Monday, April 30, 2012

Beware The Moon!

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. Check out the trailer here!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Obey! Marry and Reproduce! Consume!

This week's Feature Creature is John Carpenter's sci-fi action film, "They Live"! Here's the plot synopsis: "Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued. " It's cheesy, paranoid fun for the whole family! I've been kind of obsessed with the design of the aliens in this film recently, so i thought i'd do up a painting! Working on some cool things coming down the road in the near future, so keep an eye out. A million thanks to everyone who purchased a sticker set, i'm eternally grateful. It won't be the last of them, that's for sure. Here's the trailer!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Feature Creature Sticker Set #1!

Oh man, "Feature Creature" stickers have arrived! These were a lot of fun to produce, and i plan on doing a couple different sets if they go over well. Each sticker is about 3 inches by 3 inches on glossy sticker paper, and I'm going to put... them up on my Etsy store tomorrow afternoon. If you want a set reserved, just message me with your name on facebook, and i'll put a set on the store reserved for you. For $5.00, you'll get the following six stickers...

* Belial (from "Basketcase" 1982)
* Creep (from "Night of the Creeps" 1986)
* The Fly (from "The Fly" 1958)
* The Demon (from "Curse of the Demon" 1957)
* Cropsey (from "The Burning" 1981)
* Necronomicon (from "The Evil Dead" 1981)

Some of the most charismatic faces in obscure horror history, in sticker form! Now that's a deal!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Terrifying!! All the Dark Forces of Black Magic ... Hurled Against a Man And a Woman Who Dare To Scoff!"

Dr. John Holden, in an attempt to expose cult leader Julian Karswell, is slipped a piece of paper containing a death curse! As strange occurences keep happening, John Holden becomes convinced that he is being stalked by a demon. His only chance, slip the cursed paper back to Karswell without him realizing it! And time grows short...

"Curse of the Demon" is creepy, old-school gothic horror, very much in league with the classic "The Haunting". The titular demon is seen quite early in the film, which was very much not the director's intention. The demon was supposed to be always hinted at and glimpsed, without ever showing the audience a good look at it's face. The producers of the film thought otherwise, and eventually, the demon was decided to be featured prominently in the film and poster art. I love the creature design, obviously, but i'm a huge sucker for films that can get away with hinting at the horrible. Your mind is your own worst enemy in these cases, and will scare you with what is suggested, not shown.

That said, "Curse of the Demon" is still surprisingly suspenseful for the time it was made, and the monster (realized through puppets, sound-effects, and fog) is really damn cool! Plus, it's the only monster movie referenced in a Kate Bush song (Hounds of Love), so it's got that going for it. Check it out!

Take a look at an early scene from the film here!

Friday, April 6, 2012

"The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror"

Do i even need to talk about "Evil Dead"? I don't need to talk about "Evil Dead". It's safe to say you've probably seen that film. For the few who haven't, the plot goes like this: Group of teens goes to a cabin in the woods. Bad things happen thanks to a demonic book called the Necronomicon Ex Mortis, the book of the dead. It's an amazing horror film, made on a below shoe-string budget, that took off and launched the careers of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. The Necronomicon is such a cool looking prop, i decided to focus the design of my poster on it. A version of this Necronomicon drawing is going to be part of a set of limited edition stickers down the road, with some other iconic images from some 80's horror favourites. Hope you like it!