Been REALLY busy, I can hardly keep up! But here’s what’s shaking!
GHOULS WITH TOOLS!
Did a poster for a screening of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (coinciding with George A. Romero’s birthday) at Pittsburgh, PA’s Hollywood Theatre, to benefit FIX THE CHAPEL, the grassroots effort of NOTLD fans to restore and preserve the chapel in Evans City Cemetery, a cinematic landmark from the George A. Romero classic horror film originally released in 1968. It’s an IMAGE 10 APPROVED OFFICIAL POSTER, and you can buy a non-screening-specific copy of the poster at the groups website at http://fixthechapel.com/
You can also get a Mirthquake Designed full color Ultra-pro-style NOTLD Chapel Promo Card at participating pop-culture conventions (both made their debut this weekend at Cinema Wasteland). There are two available… the “Karen Cooper” card is the more readily available of the two. The “Ben and Harry” is only available with a minimum donation, or as a bonus if you win one of the groups eBay auctions.
I must admit, the thrill of these pieces for me is the fact that they were given the official “okee-doke” from the remaining living members of Image Ten, Inc, the ten members who put up money to make NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and in most cases worked on and in the film. I feel like I’m a bona fide member of the family!
Plus I’m honored to help preserve a piece of film history — the last surviving exterior location of one of the most famous films in history.
KILLERS WITH (POWER) TOOLS
I also designed the packaging for inaugural release of the newly minted FRIGHTMARE VIDEO company!
A true direct to video release in 1986, NAIL GUN MASSACRE now gets a retro VHS clam-shell release complete with painted cover art never before available in the US!
Featuring an all new music video by old school death metal band “Nailgun Massacre” for their hit single “Nailed to the Wall”.
It’ll premiere exclusively at this spring’s Texas Frightmare Weekend, taking place May 4-6, where cast and crew will be on hand for a screening, Q&A and autograph session. (I’ll be around too…)
This was an interesting deal… the only good copy of the art we had available was an ultra high resolution scan from the overseas VHS packaging that Rotten Cotten had used for their official t-shirt. But it was, as you can imagine, all ben-day dots. So I took it into photoshop and literally repainted the art from those ben-day dots, to get a clear continuous tone image suitable for printing. Then I took that image and used it in a faux-distressed retro Clamshell design for this initial first pressing. I even got to design the 1980’s styled “Frightmare Video” Logo… weird going back to my Kaleidoscope/Popingo/National/Major Video store roots! Somehow browsing on Netflix just doesn’t have the same… panache. Kinda miss that.
If you pre-order the tape (shipping May 15 and priced at $32.95, though pre-orders are $26.95) early, it’s worth it; the first 25 orders will also receive the rare 2004 DVD edition released by Lofton. That’s kinda nifty.
But from what I understand, this is a movie best seen hammered…
There’s so much more, but I’ll be adding on to this blog soon… stay tuned!