Halloween is almost upon us. As the whole country winds up for the festivities, the supermarkets stock up with Halloween-themed treats, and the television channels show a variety of classic horror films. With this in mind, we’ve created a series of designs, paying homage to the weird, the spooky and the downright terrifying moments of cinema.
Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. His iconic horror films, with their careful blend of suspense and violence, terrified a generation. The infamous ‘shower scene’ in Psycho, which sees the female protagonist brutally murdered to a soundtrack of shrieking violins, is regularly voted as the most powerful scene in film history. Some of his other films are just as terrifying – The Birds did for crows what Jaws did for sharks.
Psycho (Shower Scream) & The Birds
Stanley Kubrick was another director with a talent for horror. Cult classic The Shining, an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, captivated and terrified audiences with its themes of paranormal activity and madness. The climactic moment, when Jack Nicholson maniacally smashes his way through a door with an axe, has been mimicked and parodied by everyone from The Simpsons to Premier Inn.
The Shining (Creepy Hallway) & The Shining (Redum)
Ever since film came into existence, the subject of the undead has fascinated filmmakers and audiences alike. Nosferatu, itself an unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, is one of the earliest vampire films. Made before the birth of special effects and CGI, it remains one of the most influential films of the genre.
Nosferatu & Psycho (Norman Bates)
Rather than drawing on an established mythology, author and film director Clive Barker created his own supernatural race. His seminal film, Hellraiser, features the Cenobites – a hellish people, whose mysterious puzzle box lures unsuspecting victims to their deaths.
Hellraiser Puzzlebox & The Shining (Here’s Johnny)
Not content with classic horror films, we’ve also created some fun, general Halloween designs. Use them as inspiration for your Halloween decorations!