File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 279


Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 17:23:30 -0700 (PDT)
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Can Horrendous be Appealing and Efficient?


Mathieu,have you looked at taxidermy sites. The most scary people that I've known are those who believe themselves to be victims. They tend to feel licensed to do horrible things. Old time Side shows used to combine taxidermied creatures into one usually sad entity.
 There is an artist named Helnwein who's work is grotesque and alluring all at once. 
http://www.helnwein.com/ Bon chance.
Joe
 
I type slowly and painfully. Please do not mistake my brevity for ill humor.

----- Original Message ----
From: Mathieu René <creaturiste-AT-primus.ca>
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2008 6:46:43 AM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Can Horrendous be Appealing and Efficient?

 

I  feel  I  need  to  be  more  precise  about  my  query.
I  need  to  make  a  truly  gruesome  character,  but  I  will  try  to  avoid  overdoing 
it.
The  usual  movie  monster  has  so  many  cliche  attributes  it  becomes  funny  and 
unbelievable.

I  believe  a  more  subtle  approach  might  be  more  efficient  for  what  I  have  in 
mind.
Have  you  ever  met  someone  that  just  gave  you  uncontrollable  fear?
Well,  often  the  scariest  things  I've  seen  were  things  that  were  just  enough 
"off"  to  be  disturbing.
It's  hard  to  describe.

It's  not  just  a  physical  anomaly,  it  needs  to  be  more  than  that,  without 
being  too  much.
It's  becoming  esoteric.

I've  half  a  mind  to  reproduce  a  real  person's  head  and  start  distorting  and 
simplifying  it  until  it  becomes  what  I  need.
Who  better  than  myself?  I  know  I  won't  take  it  too  personally  if  I  end  up 
looking  awful...

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