Movies have been a dear hobby for me since the murky days of VHS in the 1980’s. My main interest has always been horror and science fiction genres. On this page I’ve collected some illustrations I’ve done of actors and of movies in general.
|John Bruno’s first and only directorial effort came with the movie Virus (1999). It was a devastating commercial flop and received crushing negative reviews. Despite all of that, I liked it then and I like it now. The alien manufactured cyborg killers in the movie are among the best ever seen on a big screen and while there could have been much better decisions regarding the plot and directing, it’s overall a thrilling experience. Jamie Lee Curtis played the female lead.|
|The Indonesian exploitation movie Lady Terminator (1989) is a trash cult gem that mashes up ideas lifted from The Terminator and mixes them with incredible takes on ancient South-East Asian legends and myths. Hilarious dialogue (“I’m not a lady. I’m an anthropologist!”) and insane mayhem ensues when a young female student is possessed by an ancient evil queen and turns to a murderous cyborg with laser eyes and all! Australian model Barbara Anne Constable puts on quite a show as her character goes on a rampage of destruction.||
|When the rape-revenge thriller Submission of a Woman (1992) came out this particular sub-genre of exploitative horror was just about exhausted after two decades of violent vigilance films. The genre was then pretty much dormant until revived in recent years. This Italian genre effort is one of only a handful of representatives put out in the 90’s but still has been mostly omitted and forgotten by audiences. The thriller is not very explicit and it does drag a bit at first. But once it gains it’s momentum, however, it’s not a bad genre effort and it does offer an intriguingly somber approach to the revenge bit by the main female character played by an Italian actress Daniela Poggi.|
|War movies inspired by the Vietnam War are mostly quite savage and anti-heroic in their portrayal of the war. Gone were the days of glorified and patriotically narrated news reels from the fronts. War photographers and journalists were now able to relay the actual conditions and horrors of war to audiences all over the world without being subjected to state-mandated censorship – even if the military and government desperately tried their best to suppress information. Stanley Kubrick’s iconic war movie Full Metal Jacket (1987) is of course one of these movies riding on the repercussions of how unbridled information changed the entire world. Ronald Lee Ermey plays a nasty hate-spewing drill instructor Hartman who is out of touch with how the world has changed outside the clearly defined confines of military barracks.|
|Wilderness survival thrillers and the so called rural horror sub-genre of horror movies are closely tied to each other. It’s hard to say when one begins and the other ends but perhaps it’s the audiences seeing the films that ultimately define them. Julian Gilbey’s excellent British thriller A Lonely Place to Die (2011) is, however, only inches away from being a horror movie as it blends and mixes the common elements of rural horror movies into a more conventional and slowly unfolding crime thriller. The movie might be a bit of a mixed bag: too scary and unpredictable for your average tv-thriller enthusiast and lacking gusto and gore to delight your devout horror fanatic. Personally I liked the film very much and think the film’s spot-on pacing, no-nonsense acting and beautifully serene filmography are leaps and bounds above the average effort. The Australian actress Melissa George plays the film’s leading female character Alison.|
|Zombies have become one of the most diverse monsters used as plot and story mechanisms in horror films. The reasons for this are many and varied but among the most likely are firstly that zombies – by definition – don’t need complex motivations and personalities and secondly that the firstly mentioned concept allows film makers to study inter-human relations in lawless, hopeless, apocalyptic, paranoid and vile conditions without the need to present a well-defined antagonist and in ways that otherwise would require quite complex back stories or situational modifiers perhaps needing additional exploring. Dawn of the Dead (2004) is Zack Snyder’s remake of the old George A.Romero genre classic from the 70’s and while it does divide opinions amidst genre fans, it still remains an effective and well-directed film making it one of the best remakes of the new millennium. Sarah Polley plays the leading female Ana in which role the gender shift taking place in horror movies in the last few decades from victims and sidekicks to actual heroes with resolve, fortitude and strength is very much in it’s culmination point and curiously in very strong contrast to Romero’s original.|
Organ harvesting by kidnapping people has become a recurring theme in the movie industry showcasing only a handful of examples from the previous millennium. Sometimes people are harvested for some specific item ordered by rich westerners, sometimes a specific kind of person is sought after to meet a specific need and yet other times people are kidnapped by their blood type or other generic reason. In the movie In the Blood (2014) the Muay Thai -fighter turned to MMA -fighter turned to actress Gina Carano performs some serious moves in order to find out the truth about what happened to her husband after he was hauled away by an ambulance from an accident site and never to be seen again.
|Monstrous badass female killer villains is a space in movies pretty much neglected until around the millennium changed. Today it’s not uncommon to see a group of twenty-something women enjoying a gory horror movie in your local theater complex. You just didn’t see that in the 1990’s and 1980’s. A change in audiences and their expectations has clearly influenced the diversity of not only themes presented in horror and thriller movies but also in who acts in them and in which roles. One badass monstrous female villain is acted by America Olivo in the movie Neighbor (2009).|
|Movies about criminals settling old scores among themselves are a long time staple of the movie industry. As well as movies about criminals trying to get out of their criminal ways but are prevented by old grudges or whatnot circumstances. Body horror genre auteur David Cronenberg investigates both of the above themes in one of his later general audience hits A History of Violence from 2005. One of the bad guys is played by Ed Harris who can subtly fit into pretty much any role he’s ever cast and yet again fails to disappoint in this film.|