First it was IKEA inspired quarantine forts, now there's found to be an illustrator that has created the perfect method to creating horror movie characters in, you guessed it, IKEA instruction form. It's a proven fact that horror movies manipulate our brain chemistry.
The intense emotions that are provoked while watching them are intriguing. Did you know, that horror films bypass the actively conscious parts of the brain, and jump straight to the flight or fight responses?
The truth is, your brain doesn't take any chances. If it feels threatened in any way, shape, or form, your adrenal glands inject you with adrenaline immediately.
So one artist by the name of Ed Harrington, who's based out of Virginia decided that he would create this provoking series with a slew of his favorite horror characters. He's also known as nothinghappenedtoday on Instagram, and his 160k followers know that he's been fascinated with the horror genre since he was a child. Although the instructions are simple and thoroughly planned out, they were created with Ed's humor as the main attraction.
“I thought it would be funny to create IKEA instructions for the Human Centipede—I liked it so much that I applied the style to other horror films,” the talented artist revealed to Bored Panda.
“I usually stick to horror for IKEA series because I enjoy the genre, and most villains have a "creation" story that I can mine for ideas. Occasionally, I venture into other subjects, but horror seems to work better for the concept.”
He was asked how long a single instruction took him, he responded, “usually between 6-12 hours, depending on how complicated the character is or how many steps are needed in the instructions.”
Ed originally studied graphic design and illustration and the Virginia Commonwealth University and has since then worked as a cartoonist/graphic designer/illustrator for the last 20 years of his life. Now it makes sense why simple instructions are so darn creepy.
“For my "day job," I work as a graphic designer at an alt-weekly newspaper. Nights are spent working on illustration commissions or just drawing for fun. I've done illustration work for Fox television, Penguin Books, id10t, and others. I've been drawing my entire life, and even went to art school for college to study graphic design and illustration at Virginia Commonwealth University. I think that my commercial art background as a designer/illustrator with a realistic drawing style allows me to mimic most artistic drawing styles and allows me to be flexible in my subject matter,” said the iconic artist.