Locked in the Cellar Creations consists of 2 FX artists with a passion to provide quality effects at affordable prices. We only take on one film project at a time, so that we can dedicate our full attention and resources to your needs (as we all know that creating good FX can be very labour intensive). As experienced artists, we have a knack for finding the balance between your dreams and your budget, working with professional or alternative (aka. cheaper!) materials as needed.
We have been making props & prosthetics for independent films since 1999. We also made a limited selection of our hand crafted prosthetics and props available to the general public at the 2014 Toronto Fan Expo and Toronto Zombie Walk. To make these, we use the same materials and techniques that we use to make movie quality prosthetics, and customer response exceeded our expectations. Everybody loved the quality, the detail and the super thin edges, compared to mass produced prosthetics. We consulted with haunters, LARP’s and Halloween fans, and we are working hard to expand our retail product line with new and exciting products each year!
“I was that kid in your class who liked to gross everybody out by sneaking my Fangoria subscription to school, using a pencil with a home-made severed eye impaled on it in English class, or planting a severed hand in the teacher’s desk drawer (for which I was rewarded with a few after-school detentions). I have been making my own Halloween props since I was 8 or 9 years old. Back then (I won’t say how many decades ago that was!) there weren’t a lot of Halloween props and make-up available in the stores, the way there is now (and of course no internet or YouTube back then either). I had to make everything myself, improvising with every day materials like tan coloured silicone bathroom caulk to make severed stumps, or a rotted corpse made entirely out of old nylons. When I got the book ‘Grande Illusions’ by Tom Savini a new world opened for me: the world of special effects make-up. There were no digital effects back then, so you had to figure out how to create an effect in the real world.
Naturally, I went to film school, graduating with honors and with ambitions of becoming a big director (you fool!) While learning about film and TV production, I kept expanding my skills as an FX make-up artist. My fellow students knew where to find me whenever they needed something gross or gory. Working for years in post production, many of my friends and co-workers were independent filmmakers, and I was the one they turned to for props and effects solutions to fit their (often microscopic) budgets, and they still call me whenever they are in need of make-up or props.”
Desiree van de Laar
“I spent most of my life in The Netherlands, where I was born and raised. Halloween isn’t very big there, but I’ve always been fascinated by it.
When I moved to Canada in 2012 to be with Brian, I was immediately immersed in the horror and Halloween subculture, and creating props and prosthetics. I’ve always been an artist, so the switch was easy – it was just another specialization. Instead of canvasses, I now work on people. Instead of fabricating lamp shades, I now fabricate severed limbs.
Having not grown up a horror-fan (shock!) often gives me a clean perspective, uninfluenced by typical horror clichés. That combined with Brian’s extensive horror knowledge, gives us a unique approach to each project.”