Making INNSMOUTH

Whether you’re a Joshua Hoffine fan or not (though I can think of no good reason why any horror fan would not dig him), and whether you’re a Lovecraft fan or not, you owe it to yourself to check out the artist’s blog post on his latest piece–hell, we can’t think of a reason not to call it a masterpiece– titled INNSMOUTH. The creation boasts the absolutely stellar work of J. Anthony Kosar and his talented team at Kosart Studios; just when I think their effects/prosthetic work cannot get any better, it does. Hoffine was also able to get Doug Jones to star in the piece (no, not as an eerily thin creature of some kind) as the hero. Mr. Hoffine’s talent, paired with the top-tier dedication to putting the most care, concern, and craftsmanship into his creations possible into every detail, is well on display here. He even takes you step-by-step through his entire process (with lots of great behind-the-scenes photos and backstory). The attribute of his art that shines through, however, that puts him on a level with the best horror artists among, say, Bernie Wrightson, is his true love of and devotion to the horror genre. True horror fans can see and feel the heart (no pun intended) and soul of a kindred horror fan as soon as you lay eyes on his art …and that’s not common to find, these days. Enjoy!

Joshua Hoffine | Behind The Scenes

Hi kiddies!

This is my new photograph called INNSMOUTH.  This image is based on the story Shadow Over Innsmouth by legendary Horror author H.P. Lovecraft. This photograph stars actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) as the victim and features Special FX from frequent collaborator and Face/Off champion J. Anthony Kosar and his talented team at Kosart Studios.

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In the 1931 story Shadow Over Innsmouth, the human victim is chased through the streets of the seaside town of Innsmouth by a teeming mob of monstrous fish people called the Deep Ones. The imagery of a sole individual being pursued by a city full of monsters is similar to Invasion of The Body Snatchers, I Am Legend, or any modern zombie movie, but exists first in Shadow Over Innsmouth.  As with my previous zombie photograph LAST STAND, INNSMOUTH is populated by a horde of monsters…

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Making PERSEPHONE

Persephone began her yearly visit to visit the world a month or so ago; let’s welcome her back by reading about Joshua Hoffine’s interpretation of this particular story from Greek Mythology (though in the version I learned back in school, Persephone was the daughter of an even more powerful nature goddess. The Robert Kurtzman Mr. Hoffine mentions is no other than one of the founders of KNB  EFX – not too shabby! Please note that the ‘featured photo’ used above belongs to Josh Hoffine and Horror Boom has no copyright claim on anything to do with it, except for using it to get you to hopefully interest you in reading the story behind it. All images are, of course, © Joshua Hoffine.

Joshua Hoffine | Behind The Scenes

This is the third and final photograph from my new project titled PERSEPHONE.

In Greek mythology, Persephone was a nature goddess who became Queen of the Underworld after being abducted by Hades.  When she is in the Underworld we experience winter.  And when she visits the world she brings with her spring, flowers, and the resurrection of life.  As both a Goddess of Spring, and the Queen of the Underworld – she exemplifies the tension between life and death.

Rebekah Whitt played the part of Persephone, and her SPFX Make-up was done by Shawn Shelton with Bandersnatch Studios.

David Greathouse helped with set construction.

The walls and archway of the set were made from plastic VacuForm panels that we painted to look like stone.

We dressed the set walls with fake foliage and roses, which were meticulously glued to the walls, one flower at a time.

Beki Ingram helped with…

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The MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition Closes In Less Than 24 Hours – If You Can’t Make It, You Can Check Get An Eyefull, Including An Amazing Virtual Gallery, Here!

The Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition closes in less than 24 hours! If it wasn’t two time zones away from us, we’d be there just to see the two Joshua Hoffine pieces.*  In fact, if you only click on one link in this article, take a look at the superb “virtual gallery” online – we love looking at it, we just wish they didn’t remind us that everything is available for sale. Kind of like going into the giant “Merch rooms” at a horror convention– the immediate reaction yer pal Mrs. Horror Boom here gets slammed with is BUY EVERYTHING, OR BUY NOTHING. **

J. Anthony Kosar elaborates: “Maleficium is a Latin term for mischief and dark art, and, if horror is your thing, this is a must-see show.” Mischief and dark art? Check. Horror being our thing? CHECK!   A last chance to catch the Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition is being offered with a closing reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery in Westmont. The works are by thirty-four award-winning artists of all media. The complete list of artists, along with their biographies, is on the website, KosartGallery.com.

“Maleficium is a Latin term for mischief and dark art, and, if horror is your thing, this is a must-see show.”

-Gallery founder and award-winning artist J. Anthony Kosar, instructor of special FX classes and workshops at Kosart Effects Studios

From the press release: The artists include sculptors The Shiflett Brothers (Sideshow Collectibles, Bowen Designs, Moore Action Collectibles, Toy Biz), world-renowned sculptor and concept artist Jordu Schell (“Avatar,” “Prince Caspian,” AVPR, “Predator 2,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman Returns,” and seen on the Travel Channel’s “Making Monsters” and “Toy Hunter”), Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Ross (Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Dynamite Entertainment and Warner Brothers), award-winning sculptor Tim Bruckner (Kenner, Gentle Giant, DC Direct and co-writer of the book “Pop Sculpture”), Eisner Award-winning artist Jill Thompson (“Scary Godmother,” “Magic Trixie” and “Beasts of Burden”), Eisner and Inkpot Award-winning No. 1 “Star Wars” artist Dave Dorman (Dark Horse, Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, Hasbro, 20th Century Fox) and many others. Kosart Effects Studios and Gallery is located at 760 Burr Oak Drive, Westmont.  Other viewings are by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment: 630.310.8353.

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You can see even more here– visit this link for the original 2011 MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition (also held at the Kosart Gallery).

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Here’s Mr. Kosar’s official, and impressive, bio:

J. Anthony Kosar is an award-winning artist who specializes in Fine Art, Illustration, Sculpture, Creature Design, Make-up FX, and Product Design through his company Kosart Effects Studios, LLC. In 2007, he interned at legendary Stan Winston Studio creating effects for INDIANA JONES 4 and James Cameron’s AVATAR, and studied sculpture under world-renowned creature designer Jordu Schell. Kosar designs and sculpts Halloween masks for Zagone Studios, creates special effects for theater, film, and commercials, and between projects, teaches the art of FX through his studio in Westmont, IL.  Besides FX, Kosar is an internationally awarded fine artist and illustrator, having been awarded by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, American Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, and several others.  He designs and sculpts prototypes for toys, collectibles and medical anatomical models, illustrates for novels and comic books, and creates fine art paintings and sculptures. Kosar was Valedictorian of the class of 2008 at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL where he earned his BFA in Illustration.

Not too shabby, huh?

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*Please note: all images are from the exhibition (we probably wouldn’t need to tell you which one is Joshua Hoffine’s “Bathory” even without his name on there), and are for promotional purposes of the Maleficium Exhibition only – we do not own the copyright, that belongs to the artists. All artwork and images © their respective artists. All Characters TM and © their respective owners.

**not a healthy reaction for a recovered compulsive spender. Plus, that’s when I walk in there stone cold sober. My most recent strategy was to give Mr. Horror Boom my credit card and debit card, ask him to get me a specific amount from the ATM, then hold onto everything else that could get me in trouble.

 

Last Chance to Catch Joshua Hoffine’s Art At The MALEFICIUM Dark Arts Exhibition 2012!

A last chance to catch the Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition is being offered with a closing reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery in Westmont. The works are by 34 award-winning artists of all media. The complete list of artists with their biographies is on the website KosartGallery.com.

To read more about the MALEFICIUM Dark Arts Exhibition 2012 and Kosart Studios, check out the next piece!

Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine Takes On An Urban Legend – Babysitter

OK, what is the LAST THING IN THE WORLD you’d want to see around the corner when you’re a babysitter? Another horrifying, nightmarish Joshua Hoffine photo, another comforting ‘making of’ piece to show us that it’s ONLY A PHOTO… IT’S ONLY A PHOTO… IT’S ONLY A PHOTO… maybe if I say it enough times, I’ll get some sleep tonight. Check it out!

 

Joshua Hoffine | Behind The Scenes

This is my new photograph titled BABYSITTER.

This photo depicts a teenage babysitter being stalked by an escaped lunatic.

There is something very vulnerable about the teenage babysitter – no longer a child, but not yet an adult – attempting to shoulder grown-up responsibilities.

The concept of the escaped lunatic appears in at least three of my favorite Horror films: Black Xmas, Halloween, and When A Stranger Calls.

Ultimately, this photograph asks just one thing – what if something awful was waiting for you right around the corner?

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Bob Barber, who played the title role in DEVIL, returned to play the part of the escaped lunatic.

The teenage babysitter is my 13 year old daughter Arinna.

And the baby is my niece Thea, who was also the baby in my photo SNAKE.

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Patricia Castillo applied Bob’s make-up. I told her that I wanted a big lobotomy scar…

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Just Try Not To Get Scared Looking Through Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine’s “Keyhole”

So, you’ll noticed I “reblogged” a post a couple of days ago also from Josh Hoffine’s blog, “Making Pickman’s Masterpiece”. I was talking about some of the themes of Mr Hoffine’s work, and which ones scared me the most, and it seems I managed to overlook this one.

I do recall seeing this nightmare of an image, titled Keyhole, a couple of years ago, but I think it’s one of those things your mind sort of rejects to try to protect your emotional health, like a DVD player kicking out a damaged or unplayable disc after trying to read it for ten to fifteen seconds. Disc Cannot Be Played. I had the same reaction the first time I saw it; I just froze up. It actually is a good thing to see the breakdown of how it was made, to remind me it is JUST A FICTIONAL PHOTOGRAPH, with actors, models, special effects, and a little bit of digital manipulation. If you do a Google image search for Joshua Hoffine Keyhole and look at the image alone… you might get understand why this deconstruction of this photo is actually comforting. This remains one of the most frightening (fictional) photographs I’ve seen in the last decade. DAMN.

Well, I’m off to look for actor “Bob Barber” on the IMDB, to see what else he’s done and again remind myself he’s not really an emaciated maniacal axe-murderer. Maybe HE has a blog…

 

Joshua Hoffine | Behind The Scenes

This is my new photograph titled KEYHOLE.

I wanted to create an image that would cast the viewer as a character in the scene. This image is about voyeurism, about seeing something that you shouldn’t, and worse – being caught in the act.  In this image the viewer is the incumbent victim.

I made an oversized keyhole for the camera to look through out of foamcore, copper paint, and sculpey.

Bob Barber played the part of the axe murderer. Patricia Castillo, who helped me with the make-up on BABYSITTER, returned to do Bob’s make-up again. I had her shave Bob’s head so that he would look more like a business man, or maybe a banker, gone berserk. I gave him sock garters.

Matt Tady and Demian Vela worked as my assistants. Here you can see our keyhole rig and some of our lighting. I placed a large softbox on the…

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Check Out Horror Photographer Josh Hoffine’s Take On H.P. Lovecraft!

 If I had ever seen what Pickman saw—but no! Here, let’s have a drink before we get any deeper. Gad, I wouldn’t be alive if I’d ever seen what that man—if he was a man—saw!  Pickman’s Model, ©H.P. Lovecraft, 1926

 

Another great piece on a great series by Joshua Hoffine. This time he doesn’t take on Jack the Ripper – he takes on Lovecraft‘s Pickman’s Model, and knocks it out of the fucking North End park. Don’t miss this! By the way, if you haven’t read Pickman’s Model, the H.P. Lovecraft story can be found online to read here – it creeps me out to this day, and I highly recommend it. I also love the Hammer Horror look Mr. Hoffine achieved with this flawless, atmospheric series. If you want to see more on his Jack the Ripper series, I reblogged it here.  I also can’t recommend looking at Joshua Hoffine’s online portfolio enough – but not if you plan on getting a good night’s sleep! If you’d like to see an example to decide whether or not you should perhaps peruse his online portfolio in the daytime, or when you’re not the only one awake in the house, here’s a link to one of his scariest, titled Refrigerator, from the After Dark, My Sweet Series. I personally find this series deeply frightening, in fact the most frightening of any of his work (and that’s really saying something) probably because it preys on childhood fears, the monster hiding just around the corner or in the dark under the stairs. You haven’t seen it yet, you sense your worst nightmare is within grabbing reach of you,  you’re too terrified to turn around and look directly at it …but it  has seen you.

Joshua Hoffine | Behind The Scenes

This is a recent project I photographed for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine called PICKMAN’S MASTERPIECE.

This sequence of images is based on a 1927 short story by H.P. Lovecraft called Pickman’s Model.  I was attracted to this project because of the character of Pickman – who in Lovecraft’s mythology is a brilliant but marginalized artist notorious for his horrifying artwork.  Due to the graphic and disturbing nature of his work, he is shunned by his fellow artists.

Pickman is my patron saint.

I focused on the moment in the story when Pickman brings his last willing patron into his underground studio to show him his Masterpiece – his greatest and worst work – the one that can never be shown in public.

What he reveals is too much for the human mind to bear.

Instead of creating one heroic image, I wanted to create a sequence of images…

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Check out Horror Artist Joshua Hoffine’s Making JACK THE RIPPER!

Hell, just check out Joshua Hoffine, for starters. His still photography is some of the most creative– and downright nightmarish– imagery I’ve ever seen outside of a horror movie. I’ve been following Joshua Hoffine since an article in Fangoria a few years back did a feature on his art that just fucking blew me away. I’ve been keeping tabs on his work through his website on a regular basis ever since. His new projects never cease to amaze and frighten me; JACK THE RIPPER is no exception. I’ll be sure to share more content from his blog and site with you.  While I admire his entire portfolio, I especially enjoy his pieces that draw inspiration from childhood nightmares (the monsters waiting under your bed, in the dark space of a closet or under the basement stairs), or urban legends (the maniac escaped from a mental institution who just so happens to be hiding in your house …and has almost made his way to grabbing range of you).

Don’t miss it …but at the same time, remember much of what you see will be burned into the inside of your eyelids for years!

-Mrs. Horror Boom

Joshua Hoffine | Behind The Scenes

This is my new photo project titled JACK THE RIPPER.

It is a 2-panel diptych.

Put together, JACK THE RIPPER 1 & 2 depict the moments “just before” and “just after” a grisly alleyway murder.

What makes Jack the Ripper so compelling is that nothing is factually known about him.  Because he was never caught, we have no information about who he was or why he committed his gruesome crimes.  We do not possess a historical or biographical portrait, but instead share a communally imagined idea of Jack the Ripper as an aristocratic predator.  As a boogeyman, he graphically symbolizes the idea of the wealthy preying on the poor.

For the brick alleyway, I decided to build a set.  The walls were made from large sheets of styrofoam that I carved and sculpted to look like brick using a hot-knife and heat gun.

My cousins Steve Hoffine and Jerry Hoffine…

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