Monday, March 30, 2009

Exploring Gore

Worked on a prop for a client who asked for something inspired by the film SILENT HILL. I was anxious to take a prop in that direction - my first foray into gore. I'm really happy with the result, and pleasantly surprised that paper mache lends itself rather well to bloody innards when painted with reds and glazed over with a satin finish.

He's designed to be jammed onto a hidden post to look like he's standing. His arms are made to sway in the wind, realistically - without twisting around or getting tangled.

Plastic Or Paper

Vintage Holiday Art

The art of Matthew Kirscht.

Thanks, GhostofHalloweensPast, for this great link.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Happily Evil

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Now Playing: THEY LIVE

The 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition THEY LIVE - a fun score by Alan Howarth and John Carpenter. And a pretty cool film, ahead of its time (with the greatest fight scene in any film EVER).

Some samples here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2007 Leftovers (Video)

Music from the film 30 DAYS OF NIGHT.


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Featured Ghost of Halloweens Past before, but since then her collection photos have grown considerably. So many incredible pieces.

Ghostly Hands

I'd hate to get grabbed by this ghost - look at those nasty creepy hands.

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2003 Leftovers

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pirates And Shadows

I love the darkness and subtlety of this Halloween display.


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A very neat site loaded with great Halloween content.


From a favorite artist of mine - Rhode Montijo.

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His blog.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

2008 Video [Enhanced]

After watching hours and hours of Haunt videos over the last few days to select my favorites, I decided to make some changes to my 2008 video. It's slightly brighter and slightly longer now. I think it flows much better.

We had a ton of fun watching so many haunters' works. So many wonderful displays.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Jack-O-Lantern A Day

At Season of Shadows. Such a fun idea. And one I'll be checking in on daily.

Halloween Pad

The incredibly cool Halloween home of artist Matthew Gray Gubler.

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A stunning ghost prop.

Tree Masks

Seeing this photo reminded me of the first time I really went all-out on the Halloween display. That was the first year I skipped on trick-or-treating, so I was young and the haunt was pretty terrible. I remember digging through a box of costumes and decorations that my family had accumulated over the years. It was loaded with masks - decaying latex masks we sported on past Halloweens, and those cheapie plastic ones with the stapled strap. My parents' massive spruce tree went straight to the ground back in those days (never figured out why my father trimmed the branches up about seven feet, but it helps with my haunt so I'm cool with it). My brother and I decided to hang the masks all over the full tree, like weird Halloween face ornaments. It looked as lame and gaudy as it sounds - like a dog digging a hole and instead of dirt flying in the tree behind him it's just a bunch of Halloween masks.

A year later, we added some pumpkins and some webs, and a stuffed dummy that had that lovely "I'm melting" dummy look to it that I love (head leaning forward into its chest, flat thighs holding up a chest with no stomach). We probably had some other things I'm forgetting right now, probably for the better. I do remember that it was exciting. I remember being a little embarrassed too. I was always a shy kid and this was a little extroverted for my tastes. There was a classmate who came to the house for candy. I never hung around with him, but we knew each other from school. I think he was probably feeling out of sorts since I had bailed on getting treats and was now handing them out instead. He yelled back as he left "THIS HOUSE SUCKS!"

The rat bastard was probably right.

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Man's Best [Halloween] Friend

What a handsome dog. Amazing photo.

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A great haunt with some terrific photos and a cool blog - Necropolis Manor.