It’s not the body mods that make the bad guy, it’s the overalls.

A while back my old friend Josh (yes, “That Guy” from the 9:30 club in DC) has been featured on modblog a few times previously for pictures similar to these. It seems he has a thing for playing the villain, when truth be told he is a gentle giant of a man.


For another shot and a little backstory on this project from Josh, keep on keeping on.


My buddy Dave and I started doing some horror themed photo shoots as a promotional campaign for a haunted hayride a few years back.  That project went away, but we kept shooting.  Dave is a huge old horror movie buff, and he started toying around with making movie posters out of the shots complete with titles, taglines, and credits.  That gave birth to the “movies that don’t exist” concept.  As we kept shooting, we started to realize that it would be fun to make a trailer for the movie that doesn’t exist.  we’ve started working on the story, and shooting video along with the stills.

The photos have received a wide range of responses, from people that absolutely get the homage to the slasher flick angle to being called poorly edited misogynistic crap.  We realize that the subject matter is not for everyone, and the fact that it elicits any response at all is a good sign.  If you don’t get a response, you’re not doing it right.  We also haven’t tipped all of our cards just yet.  There is more to the story than what appears at first glance.

Our number one priority when shooting is that none of the girls get hurt (only I am allowed to injure myself for a shoot).  The shoots are all done in fun, and we often ruin shots because one of us can’t keep a straight face from joking around so much.  This made us realize that we need to show that side of the process as well, so we’ve started shooting some “behind the screams” video to show the lighter side of the project.

The current plan is to put together a multimedia package .  There will be a book including the stills, some bios, peeks behind the scenes, and some story elements.  Then there will be the video portion which includes the trailer, outtake video, and some interviews.  The project keeps evolving, so there may be even more to come in the future.

All of the work can be seen on the 13th Hour Photography’s facebook page.

13 thoughts on “It’s not the body mods that make the bad guy, it’s the overalls.

  1. I don’t often have to say this but I wonder if you could put both pictures behind the jump; though well done, these shots are VERY triggery for domestic violence.

  2. Really liking these, i’m intrigued to find out more about the project. I don’t see these as sexist as the pics almost look satirical to me (though at the same time some of them very realistic imo) . Anyways, i could analyse them for ages as that’s what i love to do, but i think i’m gonna leave all of that for my friends to suffer :)

  3. I agree with you totally, Jen. While I don’t speak for other DV victims, I am one, and I know that -any- depiction of violence of any gender combination can be “triggery” for DV

  4. …victims of any relationship orientation. It’s not fair or realistic to expect these to all be concealed behind cuts–especially on the internet.

    That said, these are cool pics! I love these kinds of grimy, grungy horror covers! He’s right that the current genre is actually quite misogynistic. You don’t find a lot of female villains in the slasher fic genre and we need more, damnit!

  5. The reason I say they don’t need to be behind a click through is because there’s nothing in them that you wouldn’t see in a real movie poster or on the front of a real dvd box… I understand that violent images can be upsetting. Hey I’m actually doing a Master’s degree that relates to the topic. But I don’t think ModBlog should hide anything behind a click through that you could see in your local video store or at a movie theater.

    Nudity, sure, especially for the sake of those browsing at work or mixed company. Graphic real “stuff”, yeah, I get the need for a warning but fake movie posters that look like real movie posters? Not so much.

    All that aside, several photos from these shoots have been submitted to BME and I find them really cool. It’s nice to see something a little different (but still shot well) submitted to the site. The horror genre, as Colleen says, is a misogynist genre. I’m all for healthy debate and discussion but I think we have to be careful on how far we go with censoring images, particularly ones that are as commonplace (at least in the horror movie genre) as this. I’ve seen ads meant to raise awareness about violence against women that could be said to be just as “triggery” but I would hope no one would want those ads hidden away.

    On another note, I saw this movie once, I can’t remember what it was called but it was one of those horrible horror movies with a low budget and it involved hillbillies and people being lost in the woods (and no it wasn’t Deliverance, it was an actual b-horror flick). These fake posters remind me of that crazy movie.

  6. @Jen: Was it Wrong Turn? That’s probably the closest I can think of from the poster. Well, that or maybe the remake of The Hills Have Eyes or Wolf Creek, but because you said it was a while ago, it was probably Wrong Turn.

    Come to think of it.. there are a lot of horror movies involving young people, the woods, and some ragged hillbillies.

  7. @Rob & Jen: It could have been “The hills run red” also. I am a huge B horror freak!

  8. I know josh hes friends with a few of the artists at the shop I work at in Maryland, i see him at all the main hardcore shows around here and at Vans Warped Tour every year. Hes a cool dude.

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