Joshua Hoffine’s epic zombie photo Last Stand finally revealed!

Yes, it’s even cooler than we imagined would be!

We were promised months ago from horror photographer Joshua Hoffine that we would be getting an epic zombie photograph and that it would be his most ambitious yet. Simply titled Last Stand, Hoffine created easily one of his greatest works of art as the image depicts a family in their very last moments of life before finally being overrun by a horde of hungry zombies.

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Making LAST STAND Part 1 – Go Behind The Scenes of Horror Artist Joshua Hoffine’s First Zombie Photo Shoot!

Oh, it’s not just The Walking Dead that has awesome zombie action executed by some serious talent and vision… but you knew that already, didn’t you? Take a look at Joshua Hoffine’s successfully Kick-Started new epic* zombie photograph LAST STAND. This is only Part 1, too! I in no way shape or form even begin to hold the copyright for the image in the featured image/splash image above, that is, of course, created by and ©Josh Hoffine and belongs solely to him. Look, he uses some of his repertory cast of models again;  my favorites being Bob Barber (usually cast as a slender demon or that escaped homicidal mental patient they’ve just done a breaking newscast to be on the alert for) and Hoffine’s lovely wife Jen, who most memorably played a modern version of Lady Bathory getting the FULL spa treatment. Oh, and I almost forgot their adorable daughter Sadie. Enjoy, and we cannot recommend bookmarking this blog enough. Hell, just follow it like we do!

* a word we do not use lightly or casually, by the way.

Joshua Hoffine | Behind The Scenes

This is my new photograph titled LAST STAND.

It depicts a family about to be consumed by a horde of zombies.

The star of the photo is A. Michael Baldwin from the classic Horror movie Phantasm (1979).

The little girl is my niece Thea, who was also the baby in my photo SNAKE.

The mom was played by Erica Kauffman.

The other child victim was played by my daughter Sadie.

We built our set at the 3rd St. Asylum Haunted House in Bonner Springs, Kansas.  My cousins Jerry and Steve Hoffine did all of the carpentry and construction.

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Bill Rose and his girlfriend Michelle stayed up late one night to wallpaper my set for me.

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Here you can see Steve and Bill measuring the shag carpet.

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I filled the set with my gathered props.  Jerry Hoffine and Mike Clouse destroyed the door by jumping on it.

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Here you can see…

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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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