The Cadaver Cafe

Getting the Snot Beaten Out of Me on the Set of “The Waters”

The Waters

So Last weekend I got to work on one of the final scenes of a new horror movie coming out called ‘The Waters.’

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Here is the IMDB synopsis:

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Three computers techs are sent into New Orleans to retrieve the possible cure for a virus that has taken over the city. They soon realize they were actually brought in to cover it up. Now, they are being hunted by the colleagues they came in with and the infected civilians who control the city. With the assistance of a small military team, will they survive the night to expose the truth of The Waters?

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As usual, it took longer than expected, but I was armed with my I-Pod and a Nintendo DSi to pass the time while waiting to get the snot beaten out of me over and over. Jack Harrison was the stunt coordinator for the scene and although we know each other’s work, we have never had the opportunity to work with each other. It this scene, the hero (Jake Moran) is to break my neck by grabbing me by my head and throwing me behind him. This really means we had to coordinate a sideways flip and his arm motions as well as fit it into the other fight choreography. We did the same scene over and over again from different angles and hand-helds to get it all right and it took a few hours from ‘go time.’ Jack was very detail attentive and a good coordinator. I hope to work with him again. I may be sore, but I didn’t get hurt and that’s always a good thing.

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Look for it in 2010

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Things coming up: Make-up and T-Shirts

So, a few things are coming up.

 Cadaver Cafe Shirts COMING SOON! (I hope)

I will be making a new batch of Cadaver Café Shirts to put on the website up for sale. How they are going to be made is still up in the air, but I will tell you that I’m excited about the possibilities.

 My Undead Nurse/Daughter Amber with grocery store make-up

I will have a few videos on make-up on the site soon that will cover the basics behind haunted house/hayride make-up. The goals behind these segments are not to make fantastical and elaborate prosthetics. It is intended to focus on creating memorable characters for pennies, with little or now talent, and do it in less than 15 minutes.

 

I have a few rainy days ahead of me, so I will try to get the videos uploaded with a ‘voice of God’ soundtrack to talk about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

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Keeping it Simple – Halloween 2009

As with anything else, my house is the last thing to get attention when setting up for Halloween. We threw this together in about 3 hours and built the FCG from scratch because for some reason, my old one is missing.

 

This is my first Halloween in this house and I always try to break my neighbors in before setting up anything big… It was good fun. It went up on Halloween and Came down the Next day. This was the ‘down and dirty’ setup of the house.

 

We couldn’t attach anything to the siding without making permanent holes, so I built a frame to hang everything on. It looked pretty well in the dark and took about 3 hours to set up. We had thunder and lightning, music by midnight Syndicate, a Flying Crank Ghost, strobes, black lights, floor lamps and a few other odds and ends

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Poplar Grove Plantation’s Haunted Hayride and Halloween Festival Wraps Up.

Thanks for everyone coming out to make Poplar grove Plantation’s Haunted House and Hayride a success and so much fun to put on. We’re done for the year but be sure to check back with us well before the start of the 2010 season. Perhaps you could be one of the minions? Plans are already in the works to revamp a lot of things on the trail. New theme…new scenes…new scares.

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I thought you would enjoy the irony of having a happy song embedded in the video and it doesn’t get better than ‘Smile’ By Nat King Cole

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Poplar Grove Plantation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to preservation, education and service to the community. The Halloween Festival is Poplar Grove Plantation’s largest fund raising event of the year. Come out for safe family fun and help support our mission.

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October 16th, 17th, & 18th October 23rd, 24th, & 25th 10200 US Highway 17 N., Wilmington, NC 28411.

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What a Great Friday Night at Poplar Grove!

Our monsters did Poplar Grove’s Haunted Hayride and house proud! I have a bunch of photos to look at but we are looking for more. If you took a picture of any of us, please email it to us and we will be more than happy to add it to the collection!

Send it to etombs (AT symbol) cadavercafe.com and put in the subject header ‘pictures from Poplar Groves Halloween Festival’

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Pictures from Poplar Grove’s Halloween Festival



 

We had a good first weekend, albeit a bit chilly. The average temperature was 45 degrees. Not freezing by any standard, but for Wilmington, North Carolina in October, its down right cold.

 

People came out in droves, despite the weather and had a really good time. Here are some of the pictures we took while getting ready to go out on the trail and a few others of us while we were actually running the hayride. I’m not going to give away too much. I’m not into spoiling the surprises.

 

We have one more weekend to run which is this coming 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Tickets are $8 each for the Haunted House and Haunted Hayride.

 

Poplar Grove Plantation Halloween Festival

10200 US Highway 17 N., Wilmington, NC 28411

www.poplargrove.com

http://www.cadavercafe.com/?page_id=450

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Last Weekend for Poplar Grove Plantation’s Halloween Festival 2009

Thanks for everyone coming out to make Poplar grove Plantations Haunted House and Hayride a success for the first week. I took some short clips of the hayride and put them in a 40 second web commercial. Im not giving away any secrets in the film; so dont worry about it being a spoiler for the hayride. Its just a teaser and a Warning not to miss next weekend, or you will need to wait a whole year before it comes back again.

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‘Join Us’

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Poplar Grove Plantation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to preservation, education and service to the community. The Halloween Festival is Poplar Grove Plantation’s largest fund raising event of the year. Come out for safe family fun and help support our mission. October 16th, 17th, & 18th October 23rd, 24th, & 25th 10200 US Highway 17 N., Wilmington, NC 28411

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Back by Popular Demand – The commercials, All In One Post!

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Dates & Times:

                              Two WeekendsOct, 16, 17 & 18 and 23, 24 & 25

      Hours:  Fridays, Oct. 16 & 23 – 6PM to Midnight

                  Saturdays, Oct. 17 & 24 – 2PM to Midnight

                  Sundays, Oct. 18 & 25 – 2PM to 10PM

Location:  Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US 17, Wilmington, NC 28411

www.poplargrove.com/

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Marcy Cuevas of WWAY Channel 3 (ABC) Interviews Erebus of Poplar Grove Plantation’s Halloween Festival

 

Marcy Cuevas of WWAY Channel 3 (ABC) interviewed me this morning about Poplar Grove Plantation’s Halloween Festival starting this week. It was a brief interview, which was LIVE… no pressure there. 🙂 In any event, I think it went well enough and I hope people will come see us this year on October 15th ,16th, & 17th and the following weekend 23rd, 24th, & 25th

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Dates & Times:

Two Weekends – Oct, 16, 17 & 18 and 23, 24 & 25

Hours: Fridays, Oct. 16 & 23 – 6PM to Midnight

Saturdays, Oct. 17 & 24 – 2PM to Midnight

Sundays, Oct. 18 & 25 – 2PM to 10PM Location:

Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US 17, Wilmington, NC 28411

http://poplargroveplantation.blogspot.com/2009_08_01_archive.html

http://www.poplargrove.com/

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Poplar Grove Plantation Commercial Outakes

Ok… there has been a lot going on the past few weeks and we have not had time to make a new commercial for the Poplar Grove Halloween Festival, however, I have been meaning to assemble some of the ‘not so good’ takes we did on the shoot. I had a lot more than this but decided that people falling is much funnier than most everything else. We should be back on track with a new commercial next week and I hope it will be entertaining.

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