal with Fright Rags to produce high quality full color shirts.
Fright Rags is known as a leader in horror apparel and has already released a
shirt branding the art for ZOMBIE WARS: THE LIVING DEAD STRIKE BACK. The Hollywood is Dead original paintings are currently being exhibited in the ArtInsights
Animation and Film Art Gallery in Reston, Virginia. Portions of the gallery
sales are donated to the Nation Film Preservation Foundation. To see the
current collection and learn more about the project, visit the official site. To see Fright Rags’ Hollywood is Dead
apparel, visit here. And to see the original art at
ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery, visit here.
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