Yesterday making headlines there was a story proclaiming 100 brains mysteriously went missing from the University of Texas at Austin. These specimens were stored in the basement of the Animal Resources Center. Rumors were pranksters had stolen the brains over the years, as they had been in storage since the 1990s.
Real brains, from the book “Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital,” showing the kind of specimens missing from the University of Texas at Austin. (New York Times)
Today the New York Times released an article stating the brains had been disposed of in 2002. Some are still skeptical and “the university will investigate why some of the specimens were disposed of and how all of them had been handled since the university received the collection” (New York Times).
Attention all Modern Family fans! People Magazine has released a preview of the Modern Family Halloween episode. View the preview here.
The caged man you see in the background is currently available to rent! He rents for $120 for the week.
We’ve also got gurneys and straight jackets in stock for your asylum themed party!
And don’t forget to watch the full episode Wednesday 10/29/14 at 9PM.
Here’s an event to definitely check out in LA! Our friends at Cinefamily are hosting an event with macabre artist Clive Barker entitled “Show & Tell with Clive Barker” this Thursday, October 16th. This also includes an exhibit on the Cinefamily back patio with centerpieces from the artists collection, “The Dream Diaries.”
Check out some pieces from the artist’s amazing collection!
The gallery will also be open during their Nightbreed: Director’s Cut encores with guests producer Mark Alan Miller and editor Andrew Furtado.
Watch the trailer for Nightbreed here:
Click here for more information on the events and to purchase tickets.
Screamfest Horror Film Festival is this week! Dapper Cadaver will be sponsoring the event and supplying props for the photo booth as well as on the red carpet. The event runs from today, Tuesday October 14-October 23rd. Check out the schedule and buy your passes here!
Decorate your house in style this Halloween! Here are 10 ideas for your home haunt or party.
Choose a theme:
Stick to one theme and sell it. You can also do a combination theme or one theme per room. Cohesive themes help any story you’re trying to portray as well as help all of the props work with each other. Some popular themes we’re seeing this year are sideshow, asylum, butcher shop and graveyard. With an asylum theme not only can you get an asylum restraint bed but you can throw in a couple straight jackets, get a standing Ms. Blitz, and maybe a few medical instruments on mayo stands. Add some specimen jars on the shelves and lay some bones out for good measure as well. Don’t forget, props from different categories can be mixed and matched!
Utilize your space wisely:
Whether you have a one bedroom apartment or a four-story mansion make sure that there is enough decoration and props to excite any haunter or party goer and not leave anyone bored. Mix it up with big props and small. Try a jumbo spider or a few skull stacks to add to the space. In a small space? Use the walls and ceilings, hang some creepy portraits, zombie quarantine signs or a Victorian girl for added decor.
Don’t be afraid to get messy. Fake blood is a great way to make a room go from boring to gory. Worried about the mess? Pick up some EZ Clean blood, a Dapper Cadaver original recipe. It’ll mop up from your floors with ease-but make sure to test a bit first! If you need to leave the place spotless on November 1st you can always use our resin blood pools to create your scene.
Play with size:
Big props are great crowd pleasers but the detail is in the smaller items. For example, in your sideshow haunt you can not only have a cyclops and her baby but a two-headed bird and a monkey paw on display. Speaking of displays, using a bell jar or a wire dome makes everything look more detailed!
Two Headed Parrot in Medium Bell Jar
Stock up on makeup: Prosthetics are a great way to look professional and make your costume stand out. Tie your costumes in with your themes. Try this sightless prosthetic for an eyeless zombie look or these vampire gashes to make your get-up ultra realistic.
Mix up the real and fake:
Having food served at your party? There’s no better way to freak people out than having an ear or a hand next to their plates. Have actors stand with some standing character props that match their outfits so when they move it especially spooks your audience. Try Zombie Kemmler or Ms. Snipper for inspiration.
Play with sound and lighting:
Imagine walking into a dark room and all you can hear is someone whispering in the corner. Or flashing lights with horse demon peering out of a closet. Playing with extremes of lighting and sound will not only scare your guests but will mean you can focus on specific decor that will be seen. Try placing a coffin in the corner and have an actor jump out just as the lights are flashing. It will spook and leave people on their toes.
Check out our blog in the coming weeks for more tips and tricks! Check out some of our past posts here for more ideas for your haunt or party.
Any ideas of your own? Post them in the comments below!