Whether you need a creature for your feauture, some gore for your trick or treat door or a little doom & gloom for your Halloween costume, Dapper Cadaver in Burbank, CA has got you covered. WARNING: You are about to witness extremely realistic looking gore, viewer discretion advised.
On the face of it, Dapper Cadaver is a shop with an unassuming, windowless storefront underneath the landing pattern of the Burbank Airport. Its sign advertises “Props Rentals, Sales, Halloween,” and something called “Casualty Simulation.”
Inside could either scare the shit out of some people or if you’re like me and grew up watching horror films and subscribing to Fangoria magazine as a kid, this place feels like heaven.
Dapper Cadaver caters to both the Hollywood set and the average Joe off the street just looking to add a little fun to their Halloween season. Everything in the store is available for purchase or rent and ranges in price from cheap trinkets to crazy expensive full T-Rex statues.
Law and Order is a frequent shopper, as were Breaking Bad and Dexter.
Think Game of Thrones’ top shelf gore is too classy to be store-bought? Think again. The severed heads of many GOT characters were ordered here, then their faces were composited on in post.
The place does booming business around Halloween, when the cheesier plastic skulls and zombie costumes go like hotcakes.
But on an average day, like the day I visited, the vibe is of a place just doing business as usual, stacking up torsos and severed limbs on the floor to complete a large order, and adding the requisite blood and guts to a modified corpse.
“Casuality simulation” refers to corpses specially made for police departments and forensic units. Something a real-life Dexter might learn in training.
The owner, BJ Winslow has studied anatomy and is licensed to make “study corpses” for medical researchers and law enforcement agencies.
Founded in 2006 by BJ Winslow and his wife Eileen, Dapper Cadaver spent its first few years of operation at a storefront on Hollywood Blvd. near Western.
Typically, studios of this caliber are only open to prop masters, set decorators and art directors by appointment only. However, Dapper Cadaver is different in that it is open to the public daily, and they welcome customers of all needs and backgrounds.
Crazy Conjoined Farmer
I come in peace, one piece. Word.
She’s got some issues.
They also have quite a large selection of animals which are often used as props for TV shows and movies. This sweet little charred boy was used in an episode of “Bones”.
Taxidermied animal heads are so over, THIS is what’s hot now.
She’s got style…
…and a killer smile.
Don’t Smoke Kids
Chainy Eatz Brainy