The Macabre and the Unusual

Props in Action

Dapper Cadaver on Syfy’s Hot Set

Crash Landed Astronaut episode - Hot Set

Did you see us on Hot Set on Syfy last night? If you missed it, check it out online: Crash Landed Astronaut episode. Congrats to Grace, who made her TV debut. It was so much fun working with this show! We can’t wait to see what they do next.


Caticorn Magic

A mystical animal that is half cat, half unicorn. It has the head of a cat with an unicorn horn and the body of a cat with an unicorn tail. It makes the sound “neow.” – Urban Dictionary entry on caticorn.

Years ago in a haunted house in Azusa, BJ found an amateur taxidermy bobcat. But only half of it. And with a nail sticking out of its nose for some strange reason. Always the resourceful propmaker, BJ stuck a horn over the nail. Voila! The Dapper Cadaver Caticorn was born.

Dapper Cadaver Caticorn

When legendary sideshow artist Mark Frierson bought the Caticorn earlier this year, we knew he would create something magical with it. Step right up and see:

The Amazing Three-Eyed Rocky Mountain Caticorn!

The Amazing Three-Eyed Rocky Mountain Caticorn

The Amazing Three-Eyed Rocky Mountain Caticorn - Looking Right

The Amazing Three-Eyed Rocky Mountain Caticorn - Close Up

The Amazing Three-Eyed Rocky Mountain Caticorn - From Above

Mark fully restored it, moved the horn back to the center of its head, added a third eye, a snake-like tongue and pheasant wings. Simply gorgeous. And this is coming from a girl who likes cats, unicorns and most of all, supremely mystical three-eyed flying caticorns.

Check out more amazing sideshow gaffs and wonders on the Frierson Studios Facebook page. Don’t forget to hit the Like button!

Summer Blockbusters: Props in Action Roundup

I can’t believe that summer is almost over. We’d like to give a quick shout-out to the summer blockbusters that used our props.

transformers: dark of the moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon used our bones, including some of our elephant bones.

cowboys & aliens

Cowboys & Aliens used our animal props.

final destination 5

Final Destination 5 used our safety weapons.

Hope you get a chance to check these out in theaters. If not, that’s what DVDs, On Demand and Netflix are for!

Conan and The Giant Sloth

I got the call Thursday, the 21st of January from NBC. “We need a full size Dinosaur Skeleton and we need it tomorrow.”

Conan had been doing sketches all week supposedly designed to cost the studio big cash as a comic form of revenge for his abruptly ended contract. He had previously claimed to “buy” an exotic sports car and a race horse. I’m glad to know that for his ultimate revenge he wanted a dinosaur. I know ever since I was 5 I wanted a revenge dinosaur. There’s a saying in my house, “revenge is a dish best served dinosaur”

The thing is, Dinosaurs are huge. We all know that, right, but we lose perspective on how big they are when we see them in a museum. I run a 5,000 square foot warehouse and an adult T-Rex is longer then my building and taller then my ceiling. And while the average millionaire has sports cars and horses to spare, unless you’re Nicholas Cage, you just don’t HAVE Dinosaurs laying around. I had a few smaller dinosaurs ready to go, including an 11 foot long Dimetrodon, but everyone knows Dimetrodon can’t hold the hose to spray the picasso with caviar. So that was out.

The wrong way to display fossils.

The right way to disply fossils

I was able to set aside a giant ground sloth that was about to be installed in a museum, but he had the weekend free. It was a rental, not a purchase, from a prop shop, not the Smithsonian, and cost nowhere near the $65 million dollars they said on the air. The bones are not real, but they are a museum quality reconstruction. The skeleton we used now stands in some solemn museum hall somewhere, curators and patrons blissfully unaware of Mr. Sloth’s wild weekend.

He partied with all the audience and crew, and I’m proud to say may go down in history as the most monumentally absurd set piece ever used in a comedy sketch. We here at Dapper Cadaver are proud we got to contribute to such an epic episode.

We still have access to the molds and can do the same prop for anyone else who needs one.
Buy it now! It’s not $65 Million!

No Bloody Country for Old Men

no country

About a year ago I sold blood and police caution tape to the prop master for what was then called “the latest Coen brothers film”
It’s great to see they really put the blood to good use!
This is an awesome movie. Part Western, part horror, part indie.
The villain is such a bad ass.

RIP Bling Headstone

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I created this for a lexicographer doing a documentary on words called “The Joy of Lex”
This prop was used for a sequence on the word “Bling,” it’s origins, it’s rise, it’s overuse, and it’s rapidly approaching demise.
That was 2 years ago and people are still using the word.
Come on people! I need to finish this thing. Lets make 2008 the fatal year for Bling.

I always love carving funny tombstones for halloween

Mummy in the Maze

bones torture 2

I’m so excited, my favorite holiday is about to mash up with my my favorite show and it’s chock full of my favorite things!

The Bones Halloween special airs next Tuesday the 30th at 8pm on Fox.

Keep an eagle eye out for all the Haunted house decor we supplied them – gibbets and gallows and bodies and skull chisels, blood and electric chairs and so much more good stuff.

And if anyone pulls stills from the episode, awesome. I’ll credit you on our website.

Back in Order

Severed Head Found at Salton Sea

The new season of Law & Order is underway and already they’ve got me doing props for the flagship series and SVU. The guy above was originally created for Law & Order, he’s one of my favorite heads ever. The photo was taken by Brian Henderson in the Salton Sea as part of a crime scene photo series. The dog below is for an upcoming episode of Law & Order (the original) called “Submission”

Anybody who has screen caps from either the 3 year old episode with the mummy or the upcoming one with the dog, or any of my Law and Order props let me know or post them in the comments.
Other props I’ve done for L&O can be seen below in the following links

Dexter's Chop Shop

dismembered woman

We at Dapper Cadaver created six mutilated corpses for this season of Dexter. A lot of people have now come in and said they’ve seen the episode, but my problem is I don’t have showtime. Does anyone have a copy of the episode with the chopped up bodies or images from it? Above is one of the corpses on our shop floor.

Margaret Cho reviews my penis

Prosthetic Cho

My penis has really gotten around. Traci Lords, Kenneth Anger, and Margaret Cho have all had their hands on it. It was for Margaret that I originally created it, and here’s her review, from Alarm Press

“I went to a special effects specialist, who is a friend of my husband and made a very light yet very realistic flaccid latex penis. It was very hard to find a dildo that was like a flaccid penis!

I needed one that would fit into panties and still look like something when I stripped them off, so it had to be collapsible, and it is — fully collapsible and will stick onto my crotch with double stick tape!

The choreography is simple, just a classic fan dance really, but with a big surprise ending. The audience really doesn’t know what to do. At first I try to seduce them, being very feminine and coy with myself, a very shy, teasing kind of dance. But then at the end, when I reveal I have this very real looking and startlingly plain penis, people really freak out.

I almost cried the first few times that I performed it because the audience reacted so strongly — screaming! People were literally screaming. I love that. So that is my most exciting number right now.”

Screaming for my penis, that’s what I like to see in print.
When asked by about size, Margaret had this to say
“Q: Why didn’t you borrow Mark Wahlberg’s from “Boogie Nights”?

A: That’s too big. Mine is big, but it’s not big like that.”

Thank you Margaret.

More Gore!

victim man

America’s Scariest Home Haunts has a new episode called “Gore Galore” and they paid me a visit in the shop to talk about guts, butcher shops, sheep’s hearts, and what’s the best thing to use for painting blood splatters. There’s also lots of fun footage from inside haunts where people get live autopsies, covered in maggots, and beaten in cages.


Remember, there’s a new episode everyday, so to see my interview check out Gore Galore

Dead Clowns put the "Fun" in Funeral

Laffy Pants Headstone 2011

Ever wonder what clues there were that Pogo the Clown (John Wayne Gacy) went off the deep end? Find out the ins and outs of killer clowns in my interview in the “Killer Clown Compilation”. There’s a new episode every day, so be sure to click on the killer clown one.

Because you can’t spell “slaughter” without “laughter”

Models in Straight Jackets

Models in Straight Jackets

In the words of the PA in charge of returning the 12 straight jackets to my shop, “I don’t know if you like watching sexy girls getting tied up, but if you do, this is the episode for you.”

It’s the episode of “America’s Next Top Model” called “The Girls Go Rock Climbing,” but should be called “The Girls get tied up in straight jackets first,” because really, that’s the part everyone is talking about.

It’s this weeks episode. Check local listings for ANTM on the CW.

The straight jackets are authentic medical straight jackets, the only kind still manufactured for use in mental institutions, prisons, and hospitals. They’re 8 pounds of sail grade canvas, heavy steel and leather. Everything else is a costume straight jacket.
We rent them for $50 per week and sell them for $250.

The blood is mine, but who's The Cleaner?

The blood is mine, but who's The Cleaner?

There’s a lot of blood in Samuel L Jackson’s new pic, The Cleaner, and it’s all mine. Watch the trailer here, and take a shot every time they show my blood. I did.

We created a new kind of blood just for the movie, and dubbed it
“BJ Winslow’s EZ Clean Wet & Dry Blood” It’s specially formulated to be a very realistic dark red while wet, and to darken and “brown out” as it drys, just like actual blood. We also made it one of the easiest stage bloods to clean off of sets, props, and actors. Perfect for a movie about a guy who goes into crime scenes full of dry blood, and has to wash the joint up.

Release date is still to be announced. Sometime this winter.

Universal Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Horror Vintage Morgue

Halloween is well into it’s fourth month here at the shop, which probably means the rest of the world is just starting to get into it. Once again I reccomend Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. They got a lot of their props at my shop including a beautiful custom angel of death prop
No sneak peeks yet! But here’s a scene we did last year – a morgue, done with authentic hundred year old autopsy tables, embalming pumps, and cabinets.

America's Scariest Home Haunts

lovely creatures

Fear Net just launched it’s new series – “America’s Scariest Home Haunts,” and of course Dapper Cadaver is included. Scream Queen Danielle Harris from the Halloween series came right to Dapper Cadaver for all their hosting segments, and be sure to look for our props in the segways.
Dapper Cadaver owner and lead artist BJ Winslow will also be interviewed in later episodes! Look for it!
Here’s the video

Dancing Bones

bones with antique headless skeleton

Our shop recently provided a whole roomfull of our natural seamless skeletons to the Bones promo crew. The results are a fantastic set of stills and videos featuring the cast dancing with the skeletons.
The bones season 3 promos, known as “solving crime takes chemistry” and “The other way around” set can be viewed in following places -

Bleed Out

body shop

Blood and body parts abound in William Brody’s new independent film “Bleed Out. Scene’s like the one pictured above give new meaning to the term “Body Shop”

“Bleed Out” is a noir thriller about a hitwoman who will kill for love.

A featured selection at Seattle’s prestigious Rawstock Film Festival (, “Bleed Out” is adapted with permission from Ian Frazier’s short story “He, the Murderer.”

Written, produced, directed and edited by William Brody.

William Brody
Producer & Director
red white & boots/films and productions

Dem Bones

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These are the bad boys of Bones, back in the shop and ready to party. We’ve currently got about 15 in stock. They’re all screen used , and the perfect celebrity to liven (deaden?) up your Halloween party.
Rent 3, get the 4th free!

Another Guest at Dapper Cadaver

stocks 0

Just a girl interested in intestines, torture, and execution props who couldn’t resist climbing into the stocks.

The stocks will be in San Diego this weekend on the pirate ship. Anyone who dares let themselves be so restrained by those booty grabbing buccaneers, please send me a photo.

Universal Halloween Horror Nights

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The good folks from Universal Studios Theme Park are back again picking props out of the shop for their month long Haunted House. It promises to be even bigger than last year, and from what I’ve seen of the props they’re picking out, I can’t wait to see the attraction.

This Angel of Death will be suspended above the crowd, (safe) scythe in hand. It’s based on old plague-era depictions of death.

Raising "Cane"

bloody thin man

For anybody who thought running a legal sugar and rum business wouldn’t be exciting, just take a look at the bloody mess at the top of this post.

“Cane” is a new series on CBS starring Jimmy Smits. It starts Sept 25th, at 10pm.

My bodies should start popping up around episode 4 or 5.

Bones Promo

Bones Promo

The new season of Bones is starting and the promo features a full dozen of Dapper Cadaver’s finest natural seamless skeletons, dancing with Brennan, Booth, and the rest of the cast.
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Check out our skeletons here

Also be sure to catch the Halloween episode of Bones, called Mummy in the Maze for a whole slew of my props and decor. It’s right now slated for episode 5 of the new season.

Alone in the Dark?

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This is just one of many bodies, body parts, and sheeps hearts that the now-filming horror DVD “Alone in the Dark 2″ rented for their production. Their taste in props was perfectly suited to the Dapper Cadaver inventory, being a lovely mix of everything we do best, gore, oddities, scientific equipment, and death related props.

This is the sequel to Alone in the Dark (1) in which paranormal investigator Edward Carnby uncovers a centuries old demonic cult and the the gateway to a hellish realm.

What new mysteries await Edward in the sequel we’ll have to wait until 2009


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