I didn't have a lot of play money back then, but I still managed to acquire around fifty of them over a two-year period, with close to half being of horror variety. After having been packed up for almost the last three years, I have recently un-boxed them in the hopes of finally figuring out the cheapest way to frame them (which will probably be to make them myself). With their recent unearthing coming so close to Halloween, I figured I might as well celebrate the holiday by tossing all these south of the border scaries in to one post and call it good.
I have a terrible habit of assuming that everyone always knows what I'm talking about, so in case anyone out there isn't familiar with what a lobby card is, the simplest way to explain them is that they were used in theatres to advertise whatever was currently playing.
Most lobby cards from around the world usually measure 11" x 14", while in Mexico they were usually at least 13" x 17", with it being not uncommon for them to be a little bigger than that.
The biggest difference between the cards produced in Mexico, and those that were used everywhere else, is the colorful and often lurid original artwork (created by some of Mexico's top graphic artists) that was used to attract moviegoers.
There are some lobby card/poster collectors out there who don't particularly care for the offerings from Mexico, some of their reasons seem valid, while others just seem asinine. Personally speaking, I prefer Mexican lobby cards to everywhere else's, simply because of the wonderful artwork. I also like that even though they are more scarce (less theatres) than, say their U.S. counterparts, they can still be had for much cheaper prices thanks to the lack of collectability.
In an effort to save some time, most of the cards shown in this post will be done so with very little to no commentary, otherwise this one would have taken me forever to put together. Also, a quick note regarding the pictures -- being the size that they are, they obviously can not be scanned, so I did the best I could with a cell phone camera (my only option). Unfortunately some of the colors came out a bit muted, and there is some occasional blurring, but overall the images did turn out a little bit better than I had expected.
|Alas de Noche aka Nightwing|
|El Germen de las Bestias aka Children of the Damned|
|La Isla del Gran Caiman aka The Great Alligator|
|La Maldicion del Monasterio aka The Bloody Monks|
|Piraña aka Piranha|
|La Pavorosa Casa de Usher aka House of Usher|
|Cocodrilo Asesino aka Killer Crocodile|
|La Novia del Gorila aka Bride of the Gorilla|
|El Mundo de los Vampiros|
|El Lobo Ataca|
|Exorcista de Almas aka Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls|
|El Monstruo de la Laguna Negra|
|La Noche del Asesino aka El Retorno de Walpurgis aka Curse of the Devil|
|El Regreso del Conde Yorga aka The Return of Count Yorga|
|La Estatua Viviente aka It!|
|La Maldicion del Vampiro aka El Vampiro de la Autopista aka The Horrible Sexy Vampire|
|El Reino de las Aranas aka Kingdom of the Spiders|
|El Exterminio de los Dracula aka The Dracula Saga|
|La Momia aka The Mummy|