There was a sort of group think among males growing up in upper Westchester County, N.Y. in the 80s that by age 16 you had to:
1. Drive a Jeep
2. Decorate your bedroom with Sports Illustrated swimsuit pics
At age 18 (1992) I got a 1986 Pontiac Sunbird with 65,000 miles on it. As far as no. 2, I just couldn’t bring myself to insult my mother like that.
So my room was decorated with movie posters and horribly disturbing images from Fangoria and Gorezone magazines.
I knew the mags from neighbor and best friend Brian Spears, whose photo is at the top of this blog. Fango was his Bible.
I remember for one school year the fate of civilization didn’t rest on what would happen after the Berlin Wall fell — it was about “HOW THE HELL COULD THE MPAA REFUSE TO GIVE A RATING TO “HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER???”
Now, some 20 years later, Spears and his make-up effects partner Pete Gerner are nominated for an award for creating things very much like the weird crap that hung on my wall as a kid.
The G & S Effects make-up work in “I Sell the Dead” has been nominated for a 2011 Chainsaw Award from Fangoria magazine.
The news came out in issue no. 301 of Fangoria, which is on sale now.
It’s a very cool thing. Gerner and Spears work on East Coast indie horror flicks. They’ve gelled with Glass Eye Pix and MPI, the companies behind “I Sell the Dead.”