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Chet Zar: I Like To Paint Monsters (2015/First Run DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: B Documentary: B-

A well made documentary about horror artist Chet Zar, Mike Correll's Chet Zar: I Like To Paint Monsters (2015) focuses on the artist and his work with a magnifying glass. Full of insightful interviews with friends, family, business associates, and fans, you'll feel like you know the guy by the end of it. Some interesting topics mix through the doc such as passion for art, out of body and otherworldly experiences, and how his career path turned from film to fine art at the drop of a hat.

With a budget raised partially by Kickstarter, this documentary directed by Correll, who also edited and produced the film under NRG Creations, Inc. is impressive and fun. If you like this, then you should definitely check out the documentary, For No Good Reason (reviewed elsewhere on this site), which focuses on artist Ralph Steadman.

Enter the dark and foreboding world of Chet Zar, where apocalyptic industrial landscapes are inhabited by disturbing, yet beautiful monstrosities. Sometimes gruesome, periodically funny, but always thought-provoking, Zar's art is 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? These are the questions at the heart of this documentary.

Presented in standard definition with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 track, the film looks and sounds fine for DVD but could benefit to a high def update.

Extras include...

Extended Interrogations

Chopping Block: Deleted Scenes

Rogues Gallery: The Art of Chet Zar

Behind The Scenes Featurette

Time-Lapses: The Creation of Six Chet Zar Paintings

Office Trailer - Rick Zar: Live Neon

This is a fun feature for both horror fans and art enthusiasts alike and does its job well of informing an audience about an artist and his work.

- James Lockhart



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