Friday, October 31, 2014

WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES FOR THIS YEAR'S HALLOWEEN!

Hey, just kidding. That was sort of a trick. 

Now, here's the treat. The images I'm sharing with you are indeed graphic, but not in that gross and gory sort of way. Instead, I'm sharing with you a series of the original caricatures I've drawn over the past couple of years of some of my favorite horror icons. I hope you enjoy these 'graphic images'!



Good evening! Yes, it's the Master of the Macabre himself, hoping your Halloween comes off without a hitch. He's done some wonderful horror like THE BIRDS (1963) and what some consider the greatest horror movie of all - PSYCHO (1960). 


Vincent Price is one of my favorite actors, and nobody dominated horror films the way he did. Here he is in one of his best, as the title character in THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH from 1964. His best role ever? As the murderous Shakespearean actor in THEATER OF BLOOD (1973). Rent both!


Sigourney Weaver saves the cat in the original ALIEN (1979). This caricature was done for Blake Snyder's blog about screenwriting called "Save the Cat" (http://www.savethecat.com). His book argues that heroes should do something heroic, like save an animal early in the film, to get the audience on that character's side. Weaver's Ripley is a caretaker throughout, and makes sure she saves the cat from the alien space creature as well.


THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) may be a silent movie, but it's still an incredibly creepy one. The story of a carnival side show attraction and its murderous proprietor and somnambulist attraction has some of the most nightmarish images in any film.


The scariest movie I've ever seen was THE EXORCIST (1973), mostly because it seemed all too real. Interesting as well was the fact that for the first hour of its running length, it's a rather straight-forward story about a girl's psychosis. It's discovered to be Satanic possession in hour two, and that's when all hell breaks loose. 


It may be a TV-movie but THE NIGHT STALKER was one of the scariest films ever. The portrayal of vampirism, personified by the well-suited Janos Skorzany (Barry Atwater), will haunt me forever. If you see it, it will do the same to you!



My all-time favorite horror movie is JAWS (1975) starring (left to right) Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw and Roy Scheider. Every time I stumble upon it on TV, I have to watch it. Still.


Glenn Close played one of the scariest characters ever in the horror movie/thriller FATAL ATTRACTION (1987). She was a sympathetic 'monster' in many respects, with Michael Douglas' philanderer perhaps being the true villain of the piece. 


Alistair Sim created film's most definitive Scrooge in the 1951 A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Funny how the world's most popular Christmas fiction is a horror movie, what with those ghosts and all.


Finally, GONE GIRL may be a thriller but it's also more than a bit of a horror movie, as argued here recently (http://bit.ly/1sgSoIE). And Rosamund Pike is my pick for the best 'monster' in a movie this year. (Pictured here with Ben Affleck.)

I hope you enjoyed these scary portraits. And have a happy Halloween, everyone! 

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    1. Thanks so much, Juli! I love your art. And for those of my followers interested in some wonderful and unique holiday gifts, check out Juli's website here: http://www.juliryansart.com She has the most whimsical and delightful work, available as prints, pillows, mugs, fashion and more. It's one-of-a-kind art and very affordable!

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  2. Really enjoyed your caricatures, they're terrific!

    Two synchronicities: I'm currently reading "Save the Cat" (though I'm a novel writer, not a screenwriter, it's been recommended to me by various novelists), so the Sigourney Weaver drawing spoke to me immediately. ALSO, I was just at my kid's college where we attended a screening of Hitchcock's "Rich and Strange." The professor who introduced it also introduced a new idea to me, of one of Hitchcock's recurring themes being that of the give and take and growing pains of marriage (!). Though, if the biopic from a couple of years back is true to reality, then it'd make sense his relationship with Alma would play out in the fantasy world of the silver screen, on some level or other.

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    1. Hi Mina! Thanks for posting. I'm glad you enjoyed "Save the Cat". It's fun for any writer or movie fan IMHO. Also, I think your professor may be onto something. Hitch definitely played with the give and take of marriage, or relationships between men and women. Look at the power struggle in REAR WINDOW between the photographer and his model girlfriend. Or the issues of marriage that run through THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH ("Que sera sera" indeed!) And even in NOTORIOUS, is Claude Rains poisoning Ingrid Bergman because of her spying or infidelity? Hmmm, not sure. Thanks again for opining, Mina, and we'll hope to hear from you again soon!

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