The centuries-old tradition of stained glass seems like an unusual medium for depicting modern horror movie scenes until you realize just how many gothic horror classics – from Hammer vampire films to John Carpenter's The Fog – have made excellent use of the ornate multicolored windows as chilling set-pieces.
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Massachusetts-based Artist Joseph Olson understands the spooky potential of this timeless art form, and combines his love of the medium with his passion for horror movies in dozens of elegant stained glass hangings and lamps depicting scenes and characters from classic horror, sci-fi and monster films.
“I suddenly got into horror movies after watching Evil Dead for the first time,” Olson writes in his website bio. “I was in college when I learned that I loved stained glass, so I tried to think of a way I could combine my love for stained glass with my love for horror movies.”
Since then, he's crafted glass portraits of Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, The Bride of Frankenstein, Pinhead (and his puzzle box), Nosferatu's Count Orlok, Godzilla and Evil Dead's Ash (with chainsaw, of course), as well as iconic scenes from The Exorcist, Jaws, Poltergeist, Ghostbusters and many more.
“Whenever someone mentions stained glass I think that most people think of churches,” Olson explains. “But what if you love movies, what if certain movies are sacred to you? Why couldn't those be depicted with stained glass as well?”
Joe sells many of his creations through his Etsy store, and you can learn about works in progress at his Facebook page. For more horror stained glass goodness check out this amazing Hellraiser piece.