Sunday, October 25, 2015

Terrors from the Lobby! (part 4: también en español!)

At Horror-Rama 2015, I realized early on (just like last year) that I'd be spending far more than I'd ever make back selling books. But that's OK, because writing isn't yet my day job! And seeing as though Mike from Toronto's Hollywood Canteen would be there, well, I was pretty much guaranteed to spend a few dollars at his booth.

My latest addiction, which I've mentioned in past blogs, is collecting lobby cards from Canadian horror films, and I'm especially interested in foreign-language pieces (this is slowly bleeding into a side hobby of collecting foreign-language film posters, but I'm doing my best to stem this one before it gets out of control). Mike did not disappoint! I picked up a nice set of Spanish-language lobby cards for David Cronenberg's Rabid (1977).

Unfortunately, there was some water damage on all twelve cards, which was most noticeable in one of the corners. This, of course, meant that I was able to get them for a very nice price. Many of them were stuck together, but some time spent over a boiling kettle allowed for me to separate them all relatively cleanly, although there was visible damage. So although the originals may not exactly be display-worthy, after scanning them in and spending a few hours touching them up in Photoshop, I was able to restore them digitally to their former glory.

Here are all twelve Spanish-language lobby cards for Rabid. You'll notice that some are a little more graphic than what would be typically found in their North America counterparts, because Europeans are far more cooler and aren't so sensitive. Note that there is nudity in one, which was altered by the censors, so be forewarned if that sort of thing isn't your cup of tea.


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