Friday, October 17, 2014


I finally watched this movie last night. I had heard about it and wanted to see what it was about or how it went.

I don't like to post negative things on here, but as I am starting to watch some of the horror movies and wanted to post my opinion on them, now and then, I am going to run across what I feel is a bomb.

This is a Quentin Tarantino movie. I am not a huge fan.

I found the start to be very bizarre and creepy and it didn't seem to make sense until towards the end and then it does as to what you were seeing.

This is set at the start in Amsterdam about three backpackers, two from America and one from Iceland I believe he was. The thing is, they never really do any backpacking at all. It's just about these three guys wandering Europe on a train with a backpack on their back and going to a hostel to which they get more than what they bargained for.

(Warning! Spoiler as to what is going on written below)

Just what were they bargaining for? Sex. Pure and simple that's what it was they were looking for. They end up stumbling right into a black market/set up for torture and murder, blood and gore.

So yup, lots of gratuitious sex, female nudity, drugs and violence and bad language. This is definitely for mature audiences and not something you want your kids watching. It lingers a bit on the SAW type of movies, lots of blood and gore and nasty stuff that can turn your stomach.

Objectifying women, homophobe...yadda yadda you get the picture, or hopefully you avoid this one unless you just want to see lots of this sort of thing.

It nearly felt like it was geared for the bachelor party, if someone was to have one around this time of year or who likes the horror, blood and gore type of thing.

Of course like most Tarantino's movies, a bit of a twist and I thought the kid mob looking for gum was the quirky fun part of the movie.

It takes a while to get to the horror parts but once it starts, it's hardcore all the way.
I have to say I expected them all to die, but no, we had a hero escape and exact revenge. 

This one was just not my cup of tea.

So I'd give this one like a 1 GP rating out of 5. I did like the suspense apsects but other than that? Nah.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hazards of Making Haunt Props

There are a lot of hazards to making your own props. Most of it is just using common sense, but there are things that can happen that you don't think about or if you are in a hurry and don't take the time to think about all the what-ifs.

First, anything that you are doing that makes little pieces or parts or dust-like particles, whether it is cutting wood or pvc pipe or even if you are spray painting or using that all purpose fun Great Stuff, I'd recommend wearing goggles to protect your eyes.

Cutting wood, saw dust, bits of wood come flying out under an electric saw or even splintering with a hand saw. Those bits and pieces can fly up into your eyes before your know it.

PVC? Oh yes! I use a mitre saw to cut all the pvc pipe as I use some very large pieces and it's hard to cut it with a hand tool, so using a fine blade turned backwards, (trick my Uncle told me of) it melts the pvc edge to make a finer one but there are tons of melted shavings that will adhere on to anything and everything, including your eyes. So goggles are definitely called for.

Spray paint is a given, you'd be surprised how far that stuff flies in the air and gets on everything. I worried about it spraying into my eyes with the wind and forever seeing the world thru a speckled black lens. No thanks, goggles again.

Great Stuff. Oh boy...those are pressurized cans and they can and have been known to explode at times. And that stuff, is just really super difficult stuff to get off and well you really don't want it in your eyes or else you will need to flush your eyes out and seek medical attention PRONTO. ALWAYS use goggles. This is bad to just get on your skin! Check out this link that explains more about Great Stuff and what to do should you get it on your skin:

Directly from that site in case you can't open it:

A.   Eye contact with wet foam may
cause irritation or injury. If the foam
dries and hardens on the eye, it
becomes diffi cult to remove and will
be painful.
FIRST AID: Flush eyes
with water for 15 minutes. Seek
medical attention.

  B. Prolonged skin contact with wet, uncured foam may cause
irritation and may stain skin. Skin contact may cause an allergic
reaction or lead to respiratory sensitization. If
wet or uncured
gets on skin, quickly and carefully wipe it off using a cloth
without spreading the foam around; wash with soap and water.
Within minutes, wet foam will dry and bond to surfaces and skin.
Once the foam has dried, it cannot be removed with any solvents
or cleansers.
Cured foam
that has dried onto skin or surfaces
must be mechanically removed or allowed to wear off in time.
Frequent soaking of the skin in warm, soapy water followed by
application of petroleum jelly or vegetable oil may help. The use
of a pumice stone or gritty cleansers may
also help remove cured foam. These
materials should not be used on the face
or on areas with a lot of hair.
Wash skin with plenty of soap and
water. If pain or irritation persists,
seek medical attention

I also use gloves, especially when I am working with Great Stuff. I also wear long sleeves, pants and a t-shirt that I don't care much about. Its the same with Monster Mud, you WILL get it on you, some way, some how. Great Stuff, you have to be really careful to not get it on you. It's possible but it's best to protect yourself when using it for the "oh sh*t" moments. Cause they happen more often and even to those who are experienced with prop making.

Most things are common sense, but I can't stress enough how important it is to protect your eyes above all!

I also would recommend using a mask over your nose and mouth as you don't want to be breathing in any fumes like with the Great Stuff or the spray paint.

When working with anything electric, its best to always be ever mindful where the cords are, and the top thing is to pay attention to where your fingers are in relation to the blade at all times. 
 If you have long hair, be sure and keep it tied up in back with nothing hanging down so it doesn't get caught up in anything. It can happen in an instant.

 Have fun and be safe out there!