Being totally honest with you, I’m a sucker for 3d blacklight paint of all kinds. Something about those colors just brings out the incense-burning 14 year old weirdo kid inside. For others, I’m sure the appeal is a bit different. In addition to being visually impressive, a good UV paint scene transports your guest into a completely ethereal world, making it that much easier to unsettle and horrify them.
As the blacklight-sensitive images painted are memorable and attract so much attention to the artistry in this industry, we figured it’s about time to tip our torn and tattered hats to some of the best people making blacklight paintings in haunted houses and attractions of all kinds. So in no particular order, check out these nine amazing artists.
And if you’d like more information on how to make some ChromaDepth 3D images in your haunt, check out this video by Scary Lady Videos for an excellent tutorial.
Stuart Smith operates under the name Stuartizm and does professional blacklight art for all sorts of professional haunts. Stuart began his career painting laser tag arenas and has since moved on to some amazing haunts such as Trail of Terror, Blood Manor, and Houston Terrordome. His work has taken him as far as Indonesia! What makes his work so mesmerizing is his use of detail, flowing focal points, and layers. Give a glance to his YouTube channel for more examples of his art.
Terror Visions is an example of one of Halloween Production’s great work. Located inside of The Darkness in St. Louis, Terror Visions touts themselves as the “World’s Best 3d Haunt” – you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check out the video showing more detail on YouTube. It’s hard to imagine a cooler-looking clown theme.
BLACKLIGHT 3D PRODUCTIONS
Another company that works in a broad range of fields, BlackLight 3D Productions has done work with mini-golf courses and laser-tag arenas in addition to their work with haunts like The Woods of Terror in Greensboro, NC and The Nest in Phoenix, AZ. Their Flickr features their impressive body of work ranging from Christmas themes, to nature scenes, to glowing skeletons.
Proving that UV Paint is a worldwide wonder, artist Maniek Sadkowski’s work comes all the way from the country of Poland. As his website is in Polish, I’m afraid we’re lacking a whole lot of information on the guy, but for more on Maniek, check out his YouTube channel.
ROB ZOMBIE’S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
Based on Rob Zombie’s musical horror movie, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (preview), this is a crude and stimulating 3d blacklight maze. I don’t know a ton about the artist but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was one of the artist or organizations mentioned on this list. One thing that particularly works well is the painted masks and blacklight reactive garments the actors are wearing, immersing you further into Zombie’s twisted fantasy world.
Out of Washington, ContoursFX works with people across the world in many different industries. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to track down a great deal of pictures of Dutch Bihary’s work with haunts. However, his work doing body paint is unbelievable. If anyone out there happens to have examples of his work with haunts, send them over to us and we’ll put them up!
[edit: Haunted Nightmare in Washington were cool enough to send over examples of Dutch’s work!]
AFTER LIFE: DEATH’S VENGEANCE
Part of Universal Studios in Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, After Life: Death’s Vengeance is another 3D maze that makes our list. The story revolves around Bobby “The Blade” Galleta, a sadistic serial-murderer who gets fried in an electric chair and is forced to deal with his victims in the afterlife. What works especially well, based on the pictures we’ve seen, is the use of painted lettering. Of course, the giant blacklights they have mounted everywhere probably help to make sure everything is finely illuminated to showcase the details.
Have a haunt that causes heads to spin by using UV paint? Leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!