Happy Halloween 2007

Last weekend it was time again for a two day meditation on a handful of pumpkins. What would our favorite holiday be without a carving challenge! I have to admit that again I had some difficulties in getting into the right mood this year. It was way too warm, and I wasn’t sure what to carve this time. Luckily the weather cooled down after last week’s rain, and I was finally ready and set to carve my new patterns.

David Lynch’s Eraserhead was my first pick this year. It used to be one of my favorites back in the 90s. I was reminded of it again recently when I read about the upcoming screening at the Charles. So no question, I had to carve this one.

Next, there’s Freddy vs. Jason although I have never actually seen the 2003 film of the same name. I grew up with both Freddy Krueger and Jason as the horror icons of the 80s, and still remember when I saw first Nightmare on Elm Street. So it seemed appropriate to dedicate a pumpkin to both of them. At the same time I thought it would be great to have one everybody could recognize. This pumpkin turned out to be very difficult because there was not much material to cut out. After hours of work I still didn’t like the final result at all, but after I saw the photos I thought turned out alright in the end.

The third pumpkin is Alan Moore in Aleister Crowley pose. I was a huge fan of Alan Moore’s earlier work, and a reference to “_The Wickedest Man in the World_” seemed quite appropriate for Halloween, too.

The fourth and last pumpkin is Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog’s 1979 Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. Maybe a bit obscure for a Halloween pumpkin, but a good pick for moviegoers. :)

Happy Halloween!