UPDATE: Thanks for the great feedback. Saw a lot of great reviews and quotes. Here's a great one from author/writer CJ Henderson...
"Wes Benscoter's "Hold Your Fire" is a mere eight minutes, but he holds more disturbing material that almost any Hollywood horror effort of the past decade. It is, in its brief intensity, more akin to the non-mythos work of HP Lovecraft. Not in the sense of how Lovecraft's work is viewed today, but rather in the way it struck the world nearly 90 years ago--odd, alien, utterly demoralizing. "
New Hypocrisy art and web store By: Wes on Jan. 25, 2013
Uploaded the cover art to the new Hypocrisy album "End Of Disclosure" to the Gallery.
We have some new items in the web store. A new t-shirt and DVD's of the short film.
Kreator, Cattle Decapitation & Romero art By: Wes on Dec. 20, 2012
Uploaded new Kreator, Cattle Decapitation & Romero illos to the Gallery.
New art uploaded By: Wes on Oct. 29, 2011
Added a few new pieces to the Gallery section, including the Autopsy cover and the painting for Sentinel's latest record. They were the winners of Revolver's cover art contest mentioned below. If you're inclined to support the arts, you can purchase digital files or an old-timey CD here.
Also put up a small sample of the Slayer art I did in the 90's.
New T-shirt available now! By: Wes on Nov. 24, 2010
We finally have a new t-shirt available exclusively here in the store. It's the "Spiked Heart" design that was featured on the Broken Hope "Loathing" cover and it looks fantastic. Probably the best print I've seen of one of the old airbrush paintings.
"Hold Your Fire" screening By: Wes on Oct. 19, 2010
The short film will be screened at Knoxville Horror Film Fest on October 22, 2010. Follow the link for ticket and other festival info.
Next film screening By: Wes on July 31, 2010
The short film will be screened at the Salt Lake City Film Festival sometime between August 12-15 2010. Follow the link for ticket info and screen times.
"Hold Your Fire" Barcelona screening and more By: Wes on June 28, 2010
The short film will be screened at Cryptshow Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain. The festival runs from July 14-18 2010. Follow the link for ticket info and screen times.
The Revolver Magazine contest (see below) is still open, so if you have a band and you haven't entered yet, please do it.
Revolver Magazine interview and contest. By: Wes on Apr. 7, 2010
Revolver Magazine has a new "Art of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal" special issue (available now) that has an interview and contest where your band could win cover art by your's truly. Follow the link to for more info or to enter.
Also, here's a radio interview where Revolver editor Brandon Geist discusses the issue and contest.
Screening and Gallery update By: Wes on Mar. 31, 2010
I also added a few more pics to the Gallery, including a few newer works.
"Hold Your Fire" L.A. screening and Juxtapoz By: Wes on Oct. 8, 2009
The short film will be screened at Screamfest Horror Film Festival in L.A. on October 17th as part of the "Shorts Program 1". Follow the link for ticket info and screen times.
I have a few new paintings and an interview in the Halloween issue of Juxtapoz magazine (Oct. 09) available now. It was edited by Pushead, and also has a short piece I wrote for a Beksinski tribute.
"Hold Your Fire" screening and award at Fantasia (UPDATED AGAIN) By: Wes on Aug. 1, 2009
My short film will be screened in glorious 35mm at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 13th at 7:00 PM. Opening for the film "Book Of Blood".
Here's a great review of the Fantasia screening from Dread Central:
"In the last three days the most impressive thing we’ve seen is actually an 8-minute short directed by artist Wes Benscoter. Titled Hold Your Fire, this grim anti-war film depicting the isolation and horror of a four-limb amputee is genuinely disconcerting and oddly beautiful. Here’s hoping some of the upcoming features are at least this good."
UPDATED AGAIN: We won the "Best Live-Action Short Film" Jury Prize award at Fantasia!