The ‘Art of Stab’ exhibit features works commissioned for, and inspired by, Wes Craven’s Scream 4 (and the film-within-a-film Stab franchise). The items will be on display at the Hyaena Gallery (Burbank, CA) through November 15th. This unique and highly sought after artwork is available for purchase, and a few pieces have yet to be spoken for. You can view the remaining items—which include rare production memorabilia—here.
A special note from project manager/curator Nicolas Caesar:
Right now I have a 6 pack of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale and 2hrs of sleep. Unpacking my bags there's a tiny wooden box containing 1 piece of fossilized dinosaur poop, a gas station bootleg transformer robot, and a guest pass for Universal Studios City. I sang When The Lion Sleeps Tonight with drunken Hungarians, unintentionally crashed a Japanese wedding party, and spent some time with the largest Bob's Big Boy statue I've ever seen, but things didn't get weird until I got to Hyaena. Walking though Hyaena's doors is the looking glass of the unexpected. I always make it a habit to get a drink when I'm down there with Jim Smith (the co-creator of Ren and Stimpy). We talk old cartoons, watch fashion shows on TV at the Olive, and I even hired him for some doodles. Jim Smith is the Tom Waits or Sam Spade of cartoonists. He's seen and been through it all and he has stories. Heavy jack-hammer to the chest stories. Every time I sit with him I feel like the plucky doe-eyed Ed Wood looking at Bela Lugosi. It's really rare you can have a beer with your childhood hero. And next to him stood John K., another hero that I'm not afraid to say I still can't pronounce his last name. I have a history with Jim but John K?? "Sh*t! What do I say? What do I talk about?? Bob Clampett's great?!? Yeah everyone knows Bob Clampett's f-ing great. Hey man, I really admire you for the big cartoon revolution with Mighty Mouse where cartoonists took control of the cartoons and for once every cartoonist that hated making terrible He-Manish cartoons could express themselves creatively for once and without censors?". I had too much to say and ended up saying something like "You're F-ing John K!". Also in attendance were Aidan Casserly of Scapula fame, Clint Carney, musician and mega-artist, representatives from Bloody Disgusting, serial killer portrait artist Chuck Hodi, the amazing and mysterious Spinesteater, dark-ride style artist Thomas Zimmerman, Rick 'Big eyes' Dienzo, Lola Pop, Char Hall, painter of awesome, and pin-up model Jenna Benet Ramsey . Skip Crank was the rock star of the evening. He humbly took every question and gave every fan 110%. Regardless of how heavy Skip's resume is he makes the time to talk to everyone one on one and everyone says the same thing "I can't believe how down to earth he is". Skip has worked with everyone in the industry and is always on high demand because of that same reason. He listens, takes the time out for everyone, and is possibly one of the most genuine people you'll ever meet. And the anchor in the chaos is one Mr. Bill Shafer who's shop Hyaena is the equivalent of Malcolm McClaren's Sex that launched the punk scene of the 70's. You'll find no Bay City Rollers at Hyaena! It's the gallery that's anti-gallery. The artists who exhibit there are in the fringe, the perverse, and the untamed. While other galleries still dry-hump the top 40's, Hyaena is the grindhouse, the gutter, and the exciting. Nevermind that it's a gallery where anyone can actually afford art - it's the gallery that every other gallery will copy 5 years down the line. The MOMA has Tim Burton, Hyaena has Scream. I think that says it all. For all of us who grew up on creature features, EC Comics and slasher movies - we finally have a place for it all. And I think that's the impact of the show. The chocolate and peanut butter marrying our past, present and the future of Horror. All the artists were kids who stayed up late watching monster movie marathons - now we stay up late making art for them. Full circle.
If you missed SFE’s interview with Scream 4 Prop Master Skip Crank (which included his personal production photos), read it here.
Meanwhile, BloodyDisgusting.com was on the scene at the Hyaena Gallery for Saturday’s opening reception and scored some face-to-face time with Prop Master Skip Crank and Special Effects Makeup Artist Gary Tunnicliffe, both of whom dropped a few tantalizing details. Here are the highlights…
We got a little bloodier on this one, a little bit more intense.
Everyone wanted to be in it. There were people calling saying, 'I wanna do this'…of course, everyone wanted Matt Lillard back in there, and Jamie Kennedy, and how can we get this person to come back?…there are a lot of people in the film that show up that nobody knows about. It’ll be a big surprise.
There are a lot of pictures out there that have people speculating…and that’s exactly what we intended to do. So you think you know what’s gonna happen, but you’re wrong.
Every time I walked on set, the camera crew would go, 'oh, no'", he said with a gleam in his eye, referring to the copious amounts of fake blood he was tasked with "distributing" for the kill scenes. "All [of them] would look down and see what shoes they were wearing that day. Like, 'are my sneakers going to get ruined?' And then of course they would begin binding [everything in] plastic…like, 'Where’s it gonna go, where’s it gonna spray? Is it gonna get in my hair?'
These were practical locations…these beautiful real homes. You imagine taking an orange juice carton and cutting the top off and then [makes the motion of spraying fake blood all over the room]. And that’s what it does, in your house. And it goes everywhere…a few times people who owned the houses came by and were a little perturbed.
I mean, a couple of times we thought…'Scream 4' [should be] one of those horror movies where it’s like crazy amounts of blood. And Wes was like, 'yeah, that’s a cool way to go.' Almost like 'Kill Bill', [but] we didn’t go that [far]. We still kept it within the realm of reality.
I know for a fact that one thing the MPAA always really hates is prolonged suffering. And there’s a couple of [kills in the movie]…that [are] like a five minute death scene. They go on forever, and ever, and ever.
From Bloody Disgusting’s Chris Eggertsen:
Luckily Tunnicliffe just so happened to have behind-the-scenes photos from the set on his iPhone to show me - including several super-grisly shots of a suburban living room positively covered in blood (in one photo I could clearly glimpse a man's legs dangling from the living room ceiling; another depicted the body of one of the film's young female characters splayed out grotesquely in her bed, in a visual that eerily reminded me of a real-life crime scene photograph). Turns out what I was seeing wasn't a set but rather a real home in Michigan that had been rented out for the production.
Sounds like a bloody good time, no?
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