Thursday, October 02, 2014

Revenge of the Creature from the San Andreas Fault

So here’s a weird thing that happened. Yesterday’s post concerned my friend Kristen, who back in college starred in a photo shoot I did for a class project in which I tried to re-create a film press packet. I chose to make a bad slasher movie, which I titled Creature from the San Andreas Fault. In yesterday’s post, I used one of those photos.

star vivian lynn pfefferman, unaware of approaching doom
Weirdly, hours before, someone on Twitter used a different one of those photos. I just found out late tonight.

For the project, we purposefully tried to imitate Scream. Here’s the original image we used as inspiration.


It’s little more than a weird coincidence, but it is a surprising one considering how I and everyone else in the online world forgot about these photos until now. However, it did remind me of this project that I did more than a decade ago...

For the sake of posterity (and because October is the month we revel in all things spooky-scary), here are the rest of those photos.

vivian lynn pfefferman, more aware of approaching doom

vivian lynn pfefferman, wondering when the mail will come

vivan lynn pfefferman, pretending she can read

vivian lynn pfefferman, doing her best fay wray

best friend patsy pickett, suffering the fate of all slasher movie besties

the creature

the creature (again)

some asshole

vivian doing her best IKWYDLS-era j-lo-hew

vivian, doing janet leigh

vivian, learning how to scream in a shower

Note: Yes, that is me, fourth from the bottom. No, I don't know why I look like that. Yes, the photos are, in general, very yellowish, but only in mind does it make me look like I have jaundice. No, I don't know why my lips look so pink. I let someone I thought was good with digital photo editing do the color correction — in fact, because college, I paid him in liquor for his services — and I did not question it at the time. Yes, I had hair. Yes, that is a puka shell necklace. No, I do not have any excuses.

Also: No, I don't know why we had that mask or the hatchet.

Regardless, as one intrepid reporter once exclaimed, “Deja voodoo!”

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:27 PM

    These are amazing drew. Do you still have the original version of this project? And did you get an A?

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    1. Yes indeed. I still have this project somewhere. I should go find it.

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  2. Anonymous4:49 PM

    Was this for film studies or did you take a Rickels German class?

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    1. It was actually Writing 104V, in the writing program. The final project was creating something that combined text and image in an interesting way. I did take the Rickels horror film class, though. He said a scene from Wes Craven's New Nightmare was, and this is a quote, "symbolic of the man's metaphoric castration by the disembodied hand of infantile masturbation." And I carry this with me always.

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    2. Anonymous1:59 PM

      Did you get a B+ in Rickels? I have to meet anyone who didn't get a B+.

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    3. Hmm. I feel like I would have remembered not getting an A in that class, but I honestly don't remember.

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