HOUSES OF HORROR / BEHIND THE SCENES / POST 1
With the release of these limited edition prints coming up real soon, I thought I’d take a minute to share just a small part of the creative process.
When I think of Horror, one movie always comes to find first. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original 1974 version of course). While there are of course plenty of great horror movies, few manage to genuinely freak me out a bit, even after repeated viewings like this masterpiece. Once I decided to do a print series for Halloween 2014, I knew Texas Chainsaw Massacre was going to be a huge part of it, how could it not?
When it comes to Imagery in this movie, for some reason I’ve always been drawn to the red wall with numerous animal skulls affixed on it more than anything else. Not to discount the iconic Leatherface (one of my other prints is “face-based” so fear not), but the stark contrast of the intense red of that wall in the midst of a visually dreary movie has always been memorable for me. Almost as if the mouth of hell itself is opening to envelope its next victim. I knew I wanted to make a piece that showcases this specific wall (pictured above) as it’s always something that sticks in my head.
My goal with this whole series is relatively simple horror prints that look great on a wall, ideally nicely framed, as an alternative for those who might want a little classier look vs the traditional movie poster (nothing wrong with those either, I have several on my walls right now). Each print focuses on a “House of Horror” and each house’s respective scary.
For this one, numerous random skull stock images were used/cut/repurposed/rearranged, a movie frame of the red wall and house were used as reference points to create the original artwork. Overall I think it’s a damn cool print, and it looks even better in person.
What do you think?