How To Be A Horror Host: Watch “American Scary”

Posted 31 Jul 2011 in HAUNT VIDEOS

AMERICAN SCARY is a look at the nation’s tradition of horror hosting; from Zacherley to A. Ghastlee Ghoul. With interviews and footage from major hosts from the 1950s to the present day. Such as Zacherley, Vampira, Ghoulardi and others; along with memories from celebrities and fans who were influenced by these hosts. You’ll follow this American folk art form from its glamorous beginnings, through repeated waves of popularity in the 1960s and 1970s to its scrappy resurgence and survival in the current age of cable access and the Internet. American Scary looks to remind people how much fun local TV could be — and maybe could be again.

Jennifer’s Story: Interview With A Haunt Artist

Posted 22 Jul 2011 in INTERVIEWS

Meet Jennifer Burns. Prop maker. Full-time Scene Designer. Body Paint Model. Dark Artist. Mother of two boys who love Halloween just about as much as she does. Interested? Read on… Were you excited about Halloween/Haunted Houses/Scary Movies as a child? What do you remember about those early years? Yes. Extremely excited as a kid. Before the age of 10, I remember going to a huge Halloween party with my parents and my sister. We all had costumes and my Dad, dressed in a black robe, took one of our baby dolls and filled it with pea green something. LOL. When he squeezed her belly, it would fly out of her mouth….it was great. I remember seeing the exorcist as...

Where To Find Cheap Materials For Your Haunt

Posted 11 Jul 2011 in HAUNTER'S CORNER

It’s July and you’ve already started building props, designed your floor plan, and recruited your actors. But you’re in the need for some building materials to finish that bloody butcher shop or the crazy ward. If you do not want to spend lots of money to get your materials or just find it more enjoyable to do some spelunking for that next wall section; here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years. Pallets are free. Go drive around your town and search the back of stores for pallets and free materials. Warehouses are also a gold mine! Pallets are easy to stand up especially when screwed together. Add some 1×2’s for attaching flame retardant plastic or thin...

5 Places To Find Free Special Effects Information (and still live to tell about it)

Posted 05 Jul 2011 in HAUNT VIDEOS, HAUNTER'S CORNER

On my quest to find useful special effects resources for haunTopic and this blog, I uncovered a few websites and YouTube channels that you must check out if you’re looking for the latest in techniques, materials, or guidance. These sites offer a little bit of everything in the special effects area. BITY Mold Supply: Not only are these guys suppliers of awesome molding supplies and special effects materials; they provide some informative videos to help you with your next molding or special effects project. Backyard FX: An indy film website that focuses on low-budget effects but also has some Halloween related episodes that us Haunters can apply to our haunts. Click on this link to watch a video on...

Special Effects Secrets From Steve Siegelbaum

Posted 21 Jun 2011 in HAUNT NEWS, INTERVIEWS

“People want more today than just some black eyes and white face … The masses have become desensitized and are screaming for something different..more realistic gore , trauma , blood and high tech fx…”-Steve Siegelbaum This is part 3 of my interview with Steve Siegelbaum from Gut Rot Effects. If you have enjoyed this content, please leave your comments and feedback down below. I’ve been on vacation for a few days so I’m sorry this is a bit late. And if you have time after you read this -please go check out our new site dedicated to the Haunt Industry at http://hauntopic.com.   Any good brands you suggest? Make-up, appliances, etc. There are tons of products out there from...

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