Vancouver sculptor and extreme pumpkin carver Clive Cooper of Sparksfly Design also carves watermelons in the off-season. Because most professionally-carved watermelons are for parties and special occasions, they tend to look “pretty.” Conversely, Cooper’s carvings are more like jack-o-lanterns: frightening, funny, and clever. See a gallery of watermelons at his site. -via Metafilter
It’s probably been a few months since you thought about scarecrows, but those who use them for their stated purpose build them in the spring. You have to shoo away birds as soon as you plant seeds in the ground. An article at Modern Farmer tells us about the original business of scaring birds (and other animals) away from crops with effigies, from ancient times to today. Scarecrows also carried symbolic and even supernatural messages.
Through the ages their makers worldwide have fashioned the often maudlin-looking figure to reflect images of the occult, of customs, culture, mythology, superstitions or religion. A scarecrow hung with arms outstretched on a wooden cross echoes the crucifixion as portrayed in this etching by Jim Yarbrough. To a farmer they may simply be a symbol of the death and resurrection of the crops.
Some (such as the authors of website Occult View) suggest that the scarecrow, in addition to mirroring Christ on the cross may have originally been a severe warning, a “no trespassing” symbol, likening it to the deeds of Vlad the Impaler (so named for his reported propensity for impaling and displaying enemies) or sacrifice, an offering in turn for fertile fields. In more recent times, cartoonists have skewered politicians by depicting them as scarecrows. A British wheat farmer, hoping to scare off pigeons ravaging his crop, built a scarecrow of Lady Gaga as she appeared on the 2010 Brit Awards.
These days, you are more likely to see scarecrows as just Halloween decorations. A scarecrow can be pretty raggedy and scary by the time harvest is completed, just in time for All Hallows Eve. The overview of scarecrows concludes with an interview with contemporary scarecrow artist Pumpkin Rot. -via Digg
(Image credit: PumpkinRot)
Look how tiny this Predator cosplayer is! Those aliens are so cute at that age -what happens to make them so frightfully ugly when they mature? No matter, want another look?
It's difficult to hear what anyone is saying, but we found out this child was at WonderCon last month, and she is a girl.
(Image credit: Mark Yturralde)
See a picture of the littlest Predator with her Mighty Morphin Power Ranger parents at Bleeding Cool.
The spring edition of the MCM Comic Con was held in London last week, and photographer Nick Acott sought out the best cosplayers to show us. I’m not sure who this character is (help me out), but the costume is downright scary, and the attention to detail is impressive.
There were also comic book superheroes, video game characters, Disney cartoons (Frozen was big this year), and a large group of ancient warriors. See an entire gallery of the best costumes at Geeks Are Sexy.
(Image credit: Nick Acott)
Now that McDonalds has introduced us to their newest appetite suppressant marketing campaign mascot Happy the anthropomorphic Happy Meal the interwebs have responded in turn by revealing Happy’s sordid past.
This eye opening exposé shows the kind of company Happy used to keep, namely clowns who crave human flesh rather than burgers, bag headed slashers and dead girls who crawl out of wells.
It’s the kind of scandal large corporations like McDonalds hate to have exposed, and may spell disaster for the burger mongers when their young target audience can’t sleep at night because they're affraid Happy might be lurking under their bed!
-Via The Soup
Who needs a fancy costume and a latex mask when you've got a makeup kit and some incredible application skills? Makeup artist Elsa Rhae certainly doesn't seem to need much more than her kit, a reference photo and a vivid imagination, and her makeup transformations are truly spectacular!
If she walked into a room wearing her White Walker makeup people would nearly jump out of their skins, and her simple yet extremely effective makeup illusions prove becoming a terrifying creature, or eco-friendly superhero, doesn't take much more than a skillfully applied makeup and the proper attitude.
-Via 22 Words
Clowns are fun to have at a birthday party, maudlin when they’ve had too much to drink, and downright terrifying when they pop out from around the corner wielding a massive wooden mallet!
DM Pranks knows how to create a scenario that will scar people for life- start with a lonely parking structure late at night, add some unsuspecting people walking through said structure, a dummy body with an exploding head, and a clown willing to go the extra mile for a scare and you’ve got a recipe for big-top inspired terror!
(NSFW due to gore/graphic violence)
Horror movie baddies come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s one form of monster that nobody ever seems to see for what it really is, one unassuming structure that lies in wait for its next victim to move in.
The monster house is one of the most underrated villains in the horror genre, and movies like the House series and Monster House have used the spooky domicile with horrifically comedic effect, bringing the dark nature of horror home.
-Via Laughing Squid
The following is an article from Bathroom Readers' Institute's 17th edition Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader.
Bruce Lee statue in Hong Kong (Image Credit: Inti [Flickr]) Can a dead person star in a movie? Well, if a star unexpectedly dies before film production is complete, what's the studio supposed to do - pass up a great opportunity for free publicity? Not a chance.
In 1970 a filmmaker named Raymond Chow quit his job at Shaw Brothers Studio, Hong Kong's largest film studio at the time, and formed Golden Harvest Studios. Not long afterward he signed an up-and-coming young martial artist to play the lead in his first movie. The actor was Bruce Lee and the movie, The Big Boss, was his first feature-length kung fu film. The Big Boss shattered Hong Kong box-office records when it premiered in 1971. Lee's follow up film, Fist of Fury, was even more successful.
His third film, The Way of the Dragon, did better still when it was released in 1972. These three blockbusters put Golden Harvest on the map and helped introduce the Hong Kong film industry to the international market. In 1973 Golden Harvest became the first Hong Kong studio to partner with a major Hollywood studio when it collaborated with Warner Bros. on Lee's fourth and "final" film, Enter the Dragon. Today Golden Harvest is Hong Kong's largest and most successful movie studio. They owe much of their success to Bruce Lee.
The Clone Wars
When Lee died suddenly in July 1973, only four weeks before Enter the Dragon debuted on the silver screen, how did the studio honor him? By cashing in on the publicity surrounding his death, of course. And they weren't the only ones: Hong Kong studios flooded the market with Bruce Lee knock-off films as fast as they could make them - movies with titles like New Fist of Fury, Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave, Exit the Dragon, Re-Enter the Dragon, Enter Another Dragon, and Enter the Fat Dragon, starring kung fu copycats like Bruce Le, Bruce Li, Bruce Liang, and Dragon Lee.
Game of Death (1978)
But by far the strangest of these films was Game of Death, which Lee started but did not live to finish. The only parts that he completed were the fight scenes, including one with pro basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There was no plot line in any of the finished scenes, but Golden Harvest plowed ahead anyway, taking just 11 minutes of the original fight footage and creating an entirely new movie around it, using a body double to play Bruce Lee's character Billy Lo, a movie star who refused to submit to gangsters who control the Hong Kong film industry.
How do you make a movie using a dead actor? Golden Harvest tackled the problem in a number of different ways:
Had Golden Harvest left it at that, Game of Death would hardly be worth anyone's while. But they didn't. When Billy Lo gets shot and is rushed to the hospital, he decides to fake his own death and even arranges his funeral, so that his assailants won't know he's still alive and coming after them. Golden Harvest added this element to the plot to give them an excuse to incorporate footage of Bruce Lee's actual funeral, including close-up shots of the open casket as mourners file past. For a brief moment the camera even peeks inside the coffin, showing Lee's embalmed face - probably the only time in history that a movie star's cadaver appears in his own feature film.
When the gangster shoot Bruce Lee's character Billy Lo, they do it by sneaking onto the movie set where he's filming a gun battle and fill the gun with real bullets instead of blanks. Moments later, Billy is "accidentally" shot while filming the scene. Fifteen years after Game of Death premiered, in March 1993, Bruce Lee's only son, 28-year-old Brandon Lee, died on the set of the movie The Crow.
While filming a scene in which his character is shot and killed, the prop gun, supposed to be loaded only with blanks, was loaded with a real .44-caliber slug. Police concluded it was an accident resulting from the film crew's negligence: Sometimes "dummy" bullets - real bullets with the gunpowder and primer removed - are used to make it look like a gun contains real bullets. On this occasion one of the dummy bullets apparently came apart inside the gun, and a slug remained lodged in the barrel. Nobody bothered to make sure the barrel was clear before blanks were loaded into the gun. When the gun was fired at Lee, the slug shot out and struck him in the lower abdomen. He died in surgery 12 hours later.
Game of Death was unfinished when Bruce Lee died and was later finished without him. Similarly, The Crow was unfinished when Brandon Lee died and was later finished without him, using computer-generated special effects. This time the Lee family approved, believing that Brandon would have wanted the film to be completed. The footage of him being shot was left out. In fact, mindful of the way Bruce Lee's death had been exploited in Game of Death, the family had the footage destroyed. As a family spokesperson put it, "they didn't want it to fall into the wrong hands."
The grave site of Bruce and Brandon Lee in Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. (Image Credit: dwyatt1 [Flickr]) "If you love life, don't waste time - for time is what life is made of" - Bruce Lee
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Inanimate objects have been imbued with a sinister energy thanks to the horror genre, and some of the scariest stories and movies of all time involve characters being terrorized by inanimate objects such as creepy dolls, haunted TV sets and mirrors that trap people’s souls.
Here’s a collection of the most terrifying inanimate objects in movie history, three of which are Stephen King’s creations, and although it’s far from exhaustive the collection of movies chosen for this list would make for a really fun movie marathon!
Tony Stark may not have had much use for cardboard when he was building suit after suit of super shiny Iron Man armor, but Tony would definitely admire the craftsmanship and skill shown by Kai-Xiang Xhong when he built this wearable cardboard Iron Man armor.
The included video finds Kai-Xiang showing off a bunch of his other models, including an Alien xenomorph made out of straws and a giant cardboard T-Rex skull that is really freakin' cool!
Kai-Xiang decided to keep the suit natural cardboard color 'cause that's his style, and it looks like the feet were formed around a pair of Spongebob slippers, so his feet stay warm when he slips this bad boy on to grab the mail.
The Simpsons, and all the cartoony folks that populate the imaginary city of Springfield, may look cute and colorful on the small screen, but in real life they'd look downright freaky!
This depiction of Marge Simpson in real life called "Flower Marge" was created by photographer Alexander Khokhlov, with the help of makeup artist Veronica Ershova and stylist Mikhail Kravchenko.
Marge's hair gets its textural look from the hundreds of chrysanthemums which were glued to the frame that forms her signature hairstyle, and when the model closes her eyes the transformation into cartoon superstar is complete.
The included video shows the making of Flower Marge, but you may want to mute the sound before you tune in.
Ah, The Addams Family! Although this show lasted only two years -- 1964 through 1966 -- it has endured as a pop culture phenomenon, spawning movies, cartoons, revivals, and comics. Let's take a look at some things you might not know about that show.
1. The show was preceded by the one-panel cartoons of Charles Addams, which made their debut in The New Yorker in 1937. These works of dark humor featured the same characters that would later grace the show. Addams was known as a man of ghoulish if playful interests, and his house was filled with instruments of torture and medieval weapons, particularly crossbows. He hoped to someday put his crossbow collection to practical use:
“I have this fantasy,” he said, smiling, “A robber breaks into my apartment and just as he comes through the door, I get him -- right through the neck. Always through the neck.”
2. John Astin, who played Gomez Addams, was initially offered the role of Lurch.
3. Astin’s crazed, maniacal look as Gomez Addams had prior service. While living in a rough neighborhood of New York City, he would get between his apartment and the subway station safely by acting a bit deranged. No one bothered him.
4. Fans sometimes stop Astin, speak French to him, and expect him to react as Gomez did when Morticia spoke the language of love. Ringo Starr from The Beatles once grabbed Astin’s arm and started kissing up its length before Astin stopped him from going past his elbow.
5. Ted Cassidy released a 45 rpm single consisting of a dance song called “The Lurch”. Here he is demonstrating it on a 1965 episode of the variety show Shindig!
Robots can build cars, take a spin on Mars and generally do some pretty cool stuff, but are we already running out of ideas for uses?
You might assume that if you saw this gyrating robot dancer doing her hypnotic hip sway for them and didn’t know the back story, but this scary robo-gal is an art installation created strictly for entertainment purposes by Jordan Wolfson in conjunction with special effects studio Spectral Motion, and not necessarily the next step in robotic evolution.
So maybe she isn't the future of robo-tech, but it looks like Chuck E. Cheese is about to get a sexy new stripper to add to his animatronic band!
(Image Via Instagram)
(Image Via Instagram)
Coulrophobes had better steer clear of Staten Island for a while, until the local authorities take care of a certain creepy clown they’ve got lurking around the city streets.
He has become a bit of a local legend in the few short weeks he’s been clowning around the streets of S.I., because people claim he’s an elusive clown, appearing with a wave then disappearing back into the city before most of them can snap a pic.
Is this the same clown faced freak that has been haunting Northampton, England, or is this one of the British clown’s disciples? Whatever IT is, if you see the Staten Island clown prepare to laugh your head off!
Mica Bethea attended MegaCon in Orlando this past weekend cosplaying as Tyrion Lanister from Game of Thrones in this awesomely clever getup. He turned his wheelchair into an Iron Throne, and put boots on his knees, while his lower legs were hidden underneath. I hope he entered the costume contest! See more pictures at Bethea’s Instagram gallery. -via Geeks Are Sexy
(Image credit: Wil Wheaton)
People made some bad style choices in the 1970s- leisure suits, Earth shoes, zippered and belted jumpsuits, and lemon yellow polyester slacks all come to mind as fairly common fashions that were fairly hideous.
But whether you escaped the decade fashionably unscathed, or you have a hideous Disco phase among the skeletons in your closet, chances are bad 70s style affected your look in one way- a bad hairstyle. We've all had our share of bad hair, but guys really got the short end of the stick during the 70s when it came to coiffures.
Seeing these bad hair pics will either make you appreciate your own hairstyle, or give you an idea for a new direction to take with your hairdo.
-Via Dangerous Minds
Cosplayers are creating the most amazingly realistic costumes these days- with 3D printed accessories, handmade replica weapons that look better than the animated versions, and intricate costumes created with foam and friendly plastics that combine sculpting and sewing in an amazing ode to their favorite characters.
But what if you want to have some cosplay fun but lack the sculpting/sewing skills and don't feel like leaving the house?
You do like Thai cosplayer Anucha “Cha” Saengchart and create some Lowcost Cosplay. You can tell Cha loves three things- dressing up, hanging out at home, and coming up with creative ways to incorporate common household objects into his costumes.
-Via Bored Panda
Carsten Riewe built an awesome costume for the Karneval Parade based on the Caterpillar P5000 exoskeleton power loader in the movie Aliens. His 13-month-old daughter was the "driver."
The arms and legs are full moveable and the top-light and LED were powered by an 12 Volt battery pack stored in the backpack. The on/off switch is in the left arm. Also in the backpack a Bluetooth boombox ist installed to play mechanical robot sound fx or music if preferred. It took 100 working hours to finnish the costume and I built it for the "Karneval"-Parade in my hometown in Germany February 2014 .
And this thing can dance, too! A good time was had by all. -via Uproxx
It’s the job of the make-up artist to turn ordinary people into extraordinary creations that both bring the artist's vision to life and please the directors behind the scenes.
But making soft skin look like it’s made out of wood is quite a challenge, and if the facial appliance is too bulky or rubbery, and/or the paintjob isn’t really selling the feel of natural wood, you’ve got a mighty obvious rubber mask thing going on and the director probably won’t be happy.
This wooden doll makeup, which was put together by make-up artist Stephanie Hernandez using prosthetics and makeup from The Scream Team, has definitely achieved a realistically wooden effect which makes her friend Laura Jones look like both a knotty girl and a total stiff!
-Via Nerd Approved
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
by Scott Sandford, Santa Clara, California
Jason Dworkin, Arnold, Maryland
Max Bernstein, Mountain View, California
It is well known that vampires have a number of super-human powers (Melton 1994), although not all sources agree on the exact nature of these powers. This disagreement is presumably due, in large part, to a lack of careful scientific study of these creatures. According to early experts, one of the more interesting abilities of vampires is that they can turn into a mist/gas/vapor at will and move about in this gaseous state (Stoker 1897; Dean, Balderston et al. 1931; de Sangre 1952; Wallace et al. 1967). In the paper that follows we discuss a number of questions associated with the nature of vampires in the gaseous state, hereafter referred to as vampire(g),1 and attempt to estimate some of the chemical and physical properties of vampires while in this state. While we make some progress in this regard, it is difficult to constrain many important properties of gas phase vampires on the basis of current information. In these cases we provide some discussion concerning the merits and difficulties associated with analytical techniques that might yield additional pertinent information.
Figure 1 – A video ethnographic documentary of the formation of vampire(g) was first recorded in Le Manoir du Diable (Méliès and d’Alcy, 1896)
Video ethnographic studies of vampires, for example the pioneering work of Méliès and d’Alcy (1896) (Figure 1) imply that gas phase vampires have similar total dimensions, albeit with fuzzy edges, to solid-state vampires (Hart et al. 1992). However, quantitative analysis is difficult since vampires are reported to not show up in mirrors (Spence 1960), which adds considerable complication to any imaging system used for volumetric analysis. Due to the invisibility of vampires in mirrors, a complex system of lenses and filters, sans mirrors, must be used to record them on video or film. It is unfortunate that the nature of the filters and lenses used by documentarians like Dean and Balderston is not listed in the acknowledgements to their presentations. However, it is apparent that the filters used in early video ethnographic studies produced a monochromatic moving picture. The use of mirror-free recording technology has improved in recent decades, as evidenced by the higher fidelity of the recordings of vampire. Despite all this, accurate measurements of volume have yet to be made, even by the most ambitious interviewers (Rice et al. 1994).
Figure 2 – The face of vampirism. Even the 2.2 Å x-ray crystal structure of the 157 residue protein vampirase (Zhang et al. 1998) appears menacing.
The Mean Molecular Weight of Gas Phase Vampires
The latest publicity stunt from The Walking Dead places a horde of zombies underneath a sidewalk grate in New York City to terrify pedestrians who pass over. I hope those zombies were warmly-dressed. Why New York? Because if this happened in Atlanta, no one would react at all. By now, they’re used to this kind of thing down there. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Women usually learn how to properly apply makeup when they’re teenagers, and further develop their skills as they get older, but generally speaking they haven’t mastered the skill by the time they graduate high school.
Makeup artist Stephanie Fernandez, however, was clearly born with innate makeup application skills, either that or she’s been practicing since kindergarten, because at just eighteen years old she's already creating looks worthy of appearing in Hollywood horror flicks.
Stephanie draws her inspiration from movies and popular culture, but most of her creations are truly unique and can't be traced back to one particular film since they're a product of her own twisted vision of dark beauty.
Even Frankenstein's monster has to take a break for tea every once in a while. It's kind of strange to see a china cup being held in the oh-so-cultured three-finger manner with those horrid black fingernails! But this is not Boris Karloff on the set. It is the work of Mike Hill, professional portrait sculptor and artist. Go see his other works! -via I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet
However, Boris Karloff, being a proper British actor, often took a cup of tea during breaks in filming three movies in which he portrayed Frankenstein's monster, Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). There had to be more pictures of the monster on break, and I was right. Continue reading to see them.
No one had to kidnap a baby and threaten to turn it into a goblin just to get these two star-crossed lovers to fall in love. OK, yeah, maybe the plot of The Labyrinth isn't exactly romantic, but there's no denying that there is some real chemistry between this Jareth and Sarah.
This lovely picture series was made to help promote Labyrinth Productions push their wonderful wedding services. Ad or not, it's a great cosplay series that truly capures the magic of this fantastic film.
Via Geeks Are Sexy
Last week on Homes and Hues, we showed you the happiest furniture on earth and this week it's time for something a little darker thanks to Vladi Rapaport's Skull Chair. This delightful illusion is made from fiber-reinforced polyester and even comes with a matching brain ottoman.
While some might think this design is only suitable for Halloween, those of us who love celebrating All Hallows Eve every day of the year, it really is a great centerpiece for any room. And, as the artist explains, it's a great way to reflect on mortality and remember how important it is to make the most out of our limited time on this planet.
This isn't a photoshop. It's a picture of the giant gippsland, a worm that reaches up to nine feet in length don't worry, they don't usally grow longer than three feet long. Yeah, it's pretty much just alive for the sake of giving you nightmares.
The worm takes up to five years to mature and can actually live for a full decade. If you're screaming just looking at these photos, there is one thing that might make you feel a little better, the giant gippsland rarely comes to the surface during its entire life -though that does mean that if you visit Australia they're going to be hanging out, writhing under your feet. Well, you will probably actually hear the audible gurgles their bodies make as they slither underground.
Think of them next time you have a hard time sleeping, just think of these monster worms and then you'll be motivated to get up out of bed and go do something since you won't be sleeping any time soon anyway.
This 1890's mansion was once a stunning sight to behold, but after it was abandoned in 1930, General Electric took over and encouraged salvagers to take anything they wanted from the home as they were planning to demolish it anyway. When WWII broke out though, the company dropped their plans for the property and just left it to rot.
And that's just one amazing mansion that you won't believe people just allowed to crumble away over the decades. Read about the rest over on Oddee.
They say smoking cigarettes will kill you, but these cigarettes ain’t for smoking- they’re for strutting around town looking all dangerous, showing the world that messing with you can cause shortness of breath. Fashionably deadly, cigarette pumps six inches high make a fierce statement about your independence and the fact that you’re smoking hot.
And if you’re trying to quit then making a pair of shoes out of those leftover cartons of cigarettes you’ve got lying around will not only help you kick the habit, they’ll remind you why you quit in the first place.
Caution- these shoes contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer. Spotted at FailBlog.