Poster Passion: Highlander

16 Apr

This week we’re going to continue a theme we started last week with Dune:  unfairly maligned sci-fi/fantasy films.  Highlander is actually one of my favorite fantasy action films from the 1980s.  And while it has some problems (some of Christopher Lambert’s acting, Sean Connery as a Spanish nobleman), it has plenty more that is wonderful.  Highlander spawned an impressively longrunning franchise that according to Wikipedia includes, “five Highlander movies, two television series, an animated series, an animated movie, an animated flash-movie series, ten original novels, seventeen comic book issues, and various licensed merchandise.”

It says something about the original film if people continue wanting to experience continuations of the story for that long.  Especially when Highlander II: The Quickening is one of the worst sequels of all time.  The idea behind the story is fascinating.  A race of immortals living among humans and slowing battling among themselves until there is only one of them left.  And when you couple that with a soundtrack by Queen, you have a something that will grab most anyone’s attention.  They also had some pretty fantastic posters to catch your eye if the Queen music failed.

Highlander_01

 

Highlander_02

 

Highlander_03

 

Highlander_04

 

Highlander_05

 

Highlander_06

 

Highlander_07

 

 

If anyone ever buys me those last two, I will love you forever and always.

– david

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