Killer Art: Joshua Hoffine

If you haven’t seen Joshua Hoffine’s work yet, you’ve been missing out on some brilliantly staged and composed photography. Each and every one of his photos masterfully showcases a scene of horror with meticulous detail. From  imaginative childhood fears to axe murderers, Hoffine covers a very broad and sinister spectrum of subjects. Almost like a screenshot taken from a flick, his scenes are carefully orchestrated to achieve his vision. Clearly, this killer artist’s creativity is vast and dark – which is one reason why we love his work so much!


GT: What sparked your interest in Horror?

Joshua Hoffine: I’ve loved Horror for as long as I can remember.  I grew up watching scary movies on TV, loving Godzilla, reading Stephen King.  But it was my interest in Jungian psychology, fairy tales, and the use of  metaphor in visual art that led me to approach the genre as potential subject matter for a serious photography project.  I enjoyed working on my series of photographs dealing with childhood fears, especially because my children were involved.

GT: What’s your favorite subject of Horror to photograph/turn into photo-art?

Joshua Hoffine: Images dealing with childhood fears.  Largely because my children, as well as my nieces and nephews, get involved and it’s a lot of fun to do together.

Joshua Hoffine

GT: What are some of your horrific inspirations and muses?

Joshua Hoffine:  Horror movies, fairy tales, old Disney cartoons, books on psychology, my children, and my own memories.

GT: Where do you come up with your nightmare ideas?

Joshua Hoffine: I look for universal ideas and fears that we can all relate to, like the monster hiding under your bed or inside your closet.

GT: Could you tell us a bit about your process? 

Joshua Hoffine: I shoot my photographs like small movies,  Everything is staged live in front of the camera.  I search out locations and build sets.  I make and gather props.  I use special effects make-up and fog machines.  I use friends and family, including my own daughters, as actors and crew.  I shoot everything digitally and use Photoshop to edit my footage before printing.


GT: Do you pursue any other forms of art or is photography it?

Joshua Hoffine: I still love photography, but lately my focus has been shifting towards writing and film projects.

GT: What message(s) do you hope to convey through your photography?

Joshua Hoffine:  I believe that the Horror story is ultimately concerned with the imminence and randomness of death, and the implication that there is no certainty to existence.  The experience of Horror resides in this confrontation with uncertainty.  Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us.


GT: Who are your favorite artists?

Joshua Hoffine: Francis Bacon, Gregory Crewdson, Mario Bava, Guillermo del Toro, and many more!

GT: Do you have a favorite Horror villain/monster?

Joshua Hoffine: The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth is a favorite monster, and Jack Nicholson in The Shining is my favorite villain.


A few months ago, Joshua also finished raising funds for a Kickstarter campaign for his first film project BLACK LULLABY, which is an extension of his photography that explores various childhood fears. The film will feature a Little Girl being confronted by the Boogeyman. Updates for the project are on his Facebook page.  Check it out for more details and also check out Joshua Hoffine’s blog for a behind the scenes look at all of his amazing work!

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About Boris

Boris enjoys reading, writing, traveling, performing, roller derby, and costuming in addition to immersing herself in a variety of horrific worlds via literature, art, video games, comics, music, haunted attractions, and cinematic adventures. From zombies to slashers, creature features to B-movies, and psychological thrillers to supernatural stories, Boris is into many different subgenres of horror.