Awesome Bootleg Movie Posters From 8 Countries

In places with few affordable printers or legal rights to screen Hollywood flicks, theaters still rely on local artists to create their own home-grown movie promo. In India, lithographers like Ramachandraiah have made a living from their craft for decades. In rural Ghana, mobile cinemas (small screens mounted on vans) rely on local oil painters to announce their arrival. In any case, these artists take significant creative liberties, sometimes depicting scenes that don’t even happen in the movies.

2. From India:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Tintin without Tintin?

My Neighbor Totoro

6. From Pakistan

Death Race, a 2008 remake of a 1975 film with Paul Anderson.

7. From Taiwan:

Cars | Final Destination 5 | Rise of the Planet of the Apes | 翻滾吧!阿信

Inception | Narnia | Despicable Me | Love & Other Drugs

Fantastic 4 | Pirates of the Caribbean 3 | Spiderman 3

13. From Russia:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
This artist completely cut out Hermione from the scene.


In Russia, Shrek 2 is an existential horror movie.


Freaky Friday | Scooby-Doo
On the left is supposed to be Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.


Bruce Almighty


17. From Thailand:

Jackie Chan’s Dragons Forever (1988)

Tim Curry’s Times Square (1980). A complete reinvention fo the original poster.

David Cronenberg’s Rabid (1977). Again, it looks nothing like the original promo.

20. From Latvia:

Tom Ford’s A Single Man, the movie adaption of Christopher Isherwood’s classic novel.

21. From Ghana:

Terminator | Elektra
Yes, that’s supposed to be Jennifer Garner on the right.

Enter the Dragon | Mission Impossible
And that’s Tom Cruise on the right.

Species 3 | Anaconda 3
Nothing about the made-for-TV Anaconda 3 suggests that pythons can spit fire beams.

24. And whatever’s going on at this Indian movie theater:

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