Book Review: The Cinematic Art of Fantastic India – Vol. 1 VCDs

Cinematic Art of Fantastic India Vol 1The Cinematic Art of Fantastic India – Volume 1: VCDs
Published by WK Books, 2018. 138 pages
By Tim Paxton

As a collector of movie posters, lobby cards, and other such types of memorabilia, I was always amazed when I could come across an image on a poster that was blatantly taken from another movie, sometimes not even having the closest thing to the movie it was being used to advertise this. The best example that I can think of is the Pakistani poster for Hammer’s Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, which used images from Fulci’s City of the Living Dead, including the famous drill-through-the-head scene. Well the Indian film market, especially for the covers of their VCDs. Which is exactly this book is about.

If you have any interests in poster are, especially foreign ones, then you will absolutely love this book. The covers and posters shown here, page after page, are filled with such wild images, some of which have characters or designs that you’ll immediately recognize from another, more familiar poster, or at least make you think you’ve seen it before. Granted, most of the movies here don’t have those creatures and whatnot actually in the film, but we’re talking about the posters and box art for the time being.

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