On the 1st during our opener, we highlighted Kevin Yagher and his work in special effects as well as his gorgeous showcasing of some that work online.
Today we’d like to highlight someone in that same realm with an equal number of impressive accomplishments and the skills to match.
Mark Shostrom is the man I’m referring to.
& He also has a really amazing page linked below.
I’ve been like a small child in a room full of bright colors ever since I found Mark online. He shares some truly wonderful behind-the-scenes magic on a pretty regular basis. He’s worked on a good number of all the movies I’ve ever loved as well.
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Evil Dead II (1987). My in-progress rough sculpture for Henrietta’s second look, along with one of the finished heads. The initial sculpture block-out was quite symmetrical, then Sam came out for a look and suggested making it a bit lopsided. The only part I couldn’t move was the eyeball placement, otherwise #DaveKindlon’s eye animatronics would not work. I put in a few plastic teeth I had handy for placement, then later sculpted big gnarly ones. Pictured is a stunt head made of Poly Tech 1016, a really tough foam like a soccer ball that Bruce and everyone could kick the shit out of, slam the cellar door on, etc. We also made an animatronic one for the ‘hush little baby’ bit, and #BryantTausek & I made two gelatin heads for Bruce’s shotgun finale. @nealkennemore’s mom Melinda Kennemore made all the Henrietta wigs, including for the Pee-wee head. Incidentally, we called this the Pee-wee Head after Large Marge in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure since the stop-motion by Rick Catizone was going for a similar popping out effect. #markshostrom #EvilDead2 #EvilDeadII #80shorror #BehindTheScenes #FxMakeup #SFX #spfxmakeup #bts #horrorfilms #horrorhistory #horrormovies #practicaleffects #specialeffects #specialmakeupeffects #culthorror #deadbydawn #illswallowyoursoul #someonesinmyfruitcellar #henrietta #cometohenrietta #bookofthedead #deadite #necronomicon #monstersculpture #peeweehead #monsters #moviemonsters
This is one of my favorite bits of work he’s shared.
There is so much more, though! If you’re on Instagram, please consider giving him a follow. He’s really a treasure and so is his art.
This has been
A few months back, I was listening to a horror podcast that was talking about upcoming movies. It was then that Hellfest flew right into my radar.
Hellfest is a trip down Memory Lane to the slasher films of the 80s and 90s that ruled so many of our childhoods. There’s a modern spin and a sense of originality to be noted, though that sets it apart from many others that have attempted this.
The setting is one thing that catches my eye that I’ve only seen done twice before and one of those times it was satirical—an amusement park. What a wonderful place for a horror flick. In the sub-genre of slasher, this is certainly worth a second look.
Just peek at some of the forces involved and you’ll see why it’s so different; why it’s such a breath of fresh air.
Go see it! Perfect October movie!
Click here for tickets in your area!
This has been
It’s been three years now since we first began this series. Now, becoming a sort of tradition backed by horror-loving demand,
When we first started this madness in 2015, we did so in tribute to man whose life has touched so many in their respective fields. That man is Mr. Wes Craven, and you can read about how this series got its start here. Since then, it has grown into much more—a gathering of us horror heads, if you will.
For now, my Snapping Turtle family would simply like to welcome you here. Don’t forget! CardCastles Terms apply here during this event as well as across all social media accounts. We’ve got some guests coming up while we waltz through each day and night. Please be kind. We don’t want to have to feed you to our guards.
If you are into the world of special effects like we are here at home, there is someone I highly recommend following that we haven’t mentioned before.
His name is Kevin Yagher
and his Instagram account can be found below.
I had already been familiar with Kevin’s work from hearing his name floated around horror circles. What I didn’t know was the sheer number of things Mr. Yagher has worked on. If you do a little digging, you’ll find out this man’s trail of past work is seriously impressive.
One of the highlights worth mentioning is recently Kevin started selling some of his work as well:
How cool is that?
This has been Day 1
This weekend we are wrapping up our journey into the surreal. We’ve traveled along many roads of tribute, and the unexplored. We’ve nodded towards the greats while highlighting the up-&-comers. This coming week we’ll be celebrating the last bits of our event in a sort of horror stew. We look forward to doing it all with you.
- Closing Ceremony on Day 31.
This evening we bid goodnight to some of the best of 31Nightmares from 2015-2017.
This has been Day 21
Alright, horror lovers!
It’s Friday the 13th!
So we’re doing a little something special to close this week of “behind the scenes” talk.
We’ve done many tributes to those we lost this year. Today I’d like to honor someone that’s still here and very much a force at work in the horror genre. His name is Mr. Tom Savini if you’re familiar with his work, then you know exactly why we’re talking about him today.
Tom has a lot of experience in the film industry from being behind the camera directing, to his fascinating work with special effects, and even some acting sprinkled here and there.
His name has come up so many times this year amongst friends and we still continue to be enamored with this man’s work. Tom has a special effect academy that you can access through his website if you’re interested in getting into the field. Even if you’re not interested in the field, it’s worth checking out.
This has been Day 13