I love Turkish posters from the 70’s and 80’s, because even non-exploitation films look like exploitation films on them. This poster I place on a pedestal head-and-shoulders above all others. Why? Because it just doesn’t give a shit about presenting the special qualities of Milos Forman’s film, or quoting critics’ accolades lauding the film’s artistry and Nicholson’s performance, or spouting taglines packed with hyperbole. Heck, it’s got the audacity to not even bother referencing anything from the film at all except for its title. So what does it hit you with instead?
1) An artist’s rendering of Jack Nicholson’s famous “Here’s Johnny” moment from THE SHINING (which I assume was released before CUCKOO in Turkey). Only the cell bars have been added to insinuate he’s incarcerated in mental hospital.
2) Shelley Duvall’s frozen scream, also from THE SHINING, even though she doesn’t appear in CUCKOO.
3) Is that Christopher Lee in the bottom left corner? What’s he doing here?
4) Zombies in the lower-right, overtaking the asylum perhaps? Was this taken from a European director’s cut of the film I and the rest of the world must have missed?