Off with your head! Dapper Cadaver, a horror themed prop house (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. http://bischoffs.net
Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for over 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 110 Offbeat L.A. articles, published at the Los Angeles Beat. As a journalist she contributes regularly to LA Weekly, Blurred Culture and has also been published by Oddee.com, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also a mosaic artist, radio DJ and published photographer. Her photography has been featured in exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art, in print at the LA Weekly and in exhibit at the Neutra Museum in Los Angeles. She has recorded with the band Nikki & Candy as bassist, vocalist and songwriter, directing and appearing in the 'Sunshine Sunshine Santa Claus' music video for the band. She co-hosted the monthly radio show Bubblegum & Other Delights on Dublab.com for over two years. Her acting credits include a recent role in the ABC-TV show 'For The People', 'Incident at Guilt Ridge', 'Two and a Half Men', the film 'Minority Report' and 'Offbeat L.A.', a web series, written and hosted by Nikki Kreuzer. Her writing, radio and video portfolio can be found at OffbeatLA.com, her photography work @Lunabeat on Instagram and her music history posts @NikkiKreuzer on Twitter. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes or Amazon.