I've made my share of these tiny shriveled heads in my lifetime, but I never owned this super cool Vincent Price shrunken apple kit, and now I wish I had.
Monday, June 30, 2008
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Friday, June 27, 2008
The flying witch. We were 13 years old when my brother and I constructed a witch on a broom and made her fly from the upper window down towards unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. Suspended by a wire attached to a pulley, she was life-sized and had a green mummy mask for a face and red ping-pong balls for eyes. She rode on a wire tied on one end to a chair in our parents' bedroom and the street lamp at the other end. A thin rope was used to reel here back up. It was very quiet and very fast as it glided down towards the sidewalk. A great gag and one that worked to startle and scare the people below, all night long. It looked amazing at night.
Not bad for 13 years old.
Click the photo for a few-second video of the prop in action (taken from a super 8mm film):
This pulley prop concept was used for the next few years and can be seen on my EARLY YEARS photo page. We had the Witch, a Giant Bat (no existing photos), a ghost like Slimer from GHOSTBUSTERS, a Giant Ghost similar to the one in POLTERGEIST, and a Giant Spider.
All of them came swooping down to the sidewalk. The Giant Ghost looked the best with the fabric blowing in the wind. The Spider looked most natural, like it was descending on its web.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Using flower pots to arrange pumpkins is an excellent concept. I've always had the benefit of layering my jack o'lanterns on the porch steps, but this would be an excellent idea for a large flat porch display. Plus it looks nice and rustic in the daylight as well.
This beautiful photo set made me wish for a giant property to haunt, with an old gutted house set back a bit. The lighting is all that's required to achieve the atmosphere here. Reminds me of this great house.
Got me to thinking about silhouette cut-outs of figures standing at the edge of a wooded area. A green flood lamp behind them. Like Blake and his men from John Carpenter's THE FOG. (Man, a haunted hayride needs to hire me as a consultant.)
These photos reminded me of THIS great site.