Saturday Frights: The Legacy of Sean Hartter

Ya know creeps, most of the times things are pretty rollickin’ down here in the good ol’ Vault. We like to have a good time as we party with the ghosts and ghouls that lurk on the silver screen, the blue light reflecting back to make us all look like the denizens of the realm beyond. But there’s also the presence of real spirits within these walls as well, the bittersweet remnants of those friends that left our realm for the next way before their time.
One such individual was the supremely talented Sean Hartter, a man the ol’ Ouija Board Kid was proud to call friend. Over the course of a few scant years we collaborated on all manner of aesthetic assaults on the senses of the good readers of this very site, and we had many more phantasmagorical delights planned before he stepped through the gossamer veil that separates this world from the land of eternal twilight.
But while Sean has been gone for almost a year, he lives eternal through every piece of incredible art that he left behind for us to enjoy. I can remember vividly each conversation we had as we created our pieces for The Retroist; the art itself serving as an indelible testament to our friendship.
So please, take a minute and enjoy the following examples of our collaboration, and feel free to share any stories or pieces of Sean’s work that you have enjoyed!






Saturday Frights: Tales From The Darkside – “The Madness Room” (1985)

Saturday Frights - Sean Hartter
Welcome back to another installment of Saturday Frights! This evening we have for your viewing pleasure the 17th episode from the first season of Tales From the Darkside entitled “The Madness Room”. Originally airing on May 5th, 1985 this episode stars Stuart Whitman (Cimarron Strip, Murder She Wrote), Nick Benedict (All My Children, The Young and the Restless), and Therese Pare (Easy Money).

The story concerns an aging corporate tycoon named Edward Osborne (Whitman) who after dealing with a bit of business at his home thanks to a younger business associate, Michael Fox (Benedict), learns that his wife Cathy Osborne (Pare) wants to spend the evening playing with a Ouija board. Cathy explains before she and Michael being to play that the presiding spirit of the board is named after the original owner of the wealthy couples home. Using the board to contact “Ben” the trio discover a hidden compartment in the fire place that holds a map and key that leads them to…The Madness Room.

So turn off the lights, friends. Bolt your doors and windows. Grab your favorite snack and beverage and join us for Saturday Frights with Tales From The Darkside!
[Via] Norm Evans

As always I need to give thanks to the one and only Sean Hartter for that impressive piece of artwork you see up top! Make sure to follow his link to see even more fantastic artwork and news about his art book!

Saturday Frights: Tales From The Crypt – “Cutting Cards”

Saturday Frights - Sean Hartter
Welcome back to another episode of Saturday Frights! This week we have a particularly dark and gloriously twisted episode from the HBO Tales From The Crypt series entitled “Cutting Cards”. Originally airing on April 21, 1990 this episode is like most of the episodes of the series, it is based on the original story from EC Comics’ Tales From the Crypt series from the 1950s.

EC Comics - Tales From the Crypt - Cutting Cards

The story deals with two big time gamblers who despise each other so much that not only is the town not big enough for the both of them but they can’t stand the other even being alive. Reno Crevice is played by the talented character actor Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Terminator, Tron: Uprising) who rolls into town to find a high stakes game of chance only to learn that his nemesis Sam Forney, played by the equally talented Kevin Tighe (Emergency!, The Six Million Dollar Man), has bankrupted all of his old gambling friends. Quickly the betting becomes a matter of life and death.

Now let me give fair warning on this episode, it contains gore and some VERY salty language, so don’t invite the family in for this particular Saturday Frights or watch it with your Grandmother…unless your Grandmother is awesome and loves Tales From the Crypt!

[Via] PC31

As always I want to thank the talented Sean Hartter for that awesome artwork you see up top!

Saturday Frights: Alfred Hitchcock Presents – “Man From The South” (1960)

Saturday Frights - Sean Hartter
Welcome back to another installment of Saturday Frights! This evening for your viewing enjoyment we have episode 15 from Season 5 of Alfred Hitchcock Presents entitled ‘Man From The South”. This 1960 episode stars Steve McQueen (The Great Escape, Bullitt) as a young man who runs afoul of Peter Lorre (M, Casablanca), an unpleasant man who plays on the young man’s own greed and wish to impress a woman he has just met, played by McQueen’s then wife Neile Adams, by offering him a rather gruesome wager.

So turn off the lights and get comfy, grab your favorite beverage and snack as you join us with Saturday Frights and the “Man From The South”!
[Via] TL Ricketts

As always, a huge thanks to Sean Hartter for the awesome artwork you see up top!