We watched ‘The Haunting’ (the modern remake) last night, and although it’s quite dated i had forgotten how incrediable the set design was. I did some googling and discovered that the exterior shots of “hill house” were shot in the UK at Harlaxton Manor, Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Apparantly the sets were inspired by the ‘over the top’ real interiors of the Haraxton Manor. If you’ve seen the film you’ll know the inerior of the house is rammed full of odd artifacts, carvings and paintings.
One painting in particualar caught my eye, it’s the portrait of the old (long dead) owner of the house, Hugh Crain.
Hugh Crain (above) as seen in ‘The Haunting’.
the painting itself is very moody and dark, and to my eyes at least, is an homage to the very famous painting of Vigo of Carpathia from the original Ghostbusters movie (another classic scary painting!)
although i paint portraits of friends and family and little puppies (and other cute things!), i’m a big fan of moody evil looking art. I would like to try to paint something evil looking sometime.
Vigo of Carpathia from the movie ‘Ghostbusters’.
I had never noticed he was standing on a pile of skulls before.
If you ever have some spare time, make sure you check out some of my favorite scary paintings in detail!
you can see small versions of them below…
Ghost of a Flea (william Blake)
(above) Saturn Devouring his son (Goya)
Self Portrait (ken Currie)
Man with Womans Head (Odd Nerdrum)
Three Singers (Odd Nerdrum)