Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fresh New Corpses... Uh... We Mean Guests...

May 31, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact:Pete Mongelli, Spooky Empire, Inc.

OCTOBER 9-11, 2009

Orlando, FL - Spooky Empire is ready for their seventh year and have an excellent show in store once again! They've lined up some of the freshest new guests to appear at Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend, being held this year on October 9-11, 2009 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive.

Some of the guests to appear so far are
The Masters of Horror - George Romero "Dawn of the Dead",
John Landis "American Werewolf in London",
and Herschell Gordon Lewis "2,000 Maniacs",

Adrienne Barbeau "The Fog",
Linda Blair "The Exorcist", and
Fairuza Balk from "The Craft".
From Alfred Hitchcock's legendary film "The Birds" Tippi Hedren will be appearing,
as well as Sid Haig and Bill Moseley of Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects".

There will be a "Jason" Reunion with special guests Derek Mears, Kane Hodder and. C.J. Graham.
Come and meet the daughter of the legendary movie monster Boris Karloff - Sara Karloff.
Also come and meet special guest Brian Krause best known as Leo in the "Charmed" television series and Stephen Kings "Sleepwalkers", this is his first convention appearance.

Other guests include Jason London from "Dazed and Confused",
"Creature from the Black Lagoon" Ricou Browning,
and from "Night of the Creeps" Jill Whitlow and Jason Lively.

There will also be a "Halloween II" reunion with the original cast. This is just the beginning!

This year Spooky Empire is bringing back what they are best known for - the most exciting events in Florida! Including the famous Zombie Walk hosted by The Deadite Empire, The Freak Show Film Festival, Live Bands, Creepy Costume Contest, Screamin' Ink Tattoo Room, Q&A's and Seminars, Video Game Room, Huge Dealer Room, and of course their world renowned pool parties - a must attend! The newest additions to the events - The Celebrity Poker Tournament and a Shadow Cast of Repo: The Genetic Opera.

Tickets for this ultimate event will go on sale Monday, June 1st at two minutes to midnight! That includes advance tickets for the show as well as our VIP package.

Visit the website to purchase tickets.
Make sure you reserve your rooms early this year. Last year sold out quickly and you don't want to pass up the opportunity to stay on the premises, you don't want to miss a thing. Rooms at the Wyndham are just $99 a night, if you mention "Spooky Empire" when you call for reservations.
The Wyndham reservation line is 1-800-421-8001.

Join the legions of Spooky Empire fans on their Forum at

Meet other fans, get answers to your questions,
and find out the most recent updates on the show
For more information visit the website at

or call the Spooky Empire Hotline 954-258-7852.

Friday, May 29, 2009

We've Got Eggs In Our Lemon Tree

We're pretty sure they belong to the Northern Mockingbird that was watching us take the pictures. Here's a picture I found of a Northern Mockingbird, as my pictures of her didn't turn out very well.

Monday, May 25, 2009

First Mater of the Year

"Great Success!"

Happy Memorial Day

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Land of the Lost TV Marathon

The Sci-fi channel is having a marathon of the original Land of the Lost TV show on Monday May 25th starting at 8:00am and going until 4:00am on the 26th.

Marshall, Will, and Holly
On a routine expedition
Met the greatest earthquake ever known.
High on the rapids
It struck their tiny raft.
And plunged them down a thousand feet below.

To the Land of the Lost.
To the Land of the Lost.
To the Land of the Lost.

Heres the schedule.

Rat Problem Fixed

This solves my problem of how to make my Rat minion creepy enough!

Rough Sketches

I decided that instead of a bunch of the same minion I would make 13 different minions (It works with my back story for this year). This is a rough drawing of ideas for minions, 7 heads are already in progress. A few of them I'm not too sure about; Rat, Blank, and Weed. Rat I'm just not sure how to make him creepy enough. Weed will not look like the drawing, but will be plant based. Blank is too simple and will be replaced by something else. Gate Keeper is a crappy drawing and hopefully will end up looking like the Minions from the movie The Gate.

Friday, May 22, 2009

A sneak peek

This head is about the size of my fist. Think Imp, Goblin, but mainly think Blix from Legend but littler.

9 (New, Longer Trailer)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Scar Stuff

I found a great blog that has a ton of info, links, downloads of old Halloween and spooky albums, and a lot more.
Check out Scar Stuff.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

More Minion Pictures

Fright Rags

Need a nice horror movie T-shirt?
Check out Fright Rags!
My wish list is super long!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Work Bench

I finally got around to building myself a work bench in the garage for all my projects.

I'm pretty pleased with it. I made it taller because I'm 6 foot 3 and bending over a regular table kills my back after a while. Sorry about the blurry photos, they're off my phone.

The Haunting in Connecticut

We just got home from seeing The Haunting in Connecticut. We really enjoyed it. I was nice to see a scary movie that actually made me jump, and it was nice to see a horror movie that wasn't a bloody mess trying to cover up a weak story. The only negative thing I could come up with was that I wanted more of the story, more details. If you enjoy a good ghost story you should check out The Haunting in Connecticut.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I loved these guys in the movie The Gate and Gate 2. The Minions are loosely the basis of some props I'll be working on next week while I'm on vacation.

Character Dynamics

Monday, May 4, 2009

Un-used Footage (2008)

Never made a video for 2008, most of the footage was lame. This is raw footage, you can even hear me breathing.

May the 4th be with you

The Zombie Chicken

WOW! I am very honored to be recognized by such a well respected (and super cool) Halloween peer as Mr. Macabre!

The Zombie Chicken

"The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the Zombie Chicken, excellence, grace, and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all..."

If I must choose, I choose . . . . .

What's Brewing

Mr. Macabre's Hallowe'en Cerebrations

Creepy Cupcakes - Halloween Things

The Obscure Hollow

Grim Hollow Haunt


The Semi-Daily Hoot

Rot, Mr. Macabre, and Carrie Mae @ C.C. are my everyday must check blogs, so I do not apologize for them getting The Zombie Chicken more then once if they've already received it.

Apopka biz says Universal stole its plans for Halloween attractions

Originally posted by
Jason Garcia on Apr 28, 2009 1:49:18 PM
for an Orlando Sentinel Blog

An Apopka entertainment-design company said Tuesday that it has sued Universal Orlando, its parent company and two movie studios, accusing them of stealing its concept for Halloween-themed attractions based on a trio of iconic horror movie characters.

In its 26-page complaint, ICC Design Inc. accuses Universal, NBC Universal, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. of taking plans it had developed for theme-park attractions built around the characters Jason, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface and using them instead for the 2007 edition of "Halloween Horror Nights" at Universal's parks in Orlando and California.

ICC said it first approached New Line in February 2005 about plans to license the three characters for new theme-park attractions. It said it spent more than a year working on the concept with New Line and that the discussions ultimately broadened to include Universal executives, as well.

But it said those talks abruptly ended in November 2006 -- only a few months before New Line and Universal announced a deal to feature the three characters in Halloween Horror Nights.

"Through outright fraud, deception, misrepresentation and 'back-door' dealings, entertainment industry giants New Line Cinema, Universal Orlando and NBC misappropriated ICC's confidential and proprietary business proposal and used such to reap staggering profits," lawyers for ICC wrote in the 26-page lawsuit.

Universal dismissed the allegations.

"We consider this groundless, without merit, and we're going to vigorously defend our position," spokesman Tom Schroder said.