Italian artist Enzo Sciotti has passed away at the age of 76. He was well known to genre movie fans for his many amazing movie posters.
Born in 1944 in Rome, Sciotti had a very long career, but his eye-catching style is most closely associated with the 1980s and early 90s, when he was the artist behind posters and VHS covers for horror, sword and sorcery, Mad Max knockoffs and assorted war & action movies.
He produced the movie poster art for famous Italian horror directors Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Lamberto Bava, Joe D’Amato and Lucio Fulci. He also illustrated the Italian posters for American movies like NEAR DARK, THE THING, CRITTERS, BEETLEJUICE, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and CUJO.
His in-your-face, detailed, colourful style almost compelled you to watch the movies, regardless of how good some of these films were, because his posters were so goddamn striking! He somehow managed to balance making the characters depicted in his posters resemble the actors involved in the movies whilst also retaining a very dynamic, painterly style.
Some of his work was more lurid than others, but it was all professionally crafted, impactful and hard to ignore: the perfect combination for a movie poster or VHS cover!
He produced work for Italian horror comics too, including Terror.
Enzo was a very talented artist: here are just a few more of the posters he illustrated…