Now this is the kind of news I just love reporting. Other than my overall adoration for all things horror, it’s news like this that makes me happy to have the job I have, allowing me to share this kind of information with our community.
Yesterday we got an e-mail from a gentleman known as Tom Spina. The name is likely not familiar to you, but Tom’s in the very unique business of restoring and customizing original movie props and memorabilia. He dropped us a line with the very excellent news that he and his crew have just completed work on one of the original werewolf props from John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London, one of my favorite movies of all time.
The full-size werewolf has been on display in the home of famed collector Bob Burns for a very long time now and was beginning to fall apart. Bob called up Spina’s crew, commissioning them to do a house call in order to prevent further damage to the beast via shipping. As you can see from the massive amount of images on Tom Spina’s site, they had their work cut out for them and succeeded admirably.
For years I had lamented with friends about this particular piece of Hollywood memorabilia, not wanting to see the ravages of time have its way with such an amazing creation. Now, thanks to Spina and his crew, this beast will be preserved for years to come. Be sure to check out the entire restoration diary for a step-by-step on the work that went into this.
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