Saturday, March 25, 2023

Bloody Ending II Touch-Ups

 I've done a few enhancements to my Bloody Ending II bust, made from a stunt-mold mask from the production of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. I went for the heavily shadowed paint job that Kevin Yagher chose for the original stunt pieces, while adding some His Unlucky Day-inspired touches of realism, with blemishes and depth in the skin. The results are below.These are easily the best photos I've taken of this piece, and I'm happy to finally have them up.

Here's Yagher with the original stunt heads he painted for the film in 1984. The shadowy paint job gives Jason a bit of a "zombie" appearance.

Despite being a couple generations removed from the movie mold, you can see here the detail on the Bloody Ending II is pretty high-fidelity to the original.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Screen-Used Head From 'Voorhees' Lit Up


I got a mounted light over my Pam Voorhees 3D print master copy (printed from a scan of the screen-used head from Friday the 13th Part 2 and used in the fan film Voorhees). So now I have her lit at will just like it was on set. I sold two runs of these back in 2017-2018, right after I sold the original.

A screen cap from Voorhees (2020)

The director of Voorhees and I are working on a new film called The Crow: Days of Sodom and you can find the project group on Facebook.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Rare Footage of Ted White in Makeup Chair

 Courtesy of Nathan Stafford of the Horror Costume Index, here is some of the clearest footage we've seen from Tom Savini's old VHS tapes of Ted White getting made up as Jason by Kevin Yagher for the unmasking scene in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. There is also some machete dummy footage. 

This came off a DVD copy of the Tom Savini documentary Smoke and Mirrors.  

This is likely the clearest look we'll ever get of Ted in full makeup nearly forty years ago and it's glorious! Just beautiful work by everyone involved.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Movie Mold VS Mask on a Stunt Mold Cowl


This piece was recently produced by Nathan Stafford Studios from the Freddy vs Jason stunt mold. It was likely sculpted large to accomodate the burn suit underneath and any breathing gear the actor needed. It was at least used during the burn scene in the corn field.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Alice Cooper with Mysterious Part 5 Mask


Here's something you don't see much: Alice Cooper did a photo shoot with an unknown hockey mask. It has the basic paint job of a Part 6, but is clearly unfinished, having no snap holes drilled, no axe cut, and appears too narrow to be from the buck used in Part 6. It's possible that this is an unused mask from Part 5 that Reel FX had laying around in the shop. Oddly enough, the vent hole that sits over where the axe cut should be is out of place, so this might itself be a recast of any of the early masks. Alice also doesn't have any makeup on, so this was evidently an entirely different shoot from the one he did with C. J. Graham.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Friday the 13th Mask Shows Up on Pawn Stars


The mask appears to be a recast of one of the promotional masks made for Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood. The original promotional masks are seen below. So it's probably not worth much by itself. Richard Brooker has been gone a long time and apparently his signature can fetch some money these days so the price quoted might be reasonable. It seems weirdly high to me but I'm not an autograph collector. The $6,500 ask was wild!

Here's a shot of the promotional masks made by the MMI in 1988. You can see that the Pawn Stars mask has the same distinctive cheek cut, which is not accurate to the hero mask.

Monday, February 6, 2023

The Crow: Days of Sodom

It isn't often I post non-Friday the 13th content on this blog, but this is a rare (and important) exception. A couple of years ago, I partnered with Cody Faulk, the maker of Voorhees (a Friday the 13th fan film released in 2020 that has over 3 million views to date), to begin writing a script for a fan film for The Crow franchise. I liked the 1994 film but hadn't seen it in almost 30 years, and so the research began. Not just seeing the films, but reading James O'Barr's 1989 graphic novel, wrought from the bitter depths of his own suffering after his love was killed in a car accident. It is truly a great experience if you've never read it. It's great because it's real.

The task of creating a new Crow film, especially in light of repeated failures by Hollywood to capture the magic of the first film, shouldn't be taken lightly. In reviewing all this material, I realized that one of the reasons that the sequels were so bad (beyond the fact that sequels usually are) is they lacked emotional grounding. O'Barr's graphic novel is absolutely dripping with relatable sentiments about grief and loss adorned in poetry and Joy Division lyrics. But where it really hits hard is in the quiet moments the titular character has with himself -- moments he can barely survive, even as he can easily dispatch hordes of armed men. Anyone who has connected with James's work or the Brandon Lee film knows The Crow is not something that can be faked. It's not a formula, like a slasher or an action film that can be slapped together out of certain predictable elements and packaged for mass consumption. 

For a filmmaker trying to follow in James's footsteps, The Crow is almost more of a medium of expression, a way to speak about your own grief through the mythology he created. While I can't speak for all fans, it seems to me that to really connect with a Crow movie is to connect one's own experience to the themes of loss, grief and redemption in the film. Grief about moments in our lives, great and small, opportunities missed, connections lost, and of course, lives cut tragically short. Grief about what could have been and what can never be. That sense of authenticity is the legacy I wanted to continue in co-writing this project and time will tell if the fans agree we've hit it right.

For now, we have a finished script. Titled The Crow: Days of Sodom, it's feature length and to be honest, wildly ambitious for a fan film. It took two years because we wanted a great story; one with intrigue, emotional depth, violence, despair and reflection. We wanted a tortured hero with a tragic and complex backstory. We wanted him to be real, vulnerable, believable. And we wanted truly horrifying villains -- not just the usual thugs, gangsters or mobsters who just want to be rich and powerful, but people who are truly heinous. As horror fans, Cody and I wanted to push the limits of film the way great horror movies do, but maintain a real emotional core and character depth that horror often lacks. It took us a long time to write this script but we're proud of the result and the few who have read it (including at least one veteran Hollywood actor) have given us overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Today, we're deep in the reeds of casting and location scouting. Four months into the film-making process, we're excited that things are slowly beginning to fall into place. As we continue to make progress, we will be rolling out announcements on our Facebook page in the coming weeks and months, with an expected film completion date some time in late 2024.

The plan is for this film to be crowd-funded, and we've come up with some awesome perk ideas for backers. We're going to be asking for a lot, so we plan on giving a lot. Best case scenario, we create what might be the most ambitious fan film made to date. Worst case, we still create a dark love story with some pretty gnarly villains. The outcome is up to you! Keep an eye on our public Facebook group for details (linked here).

Saturday, February 4, 2023

My Part 8 Mask (Slightly Updated)

Every so often I make some minor modifications to my own masks that only I care about. So here it is! I recently trimmed a bit of the perimeter off my part 8 mask so that it's a little closer to the movie mask.

While my mask is accurate to what I remember when I saw it in person, I've been tempted to just sand it down and repaint the whole thing now that we have these astonishing Prop Store photos to use as reference. Your memory only goes so far. I didn't even realize, for example, that the straps are brown, rather than black until I saw the recent auction photos, or that the black weathering looks a little cloudier on the movie mask.