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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m sorry. So, so, so, so sorry that the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day disappeared this past week. I was on back to back travel (one visit you can read about in a couple weeks, the other probably not until next year) when my laptop’s hard drive shit the bed. Right after I posted the last pic (Rocky Horror) my hard drive quit on me. It happened on my first day of nearly a week of travel, so I was helpless.

Now I’m back home, have taken apart my MacBook and installed a new hard drive (I seriously felt like Tom Hanks in Castaway when he made a fire after I put the machine back together and it didn’t explode when I hit the power button) and am in catch up mode!

Today we look at one of my favorite ‘80s horror movies: House. I’ve known make-up man Shannon Shea off and on for at least 5 years and have gotten to know him better in the last few. He’s a humble guy, a huge movie geek and just an all around fantastic person. And he’s worked on damn near everything awesome from the ‘80s onward.

Shannon has a great blog that can be seen here where he details his history in the make-up business. Lately he’s covered, in detail, his work on Steve Miner’s HOUSE.

This movie is kind of awesome. Granted, Big Ben and the crazy Cronenbergian closet monster were much scarier to the 8 year old me, but I still love the tone of the movie. As cheesy and tongue-in-cheek as it is there’s still something really creepy about it. I remember when the pretty lady turned into the “Witch” as really disturbing me… I still get the willies when I see that thing (which is in one of the pics below).

So, you have Richard Moll as an undead Vietnam soldier hellbent on revenge, William Katt with his perm, kids in jeopardy, George Wendt being awesome and a ton of great practical effects… House rules… and House II: The Second Story is kind of great in a “what the hell am I watching? Holy shit, is that Bill Maher?!?” way.

One of my great regrets in life is not scooping up the original painted art that was used for the one-sheet on the dealer floor at Comic-Con a few years back. Hopefully that thing found a loving home.

Anyway, here are two shots taken from Shannon’s Blog. Click either of them to visit his blog, read his wonderful accountings of his work and check out even more BTS pics! Also, that's Shannon in the middle of the first pic! Enjoy!







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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is from another, radically different, ‘80s film!

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  • June 25, 2011, 5:33 a.m. CST


    by elsewhere

    Completely forgot about this movie. It scared the shit out of me as a kid.

  • June 25, 2011, 5:47 a.m. CST

    I forgot about House.

    by disfigurehead

    I have it somewhere on VHS

  • June 25, 2011, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Reminds me of the Don Post masks in STARLOG

    by justmyluck

    Nice sculpts in need of proper lighting, and a spritz of glycerin.

  • June 25, 2011, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Check out The Chive for behind the scenes photos

    by Geronimo Jackson

    They'll do a batch of 20 or so in day

  • June 25, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    What i'll never understand

    by corporategohan616

    Why the chick would let the guy babysit her kid????

  • June 25, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    One of my favorite horror films of all times...

    by brocknroll

    Seen this film so many times when I was a kid. Haven't seen it in a long time though. Would like to see it again. "House" rules.

  • June 25, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Online shopping ... here I come!

    by Ernie

    I watched this film in the cinema and completely forgot about it until now! Definitely going to get the DVD since it doesn't seem to appear on any satellite or cable movie channel.

  • June 25, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Shannon's blog is all kinds of awesome

    by TheJudger

    Very cool stories in there.

  • June 25, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Steve Miner's HOUSE (1986) is no Nobuhiko Ôbayashi's HOUSE (1977)

    by Jet Jaguar

  • June 25, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    "I BEAT YOU...

    by barreljumper

    ...AND THIS GOD DAMN HOUSE!" William Katt's delivery is priceless. Still wish I had gotten him to autograph that picture "To My Good Friend Johan." Maybe some day.

  • I will say that I have a soft spot for Friday the 13th part 2. Never liked part 3.

  • June 25, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    House 2 It was Arye Gross not Bill Maher.

    by phifty2

    Though I do get them two and Arliss Howard confused quite often.

  • June 25, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Holy shit. Bill Maher is in it too!?

    by phifty2

    How the hell did they keep track of those two guys on the same set? My apologies Quint.

  • June 25, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I LOVE House.

    by Juggernaut125

    I remember it being one of the first 'horror-comedies' I had ever seen where it was MEANT to be funny. I also remember watching it with my friends Jeff and Eric, and Eric laughing hysterically when the flying bat-winged skeleton pulls out his shotgun, spins it in his hand and shoot the rope from which Katt is dangling.

  • June 25, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    that kid's mom was hot

    by sith_rising

    and that skull-with-wings that grabbed his shotgun was awesome. I remember seeing this in the theater with my dad. great blend of horror and humor.

  • June 25, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    phifty2 it was Bill

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Both Arye Gross and Bill Maher were in House 2. Arye Gross was the star of the movie but Bill was just a cameo if I remember correctly. House 1 was AWESOME............House 2 was goofy / weird fun. House 3 I never saw. There's some weird story about that movie though. House 4 I saw and hated, it was depressing as hell. it brought back Roger from the first movie, changed up the continuity and killed him off. it was a fucking mess.

  • June 25, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    have no idea why my parents let a four year old watch this...

    by Tigger Tales

    I was scared out of my mind when I watched it, then was disturbed by flashbacks for the following years. Still have not seen it since...

  • June 25, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    the part that freaked me out........

    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • June 25, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    ....then Roger clicks the ghost of his son off with a tv remote

    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • June 25, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    fat rancor

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    House IV was the 3rd house movie...they couldn't call it 3 because The Horror Show was labeled House 3 overseas.

  • June 25, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Bill Maher in House 2.

    by UltraTron

    Uh yeah. I actually remember when I didn't know his name. But when he started appearing I remember thinking. It's the House 2 guy. Bill Maher was known as the House 2 guy. Daaamn.

  • June 25, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by Mennen

  • June 25, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    The old lady hanging herself was CREEPY.

    by Mennen

  • June 25, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    House IV was the 3rd house movie

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    House IV was the 3rd house movie...they couldn't call it 3 because The Horror Show was labeled House 3 overseas. ^^ ha ha okay so that's what the story was.

  • June 25, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Saw House about a dozen times when it first ran on HBO.

    by v3d

    Good goofy fun.

  • June 25, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Trust me, I take this seriously. I had two visits back to back, one in San Francisco, the other in Albuquerque, when my laptop died. I picked up a hard drive from an Office Depot across the street from my hotel, but left immediately for Alb, where I was staying far away from anything. I was literally computer-less for 5 days, without a chance of getting my laptop fixed until I got back to Austin. Even then, I took it apart myself and installed the HDD, which if you know me at all is something you'd never expect to hear from me. I'm the least mechanically inclined person in the world. Even then, I just had a blank harddrive without an OS, which I reinstalled the second I got back home. So, apologies, but cut me a little slack. It wasn't me being lazy, it was the tech gods fucking me over.

  • June 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Quint: Did you use Time Machine?

    by MapMan

    I replaced the hd on my MBP last winter. When I did a Time Machine restore it was completely back to normal. Everything exactly the way I left it only with more drive capacity. Time Machine is a life saver.

  • June 25, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I fear we'll never get a Bluray of this

    by Mel

    been waiting forever...ok not that long, but hell the thing barely even had a DVD release. you're no good you're not good you're no good baby you're no good.

  • June 25, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    For sure, but my backups were all at home.

  • June 25, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Weird, I just watched this recently.


    I came across a bunch of old VHS tapes of movies that I recorded off of cable back in the 80's. I started watching some of these movies that I probably haven't seen in like 20 some years. I didn't have much memory of House, but it was actually pretty good. The same tape also had Wes Craven's Deadly Friend on it, which was not so good. It was just strange to look at some of the crap I liked enough to tape when I was young. Teen Wolf, Iron Eagle, shit like that...Yikes!

  • June 25, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    A scare warning?

    by areyouserious

    I remember seeing this in theatre and we get to the scene when he opens the closet before he gets attacked, and a warning suddenly appears on the screen, something to the effect that you are about to see something scary and you have 30 seconds to leave the screening if you're too afraid. There was a countdown, and it cut right to the creature bursting out of the closet. I've never been able to find anyone else who saw this, but I remember it distinctly because I found it really effective and the shot of the creature that burst out was a bit of a let down after this build up. Anyone else see this? No one who I've mentioned this to seems to have had this?

  • June 25, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    that 2nd pic - he makes masks in his mom's kitchen?

    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • June 25, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Hey, looks like my mother in law

    by smudgewhat

    Ba-ding!! Oh wait I'm not married. Oops.

  • June 25, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    House= Evil Dead light

    by IKilledSuperman

    Pretty much a softer version of ED with a higher budget.

  • June 25, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    So... like... Cujo the raccoon?

    by Shubniggorath

    Love this movie. Glad to see you back up and running, Quint!

  • June 25, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by Mo_Rephus

    Love that movie! George Wendt is indeed awesome in House. I LOVE the sequence (and the music for it!!) where William Katt's character is preparing for the closet monster and has his first test run where he ends up outside with his hands in the air and George Wendt asks what he's doing. Classic... And then of course when he brings George in to help catch the "raccoon" he's "trapped" in the closet. Too much fun. I seriously need to throw that movie in later.

  • June 25, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    "House" was a nice little film

    by Arcangel2020

    Arrrrrr! Quint, ye surely have been slipping of late not posting you "Behind The Scenes Pics" of late! But all is forgiven Lad since ye be posting this behind the scenes pic of a nice little gem from the late 80ies "House" :) Yeah, I remember seeing this film in the Theater when it first came out, and I liked it a lot! It was such a kooky little film that had a pretty good premise behind it all. You mentioned William Kat (Always remember how cool he was in the origianl "Carrie" film and that classic 70ies Superhero spoof "Greatest American Hero") George Wendt (pretty much at his hight of fame as "Norm" from the classic "Cheers" series)....but you forgot to mention that big, tall goofy guy who played the "Bull" in another classic, funny 80ies/early 90ies sitcom "Nightcourt"....he was pretty cool as the villain character in the film. Keep up the really good work with this is one of my favorite parts of this site.

  • Oh Gregory House, how do you get so smart?

  • June 26, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    HOUSE is CLASSIC...the best part of the film-

    by sonnyfern

    -it's gotta be when he breaks the medicine cabinet and it just turns out to be nothing but an infinite BLACK portal, and when he climbs down it, that badass skull/bat thing comes and steals his shotgun. Oh...and the fish of course....fuck that fish...

  • June 26, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    house was ok

    by KilliK

    nothing special

  • June 26, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by ENIK REED

    gets thrown out way to much.

  • June 26, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Love, love, love this movie ...

    by thepentaveret

    Thanks so much. I hadn't thought about this classic 80s comedy-horror in years. My sister and I spent hours watching this again and again. It just made the purchase list for both of us.

  • Sam Raimi stole quite a bit from it for his Evil Dead movies -- especially Evil Dead 2. It's a stunning achievement in psychedelic insanity and a MUST SEE for anyone who loves film. Steve Miner's House ('86), on the other hand, is kindof crap. I liked it ok when I was a kid, though.

  • June 26, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Loved House and House 2...

    by Horned One

    Looks like you've got some kind of alternate universe in there or something.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Horned One

    by Phimseto

    Man, you beat me to that quote by a couple of minutes!!!! Love both films, but definitely enjoy House II more!

  • June 27, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Quint, you had me at MacBooks

    by Chanoc

    Love them Apple computers.