FILM :: BEST OF HORROR SHORTS… “LA CRUZ (THE CROSS)”

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Time for another great horror short. This one’s entitled “La Cruz (The Cross).” We’re going international for this one, folks, so be ready for some subtitles.

Lovers of classic horror will really enjoy this. Director Alberto Evangelio’s brilliant storytelling and strong central concept give this film a taut core strength. Solid performances bring this core story to life with empathy and immediate immersion for the viewer. I really love the photography here, too — nice angles and choices that aren’t self-conscious, but rather underscore the story in a effortless way — no mean feat. Enjoy!

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ART :: POSADA… CALAVERA OF THE WEEK

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Welcome to the latest in an ongoing tribute to the master of the calavera, José Posada. As I say each week… His rapier visual wit and penchant for the visual metaphor of the human bone remain stunningly fresh today. Sadly, he died penniless and was buried in an unmarked grave. May this series serve as that lasting nod to his incredible legacy.

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FUN :: A SPECIAL HALLOWEEN TRADITION AND A WISH FOR YOUR ALL HALLOW’S EVE

I wanted to wish you all the most horrifying Halloween night you can have. 

As you might imagine, Halloween in our household is a very special holiday. As you may also guess, we have a special Halloween rule for our daughter, Logan Blue.

Since her very first Halloween, she has always been able to choose her own costume, but that costume MUST be a spooky one. Whatever she wants to be. We will put our collective creative powers to work realizing that costume as well as we can, but again, it must be scary in some way. Over the years in our house, we’ve had a mummy, a witch, The Bride of Frankenstein, a bat, an undead, gothic cheerleader, Morticia Addams, The Corpse Bride, a Day of the Dead beauty, and a zombified Alice in Wonderland, among others.

Logan has really come to treasure this spooky family tradition and she really views the holiday as one focused on not just the scary side of things, but also the only one dedicated to pure creativity on the calendar. It’s her favorite and that makes me smile. 

What better way to celebrate this penultimate horror holiday than with this year’s costume, The Grim Reaper. Logan Blue is 11 this Halloween ::

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I know I should have staged the background of the shot differently, but the serious-but-candid nature of the shot has a lot of appeal for me, too. The best thing about it is that it captures Logan’s love for the holiday.

Seriously… Enjoy tonight. Embrace the creativity of the day. Even if you’re not a fan of the macabre, embrace that chill that dances on the spine when things go “bump” in the darkness for just this one night. Most importantly, embrace the little ghouls in your lives or at your doors tonight. Give them all something good.

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ART :: ROGER CORMAN AND EDGAR ALLAN POE… PART V

Welcome to Part IV of my tribute to hollywood (and hollywood horror) legend Roger Corman. I am creating an 8 poster series in tribute to Corman’s early-1960’s “Poe Cycle,” where he brought classic stories from the EA Poe cannon to film. You can read Part I here, with my actual article on Corman and view Posters I and II there as well. Part II can be found here. And… Part III is here. ANNND… Part IV is here.

Without further delay… Poster VIII ::

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This poster completes the full tribute to Mr. Corman’s “Poe Cycle.” Again, a big THANK YOU to Mr. Corman for all he has done for film and horror-lovers everywhere.

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ART :: POSADA… CALAVERA OF THE WEEK

posada

Welcome to the latest in an ongoing tribute to the master of the calavera, José Posada. His rapier visual wit and penchant for the visual metaphor of the human bone remain stunningly fresh today. Sadly, he died penniless and was buried in an unmarked grave. May this series serve as that lasting nod to his incredible legacy.

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FILM :: BEST OF HORROR SHORTS… “HELL NO”

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I wanted to share another great horror short entitled “HELL NO: The Sensible Horror Film.”

The team on this parody trailer have had some real fun. The playful skewering of all-too-familiar horror tropes shows both love for the genre and makes us all laugh as we all know this is how things would be when things went awry with even a modicum of sensibility in the mix. Enjoy!

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ART :: THE TOP 50 HORROR POSTERS OF ALL TIME… 40 >> 36

As you may be able to tell, I love great poster art, but especially posters from the great horror movie cannon. This is the third installment of my countdown of the best of the genre.

Here’s how I selected the list. I used three main criteria to shape my decisions ::

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>> DESIGN / IMAGE — This is the baseline. As a designer by trade, I feel strongly that any great or effective poster HAS to start here. Is the poster effective as a piece of art? Is the poster is a strong representative of the art of graphic design? Did it capture a particular spirit or movement in design?

>> TITILLATION / PROMOTION — Though we tend to contextualize film and the associated collateral as “art,” it is ultimately a form of commerce. Any movie poster has to promote the film it supports either through a delicious tease or overt sales pitch. How effective is the poster at selling the film it is tied to?

>> IMPACT / LEGACY — Sometimes even mediocre films get truly great posters. Sometimes, we even remember the image of the poster far longer than the film itself. What was the lasting effect of the poster? Was it iconic or timeless in some way? Was a part of a larger context?

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Every poster on this list is a cocktail of the above elements, mixed in different ways. All successful in their own right. Let’s jump in to 40 >> 36…

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halloween_2007

2007

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blair_witch

1999

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squirm

1976

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theomen

2006

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food_of_the_gods

1976

Look for Part IV, coming right up!

Special thanks to http://www.impawards.com for many of the images in this countdown. AWESOME site.

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ART :: ROGER CORMAN AND EDGAR ALLAN POE… PART IV

Welcome to Part IV of my tribute to hollywood (and hollywood horror) legend Roger Corman. I am creating an 8 poster series in tribute to Corman’s early-1960’s “Poe Cycle,” where he brought classic stories from the EA Poe cannon to film. You can read Part I here, with my actual article on Corman and view Posters I and II there as well. Part II can be found here. ANNND… Part III is here.

Again, a big THANK YOU to Mr. Corman for all he has done for film and horror-lovers everywhere.

Without further delay… Poster VII ::

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With this post, I also wanted to share this amazing illustration from 1919 capturing the Poe story that the above film was based on. The artist is the great Harry Clarke. I’ll be featuring his horror work in an upcoming post. Stunning stuff. I fear posting it with my work is a huge mistake as my work pales so much in comparison. HOWEVER, it’s a nice juxtaposition.

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Just one poster away from completing the full tribute to Mr. Corman’s “Poe Cycle.” Look for the final installment coming up.

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LITERATURE & ART :: “AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE”

This one is pretty dang cool. I just LOVE this sort of thing — taking an existing fictional universe we’re all very familiar with, something from the common pop-culture lexicon, and imbuing it with a new sense, especially something dark. That’s exactly what the creators of “Afterlife with Archie” have done. It officially releases 10 / 09 / 13! Sooooo, get to that comic store today, horror fans.

Here’s what the official description has to say  ::

“NEW ONGOING SERIES! “Escape From Riverdale”—This is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King’s Carrie, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle) take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before—to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series—but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart! For TEEN+ readers.”

Check out these preview images from the series ::

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FUN stuff with an absolutely A-list team at the helm. Definitely one to watch.

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ART :: ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVEYARD… CELEBRATE OCTOBER!

Last year, I celebrated this, the spookiest of seasons, with a 31 day art project called “One Foot in the Graveyard.” Really, the tagline says it all: “31 DAYS, 31 WALLPAPERS, ONE SCARY SEASON.” The goal was to give my fellow denizens of the dark something new each day to bring a touch of this most horrific time of year to their work-a-day lives. The site turned out to be something pretty cool, too.

Here are just a few faves at thumbnail size from the collection ::

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It’s really worth checking the whole deal out at the site.

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LAUNCH “ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVEYARD” >

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It was a very fun thing to do and you can download your faves and change up your desktop daily. Join me! Celebrate October!

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FILM :: BEST OF HORROR SHORTS … “CARGO”

I continue to have internet issues, but I’m trying to get back on track here. I’ll tell you, data connectivity is a racket.

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I wanted to share another great horror short entitled “Cargo.”

Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke have done something really notable with these 7 minutes — they have created real emotional resonance in not only a short-format piece, but also with a zombie infection story. Their approach transforms the film from something that is very expected into a piece that is truly memorable with a universal message of unconditional love. AND, I love the way it’s shot. Very nice choices all the way around. Enjoy!

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ART :: THE TOP 50 HORROR POSTERS OF ALL TIME… 45 >> 41

As you may be able to tell, I love great poster art, but especially posters from the great horror movie cannon. This is the second installment of my countdown of the best of the genre.

Here’s how I selected the list. I used three main criteria to shape my decisions ::

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>> DESIGN / IMAGE — This is the baseline. As a designer by trade, I feel strongly that any great or effective poster HAS to start here. Is the poster effective as a piece of art? Is the poster is a strong representative of the art of graphic design? Did it capture a particular spirit or movement in design?

>> TITILLATION / PROMOTION — Though we tend to contextualize film and the associated collateral as “art,” it is ultimately a form of commerce. Any movie poster has to promote the film it supports either through a delicious tease or overt sales pitch. How effective is the poster at selling the film it is tied to?

>> IMPACT / LEGACY — Sometimes even mediocre films get truly great posters. Sometimes, we even remember the image of the poster far longer than the film itself. What was the lasting effect of the poster? Was it iconic or timeless in some way? Was a part of a larger context?

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Every poster on this list is a cocktail of the above elements, mixed in different ways. All successful in their own right. Let’s jump in to 45 >> 41…

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30_days_of_night

2007

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dr_caligari

1920

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blacula

1972

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american_scream

2012

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peeping_tom

1960

Look for Part III, coming right up!

Special thanks to http://www.impawards.com for many of the images in this countdown. AWESOME site.

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FILM :: BEST OF HORROR SHORTS … “THE BACKWATER GOSPEL”

Sorry for the silence for the past days. I have just (mostly) completed a move with my family and we’re still without solid wi-fi. I’ve now figured out cellular tethering to get things back up-and-running until I get cable service set up. Enough about that… BACK TO BUSINESS…

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Today, I wanted to share a really stylish animated short called “The Backwater Gospel.” It’s got a very artistic, textural feel and it’s devilishly ghoulish. Enjoy!

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ART :: ROGER CORMAN AND EDGAR ALLAN POE… PART III

Welcome to Part III of my tribute to hollywood (and hollywood horror) legend Roger Corman. I am creating an 8 poster series in tribute to Corman’s early-1960’s “Poe Cycle,” where he brought classic stories from the EA Poe cannon to film. You can read Part I here, with my actual article on Corman and view Posters I and II there as well. Part II can be found here.

Again, a big THANK YOU to Mr. Corman for all he has done for film and horror-lovers everywhere.

Without further delay… The Posters — V and VI ::

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ART :: THE TOP 50 HORROR POSTERS OF ALL TIME… 50 >> 46

As you may be able to tell, I love great poster art, but especially posters from the great horror movie cannon. Welcome to the first installment of my countdown of the best of the genre.

Here’s how I selected the list. I used three main criteria to shape my decisions ::

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>> DESIGN / IMAGE — This is the baseline. As a designer by trade, I feel strongly that any great or effective poster HAS to start here. Is the poster effective as a piece of art? Is the poster is a strong representative of the art of graphic design? Did it capture a particular spirit or movement in design?

>> TITILLATION / PROMOTION — Though we tend to contextualize film and the associated collateral as “art,” it is ultimately a form of commerce. Any movie poster has to promote the film it supports either through a delicious tease or overt sales pitch. How effective is the poster at selling the film it is tied to?

>> IMPACT / LEGACY — Sometimes even mediocre films get truly great posters. Sometimes, we even remember the image of the poster far longer than the film itself. What was the lasting effect of the poster? Was it iconic or timeless in some way? Was a part of a larger context?

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Every poster on this list is a cocktail of the above elements, mixed in different ways. All successful in their own right. Let’s jump in…

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frankenstein_must_be_destroyed

1969

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thestepfordwives

1975

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americanwerewolf

1981

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loch_ness_horror

1981

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seven_brothers_meet_dracula

1974

Look for Part II, coming right up!

Special thanks to http://www.impawards.com for many of the images in this countdown. AWESOME site.

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