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Wicked Oliver Reed “Curse of the Werewolf” life-sized wall hanger from Black Heart

Black Heart Enterprises is a group of artists, sculptors and horror/sci-fi/fantasy fans who specialize in creating “accurately detailed resin kits, busts of horror, classic science fiction and fantasy characters”. They’ve produced a number of 1:1 wall-hangers inspired by the characters and creatures that haunt those genres, and one only has to look at their gallery to see they’re serious about bringing all the care, craftsmanship and detail of fine art to the task of modeling these monsters.

Black Heart’s George Stephenson got in touch with me recently about their 1:1 life-sized scale wall-hanger of Oliver Reed from The Curse of the Werewolf, sculpted by Joe Simon. I was immediately impressed by the balance of expression and detail– I don’t think I’ve seen Leon Corledo look more dangerous!

The kit is 1:1 scale and is just under 15″ from the top of the head to the fur just below his neck. There’s no assembly involved, as it’s molded and cast in one piece, and it comes with a 2-page, full-color profile and a short essay entitled A Century of Cinematic Lycanthropy.

George was kind enough to answer a couple of questions:

Why was this particular werewolf chosen (other than Oliver Reed being awesome)?

1) It was time to add a werewolf to Black Heart’s line and Lon Chaney has been done a hundred times, some done very well, and at least a couple in 1:1 scale.  COTW is one of my two favorites of lycanthropic cinema, the other being Werewolf of London.  I considered doing the Henry Hull werewolf but I am concerned about how well WOL will sell.  I love Jack Pierce’s WOL makeup design as much as Roy Ashton’s COTW design (maybe even a bit more) but I try to be conscious of marketability and COTW has broader appeal than WOL.  We also wanted to do a kit that would appeal to the Hammer Films fans. We WILL do WOL down the road; I have to have one on my wall.

2) COTW has been done a number of times as a resin kit, and done very well by some of the best sculptors in our niche of the hobby market, two of whom I know well and have worked with on past projects when I owned GEOmetric Design.  But it had not been done as a 1:1 scale sculpture that would be widely available as a resin kit.  I believed that Joe Simon, with whom I’ve worked since our GEOmetric days, would be challenged and motivated to outdo the other sculptors and I believed he could capture the intensity and fury in Oliver Reed’s expression like no one else has.

3) Yes, Oliver Reed was awesome in the film.  I saw the film on TV as a child in the late 60s and it scared the heck out of me; no other werewolf film had ever done that.  There was a depth to the story and the characters that made it more real for me, I guess.

What sort of material did Joe Simon use for reference when he was doing the sculpt?

I scoured the www for reference photos and found a number of them that gave us most of the angles that we needed for sculpting accuracy.  But there is one famous still from the jail cell scene that was the look I wanted for our kit.  That was Joe’s guide… and he nailed it. [He] has been sculpting for about 15 years and he feels this is his best work yet.  I agree.

The kit is regularly $175.00 but has currently marked down to $140.00. If I was at all competent in the art of model painting I would snatch one of these up right away (and probably a Predator too) – Black Heart tends to produce 100 of each kit before retiring it. Go check it out, and have a look at Black Heart’s other kits too.

Life-Sized “Werewolf of London” Mask (or Bust) by Steve Neill

You might not know who Steve Neill is. I didn’t when I first saw this link in my inbox, but after digging around on his site and looking him up on IMDB, I came to realize that I had seen his special effects work in some of my favourite 80’s movies. He sculpted (and performed one of) the monster arms that burst out of Dana Barrett’s chair in Ghostbusters, for pete’s sake!

Steve is still doing masks and props, and one of his latest creations is this mask of the Werewolf of London as played by Henry Hull. He details its creation on his blog, from the initial sculpture to the finished mask. Yes, “mask”. Despite the fact that the eyes are filled in the photos, Steve is selling mask versions for $225 US (scroll down). You can also get it foam-filled with glass eyes, which I suppose makes it a bust. This isn’t exactly the kind of werewolf I dig, but it’s a classic, well-crafted by a guy who’s been doing it longer than most of us have been alive. Love your work, Steve!

eBay auction for life-size werewolf bust. I dare you to outbid me.

Edit: bumping this up to the top because the auction ends in two hours. Current bid is $204.50 US. Want it? Get it!

Werewolf News reader Bill has notified me of an eBay auction he’s just started on a life-size werewolf bust. I really like the design– it’s evocative of the “horror” style of werewolf I like, so I’m the high bidder as of 1:56PM Pacific today. I’m shooting myself in the foot by posting this, but I’m duty-bound, so here are the details!

Due to a need for cash, I am selling a very rare (possibly one of only two in existence) lifesize werewolf bust. It is cast in resin with foam backing and is unpainted. I purchased this from the UK about 6 years ago. It is an awesome piece! Approximate dimensions are; 19″ from nose to back of head, 20″ tall, and 19″ across the back. Obviously the sculptor was inspired by the American Werewolf in London movie bust because it is similar but not the same and personally I like this one better. I think it is a little meaner looking

There’s no reserve and the auction runs until July 21st, so if you want to help Bill out with some cash in exchange for a wicked-looking werewolf bust, get over there and bid!

If You Can See a Fantastic Creature in Your Head, Trust its Creation to Tim Peirson

The werewolf in the background image of this site is actually me, wearing a mask I commissioned from the inimitable Tim Peirson in 2004. A few months ago I sent the mask back to Tim to be “retired” into a display piece– it was too fragile to be worn anymore, and it needed some paint touch-ups and repairs to areas where the latex skin had ripped. Tim offered to put fake eyes in the sockets and I gladly accepted– the price was very reasonable and he had done such an excellent job building “Wolfy” that I was sure whatever work he did now would be well worth it. Suffice it to say, I was not expecting this. Holy shit. He didn’t just restore the piece, he turned it into a thing far finer than the original (amazingly crafted in its own right). The original mask was just that: a mask, with the same rough coverage as a football helmet. Now it’s a head & shoulders bust that looks more detailed and lifelike than ever. Like the title says: if you can see a fantastic creature in your head, trust its creation to Tim Peirson– he’s a spectacular artisan and one of the most generous people I’ve ever met.

Jim Bycznski’s Work in Progress: a Life-Sized “Wolfman” Display Figure

In December I got an email and some photos from Jim Bycznski, founder of what might be the coolest program to ever grace the curriculum of a high school. Jim was inspired by the (then) imminent release of The Wolfman and he and his crew began working on a life-sized display figure of the titular beast. This weekend I got a few more photos of their progress– “Legs have been molded and casted, teeth made, and the body will be fabricated soon,” Jim writes. Here are seven shots of the process. Look on this, and wonder why your high school wasn’t this cool.

If I’d had access to a program like this when I was in high school, my career path would have been very different. You can see a gallery of more BHSFX work here– there are some more werewolves, if you look closely! Thanks for sharing, Jim.

Tom Spina “Pale Moon” Werewolf Statue + Ebay Auction for Werewolf Bust

At first he was furious about the hairdresser's botched bleach job, but after time he grew to appreciate the distinctive look it gave him. Plus, the ladies loved it.

Last month Tom Spina made all of our living rooms feel empty when he shared with us his Underworld Lycan display. Now he’s back to trigger your envy reflexes again with this custom life-size white werewolf statue. Here are Tom’s comments on the statue!

The client who commissioned this piece had seen our original design werewolf statue (the brown wolf, seen here: Lifesized Movie Prop Style Werewolf Statue and here Movie Prop Style Werewolf Bust) and loved it. Initially, he was going to get the standard look, but after a little brainstorming, we hit on the idea of a white werewolf with a themed base and a new pose, based on the layout of his home theater.

The new pose has a great, dynamic feel to it… and the faux stone base sets off nicely against the white fur and the shape of it gives him a little of that old school “Aurora model kit” vibe.

This statue is a little over 6.5 feet tall and really massive feeling. His hands are huge and his shoulders and back have a powerful look to them.

The project is the result of work by myself and Richard Riley, with an assist from Mike Thomas on some of the casting and crating the beast when it was time for him to go home…

To see many more photos of Pale Moon, including detail shots of hands, feet, jaws and eyes, visit the Pale Moon page of Tom’s web site.

Wracked with jealousy? Wish Pale Moon was menacing your house guests? The full statue was a one-off custom job, but Tom has created a bust of the white werewolf and listed it on eBay. The auction runs until midday September 9th, so if you want it, get bidding!

An American Werewolf in London 1:1 Scale Prop For Sale

Gift shopping for the werewolf fan who has everything? Then why not fill up her living room with this 1:1 scale replica of the werewolf from An American Werewolf in London?

An American Werewolf in London Scale Prop

This handsome fellow is eight feet long from muzzle to back claws, five feet across and three and a half feet tall. He can menace your living space for $3,200 US, which seems reasonable when I consider that the mask in the background of Werewolf News cost me nearly $2,500. Those searching for a more economical werewolf prop might wish to consider the American Werewolf in London prop bust, which is basically the pointy end of the full prop. Visit the Monster Galaxy web site for more details. Anyone wishing to get me either of these items is welcome to contact me for my mailing address. Thanks to Jax for the link!

Restoring the Original American Werewolf

Twenty-seven years is a long time for a film prop to survive– especially one made of fragile foam latex and fake fur. When the werewolf prop from An American Werewolf in London started to show serious signs of wear and tear, the private collector who owned it called on Tom Spina to do some major restoration work.

Tom’s site has an excellent photo gallery and project diary detailing the process of repairing this important artifact from werewolf film history. His work is really quite amazing, and it’s a real treat to see this amazing prop up close.

An interesting postscript: this isn’t the only werewolf work Tom has done. Want to buy a life-like werewolf bust or a full-size werewolf statue? Tom Spina’s got you covered. On a totally unrelated note, I may start taking PayPal donations on this site soon. For… hosting costs. Yes.

Thanks for the tip, ArcLight.