Thursday, April 8, 2010

Deluxe Vampire Hunting Kit

From artist Oskar Hejll comes this impressively complete early 20th century vampire hunting kit.

I particularly like the selection of hardware. The stakes in most kits of this nature have broad, almost blunt points that need considerable force to crack the sternum, or multiple ribs, before piercing the heart. A narrow point seems more realistic, since it will naturally slip between the ribs of the upper chest. The blades are another nice touch. Staking is all well and good, but you need some heavy duty sharps for the final decapitation.

The period flashlight is a nice touch. Candles are a traditional feature, but the dampness and dodgy drafts of a typical vampire crypt aren't conducive to an unprotected flame. Even Van Helsing, the prototypical vampire hunter, was smart enough to bring along lanterns and a blow torch in Bram Stoker's "Dracula".

The one thing I think would improve this already excellent kit is more ephemera, but I'm obviously biased in that direction. Browse Mr. Hejll's site and you'll find some other interesting props, including a well done Necronomicon.


Mr. Sable said...

I don't know if there'd be ephemera in a vampire hunter's kit. They'd likely make their own just as today every movie pyro guy has his own style of blasting box and there's no labels or permits in the box itself.

Mik said...

Now that is impressive. I'd add some maps maybe and a journal, maybe make a few newspaper clippings about gruesome murders that could be attributed to some vampire.

Tom Banwell said...

A gorgeous kit!

Robert Baldwin said...

I found the base for the flashlight on ebay a while back. Its one of a variety of "Delta" flashlight/lanters from the 1920s-40s. Lots were made for the navy in WW2. They come with a metal housing, so the maker here must have created a wooden husing to match the overall style of the kit.