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This Is, Without Question, Some Of The Most Stunning Horror Art I've Ever Seen

I don’t consider myself to be particularly knowledgeable of the art scene. I visit the MOMA here in San Francisco every now and then, but I’ll never understand the “hidden message” behind a pyramid of jeans that had been spray-painted black, which I stumbled across a couple years ago. It fascinated me, and I’m fairly certain it was some sort of statement for anti-commercialism, but because one of the great things about art is you get to take from it as little or as much as you want, I prefer to think the artist just really hated skinny-jeans. Me too, I thought to myself as I turned my attention to an orange rectangle painted on a white canvas hanging on the nearby wall, wondering if that too had a deeper message.

All that is a long-winded way of saying the art I’m about to show you has no hidden messages. It just looks insanely cool. It’s the sort of thing I want on my wall, my phone, and as my laptop’s wallpaper, just to guarantee that I can spend as much time looking at it and absorbing it as I possibly can. This is the work of Deviant Artist Chris Cold, who I’ve followed for several years now. It’s beautiful, haunting art that’s hard to turn away from. Feast your eyes on it after the break.

Chris Cold isn’t the first artist I’ve featured here, and it certainly won’t be the last. For more of Chris Cold’s work, I suggest visiting his gallery.

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7 comments

  1. Avatar of Kenzo

    Pic’s 2 and 5 are my favorites. We need horror movies that depict epic characters like these. I’ve wanted to see movies with imagery like this all my life.

    • Avatar of Michael_M

      Reminds me of the imagery evoked by Clive Barker’s Weaveworld. Not a horror novel, but contains similar dark, dreamlike fantasy images. Interesting that Barker, one of the few writers with the kind of vision to make this a reality, instead focused his filmmaking on more immediate and tangible subjects. Financial reasons obviously being the primary reason. If only we could plug a projector into his brain a la The Matrix, imagine what we could see.

      When I was in elementary school, one of my earliest horror movie memories was a discussion of The Exorcist about ten years after its release. My teacher commented that movies could show things that would send people to the hospital. As a teen, watching Evil Dead and Demons back-to-back in one night had a big effect. Martyrs, too, more recently. But I agree with you Kenzo that the potential for cinema never really feels like it has been explored. As doomas10 notes, Tarsem’s The Cell comes close.

      But I think such a film would work better devoid of any specific narrative and be more imagery. Such films aren’t typically commercially successful so we’re left with watered-down Hollywood hokum and the few visionaries that can work cheap. Have you seen Begotten by E. Elias Merhige.

  2. Avatar of doomas10

    Best photo: pic 5! Can you imagine that in a movie? Brings back memories from the cell but in an even bigger scale!

    • Avatar of dr.lamb

      It reminds me also a bit of the showdown in “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust”

  3. Avatar of ThunderDragoon

    Yeah, it really bugs me what people consider art these days. Just hipsters trying to make meaning out of a spaghetti design on a wall lol. Anyway, these pictures are really cool. These take actual talent to make. My favorite is the two-headed demon.

  4. Avatar of djblack1313

    these are GORGEOUS!! i love them all. i think my fave is the 2 headed monster pic (with tentacles(?) coming from the sky). i’d love to see that in a movie!

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