Here at Dread Central we’re big fans of horror-inspired artwork, which talented fans have for the last few years been doing an absolutely bang-up job at delivering. Today a highly unique piece of art has come to our attention, which we guarantee you is like nothing you’ve ever hung up on your bedroom wall in the past!
This week The Dorothy Collective has released what they’re referring to as a “Horror Star Chart,” mapping 135 classic and influential horror films and honoring the men and women who brought them to life. I’ll allow the website to explain…
A two-color litho print, the Horror Star Chart is based on the night sky over Berlin Zoological Gardens on 4th March, 1922 during the premier of F.W. Murnauâ€™s silent vampire film Nosferatu, which is recognised as a masterpiece of cinema, inspiring film makers and directors for generations to come (including Hitchcock).
The star chart features the films (and a few of our favorite TV shows) that are culturally significant to the genre and pays homage to the actors, directors, producers, graphic artists, authors and writers whose work has been pivotal to the enduring popularity of horror.
The 135 titles featured include those chosen for preservation in the US National Film Registry due to their cultural, historical or aesthetic significance and a few personal favorites including: early silent films (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu and The Phantom of the Opera), Universal Monsters from the 30’s featuring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy), Hammer classics (Dracula and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter), forerunners of the slasher sub-genre in the 60’s (Peeping Tom and Psycho), supernatural thrillers of the 70’s (The Exorcist, The Omen, Carrie), video â€˜nastiesâ€™ vilified by the media in the 80â€™s (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Evil Dead) through to the recent zombie revival (28 Days Later).
An A-Z key lists the films (and their actors) included on the chart along with the year of release.
The Horror Star Chart is available as both a regular version, selling for approximately $40, and a more expensive limited edition glow-in-the-dark variant, both of which can be purchased over on The Dorothy Collective!
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