Friday, July 1, 2016

Legit "Camp Crystal Lake" sign from F13 P2

I can say as the owner of the original prop, this is easily the most authentic replica of the sign Marta Kober picked up in the beginning of Friday the 13th part 2 I've ever seen. Its being offered by artist Nathan Barker for only $35. Look him up on Facebook!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

These are on ebay...

Find them on Ebay here and here.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

"Aladdin Sane" copies getting produced soon...

This mold is in the possession of a guy named James Power and he's going to be producing these at some point this summer. Look him up on Facebook if you want one!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Pamela's Curse II" progress shot.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the screen-used Mrs. Voorhees head from Friday the 13th part 2 is too fragile to recast; the 35-year-old foam latex is only about 1 mm thick in some spots and there is evidence of air bubbles that could lead to tears even if something gentle like alginate was used.

So I've decided on a 1:1 resculpt, getting as close as humanly possible to the way the real thing looks. I'm probably 75% done with the forming, so detailing is not far off. Have to finish out her neck, add her ears and shave down the cranium a bit. Here's a progress shot (don't mind the fish-eye lens distortion on the right).

 I expect to have this done and copies pulled before summer.

Here's a shot of my original Pam sculpt, done mostly from screen caps, with the real thing. As you can see, it can be very difficult to get an accurate sense of the dimensions from just a few screen grabs. So its nice to have an opportunity to correct all of my earlier mistakes.

UPDATE: April 17. After weeks of frustration, finally got the eyes to sit right in the head. Love the way the shadows fall now, although still lots of refining to do.
Update, May 3. She's almost done! Filled out the neck and reshaped the cranium. She just needs ears and texturing, couple of tiny tweaks here and there.

May 10 update, just another angle:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pam comparison shot

Today, and onset back in 1980...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Recognize this?

There aren't many props that survive from Friday the 13th part 2. As far as I know the two I just bought are the only two remaining... and probably the best two pieces you could possibly want.

Back in April 2011, I came across a piece by Bob Deakin (via this post on the Fridaythe13thFranchise site), who wrote about a Connecticut man named Lloyd Albin, owner of the Pamela Voorhees head from Friday the 13th part 2. Back in 1980 Lloyd was the owner of Camp Kenmont in Kent, CT, where the filming had taken place. Following a wrap-up party, Lloyd found the crew had left Mrs. Voorhees' mummified head hanging from a tree on his property. For more than 30 years, he had kept it in a closet wrapped in a towel, taking it out occasionally to scare his campers.

I found Lloyd phone number on the web and called him to inquire about the head. At the time I was sure I couldn't afford such a thing but wanted to see it and make a lowball offer anyway. Lloyd was affable and loved talking about his experiences on the set of Friday the 13th, inviting me to come see the prop. He also had the original "Camp Crystal Lake" sign held by Marta Kober in the opening scenes, which I was able to screen match.

Lloyd didn't sell me the pieces but I mentioned his props to Daniel Farrands, who included Lloyd in his Crystal Lake Memories documentary in 2013. After the documentary came out, I wrote a blog post with a few stories and anecdotes Lloyd told me that didn't make it into the documentary. A couple of years went by and I basically forgot about it.

Then a friend of mine pointed me to a eBay auction. Lloyd's props were finally for sale! I managed to buy both pieces and OH MY GOD I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

You might have seen Tom Spina's photos... the head was in rough shape and Tom did a great job restoring it. Even in person, you can hardly tell where the damage was... and it was extensive. The thing literally lost chunks of foam latex every time you touched it.

I can't describe how exciting it is to own a piece of film history. In a way, this head is more central to the Friday the 13th story than the hockey mask: this desiccated head was the object of Jason's cultish devotion, the only thing that mattered in the world to him, and the reason he committed all his murders. The fact that the prop still exists is remarkable considering the poor treatment B movie film props got back then.

Honestly, she doesn't look like much in daylight. But once you get her properly lit, it's like being onset back in 1980...

One of the things I considered in buying this is screen use. I have no doubt that it was made by Carl Fullerton on set. But was it the only one, and is this the one that actually saw screen time? That would affect the value considerably. I asked Fullerton back in 2011 if more than one was made, but he couldn't remember.

Fortunately, blue ray screen shots (thanks Auz) might provide some clues.

Establishing screen-matching with a piece like this requires more than identifying sculpt features, but characteristics that could only exist on one version of the piece. The face was hastily sculpted, cast in foam latex and affixed to a plaster life cast (probably of Connie Hogan). There are tiny bubble patterns in the forehead in some of the recesses where the foam was popping during the curing process. If you look very closely at screen shots, you can see evidence of the same bubble patterns. Since it seems unlikely the bubbles would have formed in exactly the same places from casting to casting, this indicates a high probability that my head is the only one made for the film. The head also has pieces of double-sided tape used to hold the wig on still affixed, suggesting it's the screen-used piece.

So there you have it. I don't think this will be the beginning of a huge screen-used prop collection for me because honestly, I'm probably never going to top this. Sometimes you just get lucky!

So this piece is far too fragile to cast directly... but I've been thinking about doing a very limited edition re-sculpt. 20 copies at the most. Its a nebulous plan right now, but keep it in mind and comment below if you might be interested. Until then, enjoy these photos of the real deal and thank the horror gods she made it 35 years!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rare outttake frame from Friday the 13th Part 3

Nah just kidding. It's a P82 hock I painted on my Crash Hideous Looking Man. Kikikimamama.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

1:1 Part III Hero Mask

Painted by me on a P82. I tried to capture every single crack and scuff exactly as it was on the movie mask using the best photos I could get my hands on. Painted this back in 2012 but haven't really taken decent photos until recently.

Friday, August 21, 2015

R.I.P. John Ubdegrove

Death will always be an unknowable mystery to the living: the experience of breathing your last, to think your final thoughts, and to pass irretrievably into the void (or whatever it may be) and leave the rest of the world to its machinations is something we can scarcely comprehend. For those of us who dread it and are in no hurry to experience the end, to make the decision hasten one's own annihilation seems even more alien.

Yesterday at 1:06 PM, John Ubdegrove, a friend I'd made through the horror and props community, commented on my Facebook profile photo. I'd recently changed it to my old photo with Ron Paul in celebration of his 80th birthday, and John was also a Paul fan. "Ron is awesome" he said. It may have been the last thing he ever posted on Facebook. Around 3 AM the following morning, tributes starting appearing on his wall.

I never met John in person, but I've known him for at least a couple of years. He was a nice guy from Nova Scotia and a talented artist. Back in July 2013 I sold my old "Aladdin Sane" part 6 Jason mold to him. He made a few pulls and after some quick painting tips from me he was producing some gems... the depth and detail in his coloring was really excellent, and I was always psyched that he did the sculpt justice.

He was so proud of the comments he got from Tom McLaughlin and C.J. Graham on his lifesize part 6:

You are astonishing, dude!!! Serious. How you put this 'perfect' recreation of born-again Jason together BY YOURSELF just blows me away! You truly got all the details AND my insane vision of mixing the original vengeful Jason, with a reanimated (maggot-headed) corpse carrying a warriors spear, who obtains an arsenal of wearable weapons. A masked walking dead/terminator. I was so fortunate to have an incredible team of creative artists to who I owe so much thanks. But I gotta tell ya, after all these years since we brought him back to life, to see someone like you putting in SO much time and work to make this version of Jason into a classic horror movie museum piece makes me pretty damn happy. You the man, and I'm your fan. Thanks for the thrill of seeing JASON LIVE again. -Tom McLoughlin"

 Also some comments from the man himself CJ whom played this iconic role
" Hi Bud, if you ever want to sell it, let me know. Thanks. "

Very proud moments in this project. The fact that man that played the iconic role of "JASON" wpould be interested in displaying my work in his home blew me away and remains a high point in my prop making . Special thanks to CJ as he gave me the complete direction of the movie used costume. Thanks again !! And special Thanks to Jason Farrell for the Amazing Sculting work. Jason lives on ! [Taken from his Yourprops account, Chubbz187].

And amazingly, now he's gone. He posted a few days ago that he's been dealing with schizophrenia resulting from a car accident a couple of years ago. I just talked to him a few days back too. He just finished his life-size Arnold replica on Tuesday. I know John loved his chihuahuas and his family. He loved travel and movies and was interested in politics. John was a cool guy. And he'll be missed.

R.I.P. bud.