Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Bunch of Jason Drawings I Did When I Was 12

These are about 25 years old now, and I'm still proud of them XD

Thursday, March 28, 2019

DBach Hangman 2010 for Sale!

THIS HAS BEEN SOLD. This was part of a very limited run of blanks by Dan Bachenberg back in early 2010. I am the first and only owner, as well as the painter. Mint condition--thick latex pull (maybe half inch), spent its whole 9 year life in a dark closet in a smoke-free home. One of the finest part 3 replicas ever produced. $300.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

What Shirt Was Used in Part 3?

Thanks to the meticulous research of Nathan Bellew, we can now confirm the original shirt was an olive green Sears brand work-leisure shirt. We don't know exactly what fabric treatment (Penn Prest/Perma Prest/etc.) but we are sure now that it was Sears, rather than Big Mac, who made nearly identical shirts at the time.

As many collectors and cosplayers know, Big Mac and Sears manufactured nearly identical work shirts from the 1950's to the present. They changed slightly with each passing decade, but in the 1970's and early 1980's both companies made their work-leisure shirts with giant disco collars. Like so:

The two brands were nearly identical in almost every way. As Nathan discovered, the key to discerning the brand used in the film lies in the pocket stitching.

Apparently, nearly all Big Mac brand work shirts have square stitching in the pocket corners, with a cross stitch that's a bit less than an inch from the top of the pocket, passing straight through the button. Like so:
But Sears workshirts of the period have a triangle stitch in the corners... and a horizontal stitch that sits a bit lower. Like so:
The hero shirt bears these two vital characteristics. The triangle stitch:
And the lower horizontal pocket stitch (below is Big Mac on left, Sears on right; bottom is the screen-used shirt):
So there you have it. Have some of these shirts at home? Take a look at them and see if that bears out. I have several of them and this distinction is borne out on every one.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

R.I.P. John Carl Buechler

John Buechler was one of the few F13 directors who was a hard-core horror nerd like ourselves and his creations will long outlive him, and probably, the rest of us. Cheers John, and thanks for the memories.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

On Location: Camp NoBeBoSco

When I was nine, someone told me that the first Friday the 13th was filmed at Lake Waramaug in Kent, Connecticut. When our bus stopped there briefly on a school trip, I found a beach and proclaimed it the beach that Mrs. Voorhees was decapitated on. The teachers just about had to drag me back onto the bus.

Of course, I had been told wrong-- although Part 2 had in fact been filmed just a couple of miles away, I had the wrong beach at the wrong lake in the wrong state.

Since then, its been a bucket list item to get to the right beach. And last October I finally did just that-- on the 39th anniversary of the day they filmed Ari Lehman pulling Adrienne King into the 40-something degree waters of Sand Pond that frigid October day in 1979.

Adrienne was there herself--just the sweetest person you can imagine--and we even got a surprise visit from Robbie Morgan and Officer Dorf himself (all in character of course). Really great time! Here's a few photos. 

The fireplace in Van Deusen lodge, where most of the interiors were shot (including strip monopoly and Mrs. Voorhees monologue).
Van Deusen lodge: nice touch.
They let you get photos with the original sign at the end of the tour. Nice touch.
Adrienne is the nicest.

One of the larger cabins, which was altered by the crew to turn it into the bathroom.
Sand Pond! Finally made it!
The shop where the first two murders were filmed.
Adrienne acted as M.C.
Officer Dorf.
It was cold that day but they gave us sweatshirts and stainless steel thermoses as part of the tour, so that was nice.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Best Part 3 Replica Ever Sculpted?

A couple years ago I told myself I was done buying fan sculpts--strictly movie mold from here on in. And then Dan Bachenberg started sculpting Jason pieces again and oh my goooooooooood

No part 3 fan sculpt is perfect. But detail for detail, this is easily the most accurate replication of this design. Beats Dan's earlier design. Beats the puffy-looking MEL Inc. and HHH busts. Destroys the classic ITZ-U. Not even a contest.

I don't want to get too deep in the weeds but let me show you a quick comparison so you can see. Both the MEL Inc. and the Hangman III are lovely sculpts. But the ears, the back of the head, the forehead, the sagging eye, the curve of the nose, and the chin are all more accurately reproduced on Dan's. The face is also more angular and less puffy than the MEL Inc.

I know the MEL Inc. is supposedly "movie mold" but if that's the case, it has been so thoroughly retooled it's essentially a tribute sculpt.

I bought a blank from Dan-- it was only $250, a fraction of the price of the MEL Inc.-- and I absolutely cannot wait to paint it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Final Five Pam Heads Ready to Go

I have a bit of touch-up work to do around the neck tonight and the wigs. But the hard part is done! These are going to start hitting the mail on Saturday.

Thank you to everyone involved in this project, including all my buyers, Todd Blatt for teaching me about 3D printing and getting me started, and to Mountain View Studios for doing some amazing pulls on this run. And of course to Lloyd Albin for selling me the original movie head, and Ryan Bean for finding that fateful eBay auction back in 2015. I'm sure I'll have more Friday the 13th screen used/movie mold projects coming in the future, so keep your eyes on the blog here for more opportunities.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Final Pam Run Almost Done

Hey buyers! The first five are either shipped or about to get shipped. The second five are on deck. I expect to have these last five done within a week. Get ready!

BY THE WAY: The wigs are cut and textured correctly but will take a lot of teasing and shaping after shipping compression to get them to look right. Pull the fibers apart with a brush and get them as separated as possible. Before you tape it to the head (use toupee tape), try to fold back the band so you can't see it in the hairline. It's a lot of work but they can look great once get them shaped up. I used the exact same wig on my own copy: its called a JF1971.
Also, if you look closely at the back of the head you can see the impressions of four tape marks-- that's the original wig tape on the screen-used head. Stick some tape right on those four spots and press that wig right on.

Monday, January 28, 2019

My Latest Acquistion

Bought this from Bob over at Fiberglassmasks.com a few days ago. This is the only production-made hood from Freddy vs. Jason I've seen outside of Mario's collection. It's an unpainted flawed blank made from foam latex lined with cheesecloth, presumably for the actor's comfort. It's thin and rips as easily as tissue paper, so its going to need some serious preservation work after my Pam project is done.

Interesting thing about this sculpt is there's practically no texture on it. The neck is very lined and there are some pock marks about the face and head (probably done with a ballpoint pen), but its the least-textured movie mold piece I've seen up close.

One I have it stabilized and properly mounted, I may see if there is interest in doing a run of copies. It is probably too fragile to cast directly, and may be too large for a high-def 3D print, but once I get to that stage, I'll see what options I have.