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Pat Reevy with The Deseret Morning NewsA Sunset man's obsession with horror films has his neighbors amazed. But he says there's more than a method to his madness.
If you notice a chill crawling down your spine after entering Mark DeWolfe's house, it's understandable. Greeting you at the door are serial killers armed with shovels and arrows. A little further down, Jason. And in the backroom, Freddy.
DeWolfe is a horror film fanatic. His hobby is collecting props and artifacts actually used in some of the most popular, and some not so well known, horror movies -- movies such as Friday the 13th, Wrong Turn, and Psycho 2.
Mark DeWolfe, Homeowner: “From the movie Psycho 2, Vera Miles was killed near the end of the film in a scene. This is the prop head that received the knife that was actually stabbed.”
In the living room is DeWolfe's prize possession, a mask worn by Jason in Friday the 13th Part 6, Jason lives. It was one of 10 masks worn in the movie. The horror continues in the kitchen.
Mark DeWolfe: “From the movie Final Destination Part 2, there was a scene in a field where a guy gets cut into three chunks by a fence that blows up, er, an explosion and it cuts him into three different pieces."
One quickly learns there seems to be a theme with the costumes in the house, they were worn by either a killer or someone that was killed. On the walls, DeWolfe has pictures and autographs of many of his horror heroes.
DeWolfe buys most of his items off internet auctions. Each comes with the all important letter of authenticity. Costumes cost anywhere from $300 for something from Wrong Turn to $3,600 for Jason's mask.
What's the first impression people get after walking in his house?
Mark DeWolfe: “They're a little overwhelmed their first visit and they kind of grow used to it. They ask me how can I live here? Like I said, I go to decorated homes and it gives me a nightmare. I go in and I see the same frames from Wal Mart or Target and stuff, and that’s the kind of things that makes my skin crawl.”
DeWolfe is also an actor. He's appeared in TV's "Touched By An Angel" and several commercials. He is about to start filming on a screenplay that he wrote. But the movie will be a comedy, not a horror show.