Offbeat L.A. Goes on a Video Adventure: Two Bizarre Prop Houses- Bischoff’s Taxidermy & Dapper Cadaver

Off with your head! Dapper Cadaver, a horror themed prop house (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Off with your head! Dapper Cadaver, a horror themed prop house (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Bischoff's Taxidermy (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Bischoff’s Animal FX (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Our beguiling and wondrous city is most famously known for being the epicenter of the movie and TV industries. Accordingly so, Los Angeles has all the trimmings available to cater to everything to do with spinning the illustrious web of movie magic- from costume houses to special FX facilities to some pretty offbeat cottage industries that flourish because of their uniqueness. Most are tucked in warehouses on quiet little streets with plain façades. Driving by most have no idea that worlds of wonder and adventure can be found inside.

This Offbeat L.A. column was started in February 2013 and the very first article was on an amazingly bizarre horror-themed prop house in Burbank called Dapper Cadaver. Read here: dapper-cadaver-props-from-the-darkside 

Now over 40 articles later, Offbeat L.A. has decided to take you on another surreal video adventure, led by yours truly, Nikki Kreuzer. First we visit a very eclectic prop house in downtown Burbank called Bischoff’s Animal FX which has been around since the silent film era. They specialize in taxidermy animals for use in movies. Then we go back to where it all started and re-visit the spectacular Dapper Cadaver… Enjoy!

Bischoff’s Taxidermy & Animal FX: 54 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502;
(818) 843-7561.

Dapper Cadaver: 7572 San Fernando Rd., Burbank, CA 91352; (818) 771-0818.


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About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for almost 30 years. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring & photographing the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written over 100 Offbeat L.A. articles which are published at the Los Angeles Beat and on the website As a writer she has also been published in the LA Weekly,, Blurred Culture, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also a mosaic artist, working actor and published photographer. Her photography has been featured in the print version of LA Weekly and as part of an exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art. In the band Nikki & Candy, she plays bass, sings and is co-writer. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon or at Nikki is currently working on her first novel. Please "like" the Offbeat L.A. Facebook page! For more Offbeat L.A. photos & adventures follow @Lunabeat on Instagram or @Offbeat_LA on Twitter.
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