Freddy Krueger’s glove as featured in the widely successful NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET film franchise has become as iconic as Norman Bates’s hotel in PSYCHO, Regan MacNeil’s head spinning in THE EXORCIST and Bela Lugosi’s forever glamorous cape he donned playing the titular role in Todd Browning’s classic DRACULA.
An amazingly and deceptively intricate device – a fitted glove with razor sharp knives attached to the fingers - the piece was originally conceived by Krueger’s creator Wes Craven who when asked why he chose a glove as his villain’s weapon of choice explained that he had always thought that the claws of a bear or any other wild animal was the most primal of killing machines. The hand itself does the damage thus making it much more of an organic extension of Craven’s movie monster rather than a mallet or axe or chainsaw as used by previous horror movie psychopaths such as Leatherface from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.
Sydney based Chris Stanley is a replica artist extraordinaire. He has an awesome knack for re-creating Freddy Krueger’s weapon of choice. His gloves are meticulously made with a lot of attention to detail. Stanley not only creates standard generic gloves, instead this horror enthusiast fully understands that each one of the ELM STREET movies featured an altered glove - much like the make up design of Freddy’s face, there was a subtle change in the design of the gloves from movie to movie and Stanley manages to master each distinct style.
Since an early age, Stanley had always been fascinated with movies and how movie monsters and props were created. Whether it was studying behind the scenes footage of films to see how certain prop/special effects were achieved or in depth research into the background of the materials used to give life to these creations, Stanley has always been passionate about the process and the execution of monstrous delights!
In 2003 he began recreating Freddy Krueger gloves, which quickly earned an approval from the man himself; Freddy’s right hand man Mr. Robert Englund. With his new found talent, Stanley ventured out into other areas of horror movie props; namely masks, models and life like sculptures – one of the permanent fixtures being replicas of Freddy busts – here Stanley also shines with each intricate scar, blister and severely burnt tissue completely masterfully designed and delivered.
Only 22 years old, Stanley runs an independent company called HorrorFX Productions which specialize in creating screen accurate movie prop replicas ranging from life size movie character busts, film weapon replicas, special effects props and even display bases or cases for treasured movie memorabilia. HorrorFX Productions works closely with its clients, keeping them updated every step of the way to bring them their ideal replica/ display to life.
Order your own at the official HorrorFX site!
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