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Double feature : One-sheet Wil o Wisp & Blood Soaked Past Short film poster
    Film poster Artwork  \ Australian Release Poster \ Short Horror Films\ updated -22\09\2017

Wil o Wisp and Blood Soaked Past Double Feature poster

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Nocturn's wallpaper layout for double feature Wil o Wisp and Blood Soaked Past

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Client : Aaron Wakem
Brief : Create print ready Poster Art for the second 2 of 7 short films that function as a horror/supernatural anthology.
Medium : Digital : Photographic illustration in Adobe Photoshop 2014 AD
Design Notes : B Grade style Double bill poster designed by ArkhªmHªus (referencing Director William "One-Shot" Beaudine). Miyuki Lotz features in this supernatural genre poster -Wil o Wisp- Designed by ArkhªmHªus. Feeling a lot of Neil Gaiman / Dave Mckean's 1988 3-part prestige format comic book mini-series Black Orchid in this design.

A will-o'-the-wisp or ignis fatuus ( Medieval Latin for "foolish fire") are described as atmospheric night lights seen by travellers especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It is said to resemble a flickering lamp and will recede if approached, drawing curious travellers off the well worn and safer paths. The phenomenon is known by a variety of names, including jack-o'-lantern, friars's lantern, hinkypunk, and hobby lantern in English oral tradition, well attested in English fable and in much of European folklore. The luminaire behind the female spectre references this legend.

Blood Soaked Past: Aldous Huxley wrote "Art and religion, carnivals and saturnalia, dancing and listening to oratory—all these have served, in H. G. Wells’s phrase, as Doors in the Wall. "

In 1967 Newsweek published an article about the Doors titled “This Way to the Egress”. The magazine noted that the group’s first album had moved toward the top of the charts. Co-founder Ray Manzarek was quoted discussing the name of the band [NRM]:

“There are things you know about,” says 25-year-old Manzarek, whose specialty is playing the organ with one hand and the bass piano with the other, “and things you don’t, the known and the unknown, and in between are the doors–that’s us. We’re saying that you’re not only spirit, you’re also this very sensuous being. That’s not evil, that’s a really beautiful thing. Hell appears so much more fascinating and bizarre than heaven. You have to ‘break on through to the other side’ to become the whole being.”

Nocturn logo designed by ArkhªmHªus. Enkidu Studios logo designed by ArkhªmHªus. Not to be confused with the 1955 burlesque documentary Shock-O-Rama, or 2005's Shock-O-Rama.

A B movie is a low-budget piece of cinema with, at the very least, commercial intentions that can definitively not be classified as arthouse. In its original usage, during Hollywood's Golden Age, the term more precisely identified a film intended for distribution as the less-publicized, bottom half of a double feature. Although the north american production of movies intended as second features petered out by the end of the '50s, the term itself continued to be used in the broader sense it maintains today. There is ambiguity on both sides of the definition: on the one hand, many B movies display a high degree of craft and aesthetic ingenuity; on the other, the primary interest of many inexpensive exploitation films is targeting the libido (remedial translation: TITs!) & Blood Lust of adolescent males, In some cases, both may be true. Now for the slow ones who missed the reference at the top of the design notes, the poster design is an homage to B grade double feature film plybills from the 60's. the phrase "Shockorama" have its origin for me at least in the wacked out 1966 coupling of Billy the Kid vs Dracula and Jesse James meets Frankenstein's daughter. Watch the trailer please....

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