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Based out of Kansas City, Missouri, photographer Joshua Hoffine is incredibly fascinated by the idea of fear, and the way that we as human beings tend to lose ample doses of that inner fear,  as we get older. What once was scary to us no longer has the ability to make the hairs on the back of our necks stand up and keep us awake at night, and that’s kind of a bummer, when you think about it.

Watching horror movies will quite frankly never be as fun as it was when we were kids, back when our imaginations really allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the terrifying experiences that horror cinema allows us to safely dip our toes into. There’s just something so fun about being scared, even when it’s not always fun at the time, and I personally will never stop mourning the loss of that ability for horror films to really get under my skin and force me to hide under the covers. Just something you lose when you grow up, whether you like it or not.

Through his photographs, Hoffine aims to capture that childhood fear and allow for us adults to experience it all over again, and he does so by using children as his models, and literally bringing those deep, dark childhood nightmares to life. His photos essentially serve as snippets of the most terrifying moments in horror films that don’t actually exist, and as you’ll soon see, he’s able to evoke those feelings of sheer terror better with a single image than most are able to do with entire films.

Turn the lights off and enjoy this nostalgic trip through the horrors of childhood!

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

Joshua Hoffine

As if the pictures weren’t already scary enough, Hoffine is currently working on a short film called Black Lullaby, which he describes as an extension of his photography. Fully funded on Kickstarter last year, the short will center around a little girl confronting the Boogeyman.

You can learn more, and see more of Hoffine’s work, over on his official website and Facebook page.