The man and his work meant a lot to me! I do not make films anymore, but that's not the point. He was a indpendent spirt...he did it his way, always! A true artist...one I will always look up to.
Thanks for being a real infulence in my life Mr. Romero.
This is my newest piece titled "A Probable Nightmare". It depicts what Lake Michigan's shoreline could easily look like in our lifetime due to pollution, greed, and other human activities.
"A Probable Nightmare" sand from Lake Michigan and acrylic on canvas. 30"x40"x1.5" 2017
This is a piece I call "Mexico City"
It was inspired by a photo I took while in Mexico City last year. Talk about textures and contrasts...the whole city is exploding with them. The image below is the photo I shot.
While I was there this time, I kept thinking that this city feels like it it is ready to collapse at any time. So chaotic, yet orderly. Old and decaying, yet new and alive. My kind of town.
It's that time of year again, so I thought I would create a list of 15 horror films that I think are great. I wanted to narrow it way down, so i thought of some films that are a bit out of the mainstream and some films that are not really considered "horror". Here they are in alphabetical order...
1. Alligator (1980) This was always a favorite of mine. Filled with great character actors and a silly but well written screenplay. It's one of the overlooked gems of the giant, killer, mutant animal genre.
2. Audition (1999) What can i say about this disturbing Japanese cult classic...prepare to be creeped out!
3. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) Elvis and JFK are alive and "well" living in a nursing home that is terrorized by a mummy! It's a blast!
4. Compliance (2012) A true "horror" film. Just watch it and you will know what i am talking about.
5. Creepshow (1982) Master George A. Romero's classic anthology film with stories by some guy named Stephen King. (ever hear of him?)
6. Dead Alive (1992) Actually titled "Brain Dead". It's the "Citizen Kane" of zombie comedies! Directed by Peter Jackson. (Ya, that oscar winning Lord of the Rings guy.)
7. Dellamorte Dellamore (1994) This surreal zombie film is titled "Cemetery Man" in the states, and it's oozing with love, sex, death, and laughs! What's not to like.
8. The Descent (2005) A great monster movie with an all female cast. If you're afraid of the dark this one is for you...or maybe not.
9. Dolls (1987) A really fun flick. It has this cute and sweet innocence, and a good amount of blood!
10. The House at the End of Time (2013) This great Venezuelan film has a "Twilight Zone" vibe to it, and I mean that in the best possible way. It is very well crafted and written, thumbs up!
11. Martyrs (2008) If you are looking for something extreme, then look no further than this French film. I have seen it all and this one really disturbed me. Be sure and seek out the original french version... you have been warned!
12. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) Werner Herzog's take on Dracula is the best version of Bram Stoker's novel to be put on film in my opinion. Dreamlike but still creepy, Lugosi's got nothing on Kinski.
13. Return of the Living Dead (1985) I watched this on HBO Halloween night when i was 11 or 12, and it was amazing! Great story, effects, soundtrack, scares and laughs. I think it still holds up, i love it!
14. Slither (2006) Written and directed by James Gunn, the guy who made "Guardians of the Galaxy". This is a movie that has it's heart in the right place. It was made by horror and sci-fi fans for horror and sci-fi fans. Filled with in-jokes and homages, it's a real good time!
15. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) What? Ya...this film is creepy and unsettling from the word go! Leave it to David Lynch to turn his dreams into our nightmares.
Thanks for taking the time to read this list. Seriously, if you have not seen some of these films and they sound intriguing to you, check them out...IF YOU DARE!
More scary things to come..........
Some newer works that I finally got up here. Will be adding more very soon.
Made with sand from Lake Michigan
sand and acrylic on canvas 48"x24"x1.5" 2016
Here is a painting from 2009, and it was my largest canvas at the time. I do not know how this one slipped through the cracks. I will be posting new works soon I promise. Thanks for taking a look. - Mike
I have new works I need to photograph and post, but until then here is a piece from 2012 I call "Smile" mixed media on canvas 20"x24"
I have been thinking about blogging lately, and with the news we all received today....(R.I.P. Starman) Maybe it's time to do this, I will try to do this once a week. I will be posting new work and ideas. Mr Bowie this one's for you:
"Child Star" is a painting (a sketch really) from 2015. The idea of the child star has been floating around in my head for awhile. I plan on doing a series of child star paintings in the near future. Thanks for checking this site out!