Mike Mitchell, one of my favorite artists, currently has a show running at Mondo in Austin. Here’s a small sampling of the works that are displayed right now (all of which I want hanging on my walls immediately). You can see the entire collection at Mike’s website.
MovieGuide, a website dedicated to reviewing films from a moral standpoint, has reviewed the thoroughly effed-up ABCs of Death. Click through for the full review, which will probably serve to only make you want to see the movie more (or make you want to see it again). Here is the “Content,” as noted by MovieGuide:
Very strong pagan, self-indulgent horror anthology, with one segment attacking the United States and capitalism; 38 obscenities (mostly “f” words), one strong profanity, one light profanity, plus cartoon feces segment and toilet slaughters people; extreme violence with much blood and gore includes chainsaw murder, man impaled, cat is gruesomely killed, fat woman carves up her body with a chainsaw to look thin, spider bites man then crawls inside him and a bunch of baby spiders come out of his ears, character electrocuted, etc.; extreme sexual content includes depicted fornication, men tied up and forced to watch nude sex acts (including implied pedophilia) while graphically abusing themselves or they will be impaled, nude dancing, female teacher passionately kisses her student, anal fixations, another segment contains references to pedophilia, and a huge phallic device spews rice many times while a woman’s vagina spews vegetables in one segment; extreme nudity includes shots full male and female nudity, rear nudity, and upper female nudity; alcohol use; no smoking but some drug references in one segment; and, men held against their will, illegal fight with a dog, people tease a very overweight girl, moral relativism.
Warner Brothers publicity still slide from The Shining.
Only a handful of still frames were released to help promote the film, and all of those stills were personally approved by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick used the still selection project as an opportunity to mentor a nineteen-year-old aspiring photographer named Murray Close, who was a schoolmate of Kubrick’s daughter, Vivian. Close went on to be the only Kubrick-sanctioned photographer on the set of The Shining, and subsequently established himself as a well-respected production photographer.
This particular still is notable in that it is not a frame seen in the finished film; it’s presumably a frame from an alternate take of the same shot. It has also been color-timed to a much cooler hue than the shot that appears in the finished film.