It is proven that horror movies manipulate our brain activity and as a result, we feel a whole palette of emotions while watching them. They scare us, excite us, fascinate us, and entertain us the same way skydiving, roller coasters, and true crime documentaries do. Virginia-based artist Ed Harrington was fascinated by this genre since he was a child, so he decided to create an exciting series with his favorite horror movie characters. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with an artist!

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Samara

Samara

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Seabeast
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As luck would have it, I still have some VHS tapes! Now I just need to dig a well in the back yard.

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Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

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Toni
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

omg.. i nearly pissed myself over the bubbles "1/2/3" :))))))

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The artist, who is also known as nothinghappenedtoday to his 160k Instagram followers, has already been featured here on Bored Panda when he created a series of the secret lives of our favorite characters. His new series called “IKEA Instructions” explores the horror movie scene and reveals to us the instructions on how to make villains. The instructions are simple and were inspired by IKEA’s instructions that are included when buying their furniture. “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,” revealed the artist to Bored Panda.

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Darth Vader

Darth Vader

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Andres Tejeda
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are forgetting Padmae and Palpatine for motivation to the dark side.

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“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.” When asked how long does it take for him to create one instruction, he said: “Usually between 6-12 hours, depending on how complicated the character is or how many steps are needed in the instructions.”

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Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter

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Seabeast
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait, what about the hand truck? Does Ikea sell those?

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“Usually, I start by drawing the main character image, then I try to figure out how to translate their origin and items into IKEA’s instruction style. It's always a fun challenge trying to distill a character's history into simplified pictographs. My favorite is probably the Freddy Krueger instructions—instead of depicting his creation, I illustrated his nursery rhyme from the films.”

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Gremlin

Gremlin

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Cristina S.
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This was my favorite movie as a kid!!! 💗 Gizmo

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Freddy Krueger

Freddy Krueger

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Felipe StillChill
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One two freddys coming for you. Three four better lock your doors. Five six get you stick. Seven eight stay up late. Nine ten never sleep again.

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Harrington studied illustration and graphic design at Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked as an illustrator/cartoonist/graphic designer for the past 20 years. It’s no wonder why these instructions are made so well. “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,” says he.

This series features various horror scene characters that we can find not only in movies, but also in books. From Samara Morgan, who emerged from the cursed videotape in the famous supernatural horror movie series The Ring, to shy, 16-year-old Carrie White from Stephen King’s 1974 epistolary novel Carrie that was later adapted into a movie of the same name, Harrington provides us simple instructions on what ingredients we need for these characters and a few simple steps to create them.

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Damien Thorn

Damien Thorn

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Sharad Patel
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My favorite so far from the top to this. But I'm scrolling on.

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Midsommar

Midsommar

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Seabeast
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Would one of those giant life-size teddy bears do?

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Jason Voorhees

Jason Voorhees

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Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill

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Roadkill The Brave
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It puts the lotion on the skin or else it gets the hose again. Okay, true story, I am not a person who uses lotion regularly. I got diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Now I have to use it so much more than I did, and I have a tendency to say this as I'm reaching for the lotion bottle.

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The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

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Brundlefly

Brundlefly

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He-Man

He-Man

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Annabell H.
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

HE—MAN IS NOT A HORROR WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT

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Cenobite

Cenobite

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Baron Simone Von Bianco
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cenobites, the snob demons of deep hell. Love too Clive Barker's stuff.

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Gage Creed

Gage Creed

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Paul K. Johnson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love that they all include the ubiquitous double-elbow wrench.

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