AI-Generated Art from Cult Movie Titles

Slide the images <– –> left / right, or let it auto-play. There’s over 70 of them!

My friend, Edgar Stephen Curo, turned me on to a new app called Wombo Dream. You enter some text, and it feeds it through an artificial intelligence engine to generate abstract expressionistic art, in a variety of flavors – etchings, steampunk, baroque, fantasy art, and so forth. Whereas the app’s suggestions are on the order of “rainbow dolphin,” my natural inclination as a former QA engineer and present-day troublemaker is to feed it things like “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies.”

You can see the results – if you dare! – and the prompts I used for each one at the bottom.

It’s from a Canadian firm, and I don’t know what they used to train their AI, but I am impressed that, even with wildly differing styles, the results do have a whiff of the spirit of their source material. Indeed, some of them, such as “Wrestling Women vs. The Aztec Mummy” suggest a romanticized, or perhaps just bigger budget, version. There’s three versions of “Fleshpot on 42nd St.” and I don’t know which one is most disturbing. After a while, I started to branch out into other art films and Giallo titles, famed for both their luridness and length.

The app has a “Generate again” button, and I presume it learns a little more every time you push it. I tended to like its first drafts best, when it made the most mistakes. For artists, mistakes are often hidden intentions. Teach that to the AI.

Want more? Better? Faster?
Help fill up our slush fund!