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Some monsters have a bone to pick with you – or, as the Skeletons in the Closet Postcard Set shows, a whole anatomy of bones. Calcium-rich creeps are the order of the day in this collection of skeleton movie art postcards, showcasing some of the promotional art that has sent shivers up our spines over the years. This is a chance to let the bony beasties of classic monster movies get under your skin as we celebrate the wonder, terror and body horror potential of skeletons that move on their own. The Skeletons in the Closet Postcard Set is sure to set those knees knocking, but with only 100 sets worldwide you’d better hurry or they’ll go rattling out the door before you know it.
Skeletons really are at the heart of horror. We all have one, so it can be difficult at first to see just why they’re so creepy, but when you think about it, it makes sense. They’re a reminder of our vulnerability, a memento mori that urges us to keep our own mortality in mind. Skeletons show what we look like on the inside, but how are you able to see what’s on the inside? Your skin must be open, either through a wound or because it’s missing for some reason. Perhaps it’s rotted off, which means you must be… oh dear. The Skeletons in the Closet Postcard Set shows the many ways in which skeletons have made their porcelain-white presence felt in some of horror’s classic motion picture features, and the different ways in which they’ve been presented. Whether it’s a full collection, an individual component, or something that’s definitely bony but decidedly inhuman, these six pieces of beautiful artwork show that you can’t ever get away from the spooky power of horror movie skeletons.
Part of the problem with movie skeletons is that they simply shouldn’t be moving, and while some of the bony malefactors making up the Skeletons in the Closet Postcard Set are more on the static side, they’re definitely the exception to the rule. The crossing point between a skeleton being only bones (and therefore a lifeless relic) and something more aware is where skeletons get really nasty. Are they looking at us? How are they moving and thinking? This horror movie skeleton postcard set is a great way to let your imagination explore these eerie ideas. In the world of classic horror movies, of course, questions of skeletal locomotion are just trifling details – far more fun to simply enjoy the scares presented by filmmakers since the very earliest days of cinema.
This set of luxurious movie poster art postcards will look beautiful in your collection, and it’s a lot less rattly than real bones when you place it on your examination table. Each of the six postcards in the Skeletons in the Closet Postcard Set is printed to A6 size (105 x 148mm) on a cadaverously crisp 350gsm silk stock that’s matt laminated on both sides to provide an authentically bony sheen. On the front of each card there’s a piece of carefully restored poster art that draws you back into the world of classic cinema – maybe it’s time to gather your friends (or what remains of them) for a movie night to revisit a favourite? On the back, meanwhile, there’s a vintage-style design with space for an address and a message… or a diagram, perhaps, showing which bits you haven’t been able to find. You’ll get the best results writing on these skeleton horror movie postcards with a fine gel ballpoint or fine felt-tipped pen.
The Skeletons in the Closet Postcard Set includes poster art from the following movies:
- The Merry Frolics of Satan (1906): it’s time for a wild ride through the cosmos as we explore the groundbreaking, infinitely creative world of illusionist and cinematic pioneer Georges Méliès. The skeletal, almost-steampunk horse in The Merry Frolics of Satan is one of the defining images of the silent age, its bucking and flailing movements sure to give you some delicious nightmares as you rediscover a vintage classic.
- The Crimson Ghost (1946): this twelve-part serial from Republic Pictures brought audiences a memorable villain in the shape of the titular Ghost, and we bring you a piece of action-packed poster art for the second instalment. The striking and unsettling design of this skull-faced villain had a second bite of the pop culture cherry when it became a recognised part of the image for the punk band the Misfits. Who said crime doesn’t pay?
- House on Haunted Hill (1959): movie skeletons don’t come much more frightening than the charmingly-named Skeleton, rising from an acid pit to exact retribution in William Castle’s beloved shocker. Vincent Price might be pulling the strings but audiences loved the Emergo special effects in the movie theatres and as this indulgently gothic piece of poster art shows, Skeleton is not about to be upstaged.
- The Skull (1965): who said a skeleton has to be complete to be terrifying? When it’s the skull of the Marquis de Sade, less is definitely more, as Amicus showed in this eerie tale. While Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are ostensibly the stars, the movie’s vibrantly busy poster art shows how the skull itself is right at the heart of the horror. The postcard is one to keep, but the skull is one treasure you’d be glad to be rid of.
- The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971): Vincent Price is back and on sparkling form as the deranged, vengeful Anton Phibes. The bone-dry wit of this understated poster art is characteristic of the movie’s approach – both exuberant and restrained, it’s a truly macabre motion picture experience and a masterpiece of stylised design. Dr Phibes has a creative imagination like nobody else; it’s best not to be on the wrong side of it…
- The Creeping Flesh (1973): them old bones don’t have to be dry, although as this tale of a giant monster regenerating in the rain shows, it’s probably not a bad idea to keep them that way. This exciting piece of poster art has all the requisite elements of a thrilling horror movie: an inhuman skeleton holding a screaming woman, a shadowy figure in a top hat, and Peter Cushing looking concerned. Now, for goodness’ sake get that umbrella up!
Skeletons are all around us, so it’s high time they had their turn in the spotlight, however eerie that might look. The Skeletons in the Closet Postcard Set is your window into a world of rattling bones, malevolent influences and all manner of retribution, not to mention a little world-conquering drama along the way. So put down that patella and veer away from the vertebrae – there are only 100 sets of these postcards available worldwide so you need to be quick to get them into your display cabinet!