The post-apocalyptic zombie genre seems to be enjoying a mild renaissance led by television shows such as "The Walking Dead" and video games like DayZ. If you're a fan of everything undead, it's likely you'll admire the work of 40-year old Michigan artist Matt Busch, whose zombie-filled movie posters run under the tagline Hollywood is Dead.
Four years ago, Lucasfilm contacted Busch to request zombified versions of the six "Star Wars" movie posters. "People loved it, and demanded to see more blockbuster faves, so I've been doing it ever since," Busch told Crave.
Enjoy this small collection of the many hand-drawn (and hand-painted) zombie movie posters created by Busch. It starts off with a reimagined "Back to the Future" poster entitled "Bleak is the Future." The parody, directed by Severed Spielberg, stars zombie actors Mykill J. Fox, Christopher Lied, and Cryptsin Glover. Tagline: "He was never in time for his classes. He wasn't in time for his dinner. Then one day, his time was up. Then everyone became his dinner."
Cadavers come to life in "Cadavatar," an "Avatar" movie poster parody created by Matt Busch.
The amount of time needed to create each piece varies, the artist told Crave. "It depends on the intensity of the original," he said. "A simplified design can be done in a matter of hours. Most of the more epic and complex montages can take days if not weeks."
In the undead sequel to "Zombie Wars," called "The Living Dead Strike Back," a repulsive version of Han and Leia fall in love while the zombie epidemic continues. As Vader's skull looms, we see a skeletal version of Luke riding a Tauntaun with his guts hanging out. That happens to serve as great insulation against the brutal ice storms on Hoth.
With dozens of zombiefied posters under his belt, artist Matt Busch favors this poster to this day. "It's such an iconic poster, and the way it's altered is just so wrong," Busch said. "The way Han is over Leia in the original, the zombified version was pretty much begging for projectile blood vomit."
With the second Death Star quickly approaching completion, an undead Luke Skywalker must confront his undead father and the Emperor for the final time in this "Return of the Jedi" parody titled "Return from the Grave." The fake zombie flick stars Marked For Death, Harrison Fork, Scary Fisher, Golly Gee Williams, and Anarchy Daniels. Doesn't Jabba look cute with those enlarged all-white eyeballs?