Some of you will recognise the name of this monstrous sporting outfit in only the vaguest of senses. That’s because I’ve only had the vaguest idea myself of what it is and I made it up!
The Hollowhill All-stars started out as a springboard (pun most definitely intended) for a series of T-shirts I had in my head. I always thought it would be cool to have teams made up of creatures of the night – vampires, Frankenstein’s monster and his brothers and sisters, werewolves and their ilk, competing in devilish games night after night.
Three teams have taken to the field so far – The Howlin’ Wolfmen, The Fiendish Frankies and The Transylvania Drac Pack with many more to follow in their wake.
Of all the classic creatures of the night, I’ve always been drawn to the werewolf the most. I love all the old Universal monster movies and more and more lately they’ve been creeping into my art. It was always going to happen I suppose and I have to say I’m enjoying the hell out of myself.
I remember like it was yesterday, the first horror film I was allowed to watch. Our house was being renovated at the time and my whole family (all eight of us) were living in two rooms while the building work was going on. It was approaching Hallowe’en which has always been celebrated in my house and we were getting into the spirit of things, pun firmly intended, as the scary movies started. Everyone sat around the telly to watch John Carpenter’s Halloween (how appropriate!) and I sat down too hoping my mother wouldn’t notice. She did but as there was nowhere to send me so she had to reluctantly let me watch it. She warned me I’d have nightmares and she was right but at that stage I didn’t care, I had seen my future, I had found my new favourite thing! Well, my new favourite thing has stayed with me my whole life, as have specific scenes from that film. Last year my wife and I went to Universal and Disneyworld for our honeymoon and on 30th October, the night before Hallowe’en, we were chased by Micheal Myers, all boiler-suited and booted and larger than life. A nightmare come true.
I’ve been developing an idea for a few months now and a short while ago decided it was time to take the plunge and kick it into action, otherwise I may never do anything with it and that would be a shame. I had been coming up with a way to celebrate the classic monsters but with a new twist. After a few scrapped ideas I created “The Hollowhill All-stars Monsters’ Sports Academy”!