Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Voltaire has another macabre movie in the works

For those of you who are not quite sure who Voltaire is he is an artist, film maker and musician who specializes in stop-motion animation and his horror shorts are freakishly odd and cool at the same time.

The people over at FearNet posted this about his upcoming project...

Macabre artist-musician-filmmaker Voltaire is always busy, especially when Halloween draws near... but this year, Gotham's mad jack-of-all-trades has even more on his plate than usual. Among his many projects, one of the most interesting is a series of amazing stop-motion horror shorts, which have been a hit on the indie film festival circuit for a couple of years now. One of his new animations – an opening sequence for Larry Fessenden's highly anticipated horror radio series Tales From Beyond the Pale – is already being expanded into a much larger film.

Fessenden and his production company Glass Eye Pix (whose projects include House of the Devil and Stake Land), approached Voltaire to create the animated opening for their cool retro-horror radio show, inspired by the classic radio dramas of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. They were first intrigued by his “Chimerascope” stop-motion film series – which have been screened at dozens of cons and festivals including Fantasia, Toronto After Dark, DragonCon and Screamfest LA. When Voltaire asked Fessenden if he could turn the intro piece into an “official” Chimerascope entry, the producer was 100% down with it.

The artist hinted on his most recent blog post that the new film is more or less about “a haunted room belonging to an archivist of audio and film” in which a “skunk/rat/monkey skeleton comes to life and beats the crap out of a typewriter... but I'm sure it will make more sense when I'm done.” If you're already friends with Voltaire on Facebook, you can follow his making-of journal here, but he's currently maxed out his friend limit.

***** A side bar here - Elfman is one of my favorite movie scorer's(?) I have had a band crush on him since he was with Oingo Boingo.....It's a deadman's party, who could ask for more...(I promise I have had nothing to drink today...yet.

Be sure to check out the entire playlist on Voltaire's YouTube channel.

Click here to check out a cool example of one of his earlier films – Rakthavira, a tale of Hindu hell narrated by Blondie's Debbie Harry:


  1. Very cool. Really looking forward to his next project.


  2. I adore Voltaire! I love his music and I can't wait to check out his new film projects!

    Thanks for the heads up!