Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Frankenstein at the movies - The first from 100 years ago...

Another creepy milestone passed this year: The first Silver Screen Frankenstein Monster turned 100. Charles Ogle created his outrageous makeup and costume himself for the Edison Company first adaption of Mary Shelly's classic tale. A long lost film was rediscovered in the late 70ties and is now available at Youtube.

This is William Paquet's 3-D rendering of the Ogle creature, rereleased from Monstrology Models and now available through the Headless Hearseman. Painted by me with acrylics, pastels and airbrush.

Here is the full movie (only 12 minutes long):

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Bride of Frankenstein turns 75 today

Happy anniversary! It was 75 years ago today, April 22, in 1935, that »Bride of Frankenstein« was released. Starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger and Elsa Lanchester as the bride. It's my all-time favourite film and a good reason to continue the commission gallery with the model kit released by Billiken of Japan in the early 90ties. The likeness is uncanny, the body isn't. But its still the best rendering of Elsa available in the GK world.

Read more about the film and its history and all things Frankenstein in the wonderful FRANKENSTEINIA blog concieved by Pierre Fournier.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kharis - The living Mummy!

I'm going to post some commission work from the past year(s) within the next days starting with Kharis from the Universal Mummy Movies of the 4oties. Lon Chaney Jr. is hidden under miles of bandages and Jack Pierce's heavy make up made of cotton and collodium (for the last movie he created a rubbermask for Lon's convienience).

The modelkit was released by Billiken of Japan in the early 90ties. I preserved the posabillity of the kit instead puttying the seams because its fun changing the poses from time to time....

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everybody! And instead of cute rabbits or painted eggs a snapshot of an Gargoyle I found yesterday in the medival city of Fritzlar, Hessia.