Monthly Archives: October 2008

Recipes for Zombie Wounds

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With both Zombie Day and Halloween drawing closer, you’re going to need some gruesome wounds, stat! I hinted at my own wound-making recipes in a past post, but now all shall be revealed!

My favorite way to make nasty-looking wounds is with unflavored gelatin. It doesn’t necessarily have to be unflavored; if you want your wound to have different colors from flavored gelatin that’s up to you! (You should bear in mind though, that colored gelatin will probably stain your skin.) The great thing about this method is that you can use various additional media to create many different textures, and you don’t need any special glue to attach the wound to your skin. Just glob it onto you while it’s still wet and let it dry on you; it will stick by itself.

cottonballs.jpgTake some cotton balls and get them wet with hot water. Stir it around to sort of break them up. Add the gelatin. How much you add isn’t that important, it will just make the texture a little different, so you can experiment. It’s better to add too much than too little, because without enough gelatin, the cosmetic won’t solidify or stick to you.

031607_knox_c.jpgOnce you have the gelatin stirred in and it’s cooled down enough to handle, glob it onto your skin and sculpt it with your fingers so that it looks how you want it to. The cotton balls give it kind of a fibrous, lumpy texture. Once the wound has dried and solidified, you can add makeup to it. Paint it to match your skin tone, then add blood, bruise colors, or whatever other colors you need. You can stick in things like pins, bolts, or other hardware, fake eyeballs like in the awesome droopy-eye wound shown above, fake knives or other costume props, or sew big uneven stitches into it.

When you’ve finished with your creepy shenanigans, the wound will peel off with a little effort, or you can try dissolving it off with water.

You don’t have to use just cotton balls, either. Try using corn flakes, tissues or toilet paper, shredded paper, or anything else you want to experiment with! All of these media will give you different textures, so think about how you want your wound to look before you make it. You can even try mixing different media together.

instr.jpgSimilar types of wounds can be made with latex glue, or liquid latex that’s safe for use on skin, instead of gelatin. That might not be as cheap, but it depends on what’s available to you. Here’s an Instructable for using latex and toilet paper. It will also give you some good ideas about shaping wounds and creating additional, realistic textures.

You can also make great wounds using marshmallows. Just mash up some marshmallows with your fingers, and shape them to the size you want. These ones are cool because they remain soft and gushy while still maintaining basically the same shape. You should mostly paint them and decorate them before you put them on, and you have to glue them on with latex glue or spirit gum. Once they are glued on to your skin you can add some of the messier effects like blood.

Speaking of blood, I’ve given this recipe before, but it bears reiteration. It’s simple! Just mix together corn syrup with enough red food coloring to get the shade of red you desire. Common additional ingredients are cocoa powder to make it darker and to give it a realistic brownish color when it dries, peanut butter to make it thicker, or liquid soap to make it slimier.

What I have yet to figure out or find is a recipe for realistic-looking fake pus. On the other hand, maybe that’s just a bit too gross.

As a bonus, here’s some instructions from Indy Mogul on how to make a fake brain!

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Zombie Redux: Get Ready for Zombie Day!

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Here at MyDisguises, we are deadly excited for World Zombie Day on Oct. 26th. I thought it would fun to look back on a few of our posts regarding Zombies.

 

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If you’re interested in learning how to make fake blood and wounds, Camilla wrote a great piece about DIY zombie makeup.

Who knew that corn syrup, cotton balls and marshmellows could be used so effectively? This is a great read for all wannabe zombies. [link]

 


Zombie HaikuZombie Haiku
Everyone enjoys good Haiku poetry, and zombies are no different. Check out this post for some fun zombie Haiku examples, a link to a zombie Haiku website and a few submissions from our own commenters. [link]

moaning and groaning
walking dead are chasing me
but i run faster

 


Stevil and his ZombiesEvil League of Evil
In an application to join the Evil Leage of Evil, Steve demonstrates his abilities to conjur zombies with a snap of his fingers.

Heh, I love the song he sings with the zombies. [link]
 
 

 


Zombie Kid Likes TurtlesZombie Kid
This is one of the funniest Youtube videos I’ve ever seen. The poor kid is nervous about being on live TV, and when the reporter asks him about his zombie makeup, he blurts out, “I like turtles!”

The many parodies that cropped up in response are hilarious as well. [link]
 
 

 

Good times here at MyDiguises. I hope everyone gets an awesome facepaint job for World Zombie Day. We like zombies!

And so do turtles… 🙂

We like zombies

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Geeky Pumpkins

Waylou.com has a great collection of geeky Jack O Lanterns made by master pumpkin carvers. The talent and creativity of genre fans never cease to amaze me. These are fantastic!


Geeky Pumpkins

Geeky Pumpkins

Geeky Pumpkins

Geeky Pumpkins

Geeky Pumpkins

 

Great stuff! Head on over to Waylou to view all 34 Geeky Pumpkins.

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World Zombie Day

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Get ready to play dead.

Ok, World Zombie day (coming up on October 26th) isn’t just about playing dead…it’s about feeding the hungry. Uh, perhaps I should clarify that. World Zombie Day is about having a deadly fun time, as pretend zombies, for a good cause.

Pennyslvania is proud of its Zombie heritage (think iconic films Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, both filmed in Pennsylvania). In fact, Pittsburg has become the hub and official World Zombie Day organizer and every year they host the Zombie Fest.

This year on Friday, October 24th, there will be a Zombie Masquerade Ball. On Saturday, October 25th there’s a sort of “Zombie Com” with horror writers, vendors and activities. And Sunday, of course, is the world famous Zombie Walk in which participants bring cans of non-perishable food items for the Greater Pittsburg Food Bank.

Here’s a promotional trailer just for fun:

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Zombie Evolution, Part 2: Zombie Film Timeline

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1932: Premiere of White Zombie, starring Bela Lugosi. Capitalizing on previous voodoo zombie themes, it is regarded as the first legitimate zombie film ever made. Zombies are portrayed as mindless, shambling henchmen under the spell of an evil magician.

1930’s – 1960’s: Zombies, typically still voodoo-inspired, continue to appear in cinema periodically. Notable films include: I Walked with a Zombie (1943), the notorious Plan 9 from Outer space (1959) and EC Comics’ Tales from the Crypt. plan-9.JPG

1954: Publication of I am Legend, by author Richard Matheson, the story of a future Los Angeles overrun with undead bloodsucking beings, influences the zombie genre with the portrayal of a worldwide apocalypse due to an infestation. Although classified as a vampire story and referred to as “the first modern vampire novel,” it has an authoritative impact on the zombie genre through the work of George Romero. Romero, by his own admission, was greatly influenced by the novel and its 1964 adaptation when writing the film Night of the Living Dead. i-am-legend.jpg

1968: Night of the Living Dead crushes former horror film taboos to became a genre-defining classic, proving more influential on the zombie archetype than any other literary or cinematic work (see Zombie Evolution: Part 1 below)

1978: George Romero follows up Night with Dawn of the Dead. The film tells the story of four survivors of the expanding zombie apocalypse as they take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall, in Monroeville (Pennsylvania), where they intend to wait out the crisis. They clear the mall of the undead and barricade the entrances with tractor-trailers. But they have more than the undead to worry about. They also have to contend with a band of looting bikers and their own mounting tensions. Here’s a look at the trailer:

Make sure you check back for more zombie goodness, including tutorials on how to do zombie makeup on the cheap and information on the official World Zombie Day!

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New Star Trek Movie Photos Released!

New Star Trek Movie Photos

Various websites have released exclusive photos of the upcoming Star Trek movie prequel. Above you can see (from left to right) young Checkov, Kirk, Scotty, Dr. McCoy, Sulu and Uhura.

And here’s young Spock, played by Zachary Quinto, from the popular TV show Heroes. He looks a lot like Leonard Nimoy!

New Star Trek Movie Photos

 

To compare, here’s a photo of these same characters from the Original Series:

Star Trek: The Original Series

So what do you think of the new uniforms? Personally, I think they look… pretty good. The texture of the material makes them look a bit like thermal underwear. But it’s not too bad.

I’m pleased with most of the casting, especially Simon Pegg as Scotty. As a long-time Trek fan, I’m a little concerned that this might become Trek 90210. But I have faith in J.J. Abrams and I will certainly be at the theater on opening weekend.

Here are a few more photos. I’m glad they kept the miniskirt, it keeps things consistent with the Original Series.

New Star Trek Movie Photos

New Star Trek Movie Photos

New Star Trek Movie Photos

[via UGO, JustJared, IGN, AICN, MTV]

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Zombie Evolution: Part 1

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In honor of the fast approaching World Zombie Day on October 26th, it only makes sense to pay homage to the iconic film that shot zombies into horror movie pop culture.

George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was filmed in black and white, not to add a certain artistic tone, but because it was more cost effective. Oddly, though, the black and white tones of the movie increased the film’s heebie-jeebie quality.

Night Of The Living Dead follows two protagonists, Barbra and Ben, as they try to survive the night in a Pennsylvania farmhouse surrounded by zombies (recently dead bodies reanimated due to radio active explosion in the earth’s atmosphere and are now on a bloodthirsty hunt for human flesh). Will Barbra and Ben survive? (I’ll never tell…you’ll have to watch the movie).

Back in 1968, when Night of the Living Dead premiered, it was strongly criticized for its “explicit content.” However, in 1999, the Library of Congress added it to the National Film Registry, saying it was “historically, culturally or aesthetically important.”

While Night of the living Dead wasn’t the first zombie movie produced, it was certainly the most influential in shaping the modern zombie archetype. Take a look at the trailer…if you dare!

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A Few More Evil League of Evil Applications

Since we reported last week on the numerous video applications for Dr. Horrible’s Evil League of Evil, we’ve received requests to highlight a few more.

I’m astounded by the quality and creativity of the Dr. Horrible fans. They have come up with such great villains with awesome costumes. Some of these people should just quit their day jobs and move to Hollywood.

Stevil and his Zombies

 

Fury of Solace

 

Tur-Mohel

 

Even our friends ManWithPez and ThatCostumeGirl got into the fray:

The Butler

Caffiend

 

Well done, everyone! Hope you all end up on the Dr. Horrible DVD.

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