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Down & Dirty Deluxe Werewolf Costume (and a Baby Werewolf Puppet)

The folks at The Horror Dome aren’t screwing around. Not only will they apply themselves diligently to ensure that your Nightmares Come True, they will also make sure you have your Halloween 2010 werewolf costume squared away by July. That’s when you can expect to receive your Big Bad Wolf (Studio Werewolf Costume) if you order now. I’m not going to lie to you: this werewolf might want to get his bilirubin levels checked, and he definitely needs to wash his face. But for $500, this setup looks pretty awesome. Those hands look great, and it’s nice to see some werewolf feet that don’t look like they belong to a hobbit in need of a pedicure.

They also sell a baby werewolf puppet. I’m going to say that again: a baby werewolf puppet. Look at this thing. I want one so I can take it to the playground with all the other responsible parents and pretend to bottle-feed it (because let’s face it, bottle-feeding is the only option with a kid like this).

Thanks to Russell for the links!

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.

Four More Great Photos of Being Human Werewolves George & Nina

These lovely photos of George (edit: and in the white pressure tank George’s girlfriend Nina) are from episode four of Being Human‘s second series. Thanks to @SheenFanSite for bringing them to my attention! It looks like the official Being Human Facebook group is posting stills from each episode as it airs, so expect more photos of these excellent werewolf costumes as they become available.

The Last Werewolves of October

Champions Online - Blood Moon werewolfHere’s an assortment of items that have hit my inbox over the course of October, but that I’ve been too busy or distracted to post.

  • The Yorkshire Post has an interview with Jenny Agutter, who played nurse Alex Price in An American Werewolf in London. She discusses her role in AWIL and talks about how the audience reacted to the initial screening of the film.
  • The Grosse Pointe Farms Department of Public Works in Michigan is home to a boulder that bears the footprint of Le Loup Garou, the werewolf of Grosse Pointe. Hooray for urban legends!
  • Here’s a printable 3D werewolf paper craft, in case you’re locked in a room with a colour printer and 15 minutes to kill. I may have crafted one of these for my office desk.
  • pjstar.com has an interview with Professor Leslie Sconduto, author of “Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity through the Renaissance”. Choice quote: “There’s a werewolf for everyone. Each to its own. One to suit each taste.”
  • Champions Online is running a game event called “Blood Moon“, wherein the game’s world is overrun with werewolves, vampires and other monstrous creatures. Players can battle (and become) these monsters, and of course there’s a number of werewolf-related items to be had. There’s a free trial available for anyone who wants to try the game out, but it expires at 10 AM Pacific on November 2nd. That’s in, like, 10 hours. Hurry! HURRY!
  • The BSC Beat has an interview with Mark Chadbourn, author of the recently-released Hellboy novel Hellboy: The Ice Wolves. You can read a preview of The Ice Wolves at the Dark Horse web site.
  • Scribblenauts is an interesting game that’s just come out for the Nintendo DS. The idea is to solve puzzles by typing in the name of virtually any object you can think of that might help. That object then appears in the game and does its thing, whether it’s a ball, a chainsaw or a platypus. You can probably guess where I’m going with this… yes, you can summon werewolves. Here’s a Youtube video of two garlic and stake-infused werewolves scaring a vampire to death. I want this game just so I can do that, over and over.
  • Cinematical explains why it’s worth it to replace your DVD copy of An American Werewolf in London with the recently released Full Moon Edition on Blu-ray. Apparently the new bonus content alone is worth the cost! I wish I had a Blu-ray player.
  • I also wish I had an Xbox 360. The LIVE Marketplace has got werewolf costumes for your Xbox 360 Avatar.

Many thanks to people who submitted these items!

The Wolf-Thing In Cirque du Freak Is Pretty Silly

I can't stop looking at that ear.

Cirque du Freak, the recently-released film starring John C. Reilly, has a wolfman in it, and it’s… well… they obviously chose to design it for the screen like that– the production values of the film are too high for this goofy-looking thing to be the result of low-budget ineptitude. Here’s a Youtube clip of the wolfman (graciously linked by Viergacht) just in case the photo above doesn’t do it for you. The question is, “why does he look like that?” The wolfman on the cover of The Vampire’s Assistant (one of the book in the series that inspired the film) looks like an actual wolfman. What you see in the film is the werewolf equivalent of a guy who wears his underpants over top of his jeans because he’s not paying attention. What do you think?

Also, while I love John C. Reilly, to me he will always be Dr. Steve Brule. For your health!

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!

Life-Size Lycan Display by Tom Spina

Tom Spina Underworld Lycan

Tom Spina spends a lot of time around werewolves. Last year he did some major restoration on “Oscar” from An American Werewolf in London, and now he’s just completed a custom mannequin to display an original Underworld: Rise of the Lycans werewolf costume (scroll down a bit for the link) for a private collector. Tom contacted me to let me know about this project, thinking that readers of Werewolf News might find it interesting, and he also kindly took the time to answer a few questions I had for him about the project.

Werewolf News: In what condition was the costume when you first received it from the client? Had it seen production use, and been banged up at all?

Tom Spina: The costume saw extensive use in the film (and we verified that with someone on-set who could ID this particular costume) and the condition was actually very good.

Beneath the fur, there’s a lot of skin exposed, and not a lot of places to hide seams. How many pieces did the costume break down to, and did you have to do anything out of the ordinary to create such a seamless result?

Some minor cracks and rubs but still supple and flexible.  It breaks down into 4 pieces: The bodysuit with attached arms, the stilt feet (seem hidden by fur) and the head.  Our responsibility was to find a means of displaying an otherwise awkward and difficult costume to display.  The nature of the costume required some careful planning when creating the support structure, as a “normal” mannequin would never be able to navigate its way inside the bodysuit.

What level of creative freedom did you have when it came to determining the pose and the details of the base? Were there any other aspects of the project that allowed you to add some creative, personal touches?

As always, we worked closely with the client to determine the pose.  That process is always a balance between the look desired and the needs of the wardrobe.  In this case, dealing with foam and such, you don’t want anything overly extreme, as you can cause unnatural wrinkles in the suit.  We settled on something with “quiet menace” rather than dynamic action.  There’s a bit of attitude in the torso and some more in the head positioning, with the legs and arms at interesting angles, but relatively neutral to keep the costume’s skin properly aligned and supported. The base was the client’s idea and something we actually consider temporary. Eventually, we’ll likely do a dark stone block look for the base.

Is it tough to say goodbye to a piece when it’s finished and the client ships it out?

YES, it’s always tough to say goodbye to these pieces!

As always, incredible work, Tom! Thanks for sharing your time and work with us werewolf fans.

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!

Media Molecule Releasing Monster Costumes for LBP, Including a Werewolf

Media Molecule - Monsters

Monster costumes in May? That’s what I like to hear! On May 21st Media Molecule, the creators of LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 3, are releasing Monsters as two downloadable content packs. The Monsters Kit pack ($3.99 / €3.99) contains monster-related materials, stickers, objects and sounds. The Monster Costumes pack ($2.99 / €2.99 for the set, or $0.99 each) boasts four monster costumes– Zombie, Sackula, Bride of Sackula and (what else?) Werewolf. Each costume breaks down into parts so you can mix and match costume components: the Werewolf costume contains a Werewolf head, Werewolf torso, Werewolf tail and Werewolf trousers. Check out the trailer below to see all four costumes in action.

The Warwulf Costume

If you think a fog machine and a CD of scary sounds is a big Halloween production, you need to meet Michael Shears and his neighbours Billy, Doug and Clay. Not only are they putting together a Halloween Spookfest for their neighbourhood in Stratford, Ontario, they’re building the costumes, props and special effects themselves. One of the costume creatures at this event is the Warwulf, a werewolf built on a shoestring budget using household items, ingenuity and a lot of heart. (more…)