Offbeat L.A.: Dapper Cadaver- Props From the Darkside in Burbank

Body parts for sale (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Body parts for sale (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Originally published February 7, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat

Located in a warehouse near some train tracks and the Burbank airport is a fascinating prop house called Dapper Cadaver. Opened in 2006 by the very friendly husband and wife team BJ & Eileen Winslow, this particular prop shop deals solely in horror and the macabre. This shop mainly caters to rentals to movie studios, independent projects, parties or stage shows but BJ and Eileen welcome browsers and curiosity seekers. as well. While I was there I was treated very kindly and told to take as many photos as I wanted. Dapper Cadaver also has a special order prop fabrication shop in the back and it was interesting to watch the guys working to create some of these crazy props.

Walking around the warehouse there were shelves of gargoyles, boxes of skulls and decapitated limbs, a full size alligator, evil clown mannequins, electric chairs, coffins and that is only the tip of the iceberg. The Winslow’s props have been used in TV shows such as Dexter & Bones, as well as countless films, and live stage shows such as Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osborne. (Dapper Cadaver: 7572 San Fernando Rd, LA, 91352. Open 10-6, M-F).

*Author’s note: This was the very first Offbeat L.A. article. Dapper Cadaver has since moved locations to 7648 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA 91352.

Skulls for sale (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Skulls for sale (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Dapper Cadaver (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Dapper Cadaver (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

(photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

(photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for more than half of her life. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 100 Offbeat L.A. articles, which she started in 2013 while writing for The Los Angeles Beat. She has also been published in the LA Weekly, Oddee.com, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also is a mosaic artist, working actor and published photographer. As part of the band Nikki & Candy, she plays bass, sings and is co-writer. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and other music sites. 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.
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