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Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters (2015)

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I Like to Paint Monsters examines the life and career of Chet Zar, Painter of Dark. Zar is known for his work as a Special FX artist on Hellboy and Hellboy II, among many other Hollywood ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Guy Aitchison ... Himself
Rorion Arjuna ... Himself
Big Gus Demented ... Himself
... Himself
... Himself - The Undertaker
Alex Grey ... Himself
Erwin Tschofen
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I Like to Paint Monsters examines the life and career of Chet Zar, Painter of Dark. Zar is known for his work as a Special FX artist on Hellboy and Hellboy II, among many other Hollywood blockbusters, as well as his music video and live performance work with the world renowned band TOOL. After becoming disheartened with the film industry, Zar 'followed his bliss' and began painting monsters for a living. A forerunner of the Dark Art movement, Zar tackles difficult social situations with his enigmatic and iconic artwork! Enter an all-encompassing and introspective view of Zar's worlds. Sometimes gruesome, periodically funny, but always thought provoking, Zar's art is at once as enigmatic as it is frightening. But what about the man behind the paintbrush? Who is Chet Zar and why does he like to paint monsters? This is the primary question at the heart of the documentary. Written by Mike Correll

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6 June 2015 (USA)  »

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The stop-action animation "Haunting Scene", described by Lisa Zar, was produced and filmed in an actual haunted warehouse; DVD bonus features include the warehouse haunting, captured during an interview with Chet Zar. See more »

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Alex Grey: Chet's work invites a deeper reflection and contemplation on the condition of the soul, basically.
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The Mountain
Written by Josh Breckenridge, Joseph Leary, and Joseph Breckenridge Jr.
Performed by With Our Arms to the Sun
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Not just about Dark Art

This was a really cool documentary about the artist Chet Zar and his life as an artist. Not knowing too much about the genre of dark art this film gives a peek into the the culture and even a clearer look at the people who surround it. You quickly learn Chet was a natural from the beginning and his creativity along with his hard work lead his way to becoming the amazing artist his is today. It also gives the viewer a chance to look at his work and to hear his intentions and commentary with his portraits of monsters. This documentary was definitely worth watching and was a great depiction of the life of Chet Zar and who he is as a person.


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