Creepshow Fluffy Puppet Restoration & Display

Revisiting an old friend – restoring and displaying the original screen used “attack head” Creepshow Fluffy puppet created by Tom Savini.

We’ve been fortunate to work on a number of props and costumes from the 1982 film, Creepshow, creating elaborate displays, preserving and restoring these bits of movie history.  Among those projects was one where we conserved Fluffy’s attack puppet head used in close ups where the character bit and attacked the actors. It’s rare that we see our old friends again, but when the prop changed hands last year, the new owner came to us with that preserver Fluffy puppet and asked us to create an elaborate display and devise a way for the piece to look a bit more like it did on screen in the 80’s.

The life sized hand operated puppet was in great condition, but the face skin had long since worn away. Tom came up with an approach where we could recreate a portion of the face and have gravity hold that in place. Essentially, the puppet would get a new, removable face, allowing the prop to remain conserved and original, yet display more authentically.

To contribute to that authenticity, we reached out to our friend Greg Nicotero and KNB EFX Group who, using Savini’s original molds cast us a new latex face skin for the crate beast. Tom Savini himself would provide vintage castings of the hands for this display. We painted and haired each of those pieces, using a mix of acrylic and yak hair, with Tom hand punching much of the hair on the face.

An exacting recreation of the famous wood crate would be the basis for the display and Fluffy would look as if he was about to pounce out of it and attack! Steven Richter created the wood crate, which was distressed by Christine Richter and Patrick Louie (who, as always, love the blood spatter part!). Replica aged hardware was created, chains stained and added and blue and red LED’s capture the feel of the movie.

Do not miss the time lapse video below or on our Youtube channel to see just how much work went into this project.

Thanks to our wonderful client, and of course, to Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero!

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At this point I don’t really know where to go in expressing my love for what you guys do over there. I really don’t. This is far better than I thought it would ever be…and I knew it would be great. TSD has raised the bar so high in the past that it just becomes an exercise in descriptors that sound more like hyperbole. But they’re all true. And even then it’s not enough. You guys are the best at what you do. Period. Hell, at this point I’m expecting you to cure diseases!
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