The last day of this month is Halloween. This is the day each year when the ghosts and goblins come out to haunt our world. Here in Berlin we see a growing interest in this celebration that has been very popular in the USA for decades. Many believe that Halloween traditions have pagan roots that originated from the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain which was later Christianized as Halloween. Halloween activities include – dressing up for Halloween costume parties, trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o- lanterns, lighting bonfires, fortune telling games, scary stories, and most people traditionally watch a good horror film.
Maybe this surge in berliners‘ new found penchant for Halloween is rooted in the school of German Expressionists films with the black and white silent classic shot in Wismar, Germany and in Transylvania. The most iconic horror flick of them all – Nosferatu (1922) starring native berliners Max Schreck as Graf Orlok and Ruth Landshoff as the sister. Coincidence? Maybe not.
Dramatic political changes soon swept thru Germany in the 1930s. Talented directors and stars from the german film industry had fled to Los Angeles to build a new movie capital there. The genre of horror movies continued flourishing in its new home with huge successes. Titles like Frankenstein (1931) with Boris Karloff, The Birds (1963) directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Tipi Hedren, The Exorcist (1973) with Linda Blair as the daughter possessed by the devil, and Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining (1980) with three time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson playing the lead role are a few of the greats that were made in the major studios of Los Angeles.
It is this historical mass emmigration of the movie industry that is probably the strongest cultural tie between these two cities and eventually led to their official status of Sister Cities – Los Angeles was named Berlin‘s first in 1967.
So it‘s a no-brainer that I choose to share these classic horror film inspired artworks by Los Angeles based Trevor Wayne with you for this Halloween.
How did you come up with this crazy concept „Horror Banana“?
I used to be really heavy into the horror film genre. After a while I realized how desensitized I was to violence and blood. It came to a point when I realized I just don‘t want any negative imagery in my life anymore. I still occasionally can watch a horror comedy, but I try to stay away from all else.
But like most things, it‘s hard to give up something that you love so much, right? I felt like a traitor to a genre I really supported and loved. I always wanted to do art that paid homage to the most classic, iconic scenes in horror, but now it had to be with the lightness and good spirit in which my art is intended.
Yes. Your other works are typically fun filled colorful homage pieces with a lighter feel like your Golden Girls or pop culture icons. I figured taking these horrific images and replacing the threat with the least intimidating everyday image I could think of, a banana, was my way to bring joy to horror lovers – as well as a way to softly introduce horror movies to people who are too terrified to watch them.
So the love affair continues, but on your own terms. It was my way of making peace with leaving behind that genre in pursuit of surrounding myself with joyful and uplifting imagery.
I think you did a great job of dealing with this traumatic and personal transition. Plus we all know, the banana emoji represents a big tasty cock and that makes this series of artworks by Trevor fit the Boner mindset perfectly. So, the next time you get scared by a horror flim, just push a big banana in your mouth and instantly everything will be much better. You won‘t be afraid anymore. Ever. Trust me! (gt)