I'm currently having a bit of fun working on a series of paintings for a new horror film called Blaze of Gory that features nine separate stories told by nine different horror directors from around the world.
“All the short films are based on the writings of a teenage girl called Blaize-Alix Szanto, who wrote these stories between the ages of 12 and 15. They are truly depraved tales of horror and torture that have made even the hardest horror directors uneasy.”
The section that I've been asked to produce the work for is called "Monster" and is about a young girl locked away in a high-security mental hospital for a series of brutal crimes. The talented cast includes scream-queen Victoria Broom, and ex-Coronation Street legend Martin Hancock. It is directed by Andy Edwards, whose previous horror anthology feature, the chilling triptych, "Three's A Shroud", won the British Horror Award at the British Horror Film Festival 2012.
So far I've come up with eight paintings which will eventually be used to adorn the walls of the psycho girl's cell. They're a mixture of images of death, immolation, torture, and dismembered corpses - and are to appear to be the work of the girl herself. To prepare for this and to try and get into the right mindset I spent time looking through, amongst other things, a lot of autopsy photos – always a pleasant way to spend a relaxing Sunday! The last part of the 'Monster' segment of the movie takes place in Professor Damocles's office, and there's a chance that some of my sculptures might also make it this scene. But lets wait and see!