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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 14: One of the strangest aspects of the DWTS project was the near-immediate acceptance by both interested fans, and the folks within genre media circles. Some gas got poured onto that fire when we'd started working with actor/musician Christian Kane, who had a connection to the supernatural stuff in his past... a little series called ANGEL, which was a spin-off of Joss Whedon's massive hit, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Funny thing is (and I'm not sure I've ever even mentioned this online), but while that fandom really, really embraced us - neither Ben nor myself were really into that world. In fact, I've still only seen maybe two episodes in their entirety. That said, being featured in not one - but two issues of Titan Magazines' "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER featuring ANGEL" magazine was pretty damn cool, and through that association, we met some GREAT people, and made some great friends, many of which we still speak with today.

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 13: I could say that it's "funny" - but really, it's borderline uncomfortable how many elements of DWTS (seriously, a ton) have made their way into other "supernatural" forms of entertainment over the past decade or so, many of which I'm still finding out about - like "Abaddon," and probably because we're all pulling from similar historic influences. Yes, there have been many plays on the Biblical character of Abaddon over the past few thousand years, and in DEATH WALKS THE STREETS, we used that name to represent "Satan's One True Son" - a maniacal and more than off-kilter character who returned to Earth in 1955 and has been hunting something ever since.

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There have been a lot of sinister rides over the years. THE MUNSTERS had The Munster Coach and DRAG-U-LA (both of which were built under the George Barris Kustom Shop), Stephen King's CHRISTINE comes to mind, as does the star of the 1977 film, THE CAR (another from the Barris shop). Then there's some of the more cartoony, spook-centric vehicles like that car the GROOVIE GHOULIES cruised around in, The Mystery Machine from SCOOBY-DOO, and of course, the Ecto-1 from GHOSTBUSTERS (and it's animated counterpart, THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS). And then there was the work of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who put creatures like his own "Rat Fink" into hot rods, and helped inspire a movement. That brings us to MONSTER 500, a Toys "R" Us exclusive line of vehicles and playsets that borrow a lot of inspiration from many of the above (especially Roth). Monster 500 races into my 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER with a hands-on look at these wicked whips.

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 12: There were plenty of weird occurrences when it came to the development of the DWTS project, and while they may have appeared strange from an outsider's perspective (we drew the ire of some other independent filmmakers along the way), from my seat it was even more overwhelmingly bizarre. How about getting nominated for awards based on a movie that hadn't even been shot yet? It happened... twice. While I'll discuss the second instance shortly, how did DEATH WALKS THE STREETS get nominated for an EMMY Award? One word: MySpace.

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 11: When crafting the Halloween issue of the DWTS comic book, we worked in a lot of influences, most of which are rooted in why DWTS exists in the first place - a love of movies. In the Vetala Theatre scene, we featured it decorated for a major Halloween bash (one I will show in more detail later this month), and we hoped to capture a little of that "magic of the movies" - even just the vibe of being in a grand old theatre, with this moment right here, when Danielle first gets a glimpse inside the main auditorium, where a band would soon play, followed by some movies...

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 10: You could say that "multi-tasking" was an understatement for some members of the DWTS development team, and there may be no better example than the work put in by designer Gregory Hill. While I've already shared some of his set designs here, Greg had also been working on ideas for the costume design of what should've been the first DEATH WALKS THE STREETS film, had it lensed as scheduled somewhere between 2005-2007. Actor/Musician Christian Kane, then fresh from the BUFFY spin-off ANGEL (he's since starred in LEVERAGE and soon will be seen in THE LIBRARIANS), had been cast in the lead role of Michael Labou, and you can see some of that influence in the designs I'm sharing below...

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