Exploring the creatures that go bump in the night has always been a very personal endeavor for Sideshow’s Creative Director, Tom Gilliland, whose fascination with the horror genre is rooted in the belief that it offers a very individual experience for each fan.
“We can all watch a horror movie and be scared, but we’ll all be scared in a slightly different way. We each relate the fear of that character to a very real fear from our own life.” Gilliland explains. “In other genres the villain is part of the story you’re watching unfold; in horror, he’s really aimed at you. Horror is truly intended to elicit a response from you. It’s trying to threaten, and if it succeeds… that’s a really personal experience.”
While celebrating our 20 year anniversary, Sideshow looks to make a triumphant return to our roots in this long-favored genre. Here’s a look at what’s in store:
We’ll be kicking things off by reuniting with a cult favorite, Ash Williams. We’re headed back to that cabin in the woods to celebrate all the camp and carnage Evil Dead 2 has to offer.
“The fun thing about Evil Dead is it expertly combines horror and almost slapstick comedy in a perfect blend of fun and shock. I should be horrified, but somehow I’m laughing my ass off. This is a great character that offers a depth of detail in costuming and VERY signature weapons, c’mon…when you chop off a hand to replace it with a chainsaw? That’s pretty much the ultimate.”
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…”
Look out for Sideshow’s return to Crystal Lake with more from Friday the 13th, and a visit from an all too familiar Nightmare in the near future, as we gear up for fresh reincarnations of the classic horror slashers.
“I have centuries to discover the things that make you whimper.”
New on the horizon, we’ll be facing the unforgettably terrifying leader of the Cenobites, Pinhead. From the groundbreaking Hellraiser franchise, Sideshow looks forward to tackling this chilling classic for the first time.
“I think back to when I saw the first [Hellraiser] film, this was a different breed of horror film. It had this incredible celestial mythology, a whole hedonistic gone mad religion element, that I’d never seen before. Pinhead was as psychologically frightening as physically frightening and completely unapologetic of who he was, the guy is pretty comfortable in his own skin, or yours…”
“Rise, Conquer, Rule!”
Finally, Sideshow is breaking new ground on the horror landscape with the ever expanding original effort created by Gilliland himself; Court of the Dead. This year at San Diego Comic-Con we will proudly host a grand array of morbidly fascinating characters, while online we delve deeper into this mysterious realm with the launch of a brand new website at CourtoftheDead.com. We hope to see you there!