Hi my name is Brad from Sirbrad’s Horror FX, and I design life-sized movie quality costumes of horror icons. I specialize in Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Madman Marz, Jeepers Creepers, Terminator, Leatherface, and many more! I have been featured on DVDS and the official F13th website several times now. I grew up on horror movies and I started making Jason and Myers costumes in the early 80’s as a kid, and now today I design costumes for people worldwide! I have done more Jasons than any other costume so far, as he was always my favorite overall. I have been designing costumes at this level for about 3 years now, and this year things have really picked up!
One of my favorite looks for Jason is from Friday The 13th part 8 (Jason Takes Manhattan). I decided to start making costumes like these because I got tired of all the cheap looking, crappy, mass-produced costumes in stores. It took me a lot of trial and error to get to the level I am at now.
I bought the shirts and pants from the thrift store and began to shred them up with various tools, knives, scissors, wire brushes, etc, and tried to match all the cuts by pausing the DVD and watching it literally hundreds of times. After that I use acrylic paints watered down, and some mixed with 50% latex to paint the latex pieces, and paint the clothes up to look like they were naturally decayed, dirty, and muddy.
I made the latex parts from scratch out of pieces of jeans, latex, toilet tissue, and elastic straps. I painted the latex into the undershirt as well, and then add matching cuts later. I also made a fake knee by building up layers of tissue and latex. I then do final touch ups while on my mannequin. For the arms I used my mannequin arms wrapped in newspapers and plastic to hold their shape.
I also made my own axes out of a real wooden handle and thick cardboard, which look real even in daylight! In this case I made my first fire axe protype which turned out great. I then painted it with red paint and chrome paint, and sealed it. That is basically it. This Jason Takes Manhattan Costume turned out awesome and was sold to a customer who loves it!