Hey kiddies! This is my new Horror photograph, called BABYSITTER.
My friend Bob Barber, who played the title role in DEVIL, returned to play the part of the homicidal lunatic escaped from a mental hospital.
My friend Patricia Castillo came in to apply Bob’s make-up. I told her that I wanted a big gnarly lobotomy scar on the side of his head, held shut with metal staples.
She exaggerated the lines in Bob’s face, and whitened his skin until he was wraithlike and ashen, like a person who hadn’t seen sunlight in years.
She also added bruising and lacerations to his wrists for the broken handcuffs.
My friend Demian Vela was on hand once again to help me with the lighting.
My regular cohort Matt Tady helped me as well.
This photograph marks the debut of my eldest daughter Arinna, who plays the part of the babysitter. Arinna is 13 years old, and an amazing girl. She is charming, precocious, exceedingly bright, and a natural leader.
Arinna was a frequent model during my early years as a photographer. When I began making Horror photographs, it was her younger and more vulnerable sister Shiva that I used as my main model. As Shiva grew older, the role went to their younger sister Chloe. Arinna has always helped me behind the scenes, but this is the first time she has played a victim in one of my photographs.
The baby in the photograph is my niece Thea, who was also the baby in my photograph SNAKE.
The concept of the escaped lunatic appears in at least three of my favorite Horror films: BLACK XMAS, HALLOWEEN, and WHEN A STRANGER CALLS. There is something very vulnerable about the teenage babysitter – no longer a child, but not yet an adult – attempting to shoulder grown-up responsibilities.
Ultimately though, this photograph focuses on just one thing – what if something awful was waiting for you right around the corner?
See you next time!