Hey kiddies! This is my new Horror photograph, called BABYSITTER.
Bob Barber, who played the title role in DEVIL, returned to play the part of the homicidal lunatic escaped from a mental hospital.
Patricia Castillo applied Bob’s make-up. I told her that I wanted a big 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 ashen, like a person who hadn’t seen sunlight in years.
She also added bruising and lacerations to his wrists for the broken handcuffs.
Demian Vela helped me with the lighting.
Matt Tady assisted me as well.
This photograph features my eldest daughter Arinna, who plays the part of the babysitter. Arinna is 13 years old. She is charming, precocious, exceedingly bright, and a natural leader.
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!