Horrorwood is Jack Hankins, a British illustrator and paper toy designer currently living in Japan.
Jack likes to draw nasty beasts of all varieties.
A more detailed profile can be found here

You can contact the artist at info(at)horrorwood.info or through the contact page.

Posts tagged "Movies"

Fonotune Kickstarter

Fabian Huebner wrote to me the other day to inform me that he had started a Kickstarter project to help fund the rest of his film Fonotune. He told me that he was doing this in order to retain artistic freedom and control over the project. The bulk of the film is complete but more money is needed to add some important desert scenes and to finish the principal shooting.

There are some great rewards on offer such as soundtracks, comics, posters, art books etc. with pledges starting at $5. I have finally finished my set of paper toys and these are also available as part of one of the reward packs.

Please had over to the Kickstarter page and help fund this amazing film.
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the project.

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Doppleganger


このイラストをだいぶ前に描き始めて、今週は最後の仕上げをした。
僕の一番好きなテレビ番組の一つ、ツイン・ピークスに対する賛辞です。
去年シーズン2のDVDがやっとリリースされて、最近再び最初から全部を見てみた。
もう1度見たら、監督のデビッド・リンチは本物の天才ということを再確認できた。

以下のクリップからこの作品のインスピレーションを得た。

I finally added the finishing touches to this piece that I started a little while back. It is a tribute to one of my favourite TV shows of all time, Twin Peaks.

We recently finished watching the second season which was finally released on DVD last year. Watching the whole thing again confirmed in my mind the fact that director David Lynch is one of the few people alive today that I would describe as a true genius.

Here also is the clip from Twin Peaks that inspired my picture.

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The Woods

The second feature film that I have seen by the director “Lucky” McKee is The Woods. It unfortunately went straight to DVD, which is surprising given the very high production values and level of acting shown by the excellent cast. The Woods is a more traditional horror movie centred around an all girls boarding school deep in the titular woods. It is a 60s period piece with a more magical than horror theme and brings to mind British horror movies of the era it depicts. The set designs and costumes are impeccable and it also features the legendary Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead fame.

Lucky also directed an episode of the Masters of Horror series that I reviewed earlier.

Apparently a sort of sequel to May was released at the end of last year called Roman. I have yet to see it but it sounds intriguing, as roles have been reversed this time with Lucky in the lead role and Angela Bettis in the directors chair.

次に紹介したいEdward “Lucky” McKee監督の映画は「The Woods」。
この映画は残念なことに上映 されることなく直接DVDとして発売された。
その割には、凄く質が高くて出演者全員の演技が素晴らしい!
The Woodsはもう少し伝統的なホラー映画で、森の中の全寮制女子高校を舞台にしてる。
テーマ的にはホラーというより魔法の話に近くて、1960年代を舞台にしている� けに、その時代のイギリスホラー� 画を思い出させる。
セットやコスチューム など全て完璧。そしてボーナスとして、伝説のホラー役者Bruce Campbell(死霊のはらわた等)が特別ゲスト出演している!

Lucky氏はこの間紹介したホラーシリーズMasters of Horrorにも1エピソードを監督している。
話によると、去年の年末辺りにMayの続編のような映画「Roman」がリリースされたらしい。
まだ見てないけど、興味深いことに今回Lucky氏が主人公を演じ、監督はなんとMayを演じたAngela Bettis。

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Lucky McKee

One of my new favourite directors of late is the American horror director Edward “Lucky” McKee.
Admittedly I have only watched 3 things that he has directed but that is almost the sum total of his work. Lucky gained a cult following after the release of his best known work May in 2002.
Though his films are ostensibly labelled as horror to me they seem like adolescent dramas that happen to have horror and fantasy themes. I say this because Lucky builds up relationships properly between his characters and also injects all of his films with a certain romance and also a sense of humour. The look of his movies is also very special – slick and colourful without quite tipping into the realms of an MTV music video. All in all it makes for a very pleasant (apart from the gore) viewing experience.

May is the story of an awkward and lonely young woman who is desperate to have relationships like the so-called normal people around her. It is almost like a modern day Carrie, but as I explained above the whole thing plays out more like a coming of age movie. It is only towards the end that things start moving in a horror direction. The movie stars the excellent Angela Bettis who appears in some form in every film that Lucky has made.

Stayed tuned for “The Woods”…

最近のお気に入りの監督の一人は米ホラー監督はEdward “Lucky” McKee
彼が監督した映画を3作しか見てないけど・・・と言っても実は全部で5作位しかない。
Lucky氏は一番有名な作品「May」(2000年・米)でカルト的な人気を得た。
彼の作品はホラーというジャンルに分けられているが、僕にとっては、ファンタジーやホラーのテーマのある青春ドラマに近い。
なぜかと言うと、普通のホラー映画と比べると、キャラクター間の人間関係がよく描けていて、本当のロマンスとユーモアも入ってる。
Lucky氏の映画の映像はいつも凄く魅力的で、カラフル。
お洒落なんだ けど、MTVのミュージックビデオほどやりすぎてない。
とにかく、えぐい部分はともかく、普通のホラー映画と比べたら、楽しく見れるものだ と思う。
Lucky氏の名作「May」は人付き合いが苦手な寂しい女の話。
彼女は頑張って、周りの「普通」の人と付き合おうとする。
テーマは1976年の伝説のホラー「キャリー」の現代版に似ているが、やっぱり雰囲気的に青春ドラマに近い。
映画の後半に入ったらやっとホラーぽくなってくる。
主人公のMayは、Lucky氏の全映画に出演してる演技派女優Angela Bettisが演じてる。
Lucky氏の他の作品についてはまた後日。

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Masters of Horror

I have recently been watching the Showtime series Masters of Horror.
It is a series of one hour horror shorts each directed by a famous horror director. Names include John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing), Dario Argento (Suspiria, Inferno), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London). There are also many interesting cameo appearances from famous horror actors.

Though it is very much a hit and miss affair there are a few stand out episodes. John Carpenter’s “Cigarette Burns” for example is one of the best horror pieces I have seen for a long time and almost feels like a full length feature. It is also nice just to have a horror based series and with 2 series of 13 episodes a piece it will certainly keep you entertained for a while.

最近米ショータイ� ネットワークのマスターズ・オブ・ホラーというシリーズを見てる。各1時間のエピソードは別の有名ホラーが監督して る。ジョン・カーペンター(ハロウィン、遊星からの物体X)、ダリオ・アルジェント(サスペリア、インフェルノ )、トビー・フーパー(悪魔のいけにえ、ポルターガイスト)、ジョン・ランディス(狼男アメリカン)などなど。沢山の有名なホラー役者も特別ゲストとして 出演してる。

全てのエピソードが面白いってわけではないけど、傑作と言っていいほどのエピソードもあった。その一つはジョン・カーペンター監督の「世界の終わり」で、最近見たホラーの長編� 画よりずっと面白かった。二つのシーリズで全26エピソードがあるからしばらく楽しめそう� 。

マスターズ・オブ・ホラー DVD-BOX Vol.2
マスターズ・オブ・ホラー DVD-BOX Vol.1

日本版のDVDは凄く高いので英語力に自信がある方には輸入版をお勧めします。

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