How did you get into video production?

Is it true you used to do professional wrestling?

Where did the name “Lord Kayoss” come from?

Why do you not upload to your youtube channel more often?

What exactly is the Lord Kayoss Shoot of the Week?

Why is the Shoot not featured on youtube?

Who is your favorite actor?

What is your favorite movie?

What kind of music do you listen to?

What is a “rat”? You mention it on the Shoot and other things from time to time.

Why haven’t you responded to my email?

Will you release a DVD?

What were the “breaking the law” instances in the Nightmare RIR film that you could’ve “went to jail several times” over?

What are some of your favorite video games?

Why did you end the Shoot of the Week?

How do I get a thumbnail for my username to show up on your site?

Do you watch your videos a lot after making them? Which one is your favorite?

If I see you at an event (i.e. horror convention, etc) in costume, is there a cost to take pics with you?

Where did you get that costume!?

How did you get into video production?

The art of filmmaking has interested me since I was a child, but unfortunately most children lack the kind of money required to purchase necessary equipment so my aspirations were delayed a while until I could cobble together some basic hardware to begin experimenting and learning. My first videos were shot with an old VHS camcorder and edited with two VCR’s and a stereo cassette player. Timing was everything, and the final product was always dependent on a little luck. Technology has made the process much easier, but I’ll never forget those old days and all that painstaking tediousness.

Is it true you used to do professional wrestling?

Yes. I wrestled under the name “Kayoss” off and on for the better part of a decade. There are several clips featured on youtube as well as several full-length matches in the video section of my myspace page.

Where did the name “Lord Kayoss” come from?

A portion of the name originally surfaced in 1991 while I was playing Final Fantasy II for the SNES. I was renaming Cecil, the main character, into something that sounded more menacing to me. I guess at age 11 the name Cecil just didn’t carry a lot of weight in my mind (and still doesn’t, for that matter). I was racking my brain trying to come up with a satisfying name I didn’t mind looking at for the entire game. Then I remembered the original Final Fantasy and the final boss of the game, Chaos. I thought to myself, “Hmm, Chaos…what a cool name. Sounds like it has some kind of power behind it.” After tweaking the spelling I came up with “Kayoss”. That became the name of Cecil, and thus would be connected with me for the rest of my life. I began using it as a pen name for my writings, then incorporated it into my wrestling character in the late 90’s, and finally carried it over into my films in the new century.

The “Lord” portion was added about mid-way through my tenure in professional wrestling. My favorite wrestler was The Undertaker, who was often referred to as the “Lord of Darkness”. Hence, “Lord Kayoss”. Inspiration can strike anywhere!

Why do you not upload to your youtube channel more often?

I work when I’m inspired. Often times I have the urge to produce a film, but no material that I feel is strong enough to work with. I’m not the type of artist to just throw something meaningless together just to get it out there and stay active. Youtube is a popularity contest to many users, but that’s not what it’s about for me. If I have a piece of work I feel is intriguing and will attract an audience, I’ll post it. If not, I won’t. Also, keep in mind youtube’s ridiculous perception of copyright infringement. That’s another factor in my channel seeing limited activity. One has to be extremely careful in what is uploaded there.

What exactly is the Lord Kayoss Shoot of the Week?

The Shoot of the Week is a weekly vlog I run on Facebook and my Myspace page, featuring me in a news desk role covering current events and anything else I find interesting that particular week. The term “Shoot” is derived from pro wrestling lingo. Of it’s many meanings, one specifically is it’s a raw, unchecked rant. A verbal tirade of opinion and emotion, which fits the video’s content perfectly.

For more inside info on the show, check out the film entitled Looking Down The Barrel.

Why is the Shoot not featured on youtube?

Again, think of youtube’s copyright policy. The Shoot generally features a copyrighted song in the background along with several copyrighted news clips and images. Although an episode appears on youtube every now and then, there’s no way it would hold up in consistency on a weekly basis. Subsequently, there’d be several of them getting deleted and most likely my channel being terminated (again, heh). The Shoot is hosted on my personal server, and streams quietly on myspace without violating their own policies.

Who is your favorite actor?

Impossible to pick just one. But, favs that come to mind are Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Biehn, Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen, Jim Varney, Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, and Colin Clive.

What is your favorite movie?

Again, not possible for me to pick just one. But here’s a short list:

The Way, The Shawshank Redemption, Dracula (1931), Ed Wood, The War at Home (1996), Halloween (1978), Alien/Aliens, Back to the Future Trilogy, Terminator I/II, Rocky (All), Rambo (All), Million Dollar Baby, Heist, Lean On Me, A League of Their Own, The Fugitive, Universal Soldier, Willow, Predator, Live From Baghdad, Sin City, Young Guns I/II, American History X, Sling Blade, Full Metal Jacket, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Gremlins I/II, The Karate Kid, Meteor, The Longest Yard (2005), Batman (1989), A Perfect Murder, Can’t Hardly Wait, Beetlejuice, The Blair Witch Project, The Devil’s Rejects.

What kind of music do you listen to?

Classic/hard rock (Def Leppard, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Queen, Boston, 38 Special, Sammy Hagar, George Thorogood, ZZ Top, Joe Walsh, Billy Squier), old school heavy metal (Megadeth, 80’s Metallica, Slayer, Ozzy/Sabbath, etc) mostly. But, to quote my all-time favorite frontman (W. Axl Rose), “a great song can be found anywhere.” I elect not to stay confined to one particular genre. I have my favs, but great music is all over the place past. Certain moods welcome different flavors (Primus, anyone?). You just never know when or where a good tune will speak to you.

What is a “rat”? You mention it on the Shoot and other things from time to time.

Back to wrestling lingo. A “rat” is a groupie.

Why haven’t you responded to my email?

Be patient. I generally like to respond to every message I get. But, sometimes I’m just too busy to get to them all as quickly as I’d like. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to send their thoughts, well wishes, and feedback. Rest assured, your messages are being read and thank you for your interest.

Will you release a DVD?

Not likely. In order to legally do that, all copyrighted clips/music/bytes/images would have to be removed from all included films which would water them down way too much. Not to mention I do this for sheer joy and the satisfaction it brings me, not the money.

What were the “breaking the law” instances in the Nightmare RIR film that you could’ve “went to jail several times” over?

Seeing how I could still be prosecuted, can’t specifically speak on that one. What I can say is that I took certain unlawful risks that endangered only myself in order to get certain scenes shot for the film.

What are some of your favorite video games?

There really needs to be a list by category for this one to do it justice. Below is a list of every system I have owned and my favorite games for each one (including some arcade listings).

ATARI 2600
Pitfall II
Yar’s Revenge
Missile Command

Blaster Master
Double Dragon II
River City Ransom
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Friday the 13th
The Karate Kid
Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
Pro Wrestling
Kung Fu

Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy III
Zelda: A Link to the Past
Super Metroid
Super Punch Out
Super Castlevania IV
Contra III: The Alien Wars
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time
Out of This World
Mortal Kombat II
Street Fighter II Turbo
Sim City

Metroid II: Return of Samus

Spy Hunter
Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road
Mortal Kombat II
Street Fighter II: Champions Edition
WWF Superstars
WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game

WWF Wrestlemania 2000
Perfect Dark
Mortal Kombat 4

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Grand Theft Auto III
Fatal Frame
Knockout Kings 2001
Fight Night 2004
WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Fight Night Round 3
GTA: Liberty City Stories

Red Dead Redemption
College Hoops 2K8
Grand Theft Auto IV
Fight Night Round 4
Fight Night Champion
Heavy Rain
Mortal Kombat

Metal Gear Solid V
Grand Theft Auto V
Friday the 13th
Alien: Isolation
Mortal Kombat X

Friday the 13th
Brutal Doom
Civilization V

Why did you end the Shoot of the Week?

Aside from the issues covered on the final episode , I was beginning to feel the show was on the verge of becoming redundant and stale, and I didn’t want it to veer at all in that direction. Also, as mentioned (worth noting again), I have other intriguing projects with potential that were sort of on indefinite hold while I focused on the weekly show. Though it may not seem like it, keeping up with a weekly show is a very deep commitment. Just producing one once a week is a challenge in itself. But, turning one out weekly that is both quality and entertaining is very tedious, and very time-consuming. Ending the Shoot for now gives me an opportunity to focus on other areas of interest. As paraphrased by Arnold, “I’ll be back.” You’ll see more Shoots in the future (i.e. this one ). I am certain of this. But, for now, the weekly era has closed.

How do I get a thumbnail for my username to show up on your site?

You have to create an account at gravatar.com. Signing up is easy. All you need to keep in mind is you have to sign up at gravatar using the EXACT SAME email address you used to sign up here or IT WILL NOT WORK. Create an account there and upload an image to set as your thumbnail. You’ll be asked by gravatar to rate the image (PG, R, X, etc) before you make it final. My site is set to display images up to an R rating, so you probably shouldn’t exceed that or it won’t show up here. After your account is created at gravatar and your thumbnail is set, it should show up here within 5-10 minutes. Easy peezy, ja-pa-neezy.

Do you watch your videos a lot after making them? Which one is your favorite?

Not really. I watch them a lot before releasing them, correcting mistakes or making general changes. Probably for that reason, by the time they’re released I’m sick of seeing them.

But, a personal favorite is Nightmare RIR. I was really happy with the way that film turned out. One of the biggest challenges as a filmmaker is getting the finished product as close to your mental vision as possible. I don’t think it could’ve been any closer with that one. What you see is pretty much spot on with what I saw in my head when writing the screenplay and imagining how the story would unfold. Only thing that held it back a bit were budget/equipment limitations.

If I see you at an event (i.e. horror convention, etc) in costume, is there a cost to take pics with you?

Absolutely not. Not knocking anyone who charges for pics, but it just isn’t something I agree with.

Where did you get that costume!?

Been getting this one a lot since I started making unboxing/cosplay videos. If you’re watching an unboxing show of mine the answer is always in there. But, there are certain non-unboxing vids as well as random photos on Twitter and Instagram that feature me in costume with no info on where the wardrobe came from which leaves a bit of viewer-curiosity.

Below is a complete list of every artist I’ve ever worked with, their last known contact info, and the pieces they commissioned for me. Keep in mind these guys are independent and some have a tendency to disappear once in a while, so if any of the links to their pages aren’t working, Facebook is probably gonna be your best bet at tracking them down…

Beyond Disgusting Studios

Jason Part 8 Hockey Mask
Jason Part 8 Clothes/Weathering
Jason Part 8 Latex Forearm Sleeves

Jason Part 4 Clothes/Weathering

Jason Part 4
Shower Scene Hockey Mask

Crash Creations

Jason Part 4
Shower Scene Hockey Mask

Jason Part 4
End Scene Hockey Mask

Jason Part 5
(Roy) Hockey Mask

Jason Part 8 Hockey Mask

The Devils Latex

Jason Part 4 Latex Hood
Jason Part 5 (Roy) Latex Hood
Jason Part 8 Latex Hood

Dark Ride Studios

Freddy Torched 3
Silicone Mask

Freddy Left Arm
Silicone Sleeve

Olschewski Luxury Knitting

Freddy Part 2 Sweater

Contact ‘Yeroc’ above

Freddy Part 2 Hat

Demented Glove Works

Freddy Part 4 Glove

Dirt Knap FX

Rubber-Head Ax
Neck-Notch Machete
’78 Lamson Butcher Knife

Composite Effects

Deformed Silicone Jason Hood

Contact James above

Converted NightOwl Shat
(Myers H1)

Converted NAG 75K
(Myers H2)

Converted NAG 98 Proto
(Myers H1)

Converted NAG 75K Castle
(Myers H1)

Converted NAG H4 Hero
(Myers H4)

Converted NAG 75K Castle
(Myers H2)

Case 102-12 Chef Knife Replica

Nikolas Art Gallery (NAG)

NAG 75K (Old Mold Blank)

NAG 98 Proto (Blank)

NAG 75K Castle (Blank) (2)

NAG H4 Hero (Blank)

Night Owl Productions

NightOwl Shatner (Blank)

David Miller Creations
Contact David above

Jason Part 5 (Roy) Latex Hood

Domino FX – PS4 Customs

Jason Voorhees PS4 Controller

Masks by Kyle Huculak
Contact Kyle above

Jason Part 8 Silicone Hood

Crystal Lake Industries

Jason Part 8 Hockey Mask*

Camp 13 Creations

Jason Voorhees Part 8 Latex Arm Sleeves

NITRAM Productions

Revenge of the 5th Myers H5 Mask

Personal Notes

Josh Ludemann: Josh is awesome. Top-notch communication and 100% committed to customer satisfaction. Sends pics of your product as it’s coming along, checking in to see if things are looking good to you. Can make adjustments on the fly. Known him for five years and one of my favorite guys to work with.

Crash Cunningham: Crash’s Gruesome Goalie Masks are second to none. Great guy who produces the best in all things Jason. Chances are you’ve seen his work in several areas of Friday the 13th media. His wait times can run a little over, but that’s to be expected from someone as in demand as he is.

Steve Bellamy: Your go-to guy for latex hoods. Have worked with him several times for various Jason hoods and he has never let me down. Also does a wide variety of other work (including hockey masks as well as non-Jason stuff). His TMNT pieces are becoming the stuff of legend. Krang!

James Updegraph: Outstanding work, shit customer service. What can I say? You won’t find a better silicone Freddy mask than a Darkride. It is an absolute must if screen accuracy is your thing. However, their customer service is horrible and communication doesn’t exist. I never got a reply once after repeated inquires after my order was approaching six weeks late. My products did finally arrive, right at the 12-week mark, which is the most important thing. Still, not writing people back is shifty business. James built quite a shady reputation among the Freddy fanbase (check out the forums over at springwoodslasher.com for more). Majority of complaints were the same; late orders and absolutely no correspondence. A couple people even claimed their orders never arrived at all. At $500+ per mask, that’s just absurd. Word on the street currently is James doesn’t make Freddy masks anymore, as his website has disappeared and the Facebook page I linked above hasn’t been updated in years. But, even if he was still making them, I’d still encourage you to shop for his work second-hand.

Margret Olschewski: One of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing business with. Her work is beautifully crafted and tailored to your exact measurements. Professional product and very warm customer service. Every interaction with her was a delight. Product arrived right on schedule and even included some candy from abroad. Classy lady and worth every cent of her price tag. The sweater she made for me was so perfectly done that I nearly had an anxiety attack when the time came for me to weather it, as I couldn’t bear the thought of damaging a single thread.

Corey Stanley (Yeroc): Our transaction was short and sweet. My Part 2 Freddy hat arrived right on time and was expertly crafted. Good guy, great talent. Recommend!

Brian Sills: Fantastic artist and friendly communication. I asked for a Part 4 Freddy glove with some alterations and Brian was happy to facilitate. He sent pics as the job was coming along to make sure things were meeting my expectations. Product arrived as scheduled and was outstanding. You ain’t gonna find this at no Halloween store.

Tim Miller: Props galore! Bought my neck-notch machete, rubber-head ax, and ’78 Lamson replica butcher knife from him. All studio-quality props, hand-crafted, and completely badass. My Michael Myers costume is 10x as menacing when stalking about with a ridiculously large butcher knife in hand. Throat-slashing kills never looked so real until Tim introduced his clever neck-notch machete. And that ax……. I almost got shot in Covington, KY walking to my car dressed as Jason 4. Cops thought that sucker was REAL, and who could blame them?

Composite Effects: As discussed in this video, I was really pleased with CFX and their customer service. They crafted the silicone Jason hood to my specifications and answered every question I had without a hiccup. Silicone is a bit pricey, and CFX understands customers are shelling out big money for their stuff. They take it very seriously and make sure you’re happy with your item. I never had one ounce of buyer’s remorse when that hood hit my front door. One of the best additions I could’ve made to my Part 4 Jason attire.

James Carter: Ah, James. The man with the waiting line so long it could wrap all the way around his home county (twice). JC is an intriguing entity. I personally don’t know of any other mask maker out there, anywhere, who has a loyal cult following so enamored with his work that they’re willing to spend a couple hundred bucks just to get a blank mask shipped to him so they can stand in line for five years waiting to have it converted. If you think you know the story of the original Michael Myers mask; think again. You’ve got nothing on the inhabitants of michael-myers.net. These guys live this stuff, every single day. You’d have to in order to want to invest that kind of cash and time into owning your very own JC Michael Myers mask. There’s a reason why James is their champion. He’s that damn good. Seriously. He can capture Michael Myers from 1978 and/or 1981 and deliver him straight to your doorstep. Only variable is time. How long are you willing to wait? I’ve been waiting for nearly two years as of spring 2016, and by all accounts, will probably be waiting two years more (at least). I’m not exactly smiling about it, but I’m still here, still in line with my fellow horror brethren, still patiently waiting my turn to officially sign my name in the JC customer catalog. I’m qualified to give my personal thoughts now because I’ve been exposed to JC’s work for several years, and I’ve talked with the guy personally a handful of times as well. He’s one of the nicest guys you’ll do business with. And when that time comes and it’s your turn to direct him to convert yet another unsuspecting Shatner clone to the darkside, you’ll instantly forget there was ever a wait to begin with.

Nikos Dresios: Nik is the mysterious fellow behind the NAG acronym you may have heard of. Residing in Athens, Greece, this super-talented artist is responsible for some of the most notorious Michael Myers masks on the independent scene, most notably the highly sought-after 75K. He crafts highly accurate replicas of the original Don Post Captain Kirk mask (referred to as “blanks” in the Myers trade) which are sent on to conversion artists like JC. It all starts with Nik. If not for his perfectly crafted Kirk replicas, we wouldn’t have some of the most devilishly beautiful Michael Myers masks that we find ourselves drooling over today. I bought a 75K blank from him to have shipped on to JC some time ago. Nik was very pleasant to deal with and crafted my 75K from the old mold as requested. I got a message from JC about two weeks later confirming my blank was resting comfortably in his possession.

Justin Mabry: Justin has headed NightOwl Productions for many years and has brought the Myers trade some fantastic pieces such as the Psycho and more recently the Creep. But, it’s often his unadvertised Shat that makes it’s way ’round the indy scene. Like Nik’s Captain Kirk replicas, Justin’s NO Shat is another favorite blank that many choose to pick up and send to a conversion artist to be given the immortal Myers treatment. I bought one from Justin around the same time I picked up a 75K from Nik and had it sent to James Carter. JC himself recommends the Shat for the best 1978 Halloween conversion possible. Justin was a pleasure to deal with and our transaction went off without a hitch. Good man.

David Miller: One of my most recent transactions was with Mr. David Miller of David Miller Creations, aka elmoscave on ebay. I picked up a Friday the 13th Jason “Under Mask” No Face hood from him a couple months ago. What I got was an exact replica of the hood worn by Tom Morga in his portrayal of Roy Burns, the ambulance-driver-turned-pseudo-Jason killer, in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, complete with certificate of authenticity. I had been looking for a good Roy hood for quite some time, and thanks to what I’ll publicly refer to as an anonymous tip, that’s exactly what I got with this purchase. Interesting the ebay listing doesn’t specify what this item actually is in the title. They advertise a latex “Jason” hood complete with bloody ax wound, when Roy is what you’re really getting. Also, very noteworthy, the hood showed up with a slit up the back which is a huge no-no in screen-accurate cosplay. I contacted David through ebay to inquire and got a reply from Terri, his assistant. David agreed to remake the hood for me with no slit. I sent the old one back and had the new one about a month later. Communication was rather spotty at times and left me a bit wary on a couple of occasions. But, in the end, my product arrived with no huge issues and there was no slit up the back and also no blood painted into the ax wound as I requested, as any avid Friday fan knows Roy’s hood is clean in the film. If you purchase one of these I encourage you to specify they omit the blood, and definitely request an omit of the slit. Lastly, pay no heed to the estimated delivery time quoted in the listing which is generally two weeks. It’ll likely be a month before it shows up, but hey, one irrefutable truth I’ve learned in this hobby; no good thing ever shows up on time. It always takes longer than they say. Just accept it and be patient.

Justin Williams: One of the nicest guys I’ve done business with. High quality work. Justin crafted a fantastic Jason Voorhees controller for my PS4 exactly to my personal specifications. His work is top-notch and dealing with him is a total pleasure. I needed the controller ASAP for the Jason Plays Mortal Kombat X video, and Justin went out of his way to find the quickest, most cost-effective shipper in England and got the controller to me in the USA in less than a week. Can’t say enough good things about the guy. If you’re thinking of contacting him for a custom controller, hit up his Facebook page and get the process started. You’ll be glad you did.

Kyle Huculak: Ordered a Jason 8 silicone hood from Kyle and am very satisfied with the final product. Hood is expertly crafted to match screen detail and fits my head like a glove. Interactions with Kyle were very polite and professional.

James Power: James and I almost did business on a Jason 8 hero hockey mask. Transaction went all the way down to the moment he was about to ship, and due to a miscommunication on my part, we discovered the product wouldn’t reach me in time for Halloween. Understanding my need to make other arrangements, James happily refunded my money and was completely professional. Great experience.

Justin Watson: Smooth transaction and great product. Not many people offer the Jason Part 8 arm sleeves, and the ones that do will have you paying more for those than any other part of the costume. Justin offers these at an affordable price and they hit the mark in pics and video. Good communication, fast shipping, great experience.

Martin Pena: Martin’s Revenge of the 5th is the new H5 badboy in town. Currently unmatched in its screen likeness, the Revenge is a must-have for any huge fan of Halloween 5. At certain angles it is nearly mistakable for the screen-used hero worn by Don Shanks’ in his incarnation of The Shape. Martin’s communication was great, and the mask arrived within the quoted time-frame (3 months, I believe). A+ experience.

Dishonorable Mentions

Mike/All Hallows Ghost, otherwise known simply as A.H.G.

I’ve had a couple misfire experiences with certain individuals in this hobby, both artists and fellow collectors/cosplayers alike. A few forgettable interactions ranging from vast difference of opinion to unintentional bad chemistry. The majority of these could easily be written off as culturally different personalities that just don’t mix. Nothing malicious in most cases. But, one guy who was a straight up asshole to me was Mike/AHG. He doesn’t make the list of artists I’ve done business with because we couldn’t get that far. I had heard some shaky opinions about him prior to contacting him, with most people a bit hesitant to offer feedback and doing so with a subtle hint of caution. With this in mind, I contacted him to inquire about getting a Myers conversion done. Skipping a few personal details, Mike quickly became a total jerkoff and I could instantly see why the conversion trade has passed him by and rendered him mostly forgotten. He’s a childish asshat who is all too eager to assert his bitterness onto anyone who comes calling. Seriously, I’ve gotta be one of the nicest, most professional people to deal with. I pride myself in doing so. Couple that with me approaching this guy cautiously in knowing his adolescent tendencies, and still, I walked away with a permanent impression of him being a silly jerknut. Sad. What’s ironic (and a bit funny) is I own arguably his best conversion ever in the NAG/AHG 75K #2, and I happily secured it second-hand.

Stay away from this one.

Connor Deless

Current transaction still in progress. Full report coming soon, but initial impression; not an easy guy to get ahold of, and I can only assume hope it’s because he’s that good. Took two months (and two messages sent to him by a mutual friend) to get his attention, only to get me placed on a waiting list. I’m guessing the two months I waited for the initial response aren’t being counted. But, we’ll see. More as it develops.

UPDATE 8.17.2016 — More than two more months have passed since I was told I’d be placed on a waiting list for the Killing Mask. I contacted Connor a couple days ago to inquire about current status. Message was read within hours, but no response. Closing in on half a year since I first reached out to him, and well over four months since a mutual friend we share confirmed to him I’m a serious buyer and still, I have no idea where things stand. Don’t know when I’ll be able to order a mask, if at all. Not looking good here.

UPDATE 6.22.2017 — It’s now been well over a year since Connor told me he’d put me on a waiting list for his Leatherface Killing Mask. No further correspondence at all since the 8.17.2016 update. He never responded to the message I talked about above and the status of our potential transaction has been in limbo since day one. Needless to say, my business has been permanently withdrawn and I can now confidently recommend NOT wasting your time with this guy.