Butcher Billy Selects

Butcher Billy Selects

The creative genius behind ARROW's Coffin Joe collection artwork, Butcher Billy is a Brazilian artist and graphic designer known for his art pieces and illustration series' based on the contemporary pop art movement.

Hellraiser
Sexy, scary, silly: this has it all. I strangely kinda wanted to hang out with the Cenobites when I first watched it. Or at least get a ticket to their gothic metal concert. I kept a random jpeg of uncle frank being ripped apart on my computer for most of the late 90's. Weirdly no Depeche Mode in the soundtrack? Jesus wept.

House
Quintessential 80’s comedy/horror sleepover staple. Suburban Evil Dead vibes. I feel like Hideo Kojima might have taken the last 10 minutes of this film to insert it in the plot of Death Stranding and I don't even care because I probably would have done the same. Unapologetically.

The Stuff
One of my childhood favorites. It managed to scare me as a little kid and make me laugh as an adult, but at the same time it retains the brilliant satire on consumerism and how it devours us all. In fact, the message might be as pertinent today as it was in the 80's. I would definitely eat it.

At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul
A fever dream in black, white and grey, that manages to drip red. The definition of guerilla filmmaking brought to you by not just a man, but a force of nature who fought religious leaders, a military dictatorship and, worst of all, his own demons, to make his art and bring his vision to life. Or death. Mojica was subversive, controversial and always entertaining.

Profondo Rosso
I remember approaching this as just another low-budget campy thriller and instead what I got was a complete sensory experience like no other. Delicious color usage and an amazing score that sets the mood. Everything supposed to be horrible is also beautiful and nothing matters. Hang this film in the Louvre.

Old Boy
The kind of genius film that leaves you in such a shocking state that you don't really know if you recommend it to people or not. Plot is so good it doesn't need stunning cinematography, amazing performances and fight scenes, but it's all there. Watch this only if you're looking for something absolutely thought provoking.

Demons
Perfect midnight madness that only italo horror could bring. Carnage pandemonium taking place almost entirely inside a cinema, made me wish I had first watched this in an empty theater rather than in VHS. Italians really do it better.

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
To the surprise of no one, this was directly responsible for my awakening. But not just THAT kind of awakening. Growing up I was also from a conservative and religious smalltown, and Elvira kind of taught me that it was okay to not follow the masses. More than that, it was actually cool to be a little different. "Oh well, there's nothing wrong with G-rated movies, as long as there's lots of sex and violence."

Donnie Darko
Scientific, emotional, supernatural. It's not often that a mainstream feature leaves you disoriented and wanting more. Made me wonder why some people appear strangely familiar even though we have not met them at all. And even if everything in this film were really bad, the soundtrack alone would have saved it.

C.H.U.D.
Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. But actually no, it stands for Contaminated, Hazardous, Urban Disposal. This was the inspiration for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, obviously. Or is it the other way round? Hey, I'm a pop culture mashup artist, I'm interested in that sort of thing.

Basket Case
Great family flick, especially if you have siamese twins as relatives. I was actually a bit disappointed the first time I've been to NYC as the streets were no longer as dangerous, filthy and exciting as they were here. This is actually a Greek tragedy and there’s a reason why this film has been restored and recognized by The MoMA. Justice for Belial.

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  • Basket Case

    1982 • United States • Directed by Frank Henenlotter

    The feature debut of director Frank Henenlotter (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker), 1982's Basket Case is a riotous and blood-spattered "midnight movie" experience, now presented for the first time ever in 4K.

    Duane Bradley seems like a pretty ord...

  • Hellraiser

    1987 • United Kingdom • Directed by Clive Barker

    Hedonist Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) thinks he has reached the limits of earthly pleasure. But a mysterious puzzle box will take him further than he can possibly imagine, opening the doors to a dominion where pain and pleasure are indivisible and ...

  • At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul

    1964 • Brazil • Directed by José Mojica Marins

    Once seen, never forgotten! Zé do Caixão (Coffin Joe) makes his screen debut in José Mojica Marins’ At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, the first Brazilian-produced horror film. 

    Zé do Caixão is an undertaker in a small Brazilian town, searching for t...

  • Deep Red

    From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red - arguably the ultimate giallo movie. One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street be...

  • Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

    1988 • United States • Directed by James Signorelli

    She’s back! Elvira, Horrorland’s hostess with the mostest, finally busts out on ARROW with her big screen debut, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark!

    Having just quit her job as a Los Angeles TV horror hostess, Elvira receives the unexpected news tha...

  • C.H.U.D.

    1984 ・ United States ・ Directed by Douglas Cheek

    From the subterranean depths it crawls! Finally making its long-awaited debut on digital, director Douglas Cheek's cult '80s favorite C.H.U.D. is the ultimate underground movie experience.

    In downtown Manhattan, a police captain's hunt for his m...