Once again, it’s that time of year when pumpkins adorn everyone’s windows; the trick or treaters are out in force looking for a sweet sugar rush; and horror movies are selling out cinemas. That’s right – it’s Halloween. So, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best horrifying, Halloween-tastic photographs and artworks we could find.
The first is Frankie by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo. Taking the perfect Halloween subject, Frankenstein’s monster, Alvaro manages to create a spellbinding masterpiece. His use of colour gives Frankie an almost mystical feel about him, the taints of blue seeming to hone in on Frankie’s fictional, fantastic beginnings.
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Here we have another Frankenstein image, but this one takes a far more comical stance on the monstrous being. In it, Frank teaches us the golden rule of Halloween: ‘When it appears that you have killed a monster, never check to see if he’s really dead’. It’s a classic mistake made in all those Hollywood horror movies, and must be remembered if ever you are unlucky enough to be confronted by a monster!
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Getting away from the Frankenstein theme, Dracorubio goes for the decomposed human look. It truly is a horrifying image, perfectly normal apart from his skull-like head and sunken eyes. It appears he is not quite dead, nor alive, but in a zombie-like state, staring out towards his victims. The hole in his forehead offers a glimpse of his scarily real-looking bloodied brain. Indeed, this appears to be an image combining fantasy with reality. At least, we hope it’s fantasy!
See more of Dracorubio’s work at: Society6.com
This image by Ronn E. Ott captures fictional character Major Arnold screaming for ice cream. Major Arnold is a character from 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark. He is a sinister agent working for the Fuhrer. Incredibly ruthless and happily willing to resort to SS-style torture techniques, Major Arnold is perhaps one of the scariest characters in movie history. Ronn’s image reflects the horror of his character perfectly and, in some ways, is reminiscent of the infamous Scream painting by Edward Munch. It’s movie villain meets Scream meets… ice cream – an interesting combination.
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Our final spooky image for Halloween is by Raymond Earley, fittingly called ‘Halloween’. Raymond has created a truly haunting work in his use of an orangey, red tone depicting flesh, and white, scar-like lines reminiscent of veins. Once again, this is a man neither dead, nor alive whose only sense of life appears to be in his haunted, screaming face. In fact, he appears almost ghost-like – a true tortured soul.
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Well, at the end of that, we hope you have been suitably spooked. A very Happy Halloween to you all!
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