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March 12, 2012

The Fur - Photo Update.

I Just hung up with NFT. I asked them for quotes on the fur that Rod is working with. These quotes for the fur are full size.

40 sq feet of the less expensive werewolf fur is 40.00 a square foot which equals 1,600 - now she would recommend that people purchase 10-20 extra square feet for mistakes, hands, feet etc.

The custom werewolf fur starts at 44.75 and goes up from there depending on what you have done. That comes out to 1,790 minimum - then add the extra 10-20 extra for mistakes or additions like hands and feet..

She also said, she thought John Healy may have meant 40 Sq Feet not Yards. These quotes do not include shipping.

I gave the person I spoke with the last name of the witness (that I was given) and she ran his name through their "system" and no one came up with that name. That is not to say he even used his real name. Just letting you all know I tried.

March 11, 2012

UPDATE to Healy Phone conversation and Email

I emailed Mr. Healy to ask if I could post the photo of the costume he discusses in the email (in the article published March 10, 2012). Here is that email again:

"It is not uncommon to price out these suits for a motion picture at or around sixty thousand. Remember, these are prototypes (one-off's) and they are form fitted for one performer, hence the cost. We have made costumes for about four or five thousand as well...assuming they are coming from a pre-existing mould and fur quality is a highly depending factor. I will attach a Sasquatch suit we fabricated last year and although the final billing is confidential...lets just say that you could purchase a well equipped domestic vehicle for the same cost.

Please feel free to call anytime if you have any questions or comments.

Best,John Healy
Healy FX Studios Inc.

End email.

I didn't want to publish this, as I was unsure if this movie had finished production and had been released. Lord knows I do not need a movie studio coming down on me.

Mr. Healy said, "Yes certainly." So, with his permission, here is the photo.

March 10, 2012

Email and Discussion with John Healy of Healy FX Studio - The Unknown Photo Update.

Email from John Healy of Healy FX:

It is not uncommon to price out these suits for a motion picture at or around sixty thousand. Remember, these are prototypes (one-off's) and they are form fitted for one performer, hence the cost. We have made costumes for about four or five thousand as well...assuming they are coming from a pre-existing mould and fur quality is a highly depending factor. I will attach a Sasquatch suit we fabricated last year and although the final billing is confidential...lets just say that you could purchase a well equipped domestic vehicle for the same cost.

Please feel free to call anytime if you have any questions or comments.

Best,John Healy
Healy FX Studios Inc.

So, I decided to call Mr. Healy and see if I could get more specific questions answered. I don't have permission to post the photo, but lets just say it is not even close to the subject of the photo in question. If this was the same subject, I am sure he would have said something. Notes of that conversation are below. Very interesting information.

03-10-2012 Phone call with John Healy of Healy FX:

Today I spoke by phone with John Healy and here are the points we discussed.

Costumes from Clawed a/k/a the Ghost of Echo Mountain.

1 Original (completely trashed by the time the film was completed). Mr. Healy explained that once the film completed the suit built for the movie was completely ruined by the blood, cleaning of the blood, and just wear and tear. These suits are not made for a lifetime of use.

2. One full copy of the suit went to Romania. One went to the Playboy Mansion (for a photo shoot) and one stayed in Victoria British Columbia and used in an exhibit.

He went on to say the photo released by our organization – IS NOT – one of his costumes, unless someone completely ripped off all the hair and used a very, very, very (he repeated the use of the word very) expensive NFT custom mesh type werewolf fur.

He also said there was no glue used to put the hair on the subject of this photo. He said there were only 2 ways this happened. Hand punching, which he says drives him nuts after one square inch so he refuses to do it, but there are people who do it, and they are very well paid for it also. The last option is the very, very, very expensive NFT custom mesh type werewolf fur, but for a full subject (head to feet) the Clawed costume used 40sq Yards – that does not include the waste. There is a lot of waste, which you must figure in when ordering the yardage. So, he said they ordered more than 40 yards but did not elaborate as to how much. The Clawed costume did not use this expensive NFT custom werewolf fur, and much less expensive fur was used.

Mr. Healy said the only part of this photo which gives him pause is that right bicep area. I asked him why? Mr. Healy stated – “It looks too big,” but other than that he can find no evidence that this is in fact a suit.

He also said the more fur used in a costume the less expensive. That is not a mistake. The less fur a suit has, the more expensive it is. He in fact stated the fastest and cheapest way to make a Bigfoot suit is to buy the fur that is very thick. He said he can slap together a suit like that pretty quick.

He also said, the shape of this bicep area issue could also be because of the angle of the photo (or the position of the subject of the photo).

Prices (estimates if this photo is of a suit):

One person suit, or “1 off.” These are made specifically for one person to wear as they are formed and molded for that person specifically. This John Healy stated he would not “get out of bed for less than $70,000.00".

If pre-existing molds were used with crappy fur from head to toe (he used another word, but I won’t share that) he could do it for 8,000.00 – 4-5 thousand for half costume (head down) with crappy fur.

For a half costume (pre-existing molds and just enough to show what is in the photo):

-Good fur (NOT the custom fur Mr. Healy thinks would have had to have been used) minimum 3,000.00.

-Crappy fur $2,000.00.

These minimum quotes are minus a face. He said if you add a face to this – you can double these dollar amounts.

I asked him if this could be done for under $1,000 – he laughed again and said – No, no way!!

I asked him if someone could go to their garage and build this (even half) in 10 minutes. When he stopped laughing (I’m serious he laughed) he said “It’s not possible”.

But then he also said he has been getting 7-12 emails a week since this photo was released. I asked him how many of those people asked him how much it would cost to do this? He said, “NONE,” and he said it very slowly and clearly. He also thought others would be interested in knowing just how much it might cost to do something like this.

Mr. Healy told me – If this is a hoax, he doesn’t understand it. He is a complete agnostic toward Bigfoot (as he put it) but does not understand why someone would go to such an expense to fool people, then not do anything to recover their money.

He also said, he has been making it clear in these emails – this is not his suit. I told him, “you used the word “might”. But, he has told these other people who emailed him, this is not his costume. He says if this is a suit he admires the work, and it is very good work, but it’s not his. He feels he has been completely clear on this issue being his suit.

I also asked him if he knew or knows of any Hollywood productions, going on right now, or in 2007-2008 that had a costume created like the subject of this photo – he said he did not know of one.

In closing, Mr. Healy’s opinion is: He does not know if this is a suit or not. There was only one area of the suit that gave him pause, but not enough to say this is a costume of any kind. But, he stated if it is, it is a very expensive suit.

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So, we still don't know if this is a costume. We do know it is NOT the "Clawed Costume" and we know, if it is a costume of some kind, it was not cheap.


March 9, 2012

New Video - for your inspection

M.K Davis has released a second video. I am posting it here, as I have done with other opinions and comments about this photo. The Video 1 is the first opinion video put out by M.K. Video 2 is the new one.

Video 1




NEW: Video 2



Watch and let me know what you think. :)

Oh just an FYI - the blog is having issues with the comments. If you have trouble posting a comment, copy and paste what you typed and refresh the page. It works for others.

March 6, 2012

HealyFX weighs in on the "Clawed" Costume

John Healy of Healy FX has emailed, Dave Conover, in reference to the Clawed Costume. This is what he had to say.

An update on Melissa's image: I received an email from John Healy of Healy FX, the company that created the BF suit for CLAWED, and he goes into some detail on the construction, auction history and other elements, as well as expressing his belief that the figure in her photo is NOT likely one of their suits:

"...Originally the movie "Clawed" was photographed as "The Unknown" ... a working title in which many movies start off as. It then became, "The Ghost of Echo Mountain" from what I understand as the first release of the film. Please correct me if my information is incorrect as you may know more about this than I. The Healy FX Studios did in fact fabricate the suit, Mike Fields was a contractor resposible for overseeing the project, and he was the primary sculptor of the body. The suit, as many are mistaken, did not get sold on Ebay. It was left with the producers in Washigton State where filming occured. Due to a contractual issue, The Healy FX Studios retained the rights for any further fabrication at future dates of the costume. Three costumes were fabricated... All were dressed with roughly the same fur, and none resembled your attached photo. In my opinion, if this was a copy of our "Clawed" sasquatch the fur may have been pulled off and replaced with a longer, multi toned synthetic that appears to be on a lace mesh. I have numerous photos from the shoot but none clearly showing the back alone of the costume..."




*First Photo provided by John Healy of Healy FX. Second is the photo of unknown subject*