Post Easter.

Or, a cure for the Easter Cute.

If you have overdosed on the holiday, perhaps a little Monty Python will cheer you. After all, one can only eat so many Peeps and chocolate bunnies, or watch small relatives in sticky bunny suits quest for brightly colored eggs.

Shared from Matt Lockwood’s Youtube upload. Thanks, Matt.

“It’s just a harmless little bunny, isn’t it?”

I love it.

Happy haunts.

Small Monsters.

Video production update: preparing to shoot.

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Scarecrows at midnight.

One night, while I was fooling around with bits of stuff, small monsters began to assemble themselves. Before I realized what was happening, I was outnumbered.

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Halloween engagement

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Halloween Night.

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The long view. 

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And, like the Morning After, the video project crawls toward its end, not daring to look back.

Happy haunts!

 


 

Kansas City’s Haunted Attraction,The Beast, Adopts Dark Oak’s Aracni-apes.

Now, there is another reason to fear “The Beast.”

This Halloween, two new monsters will be lurking in the huge haunted attraction known as The Beast. Having taken care of them for a year, I can tell you, they are always hungry.

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The Aracni-ape is an instinct-driven hunter. This breed likes to hang from trees, feigning death to lure in prey that get too curious.

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This playing ‘possum breed can be found in forests, swamps, and caves, any habitat that provides concealment for its drop-down ambush tactics. That includes old buildings.

I hate to see them go, but care & feeding of these guys was getting problematic. I’m sure the staff at The Beast are better suited to care for these little monsters. After all, they have been looking after their pet ‘gators and Medusa, the world’s largest anaconda in captivity, for years. What a happy home The Beast will make for the aracni-apes.

The second breed, shown below, is the more deadly of the two. It prefers to stalk its prey.

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The deadly dasher.

Should you visit any of the other Full Moon Productions haunted attractions, keep in mind, these creatures could be in any of them. There is no guarantee they will stay in The Beast.  Watch out for them in The Edge of Hell, The Chambers of Poe, or in the Macabre Cinema attractions.

**The aracni-apes are the intellectual property of Dark Oak Creations.

Happy haunts!

 

The Baldknobbers.

When I was a kid, Branson, Missouri, was just another small town slumbering in the hills. Only a handful of “opry'” families were singin’ and dancin’ for a living, pulling in a few people passing through on the highway. There were no national acts, no big music stars, just home-grown Ozark folks mixing corn pone humor with country music and dance acts. I didn’t care about that stuff. I visited Silver Dollar City theme park on a school trip and discovered the ride, “Fire in the Hole.”  This in-the-dark roller coaster ride introduced me to the Baldknobbers. I was fourteen, and the ride lit me up. What a concept!

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Scene from the Fire in the Hole ride. By Fire72 at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20605516

Masked, night-riding vigilantes torching and murdering across the Missouri countryside was easy to believe while on the ride. These nasty bastards were the afterbirth of the civil war reconstruction policies and formed to counter disgruntled rebel veterans who turned outlaw against the Union carpetbaggers.

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Fire in the Hole Baldknobber about to raise hell. By ME Vince Titled: Bald Knobber with cannon. – I (FIRE 72) (Vince) created this work entirely by myself., CC BY 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24279304

And then, under the corrupting influence of power, the Baldknobbers went bad, murdering and lynching citizens for political and financial gain.

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Baldknobbers portrayed in a 1919 silent movie.  Photo from wikipedia.org/wiki/Bald_Knobbers

It is the distinctive horned mask that separates them from other vigilante groups. It is this mask that excites me as a Halloween/creature prop maker. It is a pity that so few photos of them exist.

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A typical Baldknobber mask. The horns were standard to the model. Photo courtesy of LegendsofAmercia.com

They remind me of fat-headed demons, with the oval of the mask face emphasized by the white paint, and this circular design carried into the horns with the white rings. Still, it is the blank, emotionless expression that makes the mask truly frightening. This demon has no humanity and no remorse. That’s scary.

For more information on these rascals, visit the Legends of America blog. You will find good writing and research there.

If you’re ever in Branson, MO, drop  by Silver Dollar City and check out the Fire in the hole ride. They have tamed the ride a bit since the ’70’s to accommodate the tender minds of small children and sensitive souls, but it is still a fun. You just won’t see lynched, hanging bodies and sucking chest wounds anymore. Okay, I’m joking about that last, but you get the idea.

Happy haunts.