For the horror special of New Empress magazine I was tasked with creating an illustration based on The Exorcist with a ‘fun feel’. Quite the task for someone as famously ‘sensitive’ as myself (Gore? Fine. Zombies? Love it. Exorcisms? NO WAY).
In the end I decided to focus on some of the things that could undermine the scares in the film, such as knowing some of the effects were created using fairly banal objects. Not that this knowledge in any way lessens the final effect of the film.
Full disclosure: I’ve never seen The Exorcist and I couldn’t even bring myself to watch the trailer while I was researching this illustration. Told you I was ‘sensitive’.