The Macabre and the Unusual


Happy 4th of July from Dapper Cadaver!

From everyone at the shop, we’d like to wish you all a very happy Independence Day!

Just as a reminder, the shop will be closed on Friday, July 4th, but our website will still be open. Any orders placed over the holiday weekend will be processed on Monday, July 7th.

To celebrate, we’re going to watch our favorite summer movie JAWS.  Here’s to a shark-free summer!


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(don’t try this at home, folks) source: Neatorama


It’s Alive!

It's Alive! - from Young Frankenstein

Halloween 2012 is upon us and through the power of mad science this blog has miraculously come back to life! Stay tuned for fun Halloween madness.

New Photo Galleries

We’ve been getting fancy with Flickr and just added some new photo galleries to the Dapper Cadaver website. Check them out:

And one hot model shot for the road:

Jezebelle X with Dapper Cadaver Octopus


Site Upgrades & Outages

We’re upgrading some of our sites this week! will be down for the next 24-48 hours or so. On Thursday, will be down for an hour or so and may be a little buggy throughout the day. If you have an urgent order, please give us a call! (818) 771-0818.

The Mummy's Womb

the mummy’s womb, originally uploaded by Boju.

Eileen and I are super damn proud to announce we’re gonna be parents!

The baby is almost 12 weeks old, which puts it at the start of it’s second trimester. Eileen got photos and saw the baby wave, here it is below

That’s his head on the left, feet on the right,and that light blob near his head is his (or her) hand. We don’t know the baby’s gender yet,because they don’t grow any until closer to the fifth month. I tend to call it a him because I don’t like calling it an IT. It’s about doubled in size in the last month,going from being gummy bear sized to being fun-sized snickers size.

If we could get a real photo instead of this batman style sonar image, he would look like this

The baby is healthy with a strong heart and growing at the right rate. I missed the last picture session because Eileen thought it was going to be just a checkup with no paparazzi, but I was at the first one 4 weeks ago. You can’t tell in the photo, but during the live ultrasound you could see it’s heart beating as a pulse of light, E.T. style. You could also hear the heart going wooshwooshwoosh. Seeing that and hearing that was probably the most amazing thing I’ve seen in my life.

Many endangered bats being illegally collected.

A Chinese Pipestrelle Bat Skeleton. One of the most comonly sold bat specimens. Chinese Pipistrelle or Pipistrellus pulveratus is listed on the IUCN Red list (1996) of Threatened Species.

A Chinese Pipestrelle Bat Skeleton. One of the most commonly sold bat specimens. Chinese Pipistrelle or Pipistrellus pulveratus is listed on the IUCN Red list (1996) of Threatened Species.

Notice: Dapper Cadaver will no longer be carrying authentic bat specimens as many species of bats are threatened or endangered and are being illegally collected. If you have any love of these creatures please do not purchase any more bat related products.  We love both bats and bat specimens at Dapper Cadaver and our decision to discontinue them was not any easy choice to make, but it was the right choice to make.

It is the policy of Dapper Cadaver to not trade in specimens of any threatened species, only common game, livestock, lab raised, or pest animals. All other specimens are replicas.

The plight of formerly common bats was brought to my attention by the Bat World Sanctuary. I support their efforts and have posted a copy of our exchange below.

From: Bat World Sanctuary <>
Subject: bat specimens in jars
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 1:51 PM

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Dear Dapper Cadaver Owner,

I am disappointed to see your company selling real bat specimens in jars. The bats that end up in these jars are healthy, wild caught mothers collected in NM. They are harvested during baby season, leaving behind an infant to starve to death. These bats have a potential lifespan of 25 years in the wild and will eat millions of insects in their lifetime:

Bat populations are in severe decline around the world, and free-tailed bats are listed as a species of Special Concern by US Fish and Wildlife. I hope that you will consider not selling this item. I look forward to your response.



Amanda Lollar, Founder/President

Bat World Sanctuary

Bat World Sanctuary is a non-profit,
all volunteer organization that provides
for bats worldwide. For more
about bats and how they
make our world a better place please

From: BJ W <>
To: Bat World Sanctuary <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 5:54:49 PM
Subject: Re: bat specimens in jars

The bat specimens we carry, of which there are only 2 bats and 4 diaphanous bats, were purchased from a museum specimen preparer who was retiring and selling off any remaining specimens. The age of the specimens is unknown, but they were definitely collected years ago. We have no contact with anyone else dealing in bat specimens and will not be ordering more. We have since stopped selling the mounted bat skeleton as well.

We try to make it a point at Dapper Cadaver not to deal in any specimens of rare animals, and all the real specimens we do have are common lab, livestock, or game animals. Unfortunately I am not a bat expert and was not able to positively ID the species of bat specimens we acquired.

I wholeheartedly support your work. I have volunteered at a veterinary clinic and a bird sanctuary and have been involved in several animal rescues including one bat rescue (it was trapped in a mall).

Best regards,
BJ Winslow
Dapper Cadaver

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Dear BJ,

Thank you for your response. I’ve very happy to know the specimens you have on hand are not among those that come from NM.



Amanda Lollar, Founder/President

Bat World Sanctuary

Bat World Sanctuary is a non-profit,
all volunteer organization that provides
for bats worldwide. For more
about bats and how they
make our world a better place please

Hearses wanted

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hearse 8, originally uploaded by Boju.

Dapper Cadaver is currently looking to expand it’s fleet of rental hearses and hearse drivers available for film, television, and Halloween purposes.

If you have a working hearse you’d like to make available, and have a valid drivers license and insurance, email me to set up an interview.

Greatest Creature Maker of All Time Dies

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Dino Stan, originally uploaded by Boju.

Creature Maker Stan Winston died earlier in the week at the age of 62 due to cancer. Although the animatronics crew at his Winston’s studios offered to keep him alive by transforming him into some kind of unstoppable man-machine, Winston chose to die as he lived, a human.

Winston was born in the 30th century, a bleak futuristic world in which computers control all of our special effects industry. Using a time machine of his own devising, Winston, then in his early 30′s, traveled back in time to the 70′s to show the world that the greatest creatures ever could be created with silicon, latex, and robotics.

In his long career in Hollywood, he and his studio, Stan Winston Studios, built the most iconic monsters and robots of all time including:
The Terminator
The Predator
The Aliens of the Alien Movies (designed by HR Giger)
The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park
Edward Scissorhands
Iron Man
Tim Burton’s Batman
John Carpenter’s The Thing
The Robots of AI
Monster Squad
Tank Girl
The Vampires in Inverview With A Vampire
And Many more.

After a ceremony which will be attended by hundreds of friends, family, colleges, aliens, monsters, robots, and the undead, Stan Winston’s skull will be forever enshrined in The Predators trophy room, amongst the universes mightiest creatures.

Stan Winston’s work help fueled my love of movies, and is one biggest reasons I make props today. He will be missed.
RIP Stan 1946-2008

The Skeleton Family

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Dapper Cadaver is proud to offer the bones of a full family of skeletons! All are what we call “natural seamless,” although they’re not real bone. They are finished and painted to appear natural, and have all they’re steel mounting hardware concealed. We’ve provided skeletons to Dexter, National Treasure:Book of Secrets, Bones, and 300.
Here’s the family
“Father” Skeleton – 5’9″
“Mother” Skeleton – 5’6″
Child Skeleton, 8-11 yrs old 4′
Toddler Skeleton 1-3yrs 3′
Infant Skeleton – late term fetal/ newborn 18″
(not pictured) 5 month fetal skeleton- 8″

Electric Chair

electric hair

Just picked this up last week. I love what people bring to my door step. The story on this electric chair is, and I quote
“This was the only thing left in the apartment I moved into. Do you want it?”
I don’t know why it was there or where it came from, but it does have a motor and wiring. No one has yet hopped in to see if it’s a funny electric chair or a scary electric chair.

It makes a great addition to my Execution Props Collection

Dapper Autopsy


New Assistant

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I’ve got a new assistant in my shop, old friend and awesome movie expert Matt Babb. He doesn’t seem to freaked out that satan is watching him type.

Dapper Cadaver 2007 Catalog Now Available

Dapper Cadaver 2007 Catalog Available

Email me at with your mailing address to receive a hard copy of our 2007 prop catalog, or download our cattalog of Halloween Props and price sheet here!
Catalog features page after page of film quality props available for rent and sale and is a valuable resource to prop masters, set decorators, and home haunters.
Price sheet lists rental rates for 1 week rentals and extended rentals, bulk discounts, and sale price.

Siamese Twins, Mutant Fetuses and Thalidymide Babies

2 headed fetus

We’re launching a whole slew of natures mistakes in my Cabinet of Curiosities Life like fetus props include two headed babies, thalidymide babies, parasitic twins, dicephalic parapagus twins, pin heads, and many, many more pickled punks. All are available for rent or sale, and are included in our traveling curiosity exhibition for hire.

New Chupacabra and Feegee Mermaid

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Originally uploaded by Boju

I just completed 2 large scale classic carnival gaffs. A 4 ft long, 3ft tall mummified chupacabra and a nearly 6 ft long Feegee Mermaid. They and the rest of my curiosities can be seen on my Oddities page
The chupa is based on actual eyewitness accounts of the mexican goat sucker, a sheepdog sized mammal with a disproportionately large head and eyes, 3 fingered hands, and spikes protruding from his back.

Dapper Cadaver

Welcome to Dapper! Eileen and I have been working into the wee hours of the morning to prepare the most kickass, all encompasing website and shop for horror, goth, medical, and Halloween things.

I’d like to introduce ourselves. My name is BJ, I’m an ex-carny and toy designer currently working as a prop maker for film and television, primarily horror. A lot of the custom stuff available through this site I’ll be doing myself.

Eileen is the love of my life, and a kick-ass web developer, responsible for actually coding this monster and keeping it working.

The sites not entirely up yet, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing of interest. As well as this blog, I also have a gallery up with photos of some of my props, behind the scenes looks at some productions I’ve worked on, shows, corpses, art, and more.

We’ve also got a forum where you can promote your own stuff, voice your opinions, share information, and review music, movies, art, and culture.


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