Logo descriptions by mr3urious and SuperMetro
Logo captures by ThatLogoDude and Supermarty-O
Video captures courtesy of Peakpasha Mr. Gann and Jordan Rios
Bryanston Pictures was a distribution company headed by Louis "Butchie" Peraino, a leading man in the Columbo Crime Family, and was created after the success of Deep Throat. Their first big deal came from distributing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the predecessor movie of the TCM franchise. However, shady business practices (such as giving directors FAR less than 35% of the profits made from the movie, and threatening theaters to fork over 50% of the profits) led them to be sued into oblivion in 1976. Reports from people who allowed them to distribute their movies said, "It was like making a deal with the devil". In 2005, the company was resurrected. You can find out the rest of their controversial history here.
1st Logo (June 12, 1972-August 7, 1975)
Nicknames: "BP", "BP Box", "BP Box from Hell", "BP Box of Doom"
Logo: Against a black background, two yellow letters "BP" zoom out. Then, we see a series of small multicolored lines waver in the center, followed by a yellow multilined cross shape with the same "BP" in the middle, which leaves several multicolored residue trails. Then, the cross shape shifts a little taller while "BRYANSTON" and "PICTURES" in Eurostile Bold Extended in yellow appear above and below, respectively. Then, all of a sudden, they dissolve, and forms the word "PRESENTS" in the same font, also in yellow.
- Most of the time, the company name was not shown, due to the cropping or matting, typical.
- A rare version exists where the background is blue and the logo is white, either intentional or film deterioration. Also, "PICTURES" is barely visible.
FX/SFX: The zooming, stretching, trailing, and dissolving. This logo uses all manner of computer or Scanimate effects.
Music/Sounds: A series of random, warbly synth-like sounds produced by a Moog synthesizer: starts with an ascending whoosh, then descending beeping sounds, a loud descending chirp, an array of fast-paced ominous music with a sound that resembles the descending voices of the THX Deep Note, then warbly sounds that end with a droning synth hum and continuous synth beats and chirps. On Lord Shango and The Black Gestapo, drumming can be heard under the logo.
Availability: Near extinction. Appeared on films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Devil's Rain, Bruce Lee's Return of the Dragon, Andy Warhol's Dracula and Andy Warhol's Frankenstein. All current DVD releases and TV prints of these films plaster this logo over or go straight to the opening scene; the VCI VHS of Dark Star also skips this logo. It does, however, appear on the United Home Video VHS, the UK Fabulous Films Blu-ray release of Dark Star, and the Goodtimes DVD release of Return of the Dragon. Interestingly, most recent versions of the latter under the title Way of the Dragon utilize Golden Harvest's "international" print featuring the 1978 Golden Harvest logo at the front (the previous CBS/FOX laserdisc and the 2001 DVD release feature the Golden Harvest logo with a blue background and the Bryanston Pictures music underneath!).
Editor's Note: This logo has gained some notoriety for scaring its viewers, which for some is further supplemented by the company's infamous history.
2nd Logo (1975-1976)
Logo: On a purple background, the text "BRYANSTON DISTRIBUTERS PRESENTS" slides from the right middle of the screen and stops in the middle of the screen.
FX/SFX: The sliding of the text.
Music/Sounds: Possibly nothing or the opening theme of the film.
Availability: So far, this logo has appeared on That’s the Way of the World.
Editor's Note: Quite a rare oddity, but significantly less scary to the majority of viewers than the previous logo.