31 Nightmares 2018: The 4th

On the 1st during our opener, we highlighted Kevin Yagher and his work in special effects as well as his gorgeous showcasing of some that work online.

Today we’d like to highlight someone in that same realm with an equal number of impressive accomplishments and the skills to match.

Mark Shostrom is the man I’m referring to.

& He also has a really amazing page linked below.

https://www.instagram.com/markshostrom/

I’ve been like a small child in a room full of bright colors ever since I found Mark online. He shares some truly wonderful behind-the-scenes magic on a pretty regular basis. He’s worked on a good number of all the movies I’ve ever loved as well.

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Evil Dead II (1987). My in-progress rough sculpture for Henrietta’s second look, along with one of the finished heads. The initial sculpture block-out was quite symmetrical, then Sam came out for a look and suggested making it a bit lopsided. The only part I couldn’t move was the eyeball placement, otherwise #DaveKindlon’s eye animatronics would not work. I put in a few plastic teeth I had handy for placement, then later sculpted big gnarly ones. Pictured is a stunt head made of Poly Tech 1016, a really tough foam like a soccer ball that Bruce and everyone could kick the shit out of, slam the cellar door on, etc. We also made an animatronic one for the ‘hush little baby’ bit, and #BryantTausek & I made two gelatin heads for Bruce’s shotgun finale. @nealkennemore’s mom Melinda Kennemore made all the Henrietta wigs, including for the Pee-wee head. Incidentally, we called this the Pee-wee Head after Large Marge in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure since the stop-motion by Rick Catizone was going for a similar popping out effect. #markshostrom #EvilDead2 #EvilDeadII #80shorror #BehindTheScenes #FxMakeup #SFX #spfxmakeup #bts #horrorfilms #horrorhistory #horrormovies #practicaleffects #specialeffects #specialmakeupeffects #culthorror #deadbydawn #illswallowyoursoul #someonesinmyfruitcellar #henrietta #cometohenrietta #bookofthedead #deadite #necronomicon #monstersculpture #peeweehead #monsters #moviemonsters

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This is one of my favorite bits of work he’s shared.

There is so much more, though! If you’re on Instagram, please consider giving him a follow. He’s really a treasure and so is his art.


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Day 4

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31 Nightmares 2017: The 4th

We started on a more somber note. It’s been a somber year, in more than just the genre. We’ve had a lot of losses. There is, however, an up-swing in all this.

The IT remake broke records, and surely raked in some big bucks for Mr. Stephen King. Horror is hitting another wave of creativity right now. The proof is in the lineups, and the projects slated to release in the next few months.

We are a force to be reckoned with, and the mainstream knows it.

We will continue to highlight those working within the genre this week, but I was told by someone close to me, you may want to hear from me as well.

I do, after all, work in this genre from time to time and it has been considered my specialty.

My best advice to someone looking to get into this industry on more full-time terms is simply to “take the leap.”

Trust yourself.

Work as hard as you possibly can toward your goals.

Don’t take in or entertain negativity.

And most importantly, a gem from one of my mentors:

Don’t burn your bridges.

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Fun fact: This banner is one of a set designed specifically for #31Nightmares. Each one is a tribute or reference to a classic or iconic horror film.

Author’s Notes: Tomorrow we begin our tradition of artworks inspired by nightmares in loving memory of Mr. Wes Craven.


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Sleepy Sundays: Light Work

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The running theme for this month among family, friends, and colleagues seems to be that our passions bring us peace of mind. We all go through our trials in life. Some days even harder than the next. Though if you’re working towards or doing something you love, a little light work makes the lights work.

—And not just the lights in the house.

*This custom piece was designed for a friend of mine who’s also a *divine* lady that’s always added a little sparkle to my day.

What brightens your lights lately?

Have a beautiful Sunday!

31 Nightmares 2016: The 12th

My fusion with the horror genre began long ago. The start of it all was the first time taking in A Nightmare On Elm Street. After that, it fast became a passion; one I took with me through all of my schooling. I started writing short stories in grade school. This continued through middle school until I started onto longer compositions.

It was within these years of writing horror, I fell in love with another Master of Horror, Mr. Stephen King.

Aside from Wes, King is probably one of my largest influences.

I guess you could say, Wes inspired me to write and King kept me at it.

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Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep is one of King’s more recent novels—one I was most certainly gripped by. This novel certainly has a place here during 31 Nightmares for its unique approach to psychological horror.

This story is the follow-up for King’s other well-known masterpiece, The Shining. The stories flow together nicely, and yet this one takes on a direction all its own by touching on the occult. I highly recommend this novel to horror lovers. I am without a doubt surprised this has not been made into a full-length movie sequel as well.

Pick this up online or anywhere books are sold. You won’t regret it, unless you need sleep…

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