Midnight Art: Killer ants attack in ‘Phase IV’

We’ll conclude seven days of eco-horror with the killer ant move Phase IV. According to IMDB: Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. But the ants have other ideas. I have yet to see it myself, but I’m … Continue reading Midnight Art: Killer ants attack in ‘Phase IV’

Midnight Art: Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

Spiders … of course you’re scared of them. It doesn’t matter if they provide an important niche in nature by cutting down the number of pesky disease-spreading insects. They’re scary and you hate them. Kingdom of the Spiders is a film that plays to that fear. Released in 1977, it stars William Shatner and hundreds, if not thousands, of real spiders. A short description from … Continue reading Midnight Art: Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

Midnight Art: Giant nuclear insects attack in ‘Them!’ (1954)

Do you hate ants? Them! is another one of those movies I caught on cable as a kid. While it is not exactly an eco-horror, it is a nuclear horror. A nest of gigantic irradiated ants is found in the New Mexico desert; they quickly become a national threat when it is discovered that two young queen ants and their consorts have escaped to establish … Continue reading Midnight Art: Giant nuclear insects attack in ‘Them!’ (1954)

Midnight art: ‘Night of the Lepus’

Ever hear of leporiphobia, or fear of rabbits? Well, Night of the Lepus probably won’t lead to it, but you will find some good laughs in the absurdity of man-eating, giant rabbits. Our art for tonight is the German poster for the movie, simply called Rabbits there. Night of the Lepus is another movie in the eco-horror genre. It’s about giant carnivorous rabbits that feed on … Continue reading Midnight art: ‘Night of the Lepus’

Midnight art: The 1972 movie ‘Frogs’

Do you think frogs are scary? Well, the maker of the movie Frogs sure did. We continue our eco-horror themed week at midnight art with a poster from Frogs. This is one of those movies that I remember watching on cable. I’m not exactly sure when. All I know was it was on weekday and it was a noontime movie on the USA Network or … Continue reading Midnight art: The 1972 movie ‘Frogs’

Midnight art: ‘The Food of the Gods’

Anybody ever hear of The Food of the Gods? We continue this week’s ecology-horror week with a poster from the 1976 movie The Food of the Gods. Allegedly based (very, very) loosely on an H.G. Welles story, the movie is about people trying to survive being attacked by giant wasps and rats who ate a mysterious substance that boiled up from the ground in British … Continue reading Midnight art: ‘The Food of the Gods’

Midnight Art: Oct. 20, 2017

How could we end Lon Chaney week at Midnight Art with anything else, but a poster from Phantom of the Opera? Released in 1925, it caused a sensation. Not only because of its use of color and grand sets, but because of Chaney’s amazing makeup job to create Erik the Phantom. It is probably Chaney’s most famous makeup job. For the role, he painted his … Continue reading Midnight Art: Oct. 20, 2017

Midnight Art: Oct. 19, 2017

We continue Lon Chaney week at Midnight Art with one of his most famous roles. This time, we have a poster for the timeless Hunchback of Notre Dame story. Adapted many times over the centuries, it’s a story that perseveres. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Chaney plays Quasimodo, the said hunchback. With that role, he earns his reputation as a master of makeup and … Continue reading Midnight Art: Oct. 19, 2017