August 20th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Art, Horror Comic Covers |

Top 20 Locke & Key Covers

by Ghastly McNasty

We’re back with a new Top 20 Horror Comic Cover post! This time, the spotlight of spookiness turns to Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s modern masterpiece, Locke and Key.

 

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May 21st, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews, Graphic Novels & Comics, Horror Art |

The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania
Writer: Tracey Miller-Zarneke, Genndy Tartakovsky
Artist: Various
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: October 2010
Price: $34.95

“The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania brings to (undead) life a fresh new spin on the classic horror monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, Werewolf, and the Invisible Man from Sony Pictures Animation and director Genndy Tartakovsky – creator of Samurai Jack and executive producer and director of Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series.”

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
Okay everyone, I need you to close your eyes, take a deep breath and prepare for what you are about to read. Yes that is right, it is not a horror comic book review, but a review of a book based on a horror themed movie. AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey I can read books, as long as they have pictures, and let me tell you, this book has some GORE-Geous visuals. basically what we have here is a breakdown on the art from the movie Hotel Transylvania. Each character in the movie has their own little section that includes some great commentary by Tracey Miller-Zarneke and Genndy Tartakovsky, as well as the designs, story boards and renderings of the cast. I have to say that my favorite part is seeing the whole process and how they went from concept to final design. On a design basis alone, this book is laid out beautifully. I think any fan of the movie would want to have this on their shelf, and I don’t mean just the die-hard fans, I mean every fan. I also think that anyone wanting to get a great behind the scenes look at how much time and work go into an animated film would want to read this one. Some great in-depth coverage of how it all went down. Sadly this reviewer has yet to see this movie. You better believe that my interest was piqued when I saw the trailers, but now I am just dying to go see it. This is a fantastic resource that will make everyone say AHHHH!!!!!!

Artwork: 5.0 out of 5 • Story: 4.5 out of 5

If you would like to buy or know more about The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania you can find it at http://titanbooks.com

 

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April 18th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews, Graphic Novels & Comics, Horror Art |

Mars Attacks: 50th Anniversary Collection

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Mars Attacks: 50th Anniversary Collection
Writer: Len Brown (Introduction), Zina Saunders (Afterword)
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Release Date: October 2012
Price: $19.95

“In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mars Attacks, this comprehensive book is the first-ever compilation of the infamous science-fiction trading card series produced by Topps in 1962. Edgy, subversive, and darkly comedic, this over-the-top series depicting a Martian invasion of Earth has a loyal following and continues to win new generations of fans. For the first time, this book brings together high-quality reproductions of the entire original series, as well as the hard-to-find sequel from 1994, rare and never-before-seen sketches, concept art, and test market materials. Also included are an introduction by series co-creator Len Brown and an afterword by Zina Saunders, daughter of the original artist, providing an insider’s behind-the-scenes view of the bizarre and compelling world of Mars Attacks.”

Dying Breath: 5.0 out of 5
This book is perfection, I can not sum it up any better than that. Collecting the original trading card series, the second series and some more amazing artwork, this book preserves a fantastic piece of horror history. A huge plus on why this book is so good, is because not only do you get to read the original trading card set, but you also get some commentary about what was going on when the series was created. That commentary had to be my favorite part of this book. Learning about what was allowed to go on this GORE-Geous card set and what wasn’t is often time silly to read by today’s standards. As a designer myself I have to talk about the layout of this book as well. The interiors are clean and crisp. The cards, if scanned, are perfect. The dust jacket is possibly the coolest I have ever seen. Mimicking a pack of the cards, I honestly tried to open it from the back, I thought it was real. Also there is a secret surprise I won’t ruin printed on the book itself under the dust jacket. Overall I can not recommend this book more. Collecting everything Topps put out with the original card set and more, this book has it all. So glad to have this in my collection, it is just what I needed.

Artwork: 5.0 out of 5 • Story: 5.0 out of 5

If you would like to buy or know more about Mars Attacks: 50th Anniversary Collection you can find it at http://www.abramsbooks.com

 

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June 28th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Art |

Zombie All Stars

by Ghastly McNasty

Everyone’s favourite characters from TV, films and gaming get the zombie treatment from Swedish artist Max Grecke.

You can see more of these creations over on his Deviant Page.

 

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June 5th, 2012 | → 2 Comments | ∇ Horror Art |

Horror Sculpture by Shain Erin

by Ghastly McNasty

Creepy dolls are just about the scariest thing going. So hideously deformed creepy dolls is just taking the piss. Take a look at American artist Shain Erin’s brood of monstrosities.

Shane states

I am fascinated with the way that dolls can function simultaneously as contrived objects and living entities. This paradox of an object with a “soul” makes the doll a powerful tool to explore the spiritual predicament of corporeality. In my figures, the struggle to reconcile spirit and flesh is explored through various states of physical miscreation, transformation and dissolution. This monstrous realism reflects an inner landscape of psychological and spiritual struggle with the pain and wonder of existence.

For the sickos out there who enjoy looking at creepy deformed doll things (and there are plenty of you) you can see more of his work here.

 

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May 23rd, 2012 | → 3 Comments | ∇ Horror Art |

The Illustrated Book of Monsters

by Ghastly McNasty

Those nice folk over in Japan certainly know their horror. The Kaibutsu Ehon (“Illustrated Book of Monsters”) is an 1881 book featuring woodblock prints of yōkai, or creatures from Japanese folklore. Illustrated by painter Nabeta Gyokuei, the book is modeled after the influential works of Toriyama Sekien, an 18th-century scholar and ukiyo-e artist known for his attempt to catalog the many species of yōkai in Japan. Here are a selection of monsters from the book.

Pictures swiped from the clutches of the Pink Tentacle.

 

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May 17th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Art |

Lego Dante’s Inferno

by Ghastly McNasty

Romanian artist Mihai Marius Mihu spent seven months recreating the hellish visions of the nine circles of hell from Dante’s Divine Comedy using almost 40,000 Lego bricks. We love Mihai’s commitment to his work. Take a look at these awesome models below.

Mihai said:

I didn’t read the Divine Comedy, only the small descriptions of the circles I found on the websites. I didn’t want to be much influenced by the original descriptions because I wanted to give a whole new fresh approach for each circle. I thought more about the significance of titles and from then on it was only my imagination.

Good work, Sir.

 

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May 3rd, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Art |

Lovecraft’s Adventures of Tintin

by Ghastly McNasty

Lovecraft's Adventures of TintinFantastic mash-up here from artist Murray Groat, with his reimagining of Herge’s Tintin, as he takes on the many unspeakable horrors of H.P. Lovecraft. Would love to read these beauties for real but unfortunately they’re just covers. Damn fine cover all the same.

Check out the gallery below.

You can see more of his stuff here. You can’t buy copies of the pics, so don’t even ask.

 

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April 23rd, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Art |

The Art of Mia Mäkilä

by Ghastly McNasty

The internet is full of wonderful websites and nuggets of happiness that will lift your spirits and sooth your worries. There’s also a darker side to the net filled with freakish art and gruesome tales. It’s here that you’ll find most of the sites recommended by The Theatre of Terror. One such site contain the artwork of Mia Mäkilä, a Swedish artist who describes her work as horror pop surrealism or dark lowbrow.

Mia’s influences include:

…film directors such as David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Roy Andersson, Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton and artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Francisco Goya, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the masters of Disney Studio’s in the 1930’s-40’s.

Check out this disturbing gallery below.

If you want to lose a few more crumbs of sanity then take a trip over to www.miamakila.com/.

 

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April 9th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Films, Horror Art |

Zombified Classic Movie Posters

by Ghastly McNasty

Some clever dicky has re-worked this selection of classic movie posters in to zombie flicks. Movies which have been infected with the virus include Bleak is the Future, Indiana Bones, Toy Gory, Cadavatar (geddit!) and the beautifully titled Zombie Apocalypse Now.

Gaze in bemusement at the gallery below.

 

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