Sublime Things…

A celebration of great images, artwork and design…

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This should really be an abomination, but just look at this thing! What vast, imperious minds dared to realise this unification of ninjas… with scooters!?




Far more than a early experiment in genre cinema, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film ‘Nosferatu’ (an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’) captures the purest essence of ‘horror’ imagery; still devilishly effective almost a century later. These images below never lose their primordial power – they’re sinister, malevolent and frankly, downright creepy!

nosferatu1  nosferatu2



Scarily accurate depiction of the Apollo Lunar Module on the cover of this ‘pulp’ era SF magazine cover (circa 1930s)… Don’t know about you, but I feel all shivery and not half spooked by the whole thing…

amazingsciencefictioncoverluna    lunarmodule



A couple of beautiful stills from James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931); you can see the influences of expressionism clearly evident in the twisted, angular scenery… One of cinema’s most iconic productions without a doubt…






The stunning cinematography of Blade Runner (by Jordan Cronenweth). see more images here.

blade runner shot1



This could have quite easily been an ‘Abomination’ entry, but you just have to admire the absolute bat-shit mayhem of this artwork. Just look at the utter carnage taking place!

A bit like the Stalker DVD cover below, they really weren’t messing around with this: “The Day of the Triffids Movie! Bring the family! It’ll haunt their dreams!”

day of the triffids film cover



“One large portion of 1950s misogyny please, and a pint of scandalously misleading imagery.”

“Sure thing.”

This original artwork for Robert Wise’s 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still is great anyway, despite it having next to nothing to do with the film; since when was huge alien robot firing lasers anything other than great?

Well, when it’s stalking you and your dearly beloved through a densely-wooded area, that’s when, I’d imagine.

TDTESS cover


This is what we’re talking about: Tarkovsky’s (brilliant) 1979 film Stalker is an effort so grimy, so downbeat and so bleak, they couldn’t even be bothered to hide it on this special edition DVD cover. The message is clear: “We’re not fucking around. If you want to watch this, you better be hardcore.” Probably not one for a first date…

stalker front cover


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