Zombie royals by Canadian artist give Brits the shivers
Rob Sacchetto knows how to get under the British skin ... and veins and brains and rotting gums for that matter.
Sacchetto, you see, is a "Zombie Illustrator", as is evidenced by the above pieces of his artwork. Better yet, he's born and bred in Sudbury, Ontario, a city that is used to digging things out of the earth.
It's his business to turn perfectly normal-looking people into hideous undead creatures. Celebrities are not immune, and that includes the Royal Family.
Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth were given the rotting treatment in Sacchetto's 2010 book 'Zombiewood.' You don't even have to squint to see the family resemblence under Sacchetto's talented yet poisoned pen.
This past week, the Daily Mail website in London published a story on Sacchetto, highlighting the royal corpses among the many other celebs-turned-worm-food images from his collection, which includes Marilyn Monroe, Donald Trump and Alfred Hitchcock.
The sight of the decaying corpses of the current and future monarch certainly caught the attention of some readers, many barely containing their gag reflex at both the paper and this warped fellow from the colonies.
Commented one: "What sort of reader is the DM trying to attact I wonder, proving that one cannot underestimate the taste of the newspaper reading public ..."
Another: "What is the matter with the DM that it does these sick articles."
One reader from Toronto lept to the 43-year-old artist's defence: "I love these! Quite a few uptight responses, but art is suposed to elicit a response so this fellow is quite a success."
As for Sacchetto (right -- with his zombie self-portrait) any type of reaction is better than a graveyard barbeque at midnight. "Oh, you love me, you really really love me!" he commented on the site. "Thank you all for your kind, wonderful words, your insight and your encouragement! More nightmares to come!"
Sacchetto, the creator of two zombie books and thousands of macabre makeovers in his 25-year career, has yet to tackle Prince William and Kate, but be forewarned: "I really have not gotten around to doing more yet, but one day soon, I may do the entire Royal Family," Sacchetto replied in an email to us. "That should ruffle some feathers!"
And test their sense of humour.