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Halloween Zombies with Buckets Tutorial

Short on cash but want some scary zombies for your front yard this Halloween? We’ve put together a handy tutorial on how to make zombies with buckets!

Start with this:

bucket zombie step 1

End up with this:

They are perfect on a front lawn popping up between tombstones.

Read the full Halloween how-to here: How to Make Zombies with Buckets.

GO: The Hive Gallery Haunted House Themed Show

The Hive Gallery Haunted House Themed Show

The Hive Gallery Haunted House Themed Show Flyer

When: Saturday 10/1 8 – 12:30 am
Where: The Hive Gallery, 729 S. Spring St.
Price: $8 door / $5 with costume
Info: Up to 60 artists take on the haunted house theme for the Hive Gallery and Studios show this month. Featured artists include Jamie Johnson, 3RDI and Macsorro. Plus bands, burlesque, sideshow, tarot reading, live painting and fantastic people in fantastic costumes! For more info, see the Hive Gallery website.

 

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

Enjoy!

The Walking Dead Zombie Costume Inspiration

Eulyn Womble costume designer for The Walking Dead

Eulyn Womble costume designer for The Walking Dead - via the AMC TV blog

Starting on your The Walking Dead zombie Halloween costume already? Get inspired by costume designer Eulyn Womble as she literally slashes and burns the outfits you’ll be seeing in season 2, starting on October 16th. There are a lot of online guides on how to make a zombie costume. This Threadbanger video has a good visual guide to distressing and bloodying zombie clothes starting at 6:36 (with great zombie makeup tips earlier). But most don’t include taking a lighter to the edges for a cool burned-out effect. Watch the Eulyn Womble video at AMC.

Or if you’re strapped for time, Rubie’s Costumes has licensed The Walking Dead costumes that are available at sites like SpiritHalloween.com BuyCostumes.com or at your local Halloween store.

Freaky Beetles Prey On Frogs

The small prey does a little shimmy and attracts the attention of the predator. The big predator lunges at the prey and attempts to take a bite, but the prey latches on to its jaws. No matter how hard the predator shakes, it can’t shake the prey which jumps up onto its back and makes it clear who is the prey and who is the predator here. As the new predator sinks its jaws into its much larger prey, the big prey is paralyzed and will remain paralyzed as the little predator devours it alive down to the bones.

No, this isn’t the Alien prequel. These are the gutsy ground beetles of the genus Epomis that take on and kill much larger amphibians even as little beetle larvae.

Epomis Beetle Larvae Attacking Frog

Epomis Beetle Larvae Attacking Frog - via Wired Science & PLoS ONE

Quite a discovery by Tel Aviv University researchers Gil Wizen and Avital Gasith, who described the strategy of Epopmis beetle larvae as an “extremely rare anti-predator behavior.”

Epomis beetle larvae in action

Epomis adult beetle in action

(note: not for the weak of stomach)

To learn more, check out the full study or the story at Wired Science.

Haunt Openings & Link Round-Up

Knotts Scary Farm and Universal Halloween Horror Nights open this weekend. If you go, let us know which mazes and scare zones were the best in the comments section.

Eli Roth at the Hostel Maze

Eli Roth at the Hostel Maze at Universal Halloween Horror Nights - via his tumblr

If you are staying home and getting your scary kicks on the interwebs, check out the links below:

  • The Human Centipede 2 is out and receiving some scathing, but highly entertaining reviews. Quote from the Bloody Disgusting review: “The Human Centipede 2 serves as nothing more than a reminder that there is no God, and, if He does exists, then he sent Tom Six as punishment for our misdeeds.”
  • MTV Geek is featuring gore-geous art from Roman Dirge’s new book Taxidermied.
  • Scare Zone has a great post on common haunt themes with a helpful list of where you can find them.
  • Suicide Girls has posted the super hot third chapter of The Killswitch Review. If you like to balance out your steady diet of horror with a little gothic/sci-fi steaminess.

Happy freaky Friday!

GO: The Empire of Death Book Signing

The Empire of Death Book Signing

Empire Of Death: Tomb of Enrique Torres Belon

Tomb of Enrique Torres Bélon (Lampa, Peru) from Empire of Death

Empire Of Death: St Valerius

St. Valerius (Weyarn, Germany) from Empire of Death

When: Saturday 9/24 7 – 10 pm
Where: La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Price: Free! The book is $50 and worth every penny.
Info: Dr. Paul Koudounaris presents and signs his new book, The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses. The book reveals religious places where human remains were laid to rest en masse on four continents. The word “amazing” has been over-used in our society. However, “amazing” is the right word to describe the power of Dr. Paul K’s photographs of the bone churches, jewel-encrusted skeletons and decorated skulls. I can’t wait to read the book and learn more about the stories and cultures behind the gorgeous images. Original photographs will be on display at La Luz de Jesus until October 3rd. Learn more at La Luz de Jesus and see a sample of what will be on display. The official publisher site has full pages to view. If you are out of town, you can pre-order the book on Amazon. Highly recommended.

Yummy: Gunther von Häagen-Dazs

A delicious new video from our pals at Art of Bleeding:

If you are in SF on 9/30, make sure to see Art of Bleeding perform at Chicken John’s book release!

For Immediate Release: 13 Halloween Prop Ideas for Killer Halloween Party Decor

We just sent out a press release with 13 Halloween party themes and killer prop ideas that will help you out-do the extreme haunters down the block. Here are some of my favorites.

1.    Theme: Crime scene. Killer prop: Plastic blood pools. Guide your guests through a bloody crime scene without leaving fake blood tracks through the rest of your house. Bloody shows like Dexter use shiny red plastic blood pools to get the look of wet blood without the mess.

8 inch resin blood pool

8 inch resin blood pool – $20

5.    Theme: Vampire. Killer prop: Safety wooden stakes. Divide your blood-sucking guests into Team Edward, Team Bill, Team Eric and Team Dracula. Select vampire hunters and give them rubber wooden stakes. Let the hunt begin!

Safety Wooden Stakes

Safety wooden stake – $15 on sale!

8.    Theme: Extreme gore. Killer prop: Realistic corpse. If you have some over-the-top bloody Halloween corpses, add one extremely realistic corpse to the bunch and wait until a concerned guest approaches you to let you know someone may have died of fright.

anatomical male joe with hair

Anatomical male Joe with hair – $900

13.    Theme: Dinosaur park. Killer prop: Dinosaur skulls. To really wow the neighborhood, rent replica dinosaur skulls and bones. For some unforgettable fun, bury some dinosaur bones in sand for the kids to find dinosaurs in their own backyard.

Dinosaur Skulls

50 piece dinosaur skull rental for 1 week – $2,200

Read the rest of the release with all 13 Halloween party decor ideas! If you have any friends that work in the media, please pass this on.

Barnum Brown & The First T. Rex

First T. Rex Skeleton at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History around 1950

First T. Rex Skeleton at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History around 1950 - from NPR

NPR ran a great story last week called Bone to Pick: First T. Rex Skeleton Complete at Last. Carl Mehling, curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, found a stray bone labeled 973, identified as belonging to the first T. Rex and gave it to the Carnegie Museum to finally complete the first T. Rex skeleton.But the best parts of the story for me were about the man who discovered the first T. Rex skeleton and sold it to the Carnegie Museum in the first place: Barnum Brown, “the Indiana Jones of dinosaur hunters”.

Barnum Brown

Barnum Brown in 1914 doing field work in Montana - from Wikipedia

Named after P.T. Barnum, Brown was a pioneering dinosaur hunter who traveled extensively, dressed nattily, lived through personal tragedy and had many a romance, including his second wife Lillian who wrote a memoir called I Married A Dinosaur. He also served as a dinosaur expert on such films as Fantasia. Remember the amazing dinosaurs in The Rite of Spring? There is a good Barnum Brown biography at Strange Science if you want to learn more. I’m going to have to pick up the book on him that came out last year, Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered Tyrannosaurus rex. From the review at the Smithsonian blog, it sounds like a great read.

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