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Frankenstein (1931)

Nov 21, 31 Frankenstein (1931)

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From Frankenstein. This diorama is a combination of two key elements.  The monster was manufactured by Billiken and the base, door, and electrical machines were manufactured by Nocturna Productions (David Fischer).  I used craft store doll’s eyes (with those black discs that move around when you jiggle them) and carefully cut off...

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Frankenstein (1931)

Nov 21, 31 Frankenstein (1931)

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A key moment in the film, Frankenstein, when the monster is happily looking at a daisy. Soon thereafter, he throws little Maria into the lake thinking she too will float like a daisy. Another Tony McVey masterpiece. Kit Maker: Monsters in Motion Frankenstein (1931) Frankenstein (1931) Frankenstein (1931) Frankenstein (1931)...

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Boris Karloff and the Monster (1931)

Nov 21, 31 Boris Karloff and the Monster (1931)

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A tribute to King Boris Karloff. Here is the kind English gentleman relaxing as his famous creation is behind him indicating friendship. The base is a riot of gears and levers as seen in film projectors and the lobby card was created to suggest individual frames of film going through the projector. Kit Maker: Mike Hill Boris...

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Jack Pierce and Boris Karloff (1931)

Nov 21, 31 Jack Pierce and Boris Karloff (1931)

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Universal Studios’ makeup maestro Jack Pierce is partially through the makeup job in preparing Karloff for the role.  Of all the models I have built, this one is my favorite. Kit Maker: Janus From Wikipedia’s entry on Jack Pierce: Pierce’s reputation was as bad-tempered, or at least extremely stern, but his...

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Van Helsing in Dracula (1931)

Feb 12, 31 Van Helsing in Dracula (1931)

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Van Helsing confronting Dracula in a key, revealing moment from that 1931 classic. Note: the rug is custom made and cost more than the model kit of the scene. Kit Maker: Unknown From Wikipedia: …Several days later, it is seen that Renfield is obsessed with eating flies and spiders, devouring their lives also. Professor Van...

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Dracula (1931)

Feb 12, 31 Dracula (1931)

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“I bid you velcome”, intones the count in his Transylvanian accent. Here is Tony McVey’s amazing take on the count when we first see him in the classic film, Dracula. Kit Maker: Monsters in Motion Dracula (1931) Dracula (1931) Dracula (1931) Dracula (1931) Dracula (1931) Dracula (1931) Dracula (1931) From Wikipedia: Dracula is a...

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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Nov 25, 25 The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

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Arguably the most dramatic single scene in all of horror films is the unmasking of the Phantom from the Lon Chaney Sr. film, The Phantom of the Opera. This diorama depicts that scene when the mask is just pulled off and the Phantom reacts in surprise. Kit Maker: X-O Facto From Wikipedia: Makeup: Following the success of The...

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Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Sep 06, 25 Phantom of the Opera (1925)

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Arguably the most dramatic single scene in all of horror films is the unmasking of the Phantom from the Lon Chaney Sr. film, The Phantom of the Opera.  This diorama depicts that scene when the mask is just pulled off and the Phantom reacts in surprise. Kit maker:...

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