I'm an illustrator based in Michigan, and my two biggest areas of inspiration are art and film. Horror films in particular have (in my opinion) the highest potential to be memorable, based on their ability to get under our skin and frighten us. For the month of October, I took it upon myself to create 31 illustrations based on horror, thriller, dark fantasy and creature feature films, with the last entry to be revealed on Halloween. For my selection, I tried to not only pick 31 of my favorites, but 31 films that have that effective, iconic imagery that pushes the horror element to its apex. Some choices that did or didn't make it into the roster may be surprising, but I wanted to have a nice range of independent and big-time films, different sub-genres, and a wide diversity of eras. For each piece, I wanted to find an iconic moment that stood out to me, and with the films at my side, digitally drew these all by hand.
I've seen plenty of films in the genre, but If I had to narrow it down to my top ten, based on both control of suspense and horror, production design, acting, ideas and concepts, I'd say Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) tops the list. Just under it would be classics such as The Shining, An American Werewolf in London, John Carpenter's The Thing, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, David Cronenberg's The Fly and the Silence of the Lambs and more independent features such as Let the Right One In, Jacob's Ladder, Angel Heart.
I love the subject of character design, and this figures into some of my choices for the project. Take Hellraiser for example, there are many entries on my list or ones that didn't make it on my list that I find to be more enjoyable films, but Hellraiser's character and monster design is just so unique and bold. The Cenobites have stuck in my mind and are some of the most memorable designs within the genre. Alien, The Thing and The Fly are not only effective and well made films, but have that monster that pushed the envelope to boot.
I have posted a little more than half of the entries in this post. The entire gallery of images can be found at my website below, organized in chronological order based on release date:
All 31 entries, along with additional detail shots and writeups on each film can be found at my Tumblr: