Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Garage of Evil Ning site has come up with a brilliant foam-cutting tool that costs significantly less than the pro models. Find it here. It should significantly reduce your cutting time. There's also this "Beloved" gravestone from Terra at Halloween Forum. She has a great tutorial with each picture she posted. I saw this and immediately ran out to purchase a wedding gown-for only $20 from Snowline Hospice store!
If you're looking for a cemetery fence how-to, go to Horror Find here. A neat gravestone tutorial is at HauntSpace, too.
Spookyblue, who has been a great mentor to me, has this tutorial on making some bad-ass pumpkins.
You may have to join some of these sites in order to view my links, but truly, if you want to take it up a notch this year, joining a good forum is the way to go!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
And we remember the LP record.
I ran across the Mostly Ghostly Music Sharing Blaaahhhgg via House Bloodthorn's blog. While I don't usually feature blogs that don't post regularly, I thought I'd turn you on to this one for the nostalgia factor.
I remember listening to several ghost story-type albums repeatedly as a kid. The Alfred Hitchcock LP was a big hit with me, as was the classic Disney, Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. There was one I haven't pictured here, as I haven't located it quite yet. It was an album of stories narrated by Vincent Price. I would love to find that on either LP or CD! The laugh, the timing, the voice... It all came together to give me chills and keep me awake, hiding under the overs at night.
And my parents wonder why I love Halloween so much!
Anyway, he has his Forbidden Crypts site, which will take you to several of his other sites, including his "free sounds" site. Lots of fun things to peruse there, including this, which I will sign off with.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
You may have already seen the bloody shower curtain and bath mat set going around the blog-o-sphere. I wrote to the company who tell me that ThinkGeek.com should have them available at the end of this month or the beginning of May for those of us in the U.S. I can't wait!
Davis Graveyard is one of the haunts I most admire. The props are not only well-made and look great, but they're clever, too: the little detail of a child's polyester Superman costume hanging off the end of a bony finger comes to mind.
Like many in the haunt community, Jeff and Chris Davis spread the love wherever they can. From teaching gravestone make-and-takes to hosting a fundraiser for the local high school dance troupe, the Davises represent the generosity of spirit I've come to love in haunters.
Jeff has recently written an article for Haunted Attraction Magazine about how to recreate his video projected head project. As something of a newbie to haunting at this level, and someone who is only just learning about animatronics and other fun elements for my haunt, I really appreciate clear directions. (Clear directions keep me from burning off my eyebrows.) Like other haunters, he helps you to discover your inner MacGyver by pointing you in the direction of eBay and things you already have around the house.
Well, I'm off to my CalHaunts meeting today, to learn some nifty new things. I can't wait!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Huzzah! It came in the mail! The Book!
For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about... Where have you been? Crawl out of the dungeon once in a while!
The book is How to Haunt Your House by Shawn and Lynne Mitchell. Every page is filled with ideas and pictures of various Halloween props and gags. My favorite so far is the "Pepper's Ghost" illusion, which is a great way to add a flickering ghost to your haunt. There are step-by-step instructions of sand-casting techniques (which can yield a poseable hand or a nice, spiky graveyard fence finial). There's also a recipe for Monster Mud, which seems to be a staple of the haunter's tool box. The only down side to this is if you're the frustrated English teacher type, as there are some typos and grammatical errors. (This seems to be common in the self-publishing world.)
However, the pictures are very clear, and if you're not feeling as inspired to get going on Haunt 2009 as you'd like, this book will get those juices re-animated. It's really worth the money! Pick it up here. It's not available on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble yet, but fortunately Lulu will give you a good purchasing experience.
Now, where's my hot glue?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
"Where the heck is that coming from?" I wondered. The wetland area is very close by, but not that close... I looked up, and there she was: on the top of the neighbor's garage, silhouetted against the sunrise.
Later that week, Mr. ShellHawk and I took the dogs out for a walk. We saw this little character chillin' in the shade of an oak tree. One day, I'll get up early and get some pictures of that oak. It's one of my favorites in the area.
I do love the Spring.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
A woman returns to her childhood home, a seaside orphanage, with the intentions of turning it into a hospice for special needs children. During a meet and greet party for prospective clients, her adopted son disappears, and she is convinced the ghosts of her childhood friends are the ones who took him. Strange events hurtle her to a twisty ending that I honestly didn't see coming.
Every moment of this film is beautifully shot, the pacing is perfect, and the acting drags you into rapport with the characters quickly. As disappointed as I have been with the horror genre's offerings of late, I was so very happy to get the first genuine case of chills running up my spine that I've had in a very long time. Creepy, bloody only when it tells the story, The Orphanage is a horror movie you really shouldn't miss. It is subtitled, so only one martini for you, or you'll miss something!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Rent this! STELLAR cast, great acting. In my opinion, the story is in the same dark vein as "Arsenic and Old Lace."
Micro-synopsis: A woman catches her husband in flagrante' with another woman. She murders them both, stuffs them in her steamer trunk, and takes them on a train with her. An usher finds the trunk leaking blood, chaos ensues, she is jailed.
Fast forward forty years. She's out of jail, and has got a job as a housekeeper to a vicar and his troubled family. Check here for more details.
I loved this! I think you will, too.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I love The Bottle Lady. Since I have a witch to build this season, I will definitely be paying attention to the turorials that helped to create this creepy person. The detail work on her eyes is amazing. I wonder if she has a bottle tree in her front yard? Or perhaps a Halloween Tree?
This toothy character, Clink, just doesn't seem very trustworthy to me. I wouldn't want to turn my back on him in the dark.
This one, Darwin, just seems like a grumpy Department of Motor Vehicles employee to me. Put upon, stuck in a space far too small, forced to be pleasant to people who are too stupid to have motor control. Poor Darwin!
Stop by and sit a spell at Dave's blog, "The Shadow Farm." It is well worth it!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I've also been using my kick wheel. Man, is that leg sore! However, the $700 for the motor kit for my wheel is not currently in the budget, at least not until I find some work!
Monday, April 6, 2009
The second part of the show was held in St. Louis. And from the video, it looks like they had some fun!
I wanted to give props to Sac FX, who are members of CalHaunts NorCal, for their Dr. Steampunk prop we saw briefly in this video. He's the creepy, one-eyed mad scientist in the whack wheelchair. Great job, guys!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
$4390.00The Cadaver Calculator - Find out how much your body is worth.On the positive side, if Mr. ShellHawk gets any bright ideas about selling my corpse, rather than just burying me in the back yard, he may just re-think the whole thing...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Okay. I like creepy. It's why I do Halloween props. But I recently ran across something that genuinely creeped me out, and not in a, "Wow! I can use that for my haunt," kind of way.
Huggable urns. There's something deeply wrong about this.
The idea is that the proprietor was contacted from beyond the grave by dear old dad, who, at this point, had been cremated. Here's a direct quote:
Soon after my Dad passed away he started to communicate to me how upset he was that after living his life to the fullest he ended up in some ugly hard container. This was just not acceptable to him. Was I surprised!!!
Alrighty, then. I'm with Terry Pratchett on this: People who use more than one exclamation point show sure signs of insanity. Go to the site anyway. It's... interesting.