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Are you prepared for a Zombie Invasion?

by on Aug.27, 2009, under Funny, Videos

Are you prepared for a Zombie Invasion?

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by on Jul.13, 2009, under Sculpture

Mezco toyz invited 60 known artists and designers to each create a custom Mez-itz figure for a Mez-itz art show 2009 at the San Diego Comic Con.


It’s a real honor to be asked to participate in this show. I decided to create Hellvis which is based off of a custom Halloween costume I had made (it’s my alter ego)Thank you, thank you very much.
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Ripley’s VFX Lab: The Gift of Sight

by on Apr.30, 2009, under Figure Making, Sculpture, Special FX, Videos

Just some footage our team shot for our website…here is a look at the lab I work in everyday:

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Talking Like a Pirate

by on Apr.30, 2009, under Makeup Effects, Videos

Here is a little bit I did for work…too funny not to share…

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Shadows In the Dark Event This Weekend!

by on Apr.16, 2009, under Conventions

24_hr_logo_2My Friends at Shadows In the Dark are planning a special 24 hour broadcast from the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in St. Augustine.   I am heading up there for the event…Riding late night Ripley’s Ghost Train with my paranormal friends.

Here are the details… Be sure to tune in, or better yet, come on down!


Join us as we broadcast for 24 hours straight from the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in St. Augustine, FL. Can you believe it? We can’t but it is sure to be a huge event whether you will be listening via the live internet stream or joining us on location!

April 18th is the Day to Mark!

It’s all taking place on April 18th starting at Midnight ET (Fri/Sat) and ending Midnight ET (Sat/Sun). 24 Hours of great radio and entertainment. Mark your calendars or plan your trip to St. Augustine. This is sure to be one of the biggest events of the year!

It’s Free!

If you are anything like us, in today’s economy if it’s not free we can’t afford it. All events, entertainment by Shadows in the Dark will be free to the public. Admission to the Ripley’s Museum and Ghost Train will still apply.

Some of the Biggest Names!

We will be having some of the biggest names from all fields of the strange and unusual joining us on-air and live on-site. The discussions will include UFOs, Ghost, Cryptozoology, Conspiracies, Art, Adventures and various aspects of the weird and strange. Many of these guests hanging out with us during the day for you to meet and greet. Click Here to view the On-Air Schedule!

More Than Just an Internet Broadcast!

As if that wasn’t enough we will also be having on-site entertainment and attractions through out the day. You will be able to have Aura photographed, join in a drum circle, see the haunted Rosewell Brick, take part in a scavenger hunt through St. Augustine, visit the Ripley’s museum or even ride their famous Ghost Train if you dare. To see a complete list of On-Site Entertainment Click Here.

Thousands of Dollars of Stuff to Giveaway!

Last year we gave away over $2500 worth of merchandise that included t-shirts, signed books, DVDs, CDs, and so much more. We are going to top that this year and give away a larger variety of items. Win a Swamp Ape Expedition or Cast! Or maybe you will be one of the lucky winners who will get a Ripley’s display item! There will be giveaways every hour and even some more scattered through out the 24 Hour Anniversary Bash. Click Here for a complete list of giveaways.

On-Site Entertainment!

Not only will there be a 24 Hour Broadcast going on but there will also be lots of entertainment happening live at the Ripley’s Museum in St. Augustine, FL. Below you will see exactly what we have going on and what time if applicable. Don’t forget that many of our on-air guest will also be appearing live.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

 If you haven’t heard of Ripley’s there is a good chance you have been stuck under a rock for the past 90 years. Even so, you can take the opportunity to visit their museum that is filled with the strange and unusual. Visit their site by Clicking Here for admission prices.

Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventure

 Ride the famous Ripley’s Ghost Train if you dare! There will also be a first ever 3am Ghost Train on the April 18th, where Charlie Carlson and Robert Damon Schneck will be among the riders. We hope you return safely or at least RETURN!

The Professor Slim King

The Professor Slim King will be leaving jaws dropped wide open as he performs for the first time live and in person for Shadows in the Dark fans. Come hear his amazing predictions, see his mind boggling mentalism and quicker than the eye illusions. Slim King will be on site through out most of the day performing. For Slim King’s bio Click Here.

The Great Escape

The Amazing Professor Lester will demonstrates his great escape from Steel Chains! In Houdini Style, the professor’s body will be bound and locked in steel chains by a member of the audience and in less than a minute he will escape his bondage! Can he do it? What is his secret?

Your Picture with a Genuine Fake Swamp Ape

Three genuine fake Swamp Apes will be joining in the festivities and you can have your picture taken with them. Being that they are also known as the Skunk Ape, we are not responsible for any odors that may cling you.

The Haunted Rosewell Brick

The infamous Rosewell Brick, as featured in the film, The Seance, will be exhibited between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday April 18th, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in St. Augustine. The present owner will lecture about its history and haunted qualities. Some things are best left along…even a brick in this case. Therefore, insurance precautions as well as the safety of the public, preclude observers from coming in contact with the Rosewell Brick.

Drum Circles

Drums circles will kick off each hour for about 15 minutes during the middle part of the day and be led by primitive instrument expert Karl Miranda. There will be enough instruments for approximately 50 people and will include drums, bells, chimes, shakers and more. For Karl’s bio Click Here.

Aura Photography

Tonya Sias will be on hand with a machine that can take a picture of your Aura. What color are you today?

Tarot Reader

What to know your future? Who is your next love? Tarot Reader Wally Reid will be there to tell you just that according to the cards.

Scavenger Hunt

Be prepared to wander the streets of St. Augustine and learn about its history as well as the haunted side of things. We will set you out on a scavenger hunt you will never forget. The winner will receive some great prizes as well! Click Here for more information.

Tin Foil Hat Contest

Nothing is more aggravating than having thoughts beamed into your head and what better way to reflect them than with a tin foil hat. On April 18th from 6pm to 7pm you will have the opportunity to sport your tin foil hat and have it judged. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd best hat. Click Here for more information.

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Sid Haig Loves Me!

by on Apr.10, 2009, under Conventions, Videos

Check this out!  My friend and Author Owl Goingback told me my friend Sid gave me a mention at the Spike TV Scream Awards…here is the vid (the mention is about 1:58):

Sid is a great guy!

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Freak Show Horror Film Festival Coming Soon!

by on Apr.10, 2009, under Conventions, Videos

Just wanted to tell everyone that the Freak Show Horror Film festival is October 9-11, 2009 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, during the ScreamFest Show.

The FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival is looking for the next great horror filmmaker. Is it you? Then enter your horror film on the Freak Show Horror Film site.  The second deadline is May 15th!

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The Mummy Road Show

by on Apr.05, 2009, under Makeup Effects, Movie Credits, Sculpture, Special FX

Incan Mummy Prop
Made of Latex and plastic foam
The Mummy Road Show.  Engle Bros. Media. National Geographic Channel
Recreated Incan Mummy for re-enactment scenes.


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Facial Reconstruction

by on Apr.05, 2009, under Figure Making, Reconstruction, Sculpture, Uncategorized

Here are some shots I did for a facial reconstruction project:


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Racks and Razors.com Interview

by on Apr.04, 2009, under Figure Making, Makeup Effects, Movie Credits

Barry Anderson Loves His Job: Believe It or Not!
by Owen Keehnen

barry_anderson-iBarry Anderson has the coolest job on the planet or one of them anyway. He is the Director of the Art Department for Ripley’s Entertainment and Believe It Or Not! And that is his day job! He also has done a great deal of work on horror film FX as well he’ll be heading the effects of the new Sid Haig directed horror flick ‘Bubba The Redneck Werewolf’ which is still in pre-production. His additional horror credits include ‘Jeepers Creepers’ Parts 1 & 2, ‘The Unholy’ , George Romero’s ‘Day of the Dead’ , ‘Scared Stiff’ , ‘The Disturbance’ , ‘The Girl With the Hungry Eyes’ , ‘Oliver Twisted’ , etc. Recently I had a chance to catch up with Barry for this exclusive www.racksandrazors.com review and by the second or third question I had some pretty severe career envy.

Hi Barry, hope you are doing well. Let’s start this www.racksandrazors.com readers off with a graphic and describe the room where you’re answering these questions.

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