So, i can finally reveal a project i’ve had in the words the last month or so!
I was contacted to do a painting for the remake of “Evil Dead”, directed by Fede Alvarez, to help promote the film at it’s SXSW premiere the other night! I would have given anything to be there to hand out posters and see the film early, but sadly, that kind of thing is out of my price range. The remake of “Evil Dead” is probably in my top three of most anticipated horror films, and it might have shot to the #1 position after all the positive press about the film that’s been reaching my ears. I was very excited to get to do a piece for the film, and i hope my painting lives up the insanity that i’m sure the film will contain.
Prints are available on my Etsy at 11 x 15 inches, on glossy high-quality card stock. Limited numbers for now!
In 1981, John Landis directed one of the best horror-comedies of all time (In my humble opinion!). It’s the story of two friends, Jack and David, backpacking across Europe. After a run-in with some unsocialable locals at a pub named “The Slaughtered Lamb”, Jack is killed by a werewolf on the moors, with David surviving with a light mauling. Before long, The next full moon is approaching, Jack is appearing to David as a rotting corpse, cheerfully telling him to commit suicide, and it won’t be long before David turns into a werewolf.
Totally the best werewolf movie ever made, if only for the amazing Rick Baker special effects, the amazing soundtrack, and the relationship between the two leads that gives the film a beating heart. Griffin Dunne deserved a great career, damn it! At least he was in “After Hours”, another amazing movie. See it if you haven’t, it’s a classic.
I got this week’s illustration done just in time! I’m running to catch a bus to Montreal for the weekend, to see some horror movies at “Fantasia Fest”. Should be good times. For this week’s entry, i did one of the more memorable monster designs of the last ten years, the Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth. Here’s a plot synopsis taken from imdb.com:
“In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she’s a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.”
The pale man is the creepiest part of the film, and i was happy to do an illustration to help express that.
This week’s entry brings me to my absolute, #1, favourite monster movie of all time. John Carpenter’s classic of science fiction horror, “The Thing”.
Starring Kurt Russell at his best, “The Thing” takes place at an antarctic research facility. The crew of the station are thrown into a state of utter paranoia when they find out that one or more of the men are not what they appear to be. A shape-shifting alien entity has infiltrated their midst, and it can be anything, or anyone to defend itself and pick them off one by one.
If you haven’t seen “The Thing”, please go see “The Thing”. It stands shoulder-to-shoulder with movies like “Alien”, and it’s a classic across the board, most notably special effects. The puppetry, prosthetic work and other practical effects in this film are untouchable. Some of the best monster effects ever put to screen. The writing and characters are great, the score is moody and memorable, and the suspense just ratchets up as the film progresses.
What i’m trying to say is that i enjoyed the film.
I tried to go all out for my illustration, and i hope you enjoy it.
The brainchild of a collaboration between horror legends George A. Romero and Stephen King, “Creepshow” was an 80’s campy horror classic. Inspired by the infamous horror comics from the 1950’s such as “Tales From The Crypt”, “Haunt of Fear” and “Vault of Horror”, “Creepshow” was an anthology consisting of five shocking tales of monsters and zombies, with a wrap-around story to tie it all together.
The beauty of the anthology film was that if you thought the plot or the acting stunk, you only had to wait about ten minutes, and you’d get a brand new movie. My favourite of the five stories involved a horrible wolf-monkey monster that’s found in an ancient crate under the stairs of a university. Somehow, it’s stayed alive without food since 1834, and eventually it’s utilized to get rid of a professor’s obnoxious wife.
Besides that gem, we get a villainous Leslie Nielson, two seperate stories involving the vengeful walking dead, a Stephen King starring story where he gets infected with plant life from a meteor, cockroaches by the thousands, and some wicked animation to tie everything together. If you grew up with some of those vintage horror comics like i did, you owe it to yourself to see this movie. It’s just a lot of fun.
I apologize for the lack of updates, i’ve been attending the “Toronto International Film Festival” for the last two weeks, and it’s left me little time for quality painting. But i plan on getting back on schedule, and to signify that, here’s a painting of a zombie.
“Return of the Living Dead” is one of the best horror films the 80’s spat out, with a killer punk soundtrack and a wicked sense of humour. It concerns a couple of medical supply warehouse employees who unwittingly release a government toxin, leading to a graveyard full of brain-eating, indestructible zombies. The coolest monster in the whole movie is the “Tar-man”, a zombie that’s skin has melted upon contact with the air, after being sealed in a government tank for many years. He has a wonderfully jangly way of lurching about, like he could fall apart at any second.
I tried to style this painting as a companion to my “Day of the Dead” Bub painting, with a third eventually being made of the poster zombie from Lucio Fulci’s “Zombie”. I’ll have a new piece for Friday, let me know what you think, and thanks for following.
I saw Frank Henenlotter’s “Basketcase” at a very young age, so a lot of it has stayed with me. It’s a personal favourite, and there’s something very comforting about it’s grimy sets and low-budget special effects and puppets.
The story concerns a man named Duane Bradley, and his visit to New York City. He arrives with only one piece of luggage; a large wicker basket. It’s eventually revealed that Duane carries around his deformed and angry formerly conjoined twin, Belial, hunting down the doctors that seperated them to exact bloody revenge! Of course, Duane meets a girl, Belial gets jealous of someone sharing his brotherly love, and it all goes to hell. It’s great.
I tried to evoke some of that sleazy goodness with this poster. Hope you like it.
One of the high-water marks of ultra-violent Italian horror films, and arguably director Lucio Fulci’s best film, “Zombie” is great stuff. Originally released as “Zombi 2” to cash in on George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” being released as “Zombi”, the film follows three intrepid investigators who end up stranded on the tropical island of Matul. There, they must survive a horrifying curse (disease?) that is turning the islanders into flesh-eating ghouls.
Mainly, “Zombie” is notorious among horror fans for a one-two punch of crazy set-pieces, those being the scene wherein a zombie fights a shark, and a later scene where a woman has her eye gouged out with a wooden splinter. Otherwise, the soundtrack is wonderful, with backing element sounding vaguely like a heart-beat, and some voodoo-esque drums, the zombies are disgusting, and there’s not an opportunity for a gouging or a bludgeoning wasted.
The poster you see below concludes a trifecta of “Feature Creature” entries celebrating my favourite zombies of all time, Bub, the Tar Man, and the poster zombie from…“Zombie”. I wanted to experiment with title placement and areas of heavy, bold colour mixed with areas of intricate line-work.
Hope you like it, and thanks again for looking. Feel free to message me with monster requests, and i’ll see you guys next Friday.
“Night of the Creeps”. No other movie captures the same amount of nostalgia and fun that i had watching horror movies when i was a kid. It was one of the awesome covers i always glimpsed in the horror section of the local Wizard Video, or Jumbo Video. I saw it around the same time i discovered other horror films, like “Creepshow” or “The Thing”, but it always stood out as being the most fun, if not the overall best. It’s an absolute classic 80’s b-movie, and it has everything you could ever want for a night of movies, pizza and beer. To this day, i feel it really holds up.
Directed by Fred Dekker, of “Monster Squad” fame, “Night of the Creeps” concerns J.C. and Chris, two nerdy college students who accidentally release brain-eating alien parasites while trying to get accepted into a fraternity to impress a girl. Really. Tom Atkins plays the bad-ass Detective Cameron (all the characters have horror or sci-fi movie director names), a man with a shady past, who is investigating the rash of murders. Before long, the surviving characters have to fend off hordes of alien slugs and frat-boy zombies. It’s so great.
the film manages to combine tropes from 50’s science fiction, zombie movies, wacky college movies, and even a little slasher movie goodness, all into one wonderful package. It just got released on dvd for the first time a couple years ago, so please, give it a watch!
Hey guys! My “Cabin In The Woods” inspired painting will go on sale in both a full-colour and a black and white version in a couple days.
It’s a depiction of every monster from the film, both those depicted in the film and those that were only ever shown in behind the scenes photos and footage.
If you want to be notified early what the price for a print will be, or to have a print put on hold for you, please e-mail me at: email@example.com with your name. Let me know which version you’d like put aside! Prints will be made at around 20 X 25 inches.
Pictures of the actual print to size to come in a day or two.