Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mask montage

Happy Halloween! As a Halloween gift to you all, here's a new computer background wallpaper I created using images from this guy's amazing vintage mask collection. Enjoy!

Scare Factory

If you've got some extra dough laying around, allow me to suggest hopping over to the Scare Factory and purchasing their haunted grand piano. It's gorgeous! "Beautifully detailed gothic piano features Grim Reaper relief sculpture on lid with skull and gold leaf details throughout body. When activated a mob of 13 skeletons come screaming out from under the lid." There are two versions available - animated and static. In my opinion, static is the way to go. Not only is the animation not particularly scary, but getting the static version will save you $2800! (The animated version costs about $6200. The static version is a more economical $3400.)

Skull sweater

I hate wearing sweaters, but for this I would certainly make an exception.

(Via Skulladay)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Porcelain skull

Here's a great lamp found bedside at Paris' Hotel Amour. Love the glowing eye sockets!
UPDATE: I just learned that this lamp is by Undercover designer Jun Takahashi and Australian artist Misha Hollenbach (of the streetwear label P.A.M.). It's called the "Black Mass Lamp" and is available in either spooky black or classic white. Apparently, "it took two years to create, stands 18 inches high, and features two interchangeable "eyeball" globes that glow from within an ornate human skull form. The collage shade covers two separate light sources, both of which can be adjusted by dimmer switches disguised as scattered pills."

Steve Urkel, the zombie

I've written about artist Alex Pardee before, but had no idea he was capable of capturing my favorite television nerd of 1991 zombie-style!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Trick or Treat or Die!

What should I wear today?

By Japanese illustrator Shih Mao. (Via Colectiva.)

Devil mask nudes

Montage of four images by photographer Bil Brown featuring a nude model clothed only in a vintage Halloween devil maskBy photographer Bil Brown. Thirty-three additional images of this nude lass with the devil mask after the jump. (Warning: These images contain nudity and are NSFW.)

Must... visit... Thailand!!!

So here's the question of the day... Would you eat this bread?
"Thai artist Kittiwat Unarrom uses dough as his medium to sculpt gruesome renditions of hand, feet, heads, torsos and other body parts. The results are unnervingly realistic with eyes, lips and other details constructed out of cashews, raisins and the like. A lack of hair and blood-like glazes make the work all the more creepy. Sold at his family's bakery in Ratchaburi, Thailand, he displays the parts wrapped like food in plastic and hung from meat hooks. Apparently, the art is in fact edible and tastes like regular bread."
(Via Cool Hunting)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Christmas with Freddy Krueger and friends

What do Freddy Krueger, Darth Vader, Jason Voorhees, Chuckie, Hannibal Lecter, The Mummy, The Wolfman, Count Dracula, and the girl from "The Ring" have in common? They all appear together in the single greatest commercial the world has ever seen! I'm so disappointed that it never aired in the US. Having Freddy, Jason, Darth and Dracula skipping through a field holding hands is genius. And playing "Silent Night" in the background was a really nice touch. Almost makes me want to get Direct TV. Almost.

Bloody cross-dressing "Santa Voorhees" with a chainsaw hand

Can anyone explain what this photo is all about? Anyone?

(By artist Cao Fei, via Who Killed Bambi)

How to take better Halloween photos

I like this article offering tips on how to take better Halloween photos. The tips are actually pretty good, but ironically, the photo examples themselves are really quite bad.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Revenge of the nesting dolls


Acrylic & Anatomical

Etsy seller Untamed Menagerie's intricately cut acrylic pendants are not only cool to look at, but they're also incredibly inexpensive. I know some women who will be receiving these in their Christmas stocking this year...(Via Boing Boing)

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Grim Reaper really gets around!

Photos by Sven Prim.
(Via Who Killed Bambi)

The dark world of fashion photography

Eugenio Recuenco creates some of the most wonderfully dark and creative fashion photographs in the world.

Pumpkin inspiration

If you need some pumpkin carving inspiration this year, check here.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Check your head

I like this advertising campaign for Los Inrockuptibles (an Argentinian magazine about music, movies, books, etc.) It also makes me think... what would spill out of my head in a similar situation? Halloween stuff, my family, magic tricks, chairs, etc. What would pour out of your head?

(Via Who Killed Bambi)

Skull tattoo

This comes from a German site, so I don't know any details about the image, but the tattoo is awesome.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Horror movie posters

I've been enjoying this collection of 100 Illustrated Horror Film Posters. As the site says "Though a lot of these movies are not exactly masterful cinematic achievements, at least they sport some pretty kick ass poster art – so it’s not a complete loss." Part 1 is here and part 2 is here.

Spooky Blue scarecrow

Here are instructions on how to build a wonderful (and very Pumpkinrot-esque) scarecrow. (Now if I could only find a neighbor with grape vines I'd be all set to make one of my own.)

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Octomom

Here's what Octomom Nadya Suleman is wearing for Halloween. Note her eight children dressed as devils.

And the roaches shall inherit the Earth

"One day, man will no longer exist. Cockroaches will fill in the void left by humans, and some will become billionaires. This is a tale of one such roach. Give yourself a constant reminder, that one day, your skull will be merely a throne to a billionaire cockroach with this limited edition signed and numbered print!" Available on Etsy from SirMitchell.

Skeleton chairs

This is one of my favorite columns in Time Out. Each week, they find a piece of junk on the street and turn it into something amazing. This transformation (from January 2007) is particularly amazing though.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Game Of LIFE (Haunted Mansion Edition)

What a great idea! I want one.

"It is the classic game of LIFE with a chilling spin. Welcome to the After-LIFE incorporates the stories, mythology, history and the scary fun of the Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris Haunted Mansion attraction (known as Phantom Manor in Paris) to create an otherworldly game play experience.

If you've played THE GAME OF LIFE, then you're in for a real treat (and a few tricks!) It's all here from the game you know, but re-imagined to take place on the grounds of Master Gracey's vast, decrepit, and mostly haunted estate. You may encounter the "soul" mortal - the Grounds Keeper and his dog as you travel through the After-LIFE. There will be trials and tribulations as you, kind spirit, encounter a hitch-hiking ghost or three, all the while trying to accumulate the most screams along the way. If you are the spirit to arrive at the FINAL RESTING PLACE with the most accumulated screams you will be welcomed as the 1,000 ghost at the Haunted Mansion.

Spook-tacular Facts about The Game of LIFE - Haunted Mansion "Welcome to the After-LIFE" Disney Theme Park Edition

- The game board centers on extending the stories of the four stretch paintings found within the Haunted Mansion.
- Elements from inside and outside the Mansions tucked with in the game board. Can you find the musical instruments? "Tomb Sweet Tomb?" Transformation paintings? Tombstones? Busts from the library, the pet cemetery, the ghosts and ghouls, the five roses?
- The buildings include the Haunted Mansion from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris (aka Phantom Manor), a crypt, a carriage house, the Grounds Keepers shack, and a BOO-niversity. The buildings and spinner are glow-in-the-dark.
- The spinner is inspired by Madam Leota's table, complete with tarot cards on the table, a melted candle on the spinner and a raven who watches your every move.
- The bridges hold a few surprises of their own...
- The movers are modified Doombuggies, to hold you and your "passengers" along the path of the After-LIFE.
- Also included are new elements not found at the Mansions but would certainly be found at the Gracey Estate.
- The "Scareer" cards have images of the classic spirits residing in the Haunted Mansion and a few more that have long since been unseen, until now.
- And of course, there are Hidden Mickey's - see how many you can find on the game board and on the cover."

Undead Barbie

Norwegian artist Are Sundnes created this "Undead Barbie" for his series on recycled toys. Mattel should consider mass producing these. I bet they'd really rake it in.

(Via Boing Boing)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Through the eyes of a killer

From Michael Cogliantry's Killer photo series.

(Via Who Killed Bambi)

Gore N' More

If you're ever in the Davenport, FL area, be sure to check out Dave Gugel's amazing display. (It's really one of my favorites.) Not only does the outside of the house look great, but the inside is done up like a haunted house as well. In fact, on Halloween night, he opens up the gates to the inside so brave trick-or-treaters can walk through.

A very dark Wonderland

By Babalisme on Deviant Art.

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