Exclusive first look: Christopher Lee “DRACULA” poster from Vice PressBooks/Art/Culture,Movies/TV,News Michael Gingold
UK-based Vice Press, which specializes in licensed prints and posters depicting British and European pop-culture properties, now honors one of its home country’s greatest horror stars: Christopher Lee in his iconic Dracula role. Jump past the jump for an exclusive peek at this limited-edition release.
Next Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. BST, Vice releases two variant art prints depicting Lee as the bloodsucking Count from the Hammer horror classic DRACULA—PRINCE OF DARKNESS. Produced under license from StudioCanal Films Ltd., these posters, measuring 24 x 36 inches and printed on 100# Cougar Cover Natural Paper, are limited to 120 of the full-color version and 60 of the sepia version. Award-winning illustrator/author Francesco Francavilla created this striking images, and according to Vice, “As a company focused on producing artwork that celebrates British and European pop culture, the Hammer horror movies were a series we have been itching to work on since we launched. It is an honor to produce a piece that celebrates one of cinema’s most iconic characters as portrayed by one of cinema’s most legendary actors, the late Sir Christopher Lee. When it came to choosing an artist to work on the project, there was no doubt that Francesco Francavilla was the artist we wanted. Francesco’s art perfectly matches the character and subject and captures the spirit of the classic ’60s illustrated movie posters.”
Francavilla says, “I grew up with horror movies, and even before I was watching Argento and Italian horror, I was binging on the classic Universal monster movies and the ’60s/’70s bloody colorful Hammer movies. Karloff, Lugosi, Lee and Cushing were all childhood friends of mine, so needless to say, I was ecstatic when Vice Press asked me to do a Hammer Dracula poster—been wanting to do that for ages. Hope all the love I have for Hammer and Christopher Lee shows.”
For more on these and Vice Press’ other posters, head on over to its official website.