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Written by Written by Justice Howard   
Apr 04, 2005 at 02:00 AM
It was a concept that came from the deepest darkest recesses of my mind, laced with salivating evil behind it. It was an idea that glimpsed into the future with obsidian voodoo glow skull eyes, springing up in the synapses of my brainpan with lightning correctness and clarity.

Yes, yes, I would make a series of posters harkening back in feel and flavor to the Horror B-Movie posters of the 1950’s and 1960’s era when exploitation and sensationalism were the hot promotional selling points. An era when horror movies had fun and fantasy, back when they had tush and titties. And so I decided to do a little homework. I watched older cult films like “The Hills Have Eyes” as well as more modern cult films like “The House of 1000 Corpses”. I watched films like “Tourist Trap”, a 70’s horror flick starring Chuck Connors that is perhaps one of the most unnerving horror films ever made.

Now I was armed with sinister inspirations and ready to rock. I would organize and shoot 13 horror & exploitation influenced photographs and find a genius graphics guy to mock them up with text and graphics into sickeningly delightful posters. But where would I find a graphics guru to collaborate with? Well they say that only if you’ve been particularly wicked all year do you get presents from the devil just in time for All Hallows Eve. My gift came in human form, one Brian J. Bonislawsky, fontmaker and graphic genius.

As chance would have it, Brian and I were like-minded people on the same dark path. I knew right away that he was meant to be my collaborator in conjuring up these dark visions. After all, we all know that dark people bring dark images to life, but what Brian didn’t know was that he was in for a long haul. In the end, it would take over 20 hours to conjure up all 13 posters.

Every incantation needs its ingredients though, and before Brian could even begin invoking my photographs into poster form, I had to summon up and shoot the 13 photographs to start with. Many strange props were needed, everything from fresh pig heads, raw and bloody meat, butchers knives, hypodermic needles, baby doll heads, demon wings and other such things. We would also need a master makeup artist to “resurrect the demon divas”, so to speak. Not all of these things were the easiest to find, but somehow the darkness did its bidding and all that was needed, including makeup artist Jim Sacca, was miraculously at hand.

In retrospect, I don’t think anyone else has ever done anything remotely like this. Remember who created it first.

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