These Insane Bootleg Movie Posters Will Make Your Day

During the ’80s, Ghana saw the rise of the “Ghanaian Mobile Cinema,” reverse drive-ins where instead of you driving to the movies, the movies would drive to you. Enterprising Ghanaians would throw their VCRs, TVs, and bootleg tapes in a van and tour villages, showing movies from around the world. But as the business started to boom, competition rose, and so bootleg cinemas resorted to bootleg marketing — more specifically, delightfully lurid hand-painted movie posters.

Unable to call Warner Bros and ask them for ten glossy posters for Aliens, these mobile cinema operators had to commission their own. So they’d sew together two flour sacks (which conveniently had about the same dimensions as an actual movie poster) and then pay a local artists to paint the most eye-grabbing advert they could for a movie they’d never seen on a burlap sack. The results never disappointed.

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But for those of us perhaps not as familiar with West African cinema as we’d like to be, the real prize lies in their interpretations of famous Hollywood pictures, like a cool blaxploitation Sister Act

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