Art at The Movies: Part II

theoldgang4web-nickrobertsYesterday we explored the dark fantastic world of German Expressionism in the silent film era, and its lasting influence on visual arts. Today, let us jump ahead several decades and sail across stormy seas, seeking successive horrors filmed well outside Hollywood.

Shot in Pennsylvania, The original Night of the Living Dead was the birth of the modern zombie film, and fuel for many of my fondest nightmares. Romero-esque ghouls appear in my own short stories and visual works.

Master_Nick-pier2013Shot largely in Australia, Dark City, another cult classic film, has both borrowed from and lent to visions the beautiful and bizarre– but I’ll have more on that flick tomorrow.

From the blood-sucking Nosferatu to the Frankenstein monster, from zombies to the Dark City Strangers, each of these monsters is a walking corpse, yet there’s more at work here than fear of death. The dark arts also inform us about life. With each flicker of film, stroke of the pen, and sweep of the brush, we explore how we may live, both with ourselves and each other.

We may strive to keep certain horrors at bay in life, by facing them in the arts.

Come again for more art of the beautiful and bizarre, and to catch updates on exhibitions, performances, publications and more! 

For twisted fiction, including several tales of the living dead, pick up a copy of “Gonzombie and Other Dark Tales”

“The Old Gang”
Pencil llustration

Master Nick Roberts © 2013

Sleep now.

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