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Gore Galore
05-02-2013, 06:27 AM
The Story of Gore!

YOu know, I have been apart of this industry for over 30 years now.
I have been haunting since I was 15 with a local charity haunt.
www.zombiefarm.net
They are still small but opened me to the opportunity to do something like this for a living.
I did everything from being the head prop maker, but also scene design, floor plans, actor motivation, fire evacuation, fire safety, character design, body mechanics, etc....

16 years ago, On the behalf of this group I was at a local novelty mask shop and the owner told me about a tradeshow. And said we should attend as buyers because it would open us up to a whole new world of ideas.
So, we attended the Transworld Halloween and Party show the following season. I could not believe what I saw, and was amazed but also knew at that moment my calling. To start a business of building props and giant costumes for the Haunted House industry.
The following year we were an exhibitor. Pics attached.

Well, here it is 15 years later, and ALL I can say is "I am whole heartedly Grateful to ALL of you". This industry has been so extremely supportive. We could NOT be what we are without your support. Everything I have is due to this industry.
And ALL I know at this point is this was my fate. I was brought into this world to create things that go bump in the night. Everything that has happened in my life has led me and my company to this very moment. Every person I have met, befriended, hired, and fired has taught me something to make me better at what I do. Every job I have had has taught me something valuable I apply to my business. Every single thing I have had to endure has led me to this very place. And I could not be more happy to be able to do what we do for you.

But we are at another turning point. Hopefully within a couple weeks I should be coming back here and announcing some life and business changing news. Then we will see where it goes from here!

SO, THANK YOU!!!!!!
YOU are the Reason we are able to do what we do!

Gore Galore
05-02-2013, 07:44 AM
I have gotten a couple messages from concerned haunters thinking something bad may be happening.
But please know this is not the case.
As a matter of fact we are waiting on some exciting news.
I think most know there is a potential that we may have our own reality show.
Well, that is the news we are waiting on.
So hopefully within a couple weeks we will have the GO.
We are that close to knowing.
sizzle reels and demo reels were shot and taken to film conferences and everyone loved them. The pilot has been filmed and cut together. It has been presented to the networks. The production company says we are in the fast track and thinks this show could be something special.
The news won't change how our company works, but it does force us to develop our custom production schedule to fit filming.

But the main part of all this is that I am seriously grateful to this industry for the life I have been able to live.
And I just wanted to express that.

If you didn't know it, GRATITUDE is the secret to happiness.
Express it regularly and mean it and good things will come.
No joke!

Allen H
05-02-2013, 09:48 AM
Rock on Kevin! I remember seeing your booth for the first time in....1997 I think. Im glad you are still around and happy to see how much you have grown.
Allen H

drfrightner
05-02-2013, 09:48 AM
Kevin,

We have been offered 9 shows so far... yeah 9. We have not agreed to any of them because I just don't see how you can get any work done. I watched Distortions at my place and over 50% of their time was spent working on that stuff, where as without that stuff we could have built the St. Louis Arch.

Oddly enough we are being offered another one right NOW! They sort of own your life to some degree so I don't know.

I don't think its all its cracked up to be nor do I think its life changing for the better... for everyone to know what its your garbage to everything over there it makes you somewhat a target.

Again I don't know.

I'm talking to one company and if this concept was a go I would actually consider it... we would do a restaurant impossible type of deal where we would renovate in a short period of time peoples haunted houses. Who wouldn't want us to come and help you turn your haunt around? I can honestly say and I mean this... if we came to help your haunt that would be life changing for someone who struggles. I have no doubt that I could help ANYONE turn their haunt around quickly. That sounds fun to do because it would be helping people.

No matter what you choose to do I hope it helps your company and your family in the long run!

Larry

Gore Galore
05-02-2013, 10:10 AM
Larry,
I totally get where you are coming from.
I know exactly what the issues could be, and it has kept me at arms length from something like this.
We have been approached more times than I can count.
But something feels different this time.

IF YOUR 555
05-02-2013, 10:20 AM
I think the entertainment and humor of this show would be the other ''wow'' factor, go for it Kevin.

Terrorknight
05-02-2013, 10:50 AM
I too was asked to do a reality show but they had in the contract I would need to keep my clothes on at all times during filming, I said your not changing the way I work on my haunt, and it fell thru. Kevin never put your clothes on for anyone , be you , lol

Robert

lurker
05-02-2013, 12:51 PM
I've heard people say on this board, and others, that reality tv shows are bad for a business. I've had doubts about the idea myself. What I'd be interested to know is if there are some examples of this fact. I've never seen or heard any concrete evidence. Does anyone have any examples?

Dark Tiki Studios
05-02-2013, 01:47 PM
"American Chopper" made OCC's business increase beyond their wildest dreams. It made them rich and famous. But then it also basically ruined their family, and split up their working relationship too.

graystone
05-02-2013, 02:30 PM
If it's fun do it and if not don't. I still think one around some Industry Haunters like 4 or 5 haunts around the country ( like on ax man, swamp people ect because they sip across the country) would be entertaining! Shane and it's good luck!!!

drfrightner
05-02-2013, 02:49 PM
The difference between OCC and Haunts... is no one wants haunted house stuff but people in the business and we already know all the people who sell stuff. Even though Distortions has a show no one will buy their stuff unless its good. Show or no show won't matter. People want a motorcycle in their garage there is just a massive difference there.

Most of these reality shows fail... very few very few become hits.

I do think they will slow your business down to a crawl!

Larry

Gore Galore
05-02-2013, 05:59 PM
I wish I could go into some detail about this but I cannot.
Suffice it to say, as Shane did.
If it is fun to do then we will do it. If it interferes with business too much and it is not fun to do we will stop doing it.
Simple!

Sometimes you have to take risks and well I am not scared to try.

MovieRelics
05-02-2013, 06:41 PM
How about a reality show with Shane and Tater motor-coaching around the country going to haunts and different restaurants along the way. That could be an interesting watch. And Tater, don't let Shane fool you, he can pick up the bill. Just check his FB page. :)

Darksidestew
05-02-2013, 07:37 PM
ITS TRUE! I watched the filming of one and they incourage you to have mess ups and mishaps. DRAMA
BUT
that makes you look like an idiot. Who would buy from you?

Distortions has been making molds for decades and on thier show its a disaster. REAL or SET UP?

Either way, I would choose not to......

Stew

tonguesandwich
05-02-2013, 08:13 PM
In the same boat but covers 3 of my companies. I don't know if I want to do it but I am in a strange place since my daughter is a young up and coming producer and they are making her promises if she can get me to commit. Really torn on it and I need to project kind of an ass personality. I cant go into details either. There is evidence of peoples business being destroyed and there is a current lawsuit going on because of it. But some get lucky and blossom. Most feedback I am getting is dont do it. Ive been on TV and I have done national commercials when younger so being center stage does nothing for my ego. I dont know about the biz side..seems to be a flip of the coin with risk... But my daughter.... Ugh!
Cool pics too of your first show...very awesome and inspiring..thanks for posting!

Gore Galore
05-03-2013, 05:44 AM
I keep wanting to go into detail on how this show is being done but I can't.
But Drama is NOT the angle we are going.
I made it clear up front that we will not do it if they make us look like idiots.
It is NOT the standard reality TV approach. And that is one of the couple reasons I am game to do it.
Comedy is the approach. And it is really funny.
If each episode is half as funny as what I have seen so far it will be fun to film, and even more fun to watch.
Of course it will interfere with our time. That is just a fact.
But the difference is we have a production schedule to follow. As long as my crew keeps up with the schedule in the long run, then we will keep filming. If we can't then I am killing the show.
I made it very clear to my crew and the film company how this has to happen.
Our customers are the priority. If this don't work the way they are supposed to work then we can't do the show.
So, we have an understanding.
You have to realize I have given this as much thought as anything I have done in my life.
I know this can't be a mistake no matter what. Regardless of what happens.
It will ALL be chalked up to experience.

freak 'n' stein
05-03-2013, 08:58 AM
I keep wanting to go into detail on how this show is being done but I can't.
But Drama is NOT the angle we are going.
I made it clear up front that we will not do it if they make us look like idiots.
It is NOT the standard reality TV approach. And that is one of the couple reasons I am game to do it.
Comedy is the approach. And it is really funny.
If each episode is half as funny as what I have seen so far it will be fun to film, and even more fun to watch.
Of course it will interfere with our time. That is just a fact.
But the difference is we have a production schedule to follow. As long as my crew keeps up with the schedule in the long run, then we will keep filming. If we can't then I am killing the show.
I made it very clear to my crew and the film company how this has to happen.
Our customers are the priority. If this don't work the way they are supposed to work then we can't do the show.
So, we have an understanding.
You have to realize I have given this as much thought as anything I have done in my life.
I know this can't be a mistake no matter what. Regardless of what happens.
It will ALL be chalked up to experience.

I am so on board too Kevin!! DO EEEETTTT!! I, for one, am obsessed with Making Monsters. I have all the episodes on my DVR. Ed Marsha and crew are hilarious to watch and whether or not their "mishaps" are staged they're still outrageously entertaining and kept me glued in obsession every week. Good luck and hope to hear some great news soon!!

Greg Chrise
05-03-2013, 09:02 AM
With Distortions Making Monsters, we learned about Morris Costume, a haunted trail that got a giant skeleton, a haunted house on a boat, how many halloween retailers there are, saw mini golfs, ufo museums and Netherworld got a big bug. If you aren't in the industry this stuff is wonderous and basically very intresting national advertising. Even various nation trade shows were spots and factoids. It all just shows how serious and huge the market is.

I always imagined it pays those on camera something that would make up for or even be a benefit for what ever delays occur in the production of props. Even if it is a burden, this kind of exposure is the ultimate in branding. I don't think people look at the mishaps as drama or idiocy, it is hard work and they are trying to fly through it. Despite having problems with big molds, the product delivered is nice. Despite shipping companies tearing things up, they were there putting it back together as the utimate customer service.

I'm not seeing anything bad here.

Darksidestew
05-03-2013, 09:23 AM
Good Point, Chris...

Stew

tonguesandwich
05-03-2013, 10:58 AM
I too would like to see you guys do it!

Greg... Normally a production team puts together a pitch video. They then try to sell the idea to a network. They get a lump sum and the production team/company decides who gets paid what and then they keep the rest. Reality shows are the money market right now for them. All they have to do is post a sign saying they are filming etc and that's all they need to put u on tv. They don't not have to pay you but obvious the leads will have that contracted in.