Remembering SEAN HARTTER: Awesome Across The Universe(s)

This piece was originally published May 6th, 2013.

SH Post TemplateI still find this difficult to believe and am writing this piece while still in a state of grief and sadness.

On Friday April 27th, 2013 without warning, the world lost illustrator/comic book artist Sean Hartter at the early age of 39.





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This piece was originally published November 21st, 2011.

Sean passed away on the morning of April 27, 2013 due to complications from an asthma attack.

He had become a good friend of mine who I was planning on collaborating with. I miss him.

R.I.P. Sean.

SH Post TemplateSean Hartter is a prolific comic book artist, illustrator, writer and musician hailing from Massachusetts.

Among his many accomplishments and talents, Sean’s work has included writing and drawing a story for a Mexican comic book, contributing artwork for issues of the U.K. based Cereal: Geek Magazine, composing and releasing music under the group name Brothermaniac, working with the syndicated horror television show Saturday Fright Special and creating a character called Nobody the Idiot, which since 2007 has been drawn by a zillion artists as part of an ongoing project.

More recently, Sean has been designing film posters that allow him the ultimate freedom to recast and re-imagine some of his favorite films in ways that are both colorfully thought up, but also very skillfully reworked.

Incredibly fascinating and as clever in scope as you’d ever dream of, it is with these wonderful and truly fantastic “posters of alternate universes” as the subject, that I talked with Sean Hartter here at Mystery Box H.Q.
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The Films Of GEORGE AND MIKE KUCHAR: The 8mm Mozarts

This piece was originally published September 12th, 2011.

Kuchar Brothers Post TemplateThe Kuchar Brothers were (along with Kenneth Anger) among the earliest originators and innovators of what we now know think of as independent film.

John Waters started making films because of them and calls them “The Warner Brothers of the Underground.”

David Lynch, Brian De Palma, Gus Van Sant, Guy Maddin, Buck Henry, Todd Solondz, Atom Egoyan are but a tiny few of the independent and otherwise film directors that name The Kuchars as their influence and inspirations.

Taking the small 8mm film camera and turning it from something that previously would be merely used for capturing family vacations and holiday gatherings, The Kuchars instead created their own brand of ambitious, mini Douglas Sirk and Tennessee Williams melodramas that were filtered through their own warped teenaged sensibilities with a decidedly crazed black humor that would be indicative of the fledgling cinema underground that they were helping to create.

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42nd Street Forever: Five’s The Charm!

This piece was originally published March 22nd, 2010.Vincent Price 3D Icon I’ve been a fan of watching movie trailers for as long as I can remember being a fan of watching movies.

Occasionally, and when dealing with certain film genres especially, the trailers are far more entertaining than the actual films.

There are times when a film can mostly stink, but its trailer can still give you a splendid few minutes of encapsulated quality or relentless action, while leaving out that bad 90% waste of time wretchedness.

Sure, you have to be careful and not wind up wanting to see that “hilarious” comedy, only to find out that the trailer did a remarkable stitch job (a.k.a. edit) and made a lackluster no-laugh or dull romantic depression groaner into something that it never really was (take for instance one of the worst films EVER with a fairly funny trailer that ropes you unwittingly in: 2005’s Must Love Dogs).

With the advent of home video collections on vhs, so too did the idea of putting out trailer collections begin. Whether it was genre specific collections geared to the Spaghetti Western, arthouse or horror aficionado, or more of a looser style that collected the type of schlock double bill fare that one would have encountered at the drive-in or a midnite cult movie festival.

Available trailer collections have now grown considerably on dvd with larger selections and an increase in superb companies offering great remastered trailers, and a more thorough trawling through the vast collections of 16mm and 35mm archives for lesser known, little seen or extremely rare films from throughout the world.


Volume 1 is a gem


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