(arrives at this story late because I was too busy staring at that which this story is about)
Oh, hello there. I was just getting my mind blown out of my ass by these outstanding representations of some of the horror genre’s most recognizable locations, created entirely out of paper. The project/exhibit is called “Horrorgami,” and it is the work of kirigami artist Marc Hagan-Guirey through his Paper Dandy company. That’s the literal explanation. How I’d really like to describe this series is just to begin drooling and pointing while stamping my foot over and over. Perhaps it isn’t the most mature way to being talking about something, but then my maturity is flimsier than the paper used to create these incredible pieces.
Okay, I’ve taken a deep breath and I think I can talk about these things without trying to step into my computer screen. Created for a gallery showcase at the U.K.’s Gallery One and a Half, Hagan-Guirey’s work soon captured the attention of people and publications all over the world, yet somehow slipped completely past me, much like Slimer slipping past, or through, Peter Venkman. Say, there’s a segue we can all live with.
Technically, only two of the films in the collection are fitting for our readers, but something this awesome deserves to get seen regardless of how little it has to do with our usual subject matter. Luckily, Hagan-Guirey included the iconic Ghostbusters firehouse and the zombie-attacked shopping mall in George Romero’s seminal classic Dawn of the Dead. Beyond this, he’s got everything from the mansions in The Munsters and The Addams Family to The Shining‘s Overlook Hotel and Psycho‘s Bates Motel. All made out of paper! The displays were set inside of lightboxes, which allows for the juxtaposition between the mundane (though still amazing) look of the locations in full light and the spookiness conveyed whenever they’re seen with dark colors shining through.
Let’s take a look at more of them so that I can stop fumbling over my words. First up is a closer look at the firehouse, followed by two of the mall, the Rosemary’s Baby apartment building and the house from Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. Dammit, he didn’t appear.
Hagan-Guirey is now working on commissions for larger companies and will no doubt find a steady career in making people’s eyes widen right out of their skulls. But you know what they say: “All work and no play…” On that note, here’s the Overlook.