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Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Mike Correll

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About the Movie

Enter the dark and foreboding world of Chet Zar, where apocalyptic industrial landscapes are inhabited by disturbing yet beautiful monstrosities. Sometimes gruesome, occasionally funny, but always thought-provoking, Zar’s art is as enigmatic as it is frightening. But who is Chet Zar, and why does he like to paint monsters? These are the questions at the heart of this new documentary by Michael Correll.Zar is an influential figure in the Dark Art Movement. Born in 1967 in San Pedro, California, Zar was the family prankster. With a passion for horror films, an innate urge to create bizarre artwork, and a superhuman work ethic, Zar seemed to be made for the special effects industry.During his time in the film industry, he designed and created creatures and make-up effects for such films as Darkman, The Ring, Hellboy I & II, and Planet of the Apes. Even more well-known is his work with the band Tool. But despite his success, Zar became disenchanted by the artistic compromises he had to make, and, with the support of author Clive Barker, Zar decided to pursue his passion for monsters by painting them.‘Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters’ is an opportunity to take a journey into the mind and life of Zar. Delve into his experiences in the film industry, his transition from early special effects into the world of computer animation, and, ultimately, his evolution into the distinctive artist he is today.

Customer Reviews

More than an art Doc

As a fan of Documentaries I often find myself knowing what I’m getting myself into by the title alone. This was totally different. I’ve been a fan of Chet’s art for a long time, I myself am an artist of weird and dark art. So going in I thought I knew what I was going to get out of this one. NOPE! So much more than an Art Doc. So much more than a Biographical Doc too. I loved this from start to finish. A beautiful piece on what it means to be an artist.


I've been waiting four long years to finally own this. If you like dark art, documentaries, or creepy stuff, buy this!!!

Insightful and Moving

I don’t think I can adequately express what watching this documentary means to me, but I can try. I knew that I would be blown away by this documentary, but I was also surprised by the degree it moved my spirit. To learn more about Chet Zar not only as an artist but as a fellow human being, and the amazing amount of effort he has put forth not only in art but in awakening gives me hope in my own life. I have gratitude for all the effort that went into the documentary, for the director Mike Correll, all the friends, Chet Zar’s loved ones, and of course Chet Zar. The documentary is masterfully thought out and executed. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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