Courtesy of William Forsche

Quick Halloween makeup tutorial given by legendary makeup artist Rick Baker on a vintage episode of Entertainment Tonight. In it he explains type of makeup, highlights, and shading to create the makeup effects.

rick baker gives halloween makeup lesson


Monsterpalooza April 2013

Monsterpalooza April 2013

Monsterpalooza April 2013

Visit to Monsterpalooza April 12-14, 2013.  See the gallery here


Full Moon Madness Werewolf Costume

Full Moon Madness Werewolf Costume

Werewolves and vampires are at battle now and forever. Take a stand in the Full Moon Madness Werewolf adult men’s costume – this one is a winner! The amazingly scary wolf face is enhanced with Ani-motion, which means the features move when you open your mouth. Hauntingly realistic and timely. Wear it from twilight to midnight and beyond. Buy it HERE

full moon madness werewolf costume

Full Moon Madness Werewolf Costume

  • The Full Moon Madness Werewolf costume includes a gray and green 100% polyester shirt with attached fur at the neck and wrists and is completed with an amazingly realistic werewolf motion mask
  • Special Features: The mask is adjustable and has Ani-Motion.  It moves when you open your mouth!

Old Gramps Decoration

Old Gramps Decoration

If you think it’s creepy visiting the old folks home, wait until you get a load of Old Gramps! Hang this frightful life-size Old Gramps decoration anywhere you want to scare up some Halloween fun – his eyes will pierce the darkest shadows so there truly is no place to hide.  Buy it HERE

old gramps animated prop

Old Gramps Animated Prop

  • The Old Gramps decoration is a clothed man with an open mouth evil face and illuminated eyes.
  • Hang on door or wall
  • Glowing eyes
  • Wicked sayings
  • Turns head from side to side
  • Sound, timer or foot pad activated (optional accessory)
  • Item Dimensions: H” x L” x D”- 34″ x 16″ x 67″
  • Item Weight – 5.5 lbs
  • Requires 4AA batteries, not included
  • For indoor use only

Demonica Animated Prop

Something wicked this ways comes – Demonica is her name and she’s rising from the grave. With her illuminated eyes and open mouth, she rises and lowers as if to leave and re-enter the afterworld at the slightest sound. Her head moves as if to cry out in anguish, or to call you to join her. Join in the spooky fun this Halloween when you decorate with this amazing prop. Buy it HERE
deminica animated prop

Demonica Animated Prop

  • The sound-activated Demonica Animated Zombie Prop is an over two foot tall zombie creature who pushes herself out of the grave to over three feet, rising up and down with a moving head and light-up eyes.
  • Requires 4 AA batteries; not included.
  • Sound activated
  • Optional 6V 3.0a adapter and foot pad activator sold separately
  • Shipping dimensions:  H” x L” x D”- 18.9″ x 15.75″ x 15.75″
  • 8.93 lbs
  • Fully assembled dimensions:  25″ x 25″ x 27″
  • Rises up to over 3 feet tall!

Zombie Girl Swing Animated Prop

Zombie Girl on a Swing

Something went very wrong at recess – this Zombie Girl on a swing may look innocent but she is possessed and no longer of this world. Hang her indoors and watch what happens when the sound activated.  But it HERE

zombie girl animated prop

Zombie Girl Animated Prop

Keir Dullea Birthday May 30

Keir Dullea 2001: A Space Odyssey

Keir Dullea


Keir Dullea (born May 30, 1936) is an American actor best known for the character of astronaut David Bowman, whom he portrayed in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey and in 1984’s 2010: The Year We Make Contact. He has also played roles in films including Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) and Black Christmas (1974).



In 1983, Keir Dullea, with then wife Susie Fuller Dullea, founded the Theater Artists Workshop of Westport.

Keir Dullea

Keir Dullea

Rumor had it that Paramount’s planned production of “Dear and Glorious Physician” would star Keir Dullea in the lead role of St. Luke, but the cost of such a movie, coupled with fears that the Biblical “epic” had gone out of style, prompted Paramount to abandon the project in the mid-1960s.

Best known as Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), a role he revisited in 2010 (1984).

Keir Dullea

Keir Dullea 2001: A Space Odyssey

Both his parents have appeared in his movies. Father Robert Dullea appeared as the aged Marquis De Sade in the final scene of De Sade (1969). This was an add-on scene to the film: Keir didn’t want to go through the old-age makeup, so he suggested they hire his father for the scene. This was done, Robert Dullea went to Germany, did the scene, and according to Keir, enjoyed the whole experience. Mother Margaret Ruttain Dullea appeared in a non-speaking role in David and Lisa (1962). She was going up a flight of stairs in the background of a scene between Keir and Janet Margolin.

Ex-wife Susan Lessans is married to former pro football great Don Meredith.

One of the last people to see Sal Mineo alive. They had just finished rehearsing for a play sometime before Mineo’s murder.

Will be portrayed by Actor Jim Parrack in the upcoming biopic of Sal Mineo titled “Sal”, directed by James Franco. Dullea and Mineo were in rehearsal for the play “P.S. Your Cat is Dead” shortly before Mineo was murdered in 1976.




Barney Burman Grimm NBC makeup

Barney Burman making up a monster from NBC's Grimm


Every episode, Grimm fans are taken in by its many monsters and twists on the fairytales they’ve grown up on. Make-up FX artist Barney Burman is the man who takes the series’ monsters from the script pages and on to the screen.

With his own shop, Proteus Make-up FX, in North Hollywood, Burman comes from an accomplished line of make-up FX artists. His grandfather made masks and props for the original Wolfman and Twilight Zone series. His father, Emmy-winner Thomas R. Burman, worked on Body Snatchers, Star Kid, Powder, Carrie 2 and The X Files, among others.

Burman’s own credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes, Men in Black 2, Haunted Mansion, and JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek, which earned the make-up FX artist an Academy Award.

“The Star Trek film was definitely a huge challenge,” Burman tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It was the biggest film I had done to date and it was about six months of sleeping four hours a night and just keep going and going and going and it took so much of my focus — just a crazy amount of energy that it took to get that done.”

Grimm’s production schedule is challenging, as well. Burman and his team may have as few as four days to create a monster from scratch. In comparison, Burman says he’d usually ask for at least three weeks for a straight make-up assignment. He must also deal with distance, since the series shoots in Portland.

“It really does vary quite a bit per episode, which is one of the things I really love about it is that it isn’t just kind of doing the same thing,” he says of the many creatures for the series. “It’s creating over and over again each episode. Often we’ve had situations where we’ve had to make a full dead body in five days or we did an episode with some Bigfoot characters and we had four days to get our first one done. I’ve had up to about seven or eight people in my shop in L.A. plus as many as three or four people up in Portland all working at the same time.”

For Friday’s Cinderella-inspired episode titled “Happily Ever Aftermath,” the series tasked Burman with creating the “Murcielago,” a bat-like creature with red eyes, rows of teeth and a death-inducing scream.

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Face Off Season 2

In its second season, Syfy’s “Face Off” introduces a new crop of rising special effects make-up artists, embarking on elaborate feature challenges that will test the limits of their imaginations. They’ll be judged every week by industry veterans who have worked on such films and TV shows as The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, and more. Find out more about the show, and visit the official site — the new season of “Face Off” starts tonight at 10/9c on Syfy.

Charles Addams Birthday January 7, 1912

Charles Addams

Charles Addams

Charles “Chas” Samuel Addams (January 7, 1912 – September 29, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters. Some of the recurring characters, who became known as The Addams Family, became the basis for two live-action television series, two animated TV series, three motion pictures, and a Broadway musical. On his 100th birthday, Google displayed a Doodle celebrating his work.

Trade Mark

Drew cartoons with a macabre sense of humor akin to Edward Gorey but without the malice of the latter.

Macabre humor



Addams was distantly related to U.S. presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, despite the different spellings of their last names, and was a first cousin twice removed to the noted social reformer Jane Addams.

Member of Theta Chi Fraternity (Iota Chapter, Colgate University)

Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 8-10. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.

Died behind the wheel of his Audi 4000 outside his Manhattan apartment, after suffering a fatal heart attack.

Enjoyed the works of novelist John O’Hara.

Television producer David Levy approached Addams with an offer to create a series based on his “Addams Family” cartoons (they met at the Palace Hotel lobby in New York). The Family was distinct characters but without personality, so Addams gave his characters names and more characteristics for the actors to use in portrayals. And so was born “The Addams Family” (1964).

Addams Family portrait tv series

The Addams Family tv series

He attended the Grand Central School of Art in New York City in 1931-32.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania in 1930-31. Situated on the campus is a fine-arts building named after him, in front of which is a sculpture of the silhouettes of the Addams Family.

He attended Colgate University in 1929-30.

Addams did cartoons for the Westfield High School student literary magazine “Weathervane.”.

He was fond of visiting the Presbyterian Cemetery on Mountain Avenue, New Jersey.

He was described as artistically inclined, “drawing with a happy vengeance” according to a biographer. His father encouraged this practice in him.

One friend said of him, “His sense of humor was a little different from everybody else’s.”.

As a child, his nickname was “Chill.”.

Childhood friends recall that he was “known as something of a rascal around the neighborhood” and “there was always a little group of boys at his house doing things.”

His father, Charles Huy Addams, was a piano-company executive who had studied to be an architect.

His first wife, Barbara Jean Day, was said to resemble his cartoon character Morticia Addams.

His first marriage lasted eight years.

In the divorce settlement with his second wife, Barbara Estella Barb (Lady Colyton), she was awarded copyright to some of his work.

At one point, his second wife Barbara got him to take out a $100,000 insurance policy. Addams consulted a lawyer on the sly, who later humorously wrote, “I told him the last time I had word of such a move was in a picture called Double Indemnity (1944) starring Barbara Stanwyck, which I called to his attention.” In the movie, Stanwyck’s character plotted her husband’s murder; however, no one has accused Barbara Barb Addams of attempting the same.

He married his third and final wife, Marilyn Matthews Miller in a pet cemetery.

Because of “The Addams Family” (1964), “New Yorker” editor William Shawn banned the cartoons from his magazine, regarding the show as being at odds with the sophisticated readership he wished to cultivate. The ban was lifted after Shawn’s 1987 retirement.

The Addams Family Musical

The Addams Family Musical /by Matt Hoyle

He is mentioned in Edward Eager’s fantasy novel “Knight’s Castle,” as Chas Addams (how he signed his cartoons.).

His first drawing in “New Yorker” ran on February 6 1932, and was a sketch of a window washer.

His cartoons regularly appeared in the “New Yorker”, as well as in “Collier’s Weekly” and “TV Guide.”.

During World War II, he served at the Signal Corps Photographic Center in New York, making animated training films for the Army.

Noted director Alfred Hitchcock was a friend of Addams, and owned two pieces of original Addams art. In Hitchcock’s film North by Northwest (1959), a scene pays homage to Addams: when Roger Thornhill meets Eve with Mr. Vandamm and Leonard, he comments, “The three of you together. Now that’s a picture only Charles Addams could draw.”.

In 1961, Addams received a Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his body of work.

From 1985, Addams lived in Sagaponack, New York. The estate where his family lived was nicknamed “The Swamp.”.

A scholarship in his name was founded in 1991: the Charles Addams Art Scholarship.

Addams drew more than 1,300 cartoons over the course of his life.

Addams served as an escort for celebrities on social occasions; his roster includes Greta Garbo, Joan Fontaine, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

In 1946 Addams met and became friends with sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury, after meeting at “Mademoiselle” magazine. The magazine was going to publish Bradbury’s short story “Homecoming”, the first in a series of tales about the Elliotts, a family of vampires living in Illinois (for which Addams had made an illustration). Addams and Bradbury were going to collaborate on a book chronicling the Elliott Family’s complete history, with Bradbury writing and Addams illustrating, but it never happened. However, in October 2001 Bradbury’s collection of tales on the Elliot Family was published, in an anthology called “From the Dust Returned.” The book had Addams’s original 1946 illustration on its cover, along with a narrative from Bradbury and an explanation of his work with Addams.

He was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions in the General Category.

Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were interred at the Charles Addams Estate Grounds, Sagaponeck, Suffolk County, New York in the family pet cemetery.


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