For my final piece I chose to focus on the first sketch I created which shows the killer from the waist down holding a axe in her right hand walking toward the audience. The background behind the movie title and the director is splattered with blood from the fallen victims. I drew out the movie title by hand and made the edges look like the end of an actual axe. I chose to fill my color palette with dull colors; with the exception of the color of the dress, rather than use bright colors. I feel as if using dark and dreary colors works well with the theme of the film. This film was shot in black and white and that made it harder to try and figure out what colors were used throughout the film. Personally I admire the approach because if it were shot in a different manner then it wouldn’t be as suspenseful as it originally was. In the film the director chose not to reveal the face of the killer and I went along with a similar approach and focused on the outfit. I liked how it came out and felt the need to not focus on the face and give away the ending to the viewer.
Strait-Jacket is a 1964 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by William Castle. Twenty years prior to the present day in the film, a woman named Lucy Harbin catches her husband in bed with another film. In a fit of rage she kills both her husband and the other woman with an axe. While this is all happening their 3 year old daughter, Carol Harbin, is sleeping in the other room. Afterwards Lucy is committed into a psychiatric hospital and deemed critically insane. Carol is sent to live with her aunt and uncle and is adopted by them. Twenty years later some time after Lucy is released from the hospital; a series of axe murders begin happening once again.
Magazine: The Strategist