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Friday, August 14, 2009

The Vault of the Crypt of Terror

In one particular Mind Rip scene, Sheriff Edwards sits at his desk reading an old horror comic. So it fell to me to make a fake comic prop for the scene.

EC comics like Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror were an influence on writer John Vincent. He worked them into the story, giving one of the characters a comic collection. The film's monsters are spawned from the comics' nightmare images.

For a prop, we wanted to avoid using the trademarked EC Comics, instead giving the impression of those publications. Of course, we couldn't resist having fun with it. (The Vault of the Crypt of Terror? We loved the redundancy of that title.)

The back cover came from an actual ad seen in classic comics:

I cast myself (in various Halloween costumes) as the three ghost hosts:

The comic needed a dingy, used look. Here's a blow-up to show the applied texture.