Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Favorite Movie Werewolf Designs.

Werewolves have been on my mind due to our current retrospective at the Castle of Horror podcast.  I have very specific likes and dislikes about what makes for a cool looking werewolf.  So with that in mind, I thought I'd make a list to share with ya'll. 

1) The Wolfman(2010)

Rick Baker is something of a werewolf guru, having also created the title creature for "American Werewolf in London."  In the 90's he made an animal out of Jack Nicholson for "Wolf."  Both of those movies are pretty cool in their own rights.  But my personal favorite is his update of the Wolf Man for the 2010 remake.  It is classic yet modern,allowing us to see just enough of the man beneath the beast.  He won best make-up effects at the 2011 Oscars and he deserved it in my book.

2)Monster Squad(1987)

Stan Winston Studios updated all of the classic monsters for this 80's horror comedy.  And the werewolf here was my gold standard for many years.  It's easy to see why, he's fearsomely bestial yet retaining enough humanity to be believable character.  Plus, he has nards. 

3) Curse of the Werewolf(1961)

Roy Ashton's killer make-up as worn by Oliver Reed.  Still extremely scary years later.  I often think of this bad boy is the first modern werewolf.  I love how much you can see of Reed's face, makes for a nice chilling effect.

Werewolf of London(1935)

I'm sure most of you were expecting me to say the original Wolf Man.  While, I do have much love in my heart for Jack Pierce's more famous werewolf, I feel this guy is kind of underrated.  Unfairly called the "Elvis Werewolf" by generations of horror fans,  I think he has sort of creepy "Jack the Ripper" vibe.  Stalking the London fog in his hat and scarf, there is an odd realism to this werewolf.  Very effective.  It's a make-up that deserves a little more respect from horror fiends. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

D is for Danger*Cakes!

This is my wife's band Danger*Cakes!

I've been lucky enough to be involved with this project since the very start. 

I've seen them through different incarnations and line-ups.  I am very proud of them.  Right this very second they are playing the Mobil 1 stage for FanFest.  I am sick and could not be with them, but I am there in spirit I suppose.  Rock on ladies!

Nathan Fillion as Solomon. Christina Hendricks as Lucy.

A fun little photo manipulation Scott Simmons did a few years back. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Castle of Horror Podcast and the Wolfman(1941)

For those of you who have followed my career the last few years, you'll no doubt  know the "Castle Dracula Podcast."  We've recently rebranded ourselves the "Castle of Horror" Podcast.  Tonight we start digging into a subject near and dear to my heart, werewolves. 

While I love vampires,mummies,zombies, killer robots, slashers, ghosts, and ghouls....werewolves are simply the coolest monster.  And the Wolf Man(1941) is a big reason that I love werewolves and horror movies in general.  It really sparked my imagination as a child, in fact the Wolf Man was one of my first Halloween costumes.  With that in mind,keep your silver bullets handy and tune in tonight, as we kick off our "Werewolf Retrospective!"

A shout out to Mister "The Artist."

I won't bore you with the details, but my wife and I were left stranded over the weekend due to car troubles.  One of the things I love about Austin is that the people here are very neighborly.  It's basically a big small town.  And a prime example of this town spirit is none other than "Jeremy The Artist!"

I've known Jeremy for a few years now.  We worked security on  two seasons of "Friday Night Lights" together.  Which he later turned into a comic book.   He is also Austin's undisputed master of "zombie caricature" turning regular folks into evil dead, for a affordable price. 

This weekend, he was a real life superhero.  Swooping in, not once but twice. For that, you get a some respect and a decent plug.  Thanks Jeremy, you're one of the good ones.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Disney Villains Put Through Make-Over Hell.

An interesting concept.    An artist has reworked a grouping of famous cartoon bad guys and gals. But of course, it falls victim to the some logic than everyone finds Ken and Barbie clones attractive.  So we end up with interesting characters turned into cookie cutter people.  Still, I like the idea of it.  Evil often works best when it's seductive.  What do you think?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Behind every good man.....

A big part of Halloween Man is the relationship between our ghoulish hero and his lady love, Lucy Chaplin, a genius inventor and glamorous socialite.  It should be no surprise to anyone that I have a very talented woman in my life.

That is my wife Jamie, musician, model, and chef.  Like Lucy, she is wicked smart and well known in our city of Austin.  And also like Lucy, she is kind of heart, brave, inventive, and extremely well-dressed.

As the front-woman and bassist of the band Danger*Cakes she has traveled all over our country.  I've even had the pleasure of going on a few of those adventures myself.  I love watching her play, as it seems like an act of pure creation.  It''s how imagine Lucy to be in her lab.

When not rocking and rolling, she clocks in some work as a plus-sized model and pin-up.   But more importantly Jamie devotes quite a bit of her time to charity and good causes like KING and Girls Rock Camp.  It's amazing to see first hand that your wife is making a difference in people's lives.

I've been blessed to have such an amazing,lovely,brilliant, and caring woman in my life.  She is a powerful, amazing woman.  I could ask for no better life partner and muse.  Today, I just felt like sharing that with ya'll.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Ghost(Rider) of Halloween's Past!

The Halloween season is now firmly behind us and we're heading into the realms of other holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Regardless, reflecting on Halloween is a lot of fun.  This year I had to work on a budget, but still managed a fairly cool costume, Marvel's spirit of vengeance...the Ghost Rider!   Using a skeleton mask found in a dollar bin, I combined it with a leather jacket I had owned since I was 15, glow in the dark skeleton gloves, and black boots.  Of course the look would now be complete with out that crown of flames.  My VERY crafty wife cut colored cloth into the proper shapes, then glued it onto cardboard.  It ended up looking pretty cool, as you can see below.

That's me standing next to my good friend Angie as the Bride of Frankenstein and my wife Jamie as a very shapely "spider-woman."  Not bad for a costume on the cheap.  So what did you do for Halloween?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"Eye of Beholder" Covers from Sergio Calvet.

Our main man Sergio has given two color covers for an upcoming digital release with the NEW "Halloween Man!"  Check 'em out!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Welcome to the new Halloween Man blog!

Here is were you will find EVERYTHING "Halloween Man" and my own rants,raves, and reviews. Enjoy!