Saturday, January 21, 2012

Matt Valentine - House of Torment Austin,TX

Hey Frightners!

Well it's a snowy day here in New Jersey and because of the weather our pro haunt meeting with the school board of Secaucus has been cancelled and we are working on setting up a new date to meet with them so I am stuck in doors today working on other projects while catching up on some TV shows like Face Off on SyFy Channel.

I loved watching last years Face Off and if you are not all that familiar with it its a competition/elimination series that explores the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art.

In each show the contestants are presented with various challenges and themes and are given a limited amount of time to create one of a kind characters that could be featured in any Hollywood film or show. Themes have been Zombie driven, Wizard of Oz re-imaging, Unique Horror villains and more and the contestants do not disappoint with their work.

The skill levels of the contestants have varied. Some have established FX companies and already have worked in the field for a number of years and others are fresh out of school looking to prove themselves so the competition is fierce yet fun!

Being someone who loves Halloween, Horror and the world of special fx I have been instantly drawn to this series since it's conception last year. Many of us who run professional haunted attractions or even us home haunters like to dabble with creating our own props, masks and special fx for our haunts and I have come to find after watching the first two episodes of this years Face Off I have a little more of a reason to route for someone on the show and it is because this contestant happens to be the Art Director of one of my favorite Haunted Attractions The House Of Torment his name is Matt Valentine.

Matt is a completely self taught artist. His philosophy is that horror must be lethal, dangerous and fashionably high end to be worthwhile. Matt has surgical precision with his detail even taking the time to give his creations a unique back story. Matt currently runs his own business Global Fear Enterprises which will make its debut at this years Transworld Haunted Attraction Show yet his handy work can already be seen in one of the top rated professional attractions the House of Torment.

Needless to say it's nice to know there is a haunter on the show to root for. I have always loved the creativity of the house of torment and their unique approach to creating their monsters, sets and overall the level of detail they conjure up and a lot of that is a testament to Matt's creativity.

I am looking forward to this years show and what Matt will bring to the table. His Underwater Creature (Seen Above) was amazing and I can't wait to see what's next. If you want to learn more I suggest spending some time on the Global Fear site (HERE) check out the videos, store, Facebook and more and I hope you enjoy the uniqueness of Matt's design as much as I do and don't forget to check out Face Off on SyFy as it really is a fun show and though I am just highlighting Matt here the artists are all pretty amazing in their own right.

Stay Frightful!


n3 said...

He hasn't been at house of torment for 3 years now.

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