Opening today September 5th 2014 at Gallery 1988 West is an art tribute show to film-maker Joss Whedon. Similar to the gallery’s previous shows paying respect to Edgar Wright and J.J. Abrams, a wide variety of artists from around the world have been given the freedom to create their art based on the world Joss Whedon has built over the course of his career. So, anything from Buffy to Firefly is on the table (excluding The Avengers, as they already had an Avengers-specific showing a few years ago) and many awesome artists have created some pretty amazing pieces.
One of my favorite artists, Alex Pardee, has taken his inspiration from the long list of monsters and creatures that were on display in the ground-breaking 2012 flick Cabin In The Woods, which was written and produced by Whedon. Collected below are Mr. Pardee’s contributions to the unique art show which opens today and will remain on display until September 27th.
The 1988 West Gallery is located at 7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA.
More information about the show can be found at the Gallery 1988 website, and much more from Alex Pardee can be found here.
Please enjoy the “Zoology Department”series by Alex Pardee below :
Artist Travis Falligant got hooked on horror at a young age like the rest of us, with the original Scooby-Doo movies. After years now creating artwork and graphics for HorrorHound magazine and consistently updating his blog and store with great character art, he has created a unique new series.
Travis Falligant’s “New Scooby-Doo Movies” brings the gang back together for a great art series, forcing our meddling old pals to come face to face with some modern day monsters. An idea so great in its simplicity and full of endless possibilities, it is no wonder this unique work is appearing everywhere online, drawing Falligant attention from horror luminaries such as Wes Craven, Rob Zombie, and Bryan Fuller.
In a recent interview with our friends at iHorror.com, the artist says “The Scooby Doo series started with me rewatching the old cartoons and wanting to see the gang go up against my fave horror icons. I use screen grabs of certain scenes and of the Scooby gang in various poses. I then illustrate the new monster/slasher/villain they are going up against, trying to stay in the style of the old artwork used in the series. I finally marry all of those elements in Photoshop and add grain and blur to the images so they look as though they were scenes taken straight from the show.”
He has no plans to sell these amusing pieces, as he uses the original artwork in this labor of love which was solely created for the amusement of online junkies like us! He encourages you to download and share these pieces around, use them as wallpapers, generally enjoy them!
However, many of his other horror-themed pieces are available to wear, look at and lay on top of at his RedBubble store.
He is continuing the series and has some surprises in store for Scoob and the gang in the future.
Their latest adventure is called “The Terrible Texas Terror”- Scooby and the gang travel to Texas to compete in the state chili cook-off and run afoul of the Sawyer family, a kooky bunch of locals with a secret in their sauce…
Stay tuned to Travis Falligant’s blog and Facebook page for more updates!
I can’t wait to see the next Scooby Doo Lost Mysteries!
Who would you like to see appear in upcoming works?
In 2012, the first version of this interesting concept was released to mixed reviews. Many of the short films included in the first anthology were hit or miss, and some worked better than others. While it was a hard film to love as a whole, the ABCs of Death series is a welcome inclusion in the horror community.
In case you are late to the party, the first film collected 26 short films by 26 different directors, each presenting their horrific take on the letter of the alphabet that they were assigned. Some were awesome, some not so much. The idea seemed to be greater than the results. The producers did some cool things like releasing the DVD packaged like a children’s book, and then went on to give anyone a chance to direct the M segment of the sequel with a great short film competition.
Now we finally have the first look at the trailer for the next 26 films, and it looks incredible.
Check it out right here :
Including “M is for Masticate” from contest winner Robert Boocheck, along with 25 other influential directors unleashing three minutes of madness, this looks like it is going to be the rare sequel that outdoes the original. What looks most interesting to me in the clip above is the obvious sense of humor involved in this project — something that was sorely lacking in the first incarnation of the series. The ABCs of Death 2 hits VOD October 2nd, and will be in select theaters on Halloween night!
Who else is excited for this one?
Well, we made it through the summer at last and our favorite time of year is creeping in on us now. The months leading up to Halloween always have some interesting horrific releases, and this year is no different. As the nights get cooler and the department stores get a little creepier, these new releases will keep us agoraphobics happy and horrified.
In theaters we finally get to see what the hell Kevin Smith’s Tusk will actually turn out to be, but other than that it seems like September was made for good old fashioned home viewing.
Of course the must have release for this month is the 15-disc Halloween: The Complete Collection! I have mine pre-ordered!
Check out the list of new releases below, and let us know what you are looking forward to!
Revolves around a group of friends that travel to a small undocumented island in South America to celebrate one of them getting married. The island is also home to a research facility, which faces an outbreak of the very same virus from the previous films. The remaining survivors must band together and find a way off the island before it’s too late.
September 5 — The Pact 2 (On Demand)
Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.
When Special Agent Kevin Dickey, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer shows up at June’s door, he brings with him some terrifying news – there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Dickey shows June a picture of the copycat killer’s victim, and she is stunned to see that it’s the same woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares.
A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put herself in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying; either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her…
In an attempt to land their own TV show, Jake (Josh Stewart) and Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) head to the dense, secluded mountains of West Virginia. Equipped with only their bow and cameras, they have three days to kill a monster buck big enough to grab the attention of a TV network. Once they find the massive animal, they look to strike fast. But as the sun sets, they realize they’re not alone. A supernatural force appears to be lurking in the vacant woods… and now they’re the ones being hunted.
Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend – the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North America. It was there that in 1967, the legendary beast was captured on film and has terrified and mystified generations since.
Keen to explore more than 50 years of truth, folklore, misidentifications and hoaxes, Kelly goes along for the ride to keep Jim happy, whilst he is determined to prove the story is real by capturing the beast on camera. Deep in the dark and silent woods, isolated and hours from human contact, neither Kelly or Jim are prepared for what is hidden between the trees, and what happens when the cameras start rolling…
Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Follows the story of American engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson) in a race against time to reach his pregnant girlfriend Ishani Sharma (Meenu). Burton enlists the help of an orphan street kid Javed (Anand Goyal) and together they make a perilous 300 mile journey across deadly landscapes as a zombie apocalypse threatens to engulf the entire nation.
Halloween night – Haddonfield, IL.
A young boy butchers his older sister with a kitchen knife. 15 years later, he escapes from a mental institution only to return home and terrorize the town, including babysitter Laurie Strode. Now pursued by Dr. Loomis, the doctor who tried to treat him until he realized that “what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil”.
His name is Michael Myers. And so began one of the most iconic horror franchises in history – what producers Moustapha Akkad and Debra Hill, writer/director John Carpenter and stars Jamie Lee Curtis & Donald Pleasence started has spawned 10 feature films and lasted over 35 years. Now, for the first time ever, experience the terror of every Halloween film available together in 1 set! This limited edition deluxe set includes 15 discs jammed with content Halloween fans will love. Brand new, never before seen bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew, commentaries, behind the scenes documentaries, and so much more. Plus, the NEVER BEFORE RELEASED Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers! The set also features both Blu-ray versions of Halloween as well as the Network TV versions of Halloween and Halloween 2. Here it is, the one that started it all – Halloween: The Complete Collection.
Following the brutal slaying of an American family vacationing in rural France, a peculiar man living near the crime scene is blindly charged with their murders. Believing her client is innocent, expatriate American defense attorney Kate Moore and her team decide to take a scientific approach in order to prove his physical incapability to local authorities. As she delves into his enigmatic family history, she uncovers evidence that suggests the rebirth of an unexpected legend. When a bloodbath ensues, Kate must do whatever she can to survive the surrounding terror and prevent the chaos from spreading.
Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.
Each story will follow a different unique character who finds themselves trapped within the Gates Of Misery, and is being created with us horror fans in mind. This series is speaking directly to the independent horror community, for anyone who wants more from their modern comics. The series premise possesses the potential for infinite possibilities of stories set in this dark and strange world, and if the caliber of talent on board for the first issue is any indicator, we are all in for a real treat with this book!
Artist Matthew Therrien has a Facebook page where you can see a large selection of his horror art, and proof of the passionate horror fan behind this project. A few of my favorite examples of his work can be seen below.
There is also a new Facebook page in support of this project, and of course, a Kickstarter campaign accepting donations now. This type of project is the perfect thing for crowd-funding, in my opinion. Independent artwork from passionate genre people, who want to give us something we are asking for. They are offering up some great incentives on the finished book for those who donate, so be sure and check out their Kickstarter campaign here and give if you can.
I know I will be, and am greatly looking forward to seeing this unique project on my shelf in the near future!
While watching this film on a whim last night on Netflix, it gave me the idea to start a new column here on Horror homework. Most of us use Netflix streaming by now, and I always get requests for recommendations for worthwhile streaming flicks on the service.
And I scroll through the endless choices as most of you probably do, waiting for something that stands out or really grabs my attention.
Last night, instead of 45 minutes of scrolling, I just pulled the fuckin trigger and took what they gave me. If you guys are interested, I think I will try and make this a regular column.
It turns out that The Den is a film with an interesting premise utilizing all the modern technology and gadgets that we can’t live without, well-executed in a stylish manner. The film tells the story of Elizabeth, a young twenty-something journalist who proposes a study project immersing herself in the culture of a huge social website. The Den is something similar to chat roulette and omegle, where anyone can get connected to random people all around the world to befriend, chat with, shown their boobs to, whatever they choose.
Much of the film’s running time is seen through the lens of Elizabeth’s webcam, making this the next evolution of a found footage flick. I know that many horror fans are sick of found footage films, but I personally enjoy them when they are done well (see Willow Creek!). This unique incarnation of the technique works very well, especially considering that the story line requires her to constantly be staring into the camera.
The likeable character of Elizabeth (actress Melanie Papalia) helps to quickly connect the audience with the world of the film by plugging us right in to her daily life. It doesn’t take long for the dark corners of the internet to rear their ugly heads, and the creepiest part of the film to me was that unmoving avatar staring right into the camera, when Elizabeth has the misfortune of crossing paths with of The Den‘s users known as pyagrl*16.
Before long, this mysterious user infiltrates Elizabeth’s real life by hacking into her computer and manipulating her whole world easily through her myriad of gadgets. We never hear her tormentor speak, in fact we only know him through the rough texts and horrific videos he tortures her with. Before long, everything escalates and the police can’t do anything to help her as the film reveals itself to actually be a creative spin on the slasher genre.
One by one, Elizabeth’s real life friends get targeted by this madman who finally reveals himself wearing a very creepy dead-eyed sack mask, but still never speaks. The kills are gruesome, although the found footage aspect of the film becomes questionable and a little shaky in the later scenes. Some really gory effects and close up shots of the cuts and other methods of torture are executed perfectly and really make your toes curl up!
The directorial debut of Russian director Zachary Donohue, The Den turns out to be a very creepy statement on our current obsessions with constantly being connected, and preys on modern fears of how safe the internet really is. The final scenes of the film say a lot about our culture of voyeurism, and ultimately the film manages to get under the viewer’s skin and stay there.
I really enjoyed it. The Den is recommended for all of you Netflix streamers out there, and can also be found for sale on DVD here. It is eerily effective for those of us addicted to cyberspace, and particularly haunting to watch in the dark on your computer when you are home alone.
Let me know in the comments if you guys would be interested in more of these “Netflix Roulette” posts.
Best known as one half of the incredible Gothic country duo Those Poor Bastards, singer/songwriter Lonesome Wyatt has proven to have many more tricks up his sleeve. In addition to his distinctly desperate howling on the many TPB albums, he has his own band known as The Holy Spooks which bring a creepy edge to his songs of desperation. A fantastic duet album with alt-country goddess Rachel Brooke released in 2009 showed us a slightly lighter shade of his consistent dark side. And now, along with his prolific musical output, he has added the title of accomplished author to his resume, with his new novel The Dreadful Death of Edgar Switchblade.
A follow-up to 2012’s introduction to the colorful character, The Terrible Tale of Edgar Switchblade, the new book is a fast-paced violent trip into the warped mind of our pal, Mr. Lonesome.
Edgar Switchblade is a fascinating character; a religiously-obsessed mentally-disturbed cannibalistic bounty hunter born with cloven hooves. With his trusty horse Old Red by his side, who also enjoys quenching his thirst with human blood, and armed only with a deadly switchblade, Edgar wanders the world with the righteous intentions of cleansing the earth of the mad sinners and foul spirits which now plague it.
In the introductory novel, we learned the details of Ol’ Edgar’s strange upbringing, and followed him on a fast-paced first-person western/horror adventure into the darkness of Lonesome Wyatt’s fiercely imagined world.
In the new book, written with the same distinct quick and dirty intensity of the first volume, we catch up with Edgar and Old Red right in the middle of a gruesome zombie apocalypse. Edgar dispatches the undead masses with gory glee and moves on to meet the man who commissioned his services, a mysterious character known as Reverend Hitchcock.
After taking some time to warm up to the Reverend, the trio finally join forces to embark on a holy mission to destroy an ancient demon wizard. Bizarre characters and uniquely chaotic scenes bring about the titular “death” of our heroes, but it takes a lot more than the notion of leaving his earthly body to stop Ol’ Edgar.
The writing is the star of the show, as Mr. Wyatt somehow manages to make the gruesome deeds and thoughts of Edgar Switchblade seem downright charming. He can slish and slash at the undead hordes until his trusty horse gets his fill, all in the name of his godly conviction. The turns of phrase are unique and convincing, as well-defined as any character in recent memory.
These twisted tales are not for everyone’s taste, for sure. They are violent and irreverent, and at times shockingly sacriligious, but all in the name of classic pulp fiction straight from the EC comics mold. Even the design of the thin volumes works to evoke that feeling ; the books themselves appearing wrinkled and tattered and edged with red paper, like something you would find on a magazine rack in a pharmacy decades ago.
Readers will find themselves rooting for Edgar, even as they are repulsed by his words and deeds. He is the genuine article, a character so convinced of his own motivations that nothing stands in his way. These stories are fast and fun reads for us horror fans, and we can only hope that Mr. Wyatt can keep on spinning these tales for us in the coming years.
I know that I can’t wait to see what kind of horrific misadventures Edgar and Red will get into next.
As Edgar himself says at one point, “I still got so much Godly Violence and Cleansing to perform on this shit smeared world.”
Both the books and all of the Lonesome Wyatt and Those Poor Bastards albums are available at the official Tribulation Recording Co. website, including a bonus audio adventure where Edgar teams up with Krampus (!) to teach children the true meaning of Christmas. Lonesome Wyatt also has a great Facebook page, as does Edgar Switchblade himself!
One of the coolest and most rewarding things about having a horror website is getting to know the many artists who exist in the genre and helping spread the word about awesome artwork that many people might not otherwise see.
One such artist is Steve McGinnis, a creative and prolific illustrator that has become a great friend of mine over the past year. Growing up in the frozen wasteland known as Canada, Mr. McGinnis has worked his way into many of the greatest horror publications still on the newsstands, like Gore Noir, Fangoria, Diabolique, and Gore Zone.
According to his website, Steve started illustrating from a young age, and his horror style appeared early in life, resulting in many trips to the school office for his parents. Throughout grade and high school Steve was an artistic sponge, absorbing different styles from different mediums, while developing his own young style. This style helped him win multiple awards and honours with his art.
He really caught my eye earlier this year with a new series of classic horror icon illustrations done in a bold new style of black, grey, white, and just a drop of red.
Have a look at his great creations below, along with a brief interview with Steve McGinnis and a look at the various new projects this prolific and talented artist has in the works!
Please tell me a little bit about your black and white classic monster series. Where did the idea come from? The style really stands out.
Steve McGinnis : I’ve always just like sitting at the coffee table or wear ever and sketching. I started with the Myers mask and really enjoyed it. So I did a couple more and couldn’t stop. The last show I did the crowds response was over whelming. So I’m doing quite a few more.
Great, can’t wait to see them! You have really taken that style and run with it, making some very unique pieces. I am looking forward to more in the series. Do you know who is the next icon to be immortalized in this style?
Steve McGinnis : Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster. My dad had a tee shirt he always wore on weekends with that face on it and it used to mesmerize me.
Ha! I’m wearing one right now. Can’t wait to see it!
Check out Steve’s more recent masterpieces below, including both Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee as Dracula, Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera, and the one and only Vincent Price!
Tell me a little bit about the pin-up series you have have been working on.
Steve McGinnis : That is a fun new style for me. Writer / Director Ryan M. Andrews approached me to do some art for his new movie Save Yourself. We were back and forth a lot and came up with the idea of a horror pin up for each girl in the film.
So did you actually have Tristan Risk modeling for you? That would be like a dream come true!
Steve McGinnis : LOL!! That would be amazing, but no. I actually was back and forth with her on FB and she sent some good face pics at different angles for reference. I had to research pin up poses and what they look like.
It’s a really fun style. I’d like to do more of them.
So what can you tell us about the film “Save Yourself“? Are you involved in it other than the poster art?
Steve McGinnis : I’m not sure the whole story behind Save Yourself. I was only involved with the poster creations. I think everything is hush hush at this point. No ones really giving any hints about it.
Cool. I like that. Horror films should surprise you. I know you have been hard at work on an original graphic novel. Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect, and when?
Steve McGinnis : Yeah, it’s been quite a undertaking. I came up with the idea last year at a horror con I was at and thought “That’s it, time for me to write and illustrate this story”. It’s a different take on a slasher story. It spans from early 1900’s to the present day. I wanted to make sure there was some substance and not just GORE GORE blood….but there are some good kills in it.
It sounds great and is looking good in the updates you share on your art page on Facebook! Any idea of when we can expect to see it as a complete project?
Steve McGinnis : I’m releasing the whole book at Horror Rama November 1st and 2nd in Toronto. So, November first and on.
Very exciting! So is it actually complete, or is it crunch time right now?
Steve McGinnis : It is CRUNCH TIME!!! I’ll think I’m finished and read it and say, I need a bit more back story. or, I don’t like that panel.
Of course, the dreaded second guessing! Well, I for one am really looking forward to it. I will wrap this little interview up and let you get back to work. Do you have a favorite horror character to illustrate? I really love your Krueger piece!
Steve McGinnis : Oh thanks! I really like illustrating Michael Myers, that emotionless expression is terrifying to me. And the way he’d cock his head to look you over. Chilling.
One last thing, what’s with all the cute and cuddly characters you have been working on lately? Is it just to help purge the horror from your soul and keep you balanced? Or is it something you do for fun?
Steve McGinnis : It’s the yin to my yang. I’m a children’s book artist as well. As a freelance artist you have to have many irons on the fire to stay busy. So when horror art slows down I jump to children’s novels.
Very cool, man! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, and we will be looking forward to new work from you in the future. Cheers!
A big thanks to artist Steve McGinnis for taking the time out of his busy schedule to chat with me! If anyone is still reading this after the link to Tristan Risk’s nude photo shoot above, be sure and check out more work from Steve McGinnis at his website and frequently updated Facebook page!
And don’t forget to check back here often at www.horrorhomework.com for more of your favorite artists, new movie reviews and horror news!
Over the past few years of scouring the internet for fun things to post on the HorrorHomework.com Facebook page, I have repeatedly run into some simple cartoons by an artist named Rafael Koff.
He is a comic artist from Brazil, and has created a long-running series called “Freddy and Jason Have Fun” which features our two favorite slashers getting into all manner of “cute” misadventures.
Unfortunately his website is in Portuguese, and my Google translate isn’t helping much today, but his work speaks for itself. You can find many more similar pieces on the Freddy And Jason Have Fun Facebook page, but in the meantime have a look :
The “Its Alive” project is back, this time bringing a blushing bride.
If you recall, in 2011 the project celebrated the 80th anniversary of James Whale’s Frankenstein and raised money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital by assembling a group of very creative artists to re-imagine Frankenstein.
This year, the ongoing project celebrates The Bride of Frankenstein by presenting 80 re-imagined Life Size Elsa Lanchester Bride of Frankenstein Busts from a wide variety of creative people.
According to the Its Alive Facebook page : In addition to the busts, there will be 10 special life sized statues created as part of the collection. Each of the 90 artists will be asked to recreate the Bride in their own vision, style and hand. You will be amazed and frightened by what can happen when these talented artists unleash their creative monsters on this unique and terrifying project. See creations from some of the top local artists as well as Professional Monster Makers from across the country. All proceeds from the auction of these busts will benefit the St Jude Childrens Research Hospital.
All of the busts will be on display at the Son of Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank , California (tickets available here) from September 12-14 this year, and will go immediately up for auction on eBay after the showing.
Check out a collection of my personal favorites in the series below, and stay tuned to the official Its Alive page for more details.
All photos are credited to Michael Gavin.