Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dolls (aka The Doll) (1987, USA)

Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Produced by: Charles Band, Brian Yuzna
Written by: Ed Naha
Starring: Stephen Lee, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason, Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy Gordon, Cassie Stuart, Bunty Bailey, Carrie Lorraine
Music by: Fuzzbee Morse, Victor Spiegel
Cinematography: Mac Ahlberg
Editing by: Lee Percy
Distributed by: Empire Pictures, Vestron Pictures
Release dates: March 6, 1987
Running time: 77 min
Country: United States, Italy
Language: English
Budget: Unknown
Box office: Unknown
Plot: A group of travelers spend the night in the mansion of an elderly couple who are dollmakers.
However, one of the travelers' children discovers that the dolls the couple makes are actually humans that the couple has miniaturized and turned into tools for their evil plans.
Info: Dolls is a 1987 Italian-American horror film directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond). The film was shot in Italy in 1985 and released in 1987. Also known as The Doll in Italy. Stuart Gordon was, at one point, very interested in directing a sequel to this film. The initial storyline would have followed Judy and Ralph back to Boston, where Ralph would have indeed married Judy's mother and they would all become a family. One day Judy would receive a box sent from England that would contain the toy makers, Gabriel and Hilary, as dolls. Unfortunately, the said sequel never happened. Considering, Dolls was a very entertaining movie. I would have like to saw a sequel.

Reception: Critical reception for Dolls has been positive, with the movie holding a 63% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Ain't It Cool News reviewed the DVD, calling it "a movie that really stands above the type of film you might expect from this era, with this subject matter." Roger Ebert panned the film, writing "At some point Dolls remains only an idea, a concept. It doesn't become an engine to shock and involve us." HorrorNews.net's Jeff Colebank listed the toymaking couple as one of the "13 Best Horror Movie Couples", stating that Rolfe was "the creepiest toymaker of them all." Allmovie's review of the film was favorable, calling it "a serious-minded, lovingly-crafted modern fairy tale that only misses classic status by a few clumsy, low-budget moments." From the Mind of Tatlock rated it positive, having this to say "The dolls are creepy and the storyline is barebones and to the point. There are plenty of fun scenes, which are both humorous and creepy (more so humorous, thanks to the acting)."



Dolls original 1987 trailer.

Film Facts: This film was actually shot before Stuart Gordon's next film, From Beyond (1986), and was shot on the same sets, but released almost a year afterwards due to all the doll effects in post-production.

The whispering sounds of the dolls were done by a group of Stuart Gordon's friends and family, including his kids and his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon.

The close-up shot of Enid grabbing her "Boy Toy" belt was actually Carolyn Purdy-Gordon's niece filling in for Cassie Stuart, who was not available at the time for the shoot.

For the scenes in the attic, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon portrayed the character of Isabel. Bunty Bailey had already been let go by the time the attic sequences were shot.

The beginning credits have various doll faces materialize on the screen in an eerie way.

Guy Rolfe had to bleach his hair white for this film. He wasn't particularly happy when his hair originally came out yellow.


Promotional photo for the 1987 horror movie Dolls. The photo is titled 'Doll Eyes'. This doll is featured as the movie poster artwork; same as the photo. She is holding her eyeballs.

Because Empire Pictures wanted the film to be more like Stuart Gordon's previous film, Re-Animator (1985), additional gore footage was shot for the death of Rosemary. They wanted the film to be more gorier. One shot was filmed where one doll used a pitchfork to pull out some of her intestines. The footage was eventually scrapped when the filmmakers decided that the scene didn't really fit the tone of the film.

The character of Grizzly Teddy (Demonic Toys, 1992) is inspired by Judy's Teddy from Dolls. Also, some of the dolls, including the Sailor Boy doll and the Clown doll, appear in the climax.

In Puppet Master II (1991) Mr. Punch (Dolls, 1987) is sitting on the top shelf of Andre Toulon's cabinet in his workshop.

Six  Shooter (Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge, 1991) seems to be inspirated by a doll in this movie, both shoot with guns and use lassos to get their victims. Also the actor Guy Rolfe is starring as a Puppet Master in both films.


Dolls 1987 VHS distributed by Vestron Pictures.

Gordon, who directed the entertaining "Re-animator" and perverse "From Beyond" brings a deliciously eerie and playful tone to this novel story of a group of adults who are sentenced to death for losing the child-like aspects of their personalities. The "dolls" of the title are the executioners and they love their bloody work, which is depicted in fine, crimson detail.

The special effects sequences featuring the dolls are realized with stop motion animation and puppetry. For the most part, they are extraordinarily convincing. A scene in which various doll characters huddle together to discreetly discuss the fate of a human character is priceless.

Remember horror movies that had a "moral code?" Where lots of nasty things happen but ultimately the good guys, the people who demonstrate courage and honor, "win," and those who are rude, unpleasant and nasty, "lose?" You don't see that much anymore, even Gordon's films aren't usually so "moral," for want of a better word. It's refreshing now and then--"Dolls" is even inspirational in a way. I won't spoil the message but there is one, and it's not a bad one.

Dolls is a excellent movie, one of the best Empire picks and a great entry in the tiny terrors genre. Stuart Gordon was the best thing that ever happened to Empire and Full Moon Pictures.


Promotional photo for the 1987 horror movie Dolls.

Anybody who thinks Chucky is state-of-the-art when it comes to walking, talking, murderous toys needs to check out the effects created by Giancarlo Del Brocco and John and Vivian Brunner. A lot of stop-motion combined with mechanics, (courtesy of the legendary David Allen) but you got to appreciate the subtleties. Got creeps? Less is definitely more.

This movie is too minor and too short (runs only 77 minutes) to escape the two-star rating category, but it's still recommended to any casual horror fan. Entertaining, well-made and well-written (especially regarding the ultimate fate of all the victims), it's filled with characters that are (intentionally) so dislikable you can't wait to see them killed, and yet the dolls are so vicious that you won't be rooting for them, either.

luvs88keys: I saw this movie when I was 6 years old in 1988, and for the next I'd say, oh, 7 years or so I had serious issues! I couldn't sleep at night because I was scared my dolls would come down out of my closet and attack me in my sleep. I thought that when I would get out of bed there would be a doll with a saw just waiting to take of my leg! My mom would have to come and fall asleep with me all the time for many years! I seriously lived in fear of being alone in my room, day or night, and having to open my closet door, look under my bed, fall asleep, etc. because I was so scared of my dolls. I am 23 years old now but still kinda scared to watch it again! But maybe it would help me deal with my past issues. Anyway, moral of the story, don't watch this or show it to anyone if you ever want to be able to enjoy your dolls again!!

Released by MGM Home Entertainment. Dolls 1987 DVD. This DVD is considered RARE and OOP (out of print).
 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Re-Animator (1985, USA)

Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Produced by: Brian Yuzna
Written by: H. P. Lovecraft
Screenplay by: Stuart Gordon, William J. Norris, Dennis Paoli
Based on: Herbert West, Re-Animator by H. P. Lovecraft
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale
Music by: Richard Band
Cinematography: Mac Ahlberg
Editing by: Lee Percy
Studio: Re-Animator Productions
Distributed by: Empire Pictures, Vestron Pictures
Release dates: October 18, 1985
Running time: 95 minutes, 86 minutes (unrated)
Country: United States
Language: English, German
Budget: $900,000
Box office: $2,023,414
Plot: A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in a bizarre experiment into reanimating the dead conducted by the student's incorrigible housemate in this campy sendup of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The emphasis is on humour but once the dead walk, there is gore aplenty.

Info: Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror film based on the H. P. Lovecraft story "Herbert West–Reanimator." Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the first film in the Re-Animator series. The film has since become a cult film, driven by fans of Jeffrey Combs (who stars as Herbert West) and H. P. Lovecraft, extreme gore, and the combination of horror and comedy.

Production: The idea to make Re-Animator came from a discussion Stuart Gordon had with friends one night about vampire films. He felt that there were too many Dracula films and expressed a desire to see a Frankenstein film. Someone asked if he had read "Herbert West-Reanimator" by H.P. Lovecraft. Gordon had read most of the author's works, but not that story, which had been long out of print. He went to the Chicago Public Library and read their copy.



Re-Animator original 1985 trailer.

Originally, Gordon was going to adapt Lovecraft's story for the stage, but eventually decided along with writers Dennis Paoli and William Norris to do it as a half-hour television pilot. The story was set around the turn of the century, and they soon realized that it would be too expensive to recreate. They updated it to the present day in Chicago with the intention of using actors from the Organic Theater company. They were told that the half hour format was not salable and so they made it an hour, writing 13 episodes. Special effects technician Bob Greenberg, who had worked on John Carpenter's Dark Star, repeatedly told Gordon that the only market for horror was in feature films, and introduced him to producer Brian Yuzna. Gordon showed Yuzna the script for the pilot and the 12 additional episodes. The producer liked what he read and convinced Gordon to shoot the film in Hollywood because of all the special effects involved. Yuzna made a distribution deal with Charles Band's Empire Pictures in return for post-production services.

Yuzna described the film as having the "sort of shock sensibility of an Evil Dead with the production values of, hopefully, The Howling." John Naulin worked on the film's gruesome makeup effects and worked from what he described as "disgusting shots brought out from the Cook County morgue of all kinds of different lividities and different corpses". He and Gordon also used a book of forensic pathology in order to present how a corpse looks once the blood settles in the body, creating a variety of odd skin tones. Naulin said that Re-Animator was the bloodiest film he had ever worked on. In the past, he never used more than two gallons of blood on a film; on Re-Animator, he used 24 gallons.

 
Poster design by Steve Jencks of Retro DC Design. Steve designed the poster for Rosen's Drive-In in Hendersonville, NC.
 
The biggest makeup challenge in the film was the headless Dr. Hill zombie. Tony Doublin designed the mechanical effects and was faced with the problem of proportion once the 9–10 inches of the head were removed from the body. Each scene forced him to use a different technique. For example, one technique involved building an upper torso that actor David Gale could bend over and stick his head through so that it appeared to be the one that the walking corpse was carrying around.

When Re-Animator was originally released on VHS and Beta by Vestron Video, two versions were available: the unrated theatrical cut and an edited R-rated version, for those video stores whose rental policies would not allow them to rent unrated films that would be considered films with an 'X' rating. In the R-rated version, all extreme gore was edited out, but edited back into the film was a deleted scene: Before going to the Hospital morgue to confront Dr. Hill, Dan discovers West injecting himself with a watered down version of his Re-agent in order to fight off fatigue.


Poster art for 'Horrorshow' Movie Theatre in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia.

Re-Animator was followed by Bride of Re-Animator in 1990 and Beyond Re-Animator in 2003. Both sequels were preceded by another film based upon an H. P. Lovecraft story, From Beyond; though this film featured a story unrelated to Re-Animator, it was also directed by Stuart Gordon and starred both Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton. In the book Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft, producer/director Brian Yuzna mentions an idea that he had for a fourth Re-Animator. This version would have been titled Isle of Re-Animator, and would have been strongly influenced by the H. G. Wells novel The Island of Doctor Moreau. In 2011, a musical adaptation opened on Broadway, which director Gordon participated in.

Reception: Re-Animator was released on October 18, 1985 in 129 theaters and grossed USD$543,728 on its opening weekend. It went on to make $2,023,414 in North America, above its estimated $900,000 budget. The film was well received by critics, earning mostly positive reviews, and today has a 95% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Pauline Kael enjoyed the film's "indigenous American junkiness" and called it "pop Buñuel; the jokes hit you in a subterranean comic zone that the surrealists' pranks sometimes reached, but without the surrealists' self-consciousness (and art-consciousness)."


Re-Animator VHS distributed by Vestron Pictures.

Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars and wrote, "I walked out somewhat surprised and reinvigorated (if not re-animated) by a movie that had the audience emitting taxi whistles and wild goat cries". In her review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin wrote, "Re-Animator has a fast pace and a good deal of grisly vitality. It even has a sense of humor, albeit one that would be lost on 99.9 percent of any ordinary moviegoing crowd". Paul Attanasio, in his review for the Washington Post, praised Jeffrey Combs' performance: "Beady-eyed, his face hard, almost lacquered, Combs makes West into a brittle, slightly fey psychotic in the Anthony Perkins mold. West is a figure of fun, but Combs doesn't spoof him". In his review for the Los Angeles Times, Kevin Thomas wrote, "The big noise is Combs, a small, compact man of terrific intensity and concentration". David Edelstein, writing for Village Voice, placed the film in his year-end Top Ten Movies list.

In their book Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft, Andrew Migliore and John Strysik write: "Re-Animator took First Prize at the Paris Festival of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror, a Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and even spawned a short-lived series of comic books. Even though it was a hit with audiences, the film generated a huge amount of controversy among Lovecraft readers. Fans thought the film a desecration of Lovecraft; their literary hero would never write such obvious exploitation! But the final criticism of the film might have been a bit more muted if these fans had actually read the "West" stories, which are pure exploitation. Lovecraft himself acknowledged as much, and female love interest and black sex humor aside, Re-Animator really is one of the more faithful and effective adaptations." Entertainment Weekly ranked the film #32 on their list of "The Top 50 Cult Films" and also ranked it #14 on their "The Cult 25: The Essential Left-Field Movie Hits Since '83" list.

 
Re-Animator tattoo. Joe Badiali from California set through a 13 hour tattoo session. A true horror fan in my book.

Film Facts: The special effects department went through 25 gallons of fake blood during the shoot.

The "brains" in the severed head were made up of steer meat by-products, ground beef and fake blood and when they shot the scene in the autopsy room with the severed head being thrown out the door and then smashing onto the hallway wall, the crew were all behind the cameras with garbage bags over their clothes because no one knew just how much the brains would splatter.

David Gale was made to shave his head and wear a toupee, as this was found to be in keeping with Dr. Hill's character. In the DVD commentary, it was revealed that this was also necessary for budgetary reasons, as there was no money available to match Gale's hair on a prosthetic head prop.
Re-Animator digital art by Sam.

The first man who is re-animated at the morgue (who goes on to kill the dean) is Arnold Schwarzenegger's body double.

Very loosely adapted from H.P. Lovecraft's "Herbert West - Re-Animator". Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli originally intended to be faithful to H.P. Lovecraft's story, but the film ultimately has little in common with the story, which was intended to be a parody of "Frankenstein".

Originally director Stuart Gordon wanted to shoot the movie in black and white on 16mm film to give the film a gritty quality.

The opening theme borrows heavily from the Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) opening theme by Bernard Herrmann.


Limited edition 180 gram green vinyl of Richard Band's score for the classic Stuart Gordon film Re-Animator. This new vinyl reissue features audio remastered from the original tapes. Released in 2013 by Waxwork Records. This is Waxwork Record's first ever release.

Richard Band went over schedule by two days while composing the score in Rome, Italy. As a direct result of this, Band had to invest $1,500 dollars of his own money in order to finish the score.

The bald, bearded doctor at the foot of Megan's bed who gets shoved away as Dan tries to revive her is underground cartoonist Kim Deitch ("The Boulevard of Broken Dreams"), son of legendary Jazz-era cartoonist Gene Deitch ("The Cat").

Tom Towles was originally set to play the first re-animated corpse before Peter Kent got the part.

A poster for the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense (1984) is visible above Dan's bed.
Director Stuart Gordon's trademark: A shovel is used as a weapon.

Jeffrey Combs delivers a wonderfully crazy performance as Herbert West, the scientist in the movie who is determined that he has discovered a scientific method to beat death, and is desperate to try it out on a human being rather than small animals, on whom he has had remarkable success. He is playing a completely one-dimensional character, a genius scientist whose mental capacity is also tinged with madness, but which is counterbalanced by the fact that he may very well be desperate to try something potentially immoral but which could also potentially revolutionize medicine. Maybe his intentions are good after all, but for the purposes of the film, he just wants to get his hands on some fresh corpses, which is a great premise for a horror film.

The movie operates in its own world, like the Evil Dead films did. It takes place in the horror genre but wants to combine some elements of drama as well, as we have a real scientist who is truly brilliant. He is still in medical school, I believe, but is often smarter than his often-published professors, criticizing their work for being incorrect or even plagiarized. He's very quick to make enemies, I would think his line of work might be easier the less people he had watching him, so it's unfortunate that he was so good at making people not like him. Mere days after he rents out a room from a couple of other students, they find their cat dead in his refrigerator. I hate it when new roommates do that.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Trick or Treat Studios

Trick or Treat Studios is well known in the horror industry. They have been featured in several magazines. One magazine in particular, HorrorHound Magazine. HorrorHound recently done a two page article on Trick or Treat Studios. Trick or Treat Studios is widely known for their realistic collectible horror masks. They are considered the best mask company in the world. Once you see a mask in person, you'll know it's Trick or Treat Studios.

Trick or Treat Studios offers high quality Halloween masks, costumes, props, weapons, makeup and accessories for retailers, collectors and haunts. With unique characters, monsters and major licenses from comics and film, Trick or Treat Studios is the go to company for the best in Halloween. Their mask are also affordable. $40-60 will get you a nice realistic collectible mask. Compared to $300+ on the net.

Incorporated in 2009, Trick or Treat Studios is dedicated to bringing back the retro / classic look and feel from the Golden Age of masks making, an era when high quality and classic designs ruled the industry.

All of their products are 100% hand made, which includes sculpting, molding, casting, cutting, painting, and hairing, making each product a unique piece of art.

Trick or Treat Studios design and production team includes the best designers from motion pictures, special effects and animation. Our designers are world renown and have been the recipients of countless awards. Combine the artistic talent with a top business management team and the best production company in the world, with over 50 years of experience, and you get the highest quality products in the costume industry.

Trick or Treat Studios original magazine advertisements. As seen in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound magazine.
 
Last year, the wonderful folks at Trick Or Treat Studios produced what is, in my humble opinion, the finest Michael Myers mask that has ever been mass-produced. There was two different versions produced. Halloween II: Regular Michael Myers and Halloween II: Michael Myers Blood Tears.
 
Rumor has it that the gang at Trick or Treat Studios are working to acquire the license to make masks for Halloween III: Season of the Witch. For those not in the know, HIII is known as "the one without Michael Myers". The original idea was to do a series of stand-alone horror films, all set at Halloween, that wouldn't connect to each other in any way other than being about the holiday.
 
Paper Magic has now sold off their costume division, along with their Don Post imprint, so now the rights for their licenses may be up for grabs! Trick Or Treat Studios has proven themselves to be a major player in the mask business, producing some of the best masks on the market right now. They have a wide variety of original and licensed properties, and they've already proven themselves to the fans of the Halloween franchise.

Trick or Treat Studios Halloween II: Michael Myers Blood Tears (left) and Water Zombie (middle). Bump in the Night Productions Lucio Fulci's Zombie (right). As seen at Little Shop of Horrors.

Find these masks at Amazon: Trick or Treat Studios.

One of Trick or Treat Studios featured team members is Justin Mabry. Justin runs their Halloween mask sculpting team and defines the direction of our Halloween product line.

Justin Mabry comes to Trick or Treat Studios with over 15 years experience masking masks and models, and is responsible for creating many horror masterpieces that are on the shelves of Halloween Mask Collectors all over the world.  Justin is the founder and President of Nightowl Productions, and is one of the first independent Halloween Masks makers to sell directly on the Internet.  Justin’s creations range from zombies to freaks to monsters to madmen, and all of his creations are made with the precision and skill of a fine craftsman.  Justin continues to be a guest at numerous conventions across the country including Monster Mania, Maskapalooza, Monsterpalooza, and Maskfest.


Bump in the Night Productions Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (left), The Mummy (middle) and Gates of Hell (right). As seen at Little Shop of Horrors.

Find these masks at Amazon: Trick or Treat Studios.

Justin was honored as Latex Mask Central’s Top Halloween Mask Maker.  He is also a frequent contributor to HorrorHound Magazine.

One of the things I look forward to every year is the unveiling of new Halloween masks from Trick or Treat Studios, who have consistently been churning out quality offerings for the last several years.  2012 saw the release of the most incredible mass-produced Michael Myers mask we've ever seen, and last year a slew of new ones were unloaded on us, including Gunther from The Funhouse and an alien invader from They Live.  What's in store for us in 2014?  Though Halloween is too far away to even really think about, we were excited to discover that the company has already begun teasing this year's releases, over on their Facebook page!

Bump in the Night Productions Big Top Clown (left) and Stephen King's It, Pennywise (middle). Ghoulish Productions Blurp Charlie (right). As seen at Little Shop of Horrors.
 
Find these masks at Amazon: Trick or Treat Studios.
 
The previews began on January 5th, and Trick or Treat Studios has been unveiling a brand new one every day, which will likely continue until they've all been shown off.  Thus far, a Dr. Decker mask from Nightbreed has been revealed along with the exciting first additions to their newly acquired Evil Dead 2 and Walking Dead licenses, which will allow us to dress up as a possessed Ash Williams, the lovely Henrietta and even the bloated 'Well Walker' from AMC's hit show.
 
Check out all of the photos, and be sure to keep your eyes locked on the Trick or Treat Studios Facebook page, where new masks will be revealed each day.  You can find their Facebook page here. The company has also scooped up licenses for Halloween 3, Day of the Dead, Saw and Killer Klowns From Outer Space, so it's looking like 2014 is gonna be a great year for Halloween masks!
 
Trick or Treat Studios They Live (left), Evil Dead 2, Evil Ash (middle) and Evil Dead 2, Evil Ed (right). Trick or Treat Studios promotional photos.
 
Find these masks at Amazon: Trick or Treat Studios.
 
Trick or Treat Studios worldwide distribution includes major distributors, brick and mortar retailers, web based retailers, haunts, amusement parks and direct to end customers via their website.

 Some of their customers include:

• Party City
• Spirit Halloween
• Morris Costumes
• Buy Seasons
• Costumes Galore
• Party City / Halloween City
• Halloween Express
• Spencer Gifts / Spirit Halloween
• Halloween Adventure
• Metamorph / Mask World
• Caufield’s Novelties
• Loftus Novelty and Magic Company
• Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
• Busch Gardens

and Little Shop of Horrors


The BEST movie memorabilia collectible shop in Southeast Kentucky. Specializing in horror movie memorabilia since 2011. Alive at the Flea Land Flea Market, in chopping aisle A. London, KY. Little Shop of Horrors! You want blood? You got it. Your one-stop monster shop. Lots of collectibles. Don't be afraid. Our monsters will greet you with a smile. Come check us out!
 
Our shop specializes in horror movie memorabilia. We are a collectible gift shop. To some people, we are considered a Halloween shop. We retail in action figures, bobble heads, masks, props, puppets, books, movies, shirts, posters, autographs and more.
 
Opened: Sat. and Sun. 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
 
Photo credits: Little Shop of Horrors (London, KY)

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Nathan Thomas Milliner

The art of Nathan Thomas Milliner is easily recognizable to many horror fans. He is an incredibly prolific illustrator, writer and film-maker whose work appears everywhere a horror fan might look. Born and raised in Louisville Kentucky, Mr. Milliner has earned a respected place in the inner circle of horror art, and is consistently producing outstanding new artwork for various comics, films, and horror conventions. After seeing the 1989 film "Batman", Nate decided he wanted to make comic books and after 14 years of studying the medium he finally made his dream come true when his crime saga "The Malevolent" made it's debut in the pages of "Feral Comix Presents #1" in 2003.  In 2006, Nate began publishing his own set of graphic novels for "The Malevolent" series to rave reviews.  In 2007, Nate published his first horror comic, "Girl Number Three" which was soon being adapted to film by a local filmmaker, Herschel Zahnd III, who believed it to be "one of the best horror stories I've ever read."  The film was released in 2009.  During all of this, Nate was also able to fulfill yet another lifelong dream of working in the horror genre when he became a staff artist and writer for HorrorHound Magazine, producing two covers for the publication in 2009, one of which earned him a Rondo Award nomination in which he took second runner up honors.

Nathan has recently published Volume One of his Monsters and Madmen artbook series--his first artbook.  And he has just finished writing and directing his first directorial effort with the film "A Wish for the Dead" set for release in Summer 2013. Nate lives in Kentucky with his wife Brenda and their daughter Lily.

Original horror movie art by Nathan Thomas Milliner.


In 2012 Nathan was tapped by Shout! Factory to be the premiere artist on their new sister label "SCREAM! FACTORY" and commissioned him to provide original artwork for the dvd/blu ray special editions of Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Funhouse, Terror Train, Deadly Blessing, The Burning, The Howling, Day of the Dead, Night of the Demons, Night of the Comet, Sleepaway Camp, and Motel Hell.

 
 
 
Shout!/Scream! Factory Blu-ray cover artwork by Nathan Thomas Milliner.
 
Find these titles on Blu-ray and DVD at Amazon: Scream! Factory.
 
Nathan's favorite horror movie characters to draw is Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. His favorite slasher film series is Nightmare on Elm Street. Horror had always peaked his interest but it wasn’t until 1988 at the age of 12 that he asked his mom if he could watch a double feature of Freddy’s Revenge and Dream Warriors. He fell in love. Nathan started drawing Freddy all of the time. Nathan couldn’t believe when he was paid to draw Freddy professionally a few years ago. Nathan's favorite horror movie actor is Vincent Price. His most favorite project that he had worked on was the cover art for Halloween II for Scream Factory's Blu-ray release. He was and still honored to receive that project.
 
 
 
 
Shout!/Scream! Factory Blu-ray cover artwork by Nathan Thomas Milliner.
 
Find these titles on Blu-ray and DVD at Amazon: Scream! Factory.
 
Clients & Associates: HorrorHound Magazine, Shout!/Scream! Factory, Fright Rags, Rotten Cotton, Creepy Tees, Fright Night Film Fest/Fandomfest, Cap's Works, The Weinstein Company, Brian Pullido, Cleve Hall (Monster Man), Chastity Bites, NSM Records, The Ecstacy of Film, Feral Comix, Rebel Rouser Comics, PLB Comics, Dirtknap FX, Sun Dog Records, John Kerr, Kissing Fish, Strange Kids, Brian Sweet's "Arcane", Rage Magazine, Sagas, The Reverend Horton Heat, Lady Death, Bloodstained Romance, Fright Rags, Creepy Tees, Rotten Cotton, Scared Silly: The Films of Joe Dante, Renegade Art Productions, Pensake Comics and The Big Bone.
 
Below is a brand new sculpt by mask artist/creator Sam McCain, based on the original concept art by Nathan Thomas Milliner. It has been re-titled “Walking Death”.