Drew: The Man Be­hind The Poster The Haunt­ing Of Black Wood

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Re­lease Date: 16 Fe­bru­ary

2013 | E | DVD

Take a slug of

bour­bon each time you hear the word “iconic” in this cel­e­bra­tion of poster artist Drew Struzan and you’ll be blotto by the end cred­its. For once, how­ever, it’s the per­fect word: il­lus­trat­ing cam­paigns for ev­ery­thing from ET to Star Wars, Blade Run­ner to Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Struzan’s fu­sion of ro­mance and re­al­ism de­fined the iconog­ra­phy of th­ese films as much as any­thing con­tained in the celluloid it­self.

It’s a fond, re­spect­ful trib­ute, mar­shalling a galaxy of col­lab­o­ra­tors and ad­mir­ers. Spiel­berg ad­mits, “I have to live up to his art,” while Michael J Fox de­codes Struzan’s lively brush­strokes as be­ing like warpaint on the face of In­di­ana Jones. Struzan him­self emerges as hero­ically mod­est.

None. Nick Setch­field

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2011 | 15 | DVD

There’s an

ini­tial creak of cliché about this one – but it’s de­cep­tive. Three strangers meet at a se­cluded cabin in the kind of re­mote wood­land where venge­ful spir­its swap tourist­slay­ing tips with axe- crazed hill­billy psychos. Who are they? Why are they there? What’s their life ex­pectancy? By the time one of them de­clares, “I’m in the third ring of Hell” you may think you have this mod­est lit­tle hor­ror rum­bled.

Then, to its credit, it does some­thing rather more in­ter­est­ing, re­veal­ing it­self to be a Twi­light Zone- style cham­ber piece, more in­ter­ested in the in­ter­play of its pro­tag­o­nists than threat­en­ing their body parts. To say any more would spoil the twist, but this ends up as a con­sid­er­ably smarter propo­si­tion than it first ap­pears.

None. Nick Setch­field

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