Haunted Happenings

Toronto After Dark awards Why Horror? for Best Poster

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I’m pleased to say the acclaimed documentary Why Horror? won an audience choice award and best poster at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film festival. I have to thank my good friend Tal Zimerman, directors Rob Lindsay and Nicolas Kleimannd for the opportunity to work with them on their documentary and to Toronto After Dark team for the award! Keep your eye on their site for any updates one where you can see the film or when it will be available for home video. Check out the rest of the winners of Toronto After Dark’s 2014 edition here.

 

Rue Morgue and Anchor Bay Canada presents Black Christmas

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Advance tickets are now available for the Black Christmas 40th Anniversary screening at The Royal Theatre on Saturday, December 20th. The event is hosted by Art Hindle and I’ll be dropping my limited edition, silk-screened poster. Any remaining copies will be available online in my store shortly after the event.

Check out the press release below for all the information and we hope to see you there!

7:00PM Screening Cult Horror BLACK CHRISTMAS

40th Anniversary Screening presented by Anchor Bay Canada and Rue Morgue Magazine hosted by actor Art Hindle & artist Gary Pullin

The college town of Bedford is receiving an unwelcome guest this Christmas. Just as the residents of sorority Pi Kappa Sig prepare for the festive season, a demonic stranger begins to stalk the house.  A series of grisly obscene phone-calls start to plague the residents of the sorority and soon they will each meet their fate at the hands of the psychotic intruder. As the Police try to trace the calls, they discover that nothing is as it seems during this Black Christmas. This classic Canadian slasher film stars John Saxon, Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Art Hindle and Andrea Martin, and was directed by the late Bob Clark (Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, Deathdream, Christmas Story, Porky’s).

Ghoulish Gary Pullin will be unleashing his brand new 40th Anniversary Poster (18″ x 24” silk-screened, limited edition of 100, featuring metallic silver inks and printed by D&L Printing). This will be the first chance to buy one and have it autographed – it could make the perfect gift for the horror hound on your list!

The screening will also feature a Quiet Room Bears exclusive Black Christmas teddy giveaway. 

Tickets $10.00 on sale Saturday, November 29 online at Anchor Bay Canada Presents: BLACK CHRISTMAS & COOPERS’ CHRISTMAS Screening Saturday, December 20 at The Royal Cinema

http://www.theroyal.to

Tickets $10.00

For more information about Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada visit www.anchorbayentertainment.ca

For more information about Rue Morgue Magazine visit www.rue-morgue.com

For more information about Gary Pullin visit www.ghoulishgary.com

For more about The Royal Cinema (608 College Street, Toronto, ON  M6G 1A1) visit www.theroyal.to/

 

All Things Babadook

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Happy Halloween, everyone! I thought I would bring you behind the curtain on all of the Babadook related things I’ve been doing lately. If you haven’t heard of new horror film The Babadook, you will soon enough. It’s the big buzz horror film this year, winning Best Horror feature at Fantasia Fest and it truly is worthy of the hype. The concept is simple but the scares are anything but conventional. Here’s the trailer to get you started. It’s available now on DirectTV and opens in theaters on November 28.

The film is a beautifully shot, sinister, psychological horror film with incredible performances by Essie Davis, child star Daniel Henshaw and a terrifying new cinematic boogeyman. After viewing the screener IFC sent back in August, I was drunk on inspiration.

And so we begin the process of creating the U.S. one sheets for IFC Midnight. Along the way, I had the opportunity to create a poster for Mondo and an unused concept which now graces the latest issue of Rue Morgue for their cover story on the film but more on that a little later.

We’ll start with some initial concept sketches. These are only a few examples culled from a pile of doodles. Just me drawing in the dark, brainstorming while the film flickers in front of me.

I then move onto the computer and start to bring the concepts to a more visually digestible state. I spent a little extra time on these “roughs” as I normally do. I wanted to show IFC and director Jennifer Kent some solid directions. Below are a few more explorations, keeping in mind some of IFC’s initial notes.

After some feedback from IFC and director Jennifer Kent, it was decided that we should use specific photography of the actors and fonts from the film’s past posters. I was happy to oblige. After a few rounds of tweaks, here is the official U.S. one-sheet for The Babadook. There’s a second poster, yet to be revealed.

 

The concept below was used for its premiere on Direct TV.

 

When the opportunity reared its head to create a design for Mondo, I threw my top hat into the ring and showed them some unused concepts. Mondo art director Rob Jones suggested we go with the striking and simple image of the knife. For me, the image of a knife really speaks to the psychological terror in the film. A knife doesn’t always have to say “slasher movie”. It’s also a visual devise to convey the psychological horror of a person frayed at their wits end. Pushed to grab a knife in defence of the Babadook, we watch the character of Amelia come unhinged as he, or “it”, drives her to insanity. Always in shadow, always present, the Babadook lurks from behind the blade of the knife. This poster was released at MondoCon and recently sold out on Mondo’s site, but I’ll have more copies available in my store shortly.

Rue Morgue Magazine heard I was developing key art for The Babadook and asked IFC and I if they could publish an unused concept for the film. This particular concept was one of my favourites of the bunch, so I was very excited it found a home on the cover of my favourite horror magazine. The slick cover design is courtesy of RM art director Andrew Wright. The issue hits stands and digital on November 1st.

I hope this sheds a little insight behind the artwork for the film and I hope you all catch it in theaters or VOD when it comes out. All bias aside, it’s my must see horror film of the year. And keep a night light on after viewing, you’re going to need it.

Have a safe and very happy Halloween!

Gary

 

Housecore Horror Film Festival 2014

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I’m pleased to announce I’ll be a guest at Philip Aneselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival happening October 23 – 26th. The festival brings the best in metal music with Danzig, Samhain, Superjoint, Voivod and Gwar headlining, with rare screenings of horror flicks and special film guests from Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 and 2. My table will be located in the Midway area, so if you’re going drop by and say hi!

MondoCon 2014

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I’m beyond thrilled to announce I’ll be attending MondoCon in Austin Texas, September 20 -21. Mondo‘s first ever convention is truly unique in that it celebrates poster screenprints, toys, vinyl records and the creators and artists behind them. I’m really looking forward to meeting the many artists I admire and some friends and filmmaker’s I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  I’ll be exhibiting with a full booth and have a few new things in store, so if you’re there please make it a point to drop by and say hi! The convention just so happens to coincide with Fantastic Fest and we’re excited to catch a few flicks while there. Oh, and speaking of  Fantastic Fest, I’ll have a very special treat in store for a certain screening, so keep your eyes open for that by following me on Twitter and FaceBook. To snag your MondoCon weekend or day passes, click here!