Albert Kallis – artist

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Albert Kallis was a professional artist who designed many film posters for American International Pictures (AIP) releases in the 1950s. Kallis’ striking designs elevated the selling of exploitation movies to a new art form in itself. Indeed, AIP’s Sam Arkoff and James H. Nicholson would often have a poster designed first to pre-sell a movie to theatre owners before it even went into production.

Below are just some of the lurid posters that this prolific artist created; they are representative of a time when movies could be sold to a potential audience eager for thrills by just an single image alone whilst going on to become key examples of American pop culture iconography in themselves.

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The terrified woman image was reused for the artwork for The Embalmer (1965)

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screaming skull

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Some of the artwork above was worked on by Reynold Brown or may have been his work supervised by Albert Kallis. If anyone knows more information please comment below. In 1958, Kallis also co-founded the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) restaurant chain.

We are indebted to Monster Brains for inspiring this posting and for some of the images above.

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