Film Fiend

Does anyone remember “Creature Features” with Bob Wilkins? Bart Frescura does. He was four or five when his aunt let him watch. “Those frightening images were burned into my consciousness forever …” says the zombie-obsessed artist. “That’s where it all started.”

Bart’s one of the filmmakers we met on zombie film night at Autobody Fine Art. He grew up in California and dwells currently in the East Bay. He loves to take photo’s:  abandoned buildings, urban decay, haunted houses, barns, cemeteries—you know, that kind of thing—and he’s had exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area; Sonoma County; San Diego; Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Los Angeles, and of late in Alameda at Everybody Get Up Gallery and Autobody Fine Art.

Sometimes Bart works with a torch at a foundry in Berkeley, applying chemicals and patinas to bronze. He’s also a professional painter of Halloween masks. He’s currently finishing a short film, “The Embalming Room.” Mostly he works on drawing, painting, sculpture, photos and he says his drawing and painting style is influenced by H.R.Giger and Caravaggio.

“I am someone who makes art; someone who documents emotion, states of mind, ideas, frozen moments in time. Film is visual language. I would not call myself a filmmaker, though I have made films. I’m someone who is obsessed with film—a film fiend! Film is my first love … I think most of the art I make centers around that.”

And his fave films have been zombie flicks since the oh-so-tender age of four. His mash-up, which you’ll find a link to on this site, was done for heavy metal band Skitzo’s “Frozen Dead” from the album “Hellavator Musick” and stars band member Lance Ozanix. It’s opera music for bloodthirsty metal heads. Yes, that’s what horror films will do. So … mind your kiddies!

Bart’s shortlist of x-cellent creep shows:

  • Night of the Living Dead (hands down, top of the list)
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • Isle of the Dead
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Shock Waves
  • Return of the Living Dead
  • Day of the Dead
  • Cemetery Man
  • 28 Weeks Later

Image by Bart Frescura, courtesy of Bart Frescura

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice

  • i think this is a great article on the all mighty…congrats on this man!

  • Bart rocks.

  • Valerie Frescura

    Film-maker Bartolo Dominic Frescura, nice article only touching on a minute aspect of your artistry.There are talents still to be revealed!