Behind the Screams

We make monsters every day. It takes time and talent to create the perfect creature of the dead but we pride ourselves on bringing the dead back to life. You'll meet a few of them... but here is a sneak peek of what brings the perfect fright.

Meet the scarers!

Monster Manager Matt

Monster Manager Matt

Favourite horror movie?
Any of the Friday 13th Movies, Jason Voorhees is my soul creature

Favourite terrifying creature to play?
A GIANT Ogre – because I’m a big scary man!

If you were taxidermied, what piece of household furniture would you be and why?
Please just mount my head on a wall with a plaque that reads “Never to suffer would never to have been blessed” – Edgar Allen Poe

What do you do when you are not terrifying the people of Wellington?
I work in VFX film and Video Post Production.

Karl Webbie

Karl Webbie

Favourite horror movie?
I loved Nightmare on Elm Street, I first watched it when I was 12 years old and I obviously grew perfectly sane. I actually portrayed Freddy at our last Horror Movie night… “1, 2 – Webbie’s coming for you …”

Favourite terrifying creature to play?
Rage Zombie, similar to 28 days later, blood, insanity, cannibalism, delicious!

If you were taxidermied, what piece of household furniture would you be and why?
A Scarecrow, I’d do a terrible job of keeping the animals away but i’d be soft and squishy and fun to hug

What do you do when you are not terrifying the people of Wellington?
I teach a kids martial arts class, surf, DJ, eat too much and take care of my puppy

Molly

Molly

Favourite horror movie?
Paranormal Activity 2 was enough for me. I am the jumpiest person around – I fall over when someone enters the staffroom.

Favourite terrifying creature to play?
A banshee. There is nothing more satisfying than shrieking out all your problems at top volume.

If you were taxidermied, what piece of household furniture would you be and why?
I would be one of those really elaborate floor lamps that stand in the corner but never have a working light bulb

What do you do when you are not terrifying the people of Wellington?
I sing and perform and teach kids and adults how to dance. I also enjoy making plant hangers to feed the addiction to house plants that Wellingtonians are crippled with.

Tamesi

Tamesi

Favourite horror movie?
The Thing – John Carpenter

Favourite terrifying creature to play?
A Shadow

If you were taxidermied, what piece of household furniture would you be and why?
Probably a coat hanger, so that I can be that scary dark ambiguous shape at the foot of the bed

What do you do when you are not terrifying the people of Wellington?
I try to keep up with my artistic interests, watch horror films, tv shows and play videogames like your typical nerd.

Andrew

Andrew

Favourite horror movie?
The Fourth Kind

Favourite terrifying creature to play?
Silhouetted Darkness

If you were taxidermied, what piece of household furniture would you be and why?
A cushion so I can support people long after I’ve passed on. There’d be a message on me that says “he tried his best”

What do you do when you are not terrifying the people of Wellington?
Trying to sleep, watching too many tv shows, playing too many games and messing with audio for film, tv and games.

Connor

Connor

Favourite horror movie:
A Quiet Place

Favourite terrifying creature to play?
Pennywise

If you were taxidermied, what piece of household furniture would you be and why?
A skin rug so that people can walk all over me.

What do you do when you are not terrifying the people of Wellington?
I am a DJ and producer (Future Riddim lover).

Nik

Nik

Favourite horror movie?
Shrek 3

Favourite terrifying creature to play?
Chaser Zombie

If you were taxidermied, what piece of household furniture would you be and why?
A shin high coffee table as to inflict pain on the spatially unaware

What do you do when you are not terrifying the people of Wellington?
I stunt double for the Big Lebowski

Shania

Shania

Favourite horror movie?
Lights out.

Favourite terrifying creature to play?
A creepy girl.

If you were taxidermied, what piece of household furniture would you be and why?
A chandelier inside the house right where you walk in the front door so I can watch everything and see everyone who comes and goes. (maybe even drop myself on people I don’t like).

What do you do when you are not terrifying the people of Wellington?
I’m currently studying Psychology + Criminology at Victoria but love musical theatre and try to get involved in shows whenever I can. Also love binge watching crappy teenage drama tv shows like the Vampire Diaries

Samantha

Samantha

Favourite horror movie: The Lost Boys

Favourite terrifying creature to play?: Zom Zom

If you were taxidermied, what piece of household furniture would you be and why? Squeaky door purely because they’re loud and irritating like myself

What do you do when you are not terrifying the people of Wellington?  I sit under my dining room table with a large blanket and one too many pillows while vibing to some music or binge watching too many TV shows in the solitude of my own pit.

Our makeup process takes time and practice but when the proper talent and technique is used the effects can be spooktacular and quite horrifying!

We recommend starting off the look with a good pair of special effect contact lenses, they’ll really help to bring you monster to life. For a real shock factor we recommend Whiteout or White Zombie styles, available in store!

We use a combination of grease and water-based paints. Grease paints come off over time so our performers will often use water-based to last the distance. You’ll need a good brush to apply the finer details to your face so it’s worth picking one up from your local chemists. Ben Nye do some brilliant colour wheels and Mehon Stage Blood can be fantastic for adding that gore factor!

Please share with us online (via Facebook and Instagram) if you’re making some spooky creations, we love to see what our Fear Fans are up to!

In the mean time check out some of our cool creature creations below…

When it comes to Halloween, we like to pull out all the stops, which often means cracking into a bottle of liquid latex and using a variety of prosthetics.

We highly recommend looking at our youtube channel for more advanced techniques and some really cool unique characters.
Check it out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyweXZLgI5g

If you’re interested in our freaks or want more facts, get in touch with us at [email protected]