Category: Special Effects & Props

The stuff that makes the claws, fur and fangs grow

by on May. 25, 2017 at 6:06pm

The Star Wars werewolf connection hinges entirely on special effects legend Rick Baker deciding to use some of his off-the-shelf creature masks during re-shoots of the Episode IV cantina scene in 1977. Among those masks was a werewolf Baker had created on his own in 1973. As with seemingly everyone else in that cantina, the werewolf extra […]

by on May. 11, 2017 at 8:23pm

Werewolf News reader Jacob Bellingham shared a photo he took (and a link to a Dread Central article about) this prize-winning An American Werewolf In London-themed cake. Created by Karen Mitchell of Sugarlicious Cakes by Karen, it won a silver medal in the Decorative Exhibit category of the 2017 Cake International competition in London in April. The level of […]

by on Mar. 15, 2017 at 1:32pm

I tend to reserve “catchin’ up on my sites” for the end of the day, but any time I spot a new Monster Legacy post – even when it’s not about werewolf creature effects – it immediately gets my full attention. This one is about a werewolf, though: Hogwarts professor and Harry Potter fan favourite Remus Lupin. Lupin’s werewolf form in the film adaptation […]

by on Mar. 9, 2017 at 6:16pm

Portland-area fans of NBC’s Grimm – which airs its final episodes this month – will want to gas up their cars, pack a lunch and gather up some rainy day cash. According to Portland Monthly, “a 40,000-square-foot warehouse stuffed with more than 120 episodes’ worth of Grimm props and paraphernalia will open its doors to the public” […]

by on Feb. 21, 2017 at 9:15pm

The Stan Winston School of Character Arts recently put up a collection of behind-the-scenes photos and recollections from the crew responsible for building the titular monsters of The Monster Squad, including The Wolfman portrayed by Jonathan Gries. “The challenge was to suggest those classic creatures, without really copying them,” explained  [lead mummy builder] Shane Mahan, “because we didn’t […]

by on Aug. 25, 2016 at 10:15am

I want to show the pain. I want him to be able to move around, he’s gonna pull his clothes off, we’re gonna see the whole body change — so figure out how to do that. – John Landis describing the AWIL transformation to Rick Baker John Landis’s An American Werewolf in London is 35 years […]

by on Apr. 12, 2016 at 6:04pm

Yesterday creature effects legend Rick Baker tweeted what he referred to as an “unfinished sketch” of a werewolf rendered in a style reminiscent of his 2010 Wolfman lycanthropes. Is this Larry Talbot posing with his own tombstone? I like dapper snarly werewolves and this fellow wrecked my damn shop. Then today Rick followed the sketch up with a self-effacing note expressing surprise at the positive response […]

by on Mar. 24, 2016 at 3:39pm

One of my favourite things about “online” is discovering new things through a series of unexpected causal connections. I recently went through one of these “one thing leads to the next” adventures. One tweet from a friend turned into multiple hours of enjoyment involving South Africa, werewolves, music and many things with ALL-CAPS names. Join me, won’t you? […]

by on Mar. 21, 2016 at 9:42am

If you want to immerse yourself in monster makeup and costumes but you can’t get a job in the creature effects industry, reading Monster Legacy might be the next best thing. Last year they provided wonderful photo-essays on the werewolf in The Cabin in the Woods and the Lycans of the Underworld series. Now they’ve […]

by on Feb. 23, 2016 at 11:00am

If you’re a monster in need of a pick-me-up (or a human in need of a unique souvenir), check out Hoxton Street Monster Supplies in London. Like a cross between the SRA and a Diagon Alley transplant, they sell “goods for the Living, Dead and Undead” – real edibles and novel objects cunningly designed by We Made This Ltd to […]