Fangoria And Premiere Props Host Halloween's Scariest Auction
There will be a preview period from 9 – 11 a.m. where attendees can take a look at over 500 props for sale and start bidding on items like Freddy’s infamous red and green sweater from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series; boots and bloody head pieces from the “Saw” series; metal ax from “Inglourious Basterds,” Michael Myers’ bat from the “Halloween” series, etc.
The event is open to the public and participants are encouraged to arrive in costume; a shopping spree prize will be awarded to the best dressed.
In conjunction with the horror movie theme, the auction will also feature a film contest where contestants shoot and edit a one-minute original scary movie on their cell phone. Three winners will be selected by judges.
“The internet’s biggest sites and influencers have all come together to support this annual auction,” said Dan Levin, executive vice president of marketing for Premiere Props. “Our judging panel includes top horror film critics, actors, producers and festival sponsors opening up a huge opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to make their presence known and have their talents recognized instantly.”
See below for a Q&A between Neon Tommy and Dan Levin.
NT: How do you get these items?
DL: Most items come direct from the studios and production company; and at times also private collectors.
NT: How well do the items usually sell?
DL: Very well. We have a very high sell through rate on all live auction events. Items start at $50 opening bids and can sell from $50 up to tens of thousands of dollars depending on the item and the rich detail and collector factor of the particular movie prop or costume. Sci-fi, horror films and blockbuster franchises seem to garner the most interest. And of course films with actors winning Academy Awards.
NT: Have you seen the short films? Can you describe one of the scarier ones?
DL: Yes we have received great shorts. One takes place in a car with the killer sitting in the back seat unknown to the driver. All hell breaks loose of course, and the sound and visuals are very well done. Amazing for a cell phone. There are so many others we are viewing now and we are very excited about the production value.
NT: Tell us more about your company.
DL: Premiere Props started in Florida in 2000 and has worked with the major film production, television production and independent film companies marketing movies and selling all the assets from each production. From star wardrobe and key props to the secondary character wardrobe, furniture, set dec, etc. Our main focus is giving fans the opportunity to learn about costumes and props and we bring cast and directors to our live events where we have a three-camera live show broadcast worldwide. We participate in large conventions with major studios such as Comic-Con International in San Diego and work closely with Fangoria on events.
NT: What are you hoping to gain from the auction?
DL: Awareness for the new films coming out, such as “Faster” starring The Rock, and also bring fans the opportunity to own some sought after props and costumes that are very rare including signed Dracula photos, original Hitchcock posters, Michael Keaton's Batman under armor, the bloody key rubber bat from “Inglourious Basterds” and so much more.
NT: What were some of the craziest costumes you've seen from fans from past auctions?
DL: Fans have come in full vampire wardrobe and make up for our regular auctions which is pretty funny. From Catwoman to Goth, most love to dress in black.
NT: Where do the proceeds from the auction go?
DL: Many different charities are chosen for various auctions from the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Tony Hawk Foundation, to our last auction with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for cancer research.
NT: What kind of awareness are you hoping to spread at the auction?
DL: Movie props and costumes are now attainable for any fan to own. I think the perception is that everything is so expensive and it takes thousands of dollars to win a prop, but fans can own amazing items for only $50. Everyone can have fun and win. Plus it’s free to attend and fans get to see these costumes and props at our auction preview for two hours from 9 to 11 a.m. before the auction.
NT: What are some of your favorite horror films or scary movies you would recommend with Halloween coming up?
DL: All the “Scream” movies of course and one of my favorites is Rob Zombie's “Halloween,” as it shows the story of Michael Myers growing up and how he became this serial killer. It really has resonated with me.
NT: What advice would you give for first timers attending your auction?
DL: Come in person if you can to see all the excitement and also enjoy watching the show. Look online first at all the great items on the catalog by going to premiereprops.com and note the ones of interest. Also pre-registering online will allow VIP access with a badge and save time when they arrive to participate.
Make sure to take a catalog at the live show and preview the items of interest during the preview period. This way they are really ready, have seen and touched the props or costumes they are interested in and then it makes the entire auction experience really easy. Then eat all the free Halloween candy, snacks and drinks at the auction and enjoy the show!