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I had been dying to watch this documentary, and just a few weeks ago I ordered from Amazon and watched as soon as it arrived.
It gives so much background about Chet growing up and really shows you where his inspiration for his art comes from. I enjoyed every minute of it and learned a lot of new things about Chet that I didn't already know. What was reconfirmed is how humble and nice of a person Chet is.
The documentary was very well put together and it had high production value. Even the cover is a piece of art that looks so cool on my shelf! Easy 10!
"Enter the dark and foreboding world of Chet Zar..." (see storyline^)
ILTPM features the humanity/artwork of an ever-evolving human/artist (with respects to an ever-evolving 'Dark Art' scene). Panning creativity (like gold) from insight (and deeper insights still from that), director Mike Correll pivots the entire thesis of his documentary on the Joseph Campbell adage to 'follow your bliss'. "...To Paint Monsters" is Chet Zar's bliss; and how apparent and awe-inspiring a bliss it is! The documentary, therefore, as with Chet Zar's artwork, is itself an invitation for others to take a similar leap of faith, to 'follow your (own) bliss'. Organic, personal, vulnerable, emotional, intimate, therapeutic, meditative, spiritual ...and, most of all, important. The placement of Zar's artwork - against the backdrop of music, words, and recollections - is not only intentional but incredibly effective, correlating perfectly with the film's overall mood/feeling. "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters", however, is far more than just a visual invitation into worlds of monstrous realms (see: Dy5topia). As Chet Zar notes, "(It is) not just horror stuff ...(it has) elements of mystery & magick. To me, 'dark' doesn't mean 'evil' necessarily."
chapters: 1 Start 2 Chet Zar 3 James Zar 4 Weird Kid 5 After School 6 Strange Super Natural Experiences 7 Joseph Campbell 8 Death of Humanity 9 Appears to be Evil 10 Ego Death at Copro 11 Credits
subtitles and extras: Extended Interrogations (Alex Grey, Chet Zar, Judy Zar), Chopping Block (The Prankster, Childhood Artwork, Testimonials, Special Art Collection), Time Lapses (Paradise Artist Retreat "Untitled" demo painting, "Cthulhu" background detail, "The Primaries" under-painting detail, "Mr. X" detailing, "Death Mantis" and "Ego Death II" Zar-vision), Dark Promotions (official trailer, 2014 Kickstarter trailer, Rick Zar "Live Neon", behind the scenes, spoiler), Rogue's Gallery: The Art of Chet Zar
5 of 5, that DVD cover alone... But seriously, everything about this... get it.
Damien Echols: "It's like the poet Ogden Nash said, "Where there's a monster, there's a miracle". The word 'monster' itself comes from the Latin word (monstrum, monere) which means 'to show forth, or to reveal' (an overseer's divine omen, warning, reminder, portent, admonishment, instruction, guidance, teaching, sign, advisement, etc). So I think some people instinctively know, on some level, that when you're seeing a monster you're seeing divinity at work ...and other people can't see it at all, and even ...kinda get offended and outraged by it."