Friday, May 13, 2022

New Photos of Stan Winston's Part 3 Sculpt Released

Just when you think you've seen them all. These photos are just incredible. Stan Winston studios apparently just released the on their social media in celebration of Friday the 13th today.


Sunday, May 8, 2022

William Terezakis Estate Goes Up For Auction

William Terezakis (1966-2021), was the main makeup effects artist on Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and the junior member of the effects team of Friday the 13th Part 8 (1989). The Canadian-born Terezakis (right) is seen here with Jamie Brown (middle) and Tibor Farkas (left), both also deceased, during production of part 8. They were the makeup crew on the film, and Terezakis seems to have had a hand in sculpting the Jason design.

Bill also seems to have handled sculpting, makeup and mask-making for Freddy vs. Jason, and we see a ton of evidence of that from his estate auction.

Bill Terezakis at left.

There were evidently two Jason molds made for the film: a hero mold, which was split down the middle, and a stunt mold which was split more traditionally through the ears and across the shoulders. The hero mold sold for $2,850 CAD.


 

There was also what appears to be a paint master from the hero mold. This one sold for a massive $20,000 CAD.

There was also a bunch of hockey mask blanks that came out of this. The top one here (lot 722) sold for $15,000 CAD and the lot of experimental masks below sold for $8,500 CAD.


And here was the most unexpected thing... Bill evidently kept a part 8 mask for himself. The sculpt it sits on doesn't appear to be a movie mold cowl but may be a design maquette created during pre-production. I'll tell you though, something looks off about this hockey mask. It doesn't seem to be movie mold--the movie masks were vacuum-formed clear plastic (acrylic or PETG) probably .093 sheet, but this appears to be much thicker and the nose doesn't quite look right for a part 8. I wonder if Bill just bought a fan-made mask as a souvenir. It's also possible that it was a casting master for the masks of Freddy vs. Jason. It sold for $2,300 CAD.

There were also Freddy molds, maquettes and makeup busts but hey, this isn't a Freddy blog.

You can see the rest at iCollector.com

Rest in peace Bill, and thanks for the movie magic.


Sunday, May 1, 2022

HSS Coffin Dummy For Sale

 I've had this for 12 years. You'll almost never see these things come up for sale. This is a movie mold, foam-filled latex piece made in 2010 by Horror Sanctum Studios. Hit me up on Facebook or drop your email here if interested.







Sunday, April 24, 2022

The Ultimate Uber X Mask

Darb Designz has completed some finishing touches on his Jason X "Uber" mask. He was able to use a movie mold mask to get the details 100% on and the result is pretty amazing. It's not technically movie mold, but it's as good as a fan replica gets. You can get one at https://www.darbdesignz.com/store

One of the photos below shows a movie mold piece (the black one). The gray one is his unpainted prototype. Magnificent attention to detail.

 


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Finally Saw the Hollywood Museum Mask in Person

Have been waiting about a decade to get out here and see this thing. It's not huge, about the size of a Crash part 3 mask, although a bit more oval shaped and with larger eye cavities. It's covered in a beige-tinted clear varnish which you can see with 100% clarity in person but doesn't really show up well in photos. The cowl it sits on could be the part 4 stunt/dummy sculpt by Kagel or the part 5 sculpt; it has a machete wound across the head, which can be seen in both films. The shape of the ears strongly suggest part 4.

It looks like they pulled a clear acrylic blank, base-coated with a light paint color and added some brown or black washes, which were then partially sanded off with a very rough grit. Then the buff-colored varnish was sprayed across the whole thing. The mask is very thin, probably .060 plastic sheet.

Check out my earlier post on this mask for more in-depth analysis. Not sure why it looks so yellow in some other photos because in person it's not yellow at all.









Sunday, February 20, 2022

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) a Review

At this point I've seen every Texas Chainsaw Massacre film except part 2 (no idea why I skipped it) and I think the one that just came out on Netflix might be the worst of them.

I can't understand why people who keep making these films just don't understand why the first one is a classic--an absolute landmark in horror. The film students who made the 1974 original weren't trying to make Leatherface some kind of antihero with an Oedipal complex with super-human strength and countless chainsaw trick shots. They were just trying to make a terrifyingly real film about a woman being held captive and tormented by a crazy family in the middle of nowhere. No context. No backstory. No sympathetic tone for Leatherface. Just a story about someone trapped in a bizarre situation that no one would want to be in.

For some reason the various remakes that have emerged since 2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre decided to make Leatherface increasingly sympathetic, and as one of my friends put it, something akin to a Marvel supervillain. The movie gave Leatherface a name, a backstory, a ton of family context, a career, an overly sculpted mask and even some kind of face disease that ate his nose. Subsequent films went even further down the rabbit hole, like Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013), which dug even deeper into stupidity, gave him escape tunnels under the house, and a beautiful cousin/accomplice whom he hasn't seen since she was a baby. 2006's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and 2017's Leatherface were nothing but backstory.

Part of the reason these movies just don't hit like the first is they're trying too hard. Providing too much context for the killer is an enormous mistake in a slasher film because it humanizes the villain and takes the viewer out of the perspective of the victim. The victims in the remakes are mostly vacuous and generally unlikable characters; Leatherface is presented as a cunning and powerful tool of vengeance against society, so it's hard no to root for him. He is, essentially, the protagonist, defending the tranquility of his isolated home against invaders.

The original film is a relentless tale of isolation, terror and survival. The remakes are tales of a butcher with learning disabilities just trying to live his life but kids keep showing up at his house and killing his relatives.  

All the remakes are terrible. But this Netflix film is uniquely terrible. 

First it is as low-brow as it is pretentious. The film lampoons rural southerners and urbane millennials alike, culminating in the unbelievably cringe-inducing "party bus scene" that might be the dumbest moment in all of horror. But it also tries to shoe-horn this socially conscious stuff about confederate flags, racism, school shootings, carbon emissions and gentrification all in the first act. The writers were clearly working overtime to make the film feel "relevant" to millennials but I think failed to get any particular perspective across, so one is left wondering what the point of it all was.

It is also as derivative as it is predictable. Seeing the success of the latest Halloween trilogy, they stole the idea of making the original female protagonist the villain's now-militant foil. They also needlessly stole the villain's mother obsession from Friday the 13th. Lazy screenwriters simply borrowing ideas from other popular horror films is bad enough, but the writers created a final battle so predictable in it's "twists" that anyone that has seen a horror film could easily write every scene out ahead of time. You know the drill: protagonist loses vital weapon in battle, then friend saves protagonist at last moment only to pay with her life, etc. This kind of stuff just goes on an on through the third act.

That's not to say the film isn't entertaining. It is fast-paced, bloody and has some clever shots and situations. In particular, having one of the protagonists stuck in the house with Leatherface while he is butchering her friends, unaware of her presence, holds the viewer in the action and keeps the suspense high, because you KNOW he's going to find her eventually.

Take a look at this photo below. Compare it with the photo at the top. To me, these two publicity shots epitomize the differences between the 2022 film and the 1974 original. One is of a blood-soaked super villain avenging his adopted mother on a neon-lit party bus. The other is of an unknown assailant wearing an unknown woman's face and hair, dressed in a coat and tie because he likes to wear his Sunday best when he's hauling ass down a dusty farm road to slice you into tiny pieces for the pure enjoyment of it. You'll never know why. You'll never know whose face he's wearing, how many he's butchered or why he hasn't been caught. He just IS.

If we're going to keep getting new TCM films, they should go back to the roots. The producers of the first film created something atmospheric, intense and grounded in gritty realism. They did it by studying the real-life horrors created by serial killers Ed Gein in the 1950s and Dean Corll in the early 1970s. Someone wanting to create a really good TCM movie should probably watch some true crime documentaries for inspiration. But honestly, do we really need another one?

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Map of All Kills From Friday the 13th Series

This is a really cool idea. Click to enlarge. Artist Brent Maynard took a map of Sand Pond (where the first film was shot) and enlarged it into the fictional Camp Crystal Lake vicinity with locations from all of the Paramount Films. There are some inaccuracies, for example, the Mrs. Voorhees decapitation site is actually on the north end of the pond, not down the southeastern side, and Camp No Be Bos Co is a bit further north than he has it here, but it's still a pretty cool conceptualization that fits all the major locations.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Monday, February 14, 2022

The Creators of 'Voorhees' Just Dropped The Trailer for a Very Intense Drama

If you enjoyed the fan film Voorhees, (which I worked on for a few days back in 2018-19) you might want to check out this super gritty drama from it's producers, Wet Paint Pictures. The film, currently in production, will be called "Smack" and its a story about heroin-addicted lovers.

Looks seriously pro judging by the trailer. Shot in 4K, acting looks sharp. We're entering a new era of cinema with ultra-low budget indie films turning out this kind of quality. Check it out.