the murder scene
in the bathroom before, but then I got the idea to ramp it up a
Seriously, this was the thing people seemed the most disturbed by, and
with good reason.
||The extra touches this year: Red
and crime scene photos everywhere.
||Most of these were from real
including a few infamous ones like the Black Dahlia murder (see far
for one from that).
||I had these hanging pretty much
so you really couldn't miss them. I think there were 15 or 20
||Leiann figured out how to resize
pictures I had collected off the web so that they totally filled out
frame and yet retained a tremendous amount of detail without looking
Honestly, this was the prop I was happiest with out of everything we
||The shower scene.
||We put the bloody handprints on
this year instead of my office door.
||Another shot of this
the hand in the background reaching down out of the cabinet above the
||Man, these were awesome.
even a fan of horror movies or true crime stories, but this is just one
of those really great effects.
||The shot in the middle was just
boarded-up old building. It came up on a Google image search for
crime scene photos. I have no idea if anything even happened
On the right: Another photo of
corpse, both halves of it.
||I just used nylon rope and
to hang everything. Dani's putting one line back up since we had
to take it down to shower before the party.
||Though some had said they would,
had any guests bring their kids to any of our Halloween parties in the
past, so I kept it R-rated this year. Besides our own monster
pictured), we did actually have one guest under 17. I should have
warned the mom, but whatever.
||Here's another shower
tub needs to be completely dry before you add the fake blood, otherwise
there are two problems: 1) you're diluting it and 2) it's also going
collect in droplets too large to stay in place, so they'll congeal and
roll down the drain.
||If you dry out the tub ahead of
then you get more of this splatter pattern and only the excess collects
in the center.
||Bloody scenes look even better
In fact, I partially used the Hitchcock method and mixed chocolate
(as used in Psycho) with my usual pomegranate Kool-Aid to get
effect above. Unfortunately, I don't have any shots of the
mix under the red lights.