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!

 

Wednesday Bat Droppings

The aracni-ape

. . . sprang from a doodle sketch, a bat dropping. The more I looked at the beast, the more I wanted to bring it to life. I kept thinking what a fearsome creature this would be, all those sharp legs and claws ripping at you, the teeth snapping at your face and throat.

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Aracni-ape concept sketch. Dark Oak Creations.

Someone said he would hate to be in my head. That’s okay; it’s pretty crowded in there already.

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Close up concept sketch of attacking aracni-ape.

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Aracni-ape by Dark Oak Creations

I will leave another dropping. Perhaps one day, this creature will “live” as well.

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Concept sketch of Bat Beast, Dark Oak Creations.

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Studio Stuff

What have we here?

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Aracni-ape “Rampant” as a Work in Progress by Dark Oak Creations

The creature prop,”Rampant,” nearing completion in 2016. It went through several coloring options.  What looked good in design didn’t satisfy me on the beast.

Below, I sculpted and painted “Rampant’s” tongue outside the mouth. ‘thought I might cut myself on the teeth. The tongue is soft foam on a wire armature, trimmed and twisted and then coated with a vinyl glop.

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Tongue of the Beast

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Aracni-ape Rampant head shot   by Dark Oak Creations

The Tentacle prop below is more foam over a wire armature and “skinned” with more vinyl glop coating.  Sculpt or Coat is the brand.  Me gusto mucho!

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Tentacle prop as a Work in Progress by Dark Oak Creations

I love this stuff!