The Cadaver Cafe

Make-up class at Bab’s McDance for the ‘Thriller’ Dancers

My 15 minute 'Thiller' Zombie effect at Bab's McDance for a makeup seminar

Babs has had a class to teach the thriller dance to people who wanted to learn how to do it. I think a lot of people have had fun doing it over the course of the past 2 months. I was asked to do a makeup demonstration for the class that would be cheap, easy, fast and effective. The end result is a grocery store shopping list and a cost of less than ten dollars to get started with a complete makeover. In fact, you can spend 10 dollars and make up to 10 complete zombie characters – and probably another fifty cream-makeup-only zombies without ever needing to go back to the store.

The neck wound is the most effective and popular request I get with this type of effect, so this is what I do. I had camera and cell phone cameras popping the entire time. I think they really liked the end result. I would give the girl I worked on the mirror every once in a while and she would freak out because she didn’t expect that much of an effect. I think she was pleased overall.

my 'happy zombie' from Bab's McDance... Happy because I got no blood on her shirt.

The complete soup-to-nuts time it took was 15 minutes and that was with having to stop and explain what I was doing. It’s amazing what you can do with toilet paper, Knox gelatin, Elmer’s glue, and cheap cream makeup.

I plan to do a series of Uber-cheap make-up wounds and prosthetic techniques after Halloween when I have the time to work on it. I’m even thinking of an origami makeup technique. Its bizarre, but it may be REALLY cool if it works.

After all, Halloween 2010 is just around the corner.

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Foz and Tina speak to Erebus of Poplar Grove Plantation’s Halloween Festival

I met with Foz and Tina from the S morning show on Z107.5 in Wilmington, NC to talk about the Poplar Grove Halloween Festival this morning just after 7am. Not only are the energetic on the radio, they are positively ‘tweakin’ in person, on and Off the air. The were a lot of fun and very good sports and I hope they come out to the Haunt to have some fun with us.

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Curtis Wright of the Big Talker steps up to Help Poplar Prove Plantation’s Halloween Festival

 

This is a Community Connection interview for Poplar Grove Plantation Halloween festival in Wilmington NC. Curtis Wright, the of “the Morning Beat’ on the Big Talker 93.7 & 106.3 . Curtis spoke to me for about seven minutes on the radio on October 6th, 2009. We spoke about the events happening at the festival and highlighted the haunted house and hayride, as well as the costume contest that Curtis will be MCing.

I have another interview on Thursday morning and then a TV interview on the 12th. Not to mention a Halloween makeup this Thursday. SO much to do, so little time to do it.

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

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Returning From Horrorfind 2009

David Heck, Robin Hume and Me, Robin, and Derek Mears of Friday the 13th (2009), The Hills Have Eyes II, Cursed, Men in Black II, The Tick

Horrorfind was a great success. We had a lot of fun and had a good turnout for the lectures I presented; ‘Your first year with a Haunted Hayride’ and ‘Stage Combat in a Haunted Attraction’

Each one was about an hour long and I will try to get some of the highlights clips up on the website, as well as the presentation material that goes with it.

The picture has Me, Robin, and Derek Mears of Friday the 13th (2009), The Hills Have Eyes II, Cursed, Men in Black II, The Tick and oh so many more to numerous to mention here.

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‘Dead’ lines for Horrorfind & Poplar Grove Plantation

Some of the monsters from deep in the woods of Poplar Grove Plantation. (From left to right: Robin, David, Jason, and Kenny)

So Horrorfind is six days away and I have both rough drafts of my seminars. I feel pretty good about both of them, I just have to get the timing down and find a way to keep everyone interested and amused for 40 minutes clips. I also have to make sure my stage combat partner is comfortable with all the moves we plan to perform in front of everyone, this doesn’t include when I pull some people out of the audience and teach them to kill each other, up close and personal.
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Poplar Grove Plantation is getting closer too. Although the actual start of the festival is not until October 16th, we have plenty of things to do that are coming much earlier. I have a new TV commercial to shoot because the one we shot last weekend didn’t have any usable film stock, which was very disappointing, especially since I managed to get a good group of people together and I don’t think I’m going to be able to coordinate to get those same people again.
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We also have radio spots and a television interview as well which begins on October 6th.
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My kids want to be in one of the web commercials, so I’m thinking up a few scenarios to film this weekend for them. Kids aren’t scary IMHO. I have seen enough pubescent five-foot tall Jason Voorhees(es?) to last a lifetime. The trick is to use the fact that they are kids to your advantage. Just think of ‘Ringu’ or ‘The Grudge’ or even “The Exorcist’ and you will understand my point.
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I think I can make it scary. It will be bigger effort to get my youngest son in costume and make-up.

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Poplar Grove Plantation’s Haunted House & Hayride Commercial #3

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OK, I was going to wait a few days before putting this up, but it just Makes me giggle. Jeanne was gracious enough to let us poke fun and Hatfield made his own unique ‘contribution’ to his character. (Can you guess where?)
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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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www.poplargrove.com/

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Poplar Grove Plantation’s Haunted House & Hayride Commercial #2

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Here is the second commercial I made for Poplar Grove Plantation. Special thanks to my Amber, who let me bloody her up and drag her through the park. She even ate a bug during the shoot so she wouldn’t come out of character.
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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
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10200 US Highway 17 N., Wilmington, NC 28411

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www.poplargrove.com/

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Guess who is a guest speaker at the 2009 Horrorfind Convention in Baltimore Maryland?

 

Horrorfind Weekend, a giant horror convention. This one of a kind horror halloween and spooky convention features horror movie celebrities, horror writers, halloween seminars and supernatural speakers as well as a giant dealers room , horror movies and many special events. More that just a horror convention, it's the Spookiest Show on Earth.  Horrorfind Weekend 11 - September 25th throught the 27th, 2009

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I’ll be going to Maryland to speak on two subjects at a Horrorfind.com national convention on September 25 through 27 2009.

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Here are my topics:

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Friday Night at 7:00PM:

“Haunted Hayride Basics:”

Do you have 60 acres of land and a tractor and not a thing to do this October? Well you are already running late! Your first haunted hayride can be a big hit or a complete disaster. It all depends on what you can do right, and mistakes you can avoid.

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Saturday Evening at 5:00 PM

“You always hurt the ones you love… at least 100 times: Stage combat in a Haunted Attraction”

Implied harm and twisted violence is the cornerstone of almost all haunted attractions. Learn some basic techniques to keep your actors and patrons safe, as well as helping your hulking killer not look like a limp wrested sissy girl.

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Here is a link to the convention:

 www.horrorfindweekend.com

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I hope to see everyone there!

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Poplar Grove Plantation Haunted Hayride Commercial #1

I thought I would post a web commercial for poplar grove plantation’s Haunted house and hayride. There will be more of these coming. We will have a lot of new things for this year, provided we can work within their budget, which is something I’m good at.
I’ll be posting details as we continue to build the props and get things ordered

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For now, it’s going to be our little secret.

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Thay are located at 10200 US Highway 17 N., Wilmington, NC  28411

If you like what you see, pass it along.

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The Cadaver Café Has a New Look!

Erebus...Ancient and forgotten. Immortal and mischievous and ringmaster of the oldest carnival in the world with a penchant for collecting people who want to be collected.

After taking some time this year, I finally bit the bullet and set to the task of totally revamping the website.

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We have a new ‘evil circus’ look,  which is a foreshadowing of things to come over the next year. We have a new way of adding content, so now its easier to let everyone know what were working on in the world of dark attractions.

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And we have no content yet…Well, not exactly.

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I’m pouring over all the old photos, paperwork, and video footage to see what goes and what stays.

  • There will be more detailed instructions on how to build props that will get more attention.
  • There will be more videos and pictures.
  • The gross collection of recipes will be back as well as the real epitaphs I have collected over the years.
  • There will be information on the haunt we are working on as well as reviews of the haunted attraction in the local area.
  • There will be articles from on everything from managing actors, stage combat, working with the public, advertising, as well as how to handle things when they go wrong.

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I’m hoping to reload the old content in the next two weeks and then bring everyone up to speed with what We’re doing after that. I was contracted again to work with Poplar Grove Plantation To add new elements to the haunted hayride beyond what we did last year. I also have some ideas for their haunted house which I’m going to propose as well.

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See you all soon!

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