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The Crazy World of the Bootleg Movie Posters from Africa

These posters are so bad they are good!

We originally posted this article 7 years ago but like Hollywood, we got greedy and decided to remake the post…

You may laugh at these crazy looking illustrated movie posters but back in the 80s and 90s, this was the only way of promoting a new (or old movie) that was showing at the local cinema due to the political climate and restricted access to printing and press works.

Obviously, the main job of these posters was to draw us in and sell tickets so the poster art is extremely exaggerated. With some of the posters adorning killing, gunfights, boobs and gore when in actual fact there wasn’t any in the movies they were advertising at all. Just take a look at the posters made for Mrs Doubtfire and Ferris Bullers Day Off to see what we mean!

Most of these designs were illustrated in Ghana and now as the climate has gotten better they are pretty much obsolete making them very collectable nowadays. According to Los Angeles Art dealer Ernie Wolfe some of the designs can fetch up to $15,000!

If Tarantino had directed Mrs Doubtfire and now featuring  Kevin Spacey!

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“You say potato and I say po-tah-to You say terminato and I say termi-nah-ter? Let’s call the whole thing off!”

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Tom Cruise suffering from small face syndrome

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Starring Lawrence Reeves

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Wow, this like totally didn’t happen at all in any of the four Indy films!

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Better than the original?

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More like gimp suit Godzilla vs Predator!

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This must have been the directors cut because I don’t remember any of this shit happening in this movie!

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If T2 was directed by Picasso

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‘Transporter 1’ – They must have known Transporter was getting a sequel. Can we talk about the exploding groin, the stripey penis tie and Statham’s foot?

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A post-stroke Steven Seagal defending his toy boat!

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Wesley Snipes playing Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act!

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Pretty close, although I don’t remember one of the Sticky Bandits being played by Popeye!

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What in the world?

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Quick, somebody help, Antonio looks like he’s having a seizure!

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Woah, Cindy needs to lay off the steroids!

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Even (nothing like him at all) tiny Patrick Swayze is shouting WTF

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“What’s your fave Bond film?” The one with the giant pink fish” “Whaaaaatttt?” “You know it’s got a giant fish in it, a lotus limousine and James Bond’s head is the size of a large orange!”

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It’s nice to see Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees appearing in a movie

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They got the same face though!

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I’d say the real weapons are Mystique’s boobs!

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Behold the giant death ray of Van Helsing

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The revenge of the Pall Bearer!

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…. And featuring Nicolas Cage’s head

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Always with the guns and severed heads!

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That’s some pretty straight cutting there Leather Face

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Now this I would watch

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Oh, dear!

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Wait, I have something in my eye!

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Artist – “What is ‘Tango & Cash’ about?” Boss “I’m not sure but it has the guy out of ‘Cobra’, the guy from ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ in it and I think there may be some monster trucks too” Artist “Say no more!”

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Jesus, you got it right above better than this!

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Imagine going to see this movie based on this poster?!

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Okay, this one is not that bad!

 

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But this one is so wrong! I guess Bruce didn’t have his shark repellent spray on him this time!

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This poster is totally confusing!

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This time the snake can breathe fire!

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“How can we make this kids movie poster more exciting for adults?” “Shove a gun in Michael Jordan’s hand!”

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I hope you’ve made reservations!

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Is that a cat foot?

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Blood Spot. You should see a Doctor for that!

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Shredder is that you?

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Those are some serious abs on that guy!

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I think you’ll find the correct title is ‘Interview with the Fierce Ghost Eats Human Region!’

 

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The Headless Horseman – The Kinky Years!

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I’m 1000% sure none of this happened in this movie

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“Draw me like one of your French girls!” Said the cover hogging bad guy Kroenen who wasn’t even the main character!

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How to totally mis-sell a movie with false advertising!

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With Sir Richard Attenborough as Santa!

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Is that bowler hat?

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I’ve seen scarier ghosts on Scooby-Doo than that witch!

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“Awww, who’s a good killer dog then?”

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Starring a Bruce Lee sex doll

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Rob Schneider stars

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Jennifer Garner has let herself go!

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tHE rUNING mAN

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When Arnie battled The Swamp Thing

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Starring The Rock and Javier Bardem

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Starring Christopher Walken as Frankenstein!

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Artist “I don’t do eyes!”

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Those legs! Is that a Vampire Nic Cage?

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More unnecessary tits or are they moobs!

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How the Hell did they manage to make the Rock look even worse than the shite CGI version of him in this movie?

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Starring the Asian Kurt Russell and Cher!

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You had me at Alligator tits!

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Starring Batman’s Two-Face as Dracula

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Honour or Revenge… He has no choice. I pretty much think he does!

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…. No!

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I think the artist was high when they illustrated this poster and that is why I prefer this version

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So many things wrong with this poster!

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Written by Jay

A caffeine based life form. Current Editor-in-Chief here at Joyenergizer.

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