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DC’s The Devil’s Muse: Artist Spotlight – Laz Marquez

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Sorry for skipping a week in our The Devil’s Muse coverage. When life comes at ya, it comes at ya hard.

This week, I want to highlight the incredible work of artist and designer Laz Marquez, who actually got a little bit of love on Dread Central recently with his piece for Gallery1988’s recent IT exhibit. After seeing his work and being able to premiere it, I checked out Marquez’ site and was simply blown away by what I saw. He creates movie poster concept pieces that are richly detailed, full of nods to scenes and props within the film, and can effortlessly transition from minimalistic to heavily packed offerings, both of which styles are absolutely fantastic in their own ways.

Marquez tells Dread Central, “As a child, much to my family’s dismay, I was instantly drawn to the classic VHS covers of the horror genre and the films themselves as a result. I remember the impact of the iconic artistry of those covers and how bold and eye-catching they were compared to other covers of the time. My love for the horror genre began there and lead me on a journey of respecting and appreciating the lessons, themes and strength of metaphor in such films as ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’, ‘Psycho’ and ‘Poltergeist’. Having grown up as an artist and my love for horror being so strong, the two worlds merged as I matured. Today, I make it my living to create posters, book covers and illustrations that mix my fine-arts background, my love of the macabre and bold design to hopefully get you to stop like a kid in a VHS rental shop.

Marquez will be represented at Alternative Movie Poster’s “30×30” Show with his poster for The Gate. You can find more information here.

Below is a sampling of Marquez’ artwork. I hope you enjoy his macabre beauty as much as I do!

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Video: The Shape of Water Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

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This past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA betwixt a double screening of The Shape of Water and the classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the former’s director Guillermo del Toro (and star Doug Jones) sat down to discuss the latter’s influence on the film, Gill-man sex, “one sock movies,” his career in the genre, and more with moderator Jonah Ray, and we were there to film a portion of it.

Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

BUY IT NOW!

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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