n.p. The Cramps, 1980. Screenprint. 30 x 22 1/4 in. Mounted on backing measuring 23 3/8 x 31 in. Very good. Item #5361
Rare promotional poster for the supposed 1980 film, Vampire From the Crypt, written and performed by the Cramps - pioneers of psychobilly, and one of the first American garage punk bands. The film seems to have never been actually produced and the poster was designed using stills from an earlier horror film-inspired photoshoot.
The design by Alain de la Mata collages photographs of the band, speculated to have originated from the band’s "Garbageman" promotional video shoot. The poster, and the accompanying text culled from their lyrics, reveals a fascination with trash Americana and vintage monster movies for which the band is well known. Borrowing from the comic book series, "Tales from the Crypt," The Cramps re-appropriate the ghoulish and fantastical style and reinvigorate it with their own punk aesthetic.
A scarce poster for the little-known and never-produced film by the legendary punk band, and an artifact of the mythology around the group.