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Garden of the Dead poster

Garden of the Dead poster

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Garden of the Dead poster

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I love this film poster for, the humorously titled, 1972 movie Garden of the Dead - a movie which sees a gang of criminals get high from sniffing experimental formaldehyde, attempt a prison break and get shot to death by guards. After being buried in the prison garden, the dead prisoners rise from the ground, wreaking havoc among the penitentiary turned tomb. This had me laughing my Zombie-themed socks off when I first read it - someone actually paid good money for this movie to be made! Still, going back to the eye-catching poster announcing the launch of this movie, I find two things outlandishly amusing. One: The title immediately makes me think of a 'dark and gritty' version of PopCap's cartoony Plants versus Zombies game - a comical jest considering Hollywood's tendency to reimagine all things with a 'dark and gritty' veneer. Two: It, at the bottom, in inescapable, bold black letters, proudly states that the movie is filmed in "DEAD colour". It is an obvious marketing gimmick for when most films were in black and white. But why DEAD colour? Why not just colour? Surely DEAD colour means black and white - no colour. Is it instead meaning that the colour palette of the film is washed out, dull colours, as you would imagine would be the case for Zombies, recently risen from the grave?

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