France-based artists Patrick Massobrio and Nan take the long forgotten VHS tape and breathe new life (or death) into them.
Long before Netflix, streaming, and even DVDs, there was the VHS tape, which are now sitting in landfills by the tons or at the thrift store. The bulky tapes didn’t offer much in the way of fidelity, but they were a tangible item to hold in your hand to see the cover art and read the synopsis of the movie. It didn’t take long for the smaller DVD, promising crisp visuals and unparalleled sonic capabilities, to wipe the VHS completely out of favor.
But now Massobrio and Nan have taken the VHS tape and repurposed it as a canvas for their art. Massobrio takes the tapes and paints iconic horror villains and other movie characters on to the tape, utilizing the guideposts as eyes for his renditions. He then affixes the tape to a painting of the character’s body on a normal canvas and the effect is totally creative and a little reminiscent of The Garbage Pail Kids. Most of the paintings read Video Home Slasher underneath the character, which of course is a play on Video Home System.
The horror characters that Massobrio and Nan have tackled include Pennywise the Clown from IT,
Pinhead from Hellraiser,
Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street,
Michael Myers from Halloween,
Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th,
and even characters that are not necessarily from the horror genre….
Massobrio has also created his own unique versions of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Tim Curry from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the Ghostbusters. Each one is done in Massobrio’s highly identifiable style that makes the characters almost seem cute in a perverse way. You can see for yourself over at their official site !