The Bizarre World of Ghanaian Movie Posters



2017-01-16 15:09:58

James Bond teamed up with a giant fish, or Cujo the suspicious spaniel – welcome to the bizarre world of Ghanaian movie posters...

During the 1980s and 1990s, a cottage industry of travelling cinema clubs sprang up in the African nation of Ghana.

The high price of VCRs meant few had access to them, and actual movie theatres were few and far between, so a few entrepreneurs decided to improvise.

They travelled between towns and villages with nothing more than a TV set, a VHS player, some bootlegs cassettes, a few rows of seats and some of the craziest movie posters ever created.

These posters were hand-painted onto the backs of flour sacks, and hung up in every town with the sole purpose of packing in the crowds.

Usually the artists hadn't seen the films in question, and only had the VHS cover to work from, but they knew what people wanted: sex and violence.

These artists had to make movies like the Chuck Norris classic 'Top Dog' look as exciting as possible, so they sometimes added the odd character or moment that didn't appear in the film. And limbs. Lots of severed limbs.

By the early 2000s, a growing economy combined with the lower price of technology meant most Ghanaians could afford to watch movies at home. The cinema clubs may have gone, but their artworks have survived on the walls of international art galleries.

Today original hand-painted examples from the 'Golden Age' of Ghanaian movie posters can sell for thousands of dollars, and even reproductions painted for the modern collector's market are sought-after.

These incredible posters represent the moment in which African folk art met slick Hollywood marketing, and created something far weirder than either could have imagined.

Here are 20 of the best examples from the colourful (and slightly insane) world of Ghanaian movie posters, from Hollywood blockbusters to home-grown African horror classics...

Planet Terror

3 Ninjas

Heart Break

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

Mission Impossible



Sleep Walkers

Stolen Bible 2


Top Dog

The Guardian

I Hate My Village

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Diabolo Man

 The Thing

The Spy Who Loved Me

Dolly Dearest

Executive Billionaires


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