Little Shops of Horror – Zombie1

When you love horror as much as we do you want it to permeate every part of your life, at home, at work, on the walls, on your clothes, everywhere!

That is where our new feature Little Shops of Horror comes in handy as we run through some seriously spooktastic stores and wicked websites ready to sell you truly terrifyingly awesome horror products.

This week we feature one of our very own Zombie1 and his Redbubble shop which just happens to sell killer horror merch. The co-editor and co-creator of Love Horror Zombie1 truly loves horror and way back in 2012 he was searching the web for designs featuring some of his favourite films with little luck. Finding nothing worth buying he realised he may as well make them himself and so he grabed a pad and started drawing.

Drafting up a ton of devilishly great designs taken from his best loved horror’s he placed them on Redbubble where you can now buy them as t-shirts and tops in a variety of styles for male and female movie fans.

Zombie 1 ran us through his site giving us details on a few of his designs. If your a huge Carpenter fan you will love the Antonio Bay Centenary design. “It’s exactly as Carpenter would have imagined (probably) if he’d considered that the people organising the event had a marketing strategy” Zombie 1 said.

True Wes Craven will instantly recognise the Stab T-shirt. “I really wanted to produce a design related to the Scream movies, so worked to reproduce the Stab poster to be used on t-shirts and stuff. It’s definitely going to be my t-shirt of choice this Halloween.”

There are also two great Ghostbusters tops, Postitron collider and He Slimed Me! which you can also get on a ton of other merch from Laptop skin to a totew bag to a mug. “Given the choice, most of us would prefer to leave for work every morning wearing a blueprint of some sort” Zombie1 said “And if you’re looking for a new design to decorate yourself with, why not try a blueprint for the original Ghostbusters proton pack? The mark one positron collider.” Why the hell not!

Everyone loves the Shining right? Well, not only has the film remained timeless, but even something as simple as the carpet at the Overlook hotel seems to ooze beauty. If you loved the film, welcome the design in your life a The Shining pattern A-Line Dress perfect for hotel getaways and creepy twins alike.

Zombie1 has also made a faithful reproduction of the ‘Amity Island welcomes you’ poster seen in the iconic 1975 film, Jaws. This is the poster that the viewer sees graffitied to depict a sharks fin and scared sunbather. However, this is a reproduction of the poster pre-graffiti. This is available as a sticker or a framed art print depending on your budget and the size of your wall.

Lastly Zombie1 has a ton of Halloween designs but not from the movie you may think. “Lovers of old horror movies will remember this brand from the film Halloween III, one of my favourites of the eighties” he said about his Silver Shamrock top “I wanted to completely remaster the design. Why? Because I recently bought a t-shirt with a similar design that was disappointing when I got it home. Hopefully you’ll be totally happy with mine.”

But the designs from the evil organisation seen in Season of the Witch don’t end there with four, yes four more available featuring the 3 malevolently magical masks from the movie; Pumpkin, Skull and Witch as well as one with all of them on HERE.

Taking some time off from writing reviews AND making merch Zombie1 answered some questions on his most petrifying products below:

1. How did you get into making such magnificent horror merchandise?
Horror has been a passion of mine since I was very young. I was exposed to it from a young age so hardened quickly and found comfort in watching classic eighties films along in a darkened bedroom partially hidden by a blanket. As I grew up I looked for ways to express my creativity and love of horror and desiging movie-inspired merch was a great outlet for me.

2. What is your bestselling product?
My best selling product by far is the Camp CrystalLake design. It was one of my first and I went to great lengths to try to embody the spirit of the period with the style of design and font. The final touch being the artificial aging of it. I wanted it to look as if it really had been hidden at the back of a wardrobe somewhere since 1980.

3. What inspires your creepy creations?
Each of the designs I have produced have been inspired by films that I have loved, from Kubrick’s The Shining to the fictional ‘Stab’ movie popularised by the Scream films. It’s easy to find inspiration in some ways. I’m usually watching a film when I think to myself ‘how cool would THAT be as a t-shirt. The challenge comes after when I find that other people have beaten me to it, or done it better than I ever could…

4. What is your favourite horror film and why?
My all time favourite is probably The Fog (1980). I’m not sure what it is about that film, but I could watch it endlessly. I love a good ghost story and I would argue that it’s one of the best there is. I also love John Carpenter’s work generally – his films and musical scores.

5. What scares you the most?
I’m not easily scared, but if you want to see me running for the hills you could try asking me to attend an in-depth discussion about Brexit.

6. If you had to make a present for a famous horror movie character who would it be and what would you give them?
It would be a t-shirt for Jason Voorhees. I feel his anger probably comes from the frustration of being misunderstood by teens that run rather than try to empathise with him. Maybe a lettered design like ‘U okay Hon?’ or ‘Hugs?’ would work. Anything would beat those tired brown garments he usually wears.

Check out Zombie1’s amazing merch HERE and his Instagram account HERE as well as all his work on Love Horror HERE

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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