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Horror actor Bill Oberst Jr.'s Anatomy of Fear

Bill Oberst Jr. fits squarely into the cinematic tradition of the human body as an object of fear; a lineage of actors who have eschewed ego to cast their physicality into the creation of unforgettably skin-crawling roles, starting with the great Lon Chaney. Click above to launch The Anatomy of Fear, an interactive exploration of body horror.  At the end of the journey is a special video clip of Bill’s work.

The human body can be a frightening thing as well as a beautiful thing. My face is scarred, and I was born with an odd body. I used to be ashamed of it all, but in horror the misfits and the oddities of this world are the ones on top. In what other film genre can an actor take what he is is ashamed of and turn it into a trademark? If I ever write my memoir, I’m going to call it The Anatomy Of Fear.  ~ Bill Oberst Jr

I that am rudely stamped, cheated of feature by dissembling nature, deformed, unfinished, sent into this breathing world scarce half made up, and that so lamely and unfashionable that dogs bark at me as I halt by them, to spy my shadow in the sun and sing of my deformity. Therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, I am determined to prove a villain.  ~ Shakespeare; Richard III

The Anatomy of Fear was designed by Rough Ride Creations and features the artwork of  Scott Bibus.