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A Halloween/Horror themed theatrical experience combining dance, music, magic, puppets, multimedia & special effects. A visual feast!
A Halloween/Horror themed theatrical experience combining dance, music, magic, puppets, multimedia & special effects. A visual feast!
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Hi, I'm Pete Carter, creator and director of "Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse". I'm a professional Michael Jackson tribute artist and have been performing around the world for the past 13 years. For the past five years I have created and produced a live stage show for Six Flags Fright Fest called Ghoulmaster's Ghosts. I, myself, have taken the position of writer, director, choreographer, performer, set designer, prop builder, costume designer, photographer, graphics, video editing, special effects, and make-up. 

In 2014, I moved to Los Angeles with a nightmare. I dreamt of a theater experience like no other. As if you just walked onto the set of The Munster's or The Addams Family and Michael Jackson's Thriller and Ghosts videos came to life in your face. Just add some sexy ghouls, rock 'n roll, glamour, cobwebs and glitter, and you have Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse. A celebration for those of us who choose to live the Halloween lifestyle all year round. A celebration of acceptance and living your life for YOU!

With "Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse" I hope to bring the message of acceptance, anti-bullying, and living your life for yourself. I've just always felt that we all have such a small amount of time on this Earth, and we need to have fun, be weird, love each other, love ourselves and don't worry about what others are saying or thinking. Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse is going to be that escape for so many people.

Pete as MJ, Edward Scissorhands, Barnabas Collins, and Ghoulmaster
Pete as MJ, Edward Scissorhands, Barnabas Collins, and Ghoulmaster

"One person's craziness, is another person's reality" - Tim Burton

Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse can best be described as Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Rocky Horror Picture Show. The one and only Ghoulmaster welcomes you into his world for a spooktacular night of dance, magic, music, comedy, special effects, and burlesque! An unforgettable, frightening, intimate theater experience not for the faint of heart! Sexy ghosts, hilarious ghouls, and mind blowing special effects. A PG-13 visual feast for the eyes!

WHO IS GHOULMASTER?

If Count Dracula was an eccentric 80's pop star- you'd have Ghoulmaster. A mysterious immortal being whose main goal is to scare, shock, and awaken the senses. The King of Halloween, Horror Royalty- he controls all the ghouls, the ghosts, and the goblins- releasing them upon us every year on Halloween. Ghoulmaster is an intriguing, androgynous, goth superstar with an ego and attitude to match. He's known for his outrageous costumes often involving corsets, platform boots, top hats, leather and chains. One of his signature features is his long pointed tongue. He lives in a beautiful decaying Victorian mansion with an unforgettable cast of characters. 

Ghoulmaster's Ghosts, 2012
Ghoulmaster's Ghosts, 2012

"The suspense is terrible... I hope it'll last." - Willy Wonka

If you love Halloween, vintage Hollywood horror, make-up, costumes, puppets, and BLOOD- you are in for a treat, and more than a few tricks! In Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse, it's a constant costume party. The audience will be encouraged (REQUIRED!!) to wear costumes and become part of the show! Dress Code: The stranger, the better.

"I mean, if you have a hunchback, just throw a little glitter on it, honey, and go dancing." -Party Monster

THE GOAL

With your support we plan to open Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse in Hollywood, CA in May of 2015 for a limited run of shows. Your donations will determine how big we can make this production, and will determine what kind of venue! To be honest- the $25,000 goal is the MINIMUM we need to even get this project going. This is just the first phase of funding. If we can pass that goal- we can take this show to the level it deserves! We also plan to take the show on the road, and visit a city near you! 

Michael Jackson and Pete Carter in Beverly Hills, CA - April 2009
Michael Jackson and Pete Carter in Beverly Hills, CA - April 2009

"I am committed to my art. I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. I believe that to be the reason for the very existence of art."- Michael Jackson

REWARDS

Exclusive GHP Donor Only T-shirt
Exclusive GHP Donor Only T-shirt
18x24 Glossy Tongue Poster
18x24 Glossy Tongue Poster
11x17 Full Color Poster Prints
11x17 Full Color Poster Prints
Ghoulmaster Hat Tip T-shirt
Ghoulmaster Hat Tip T-shirt
Ghoulmaster's Ghosts Leather Tote Bag
Ghoulmaster's Ghosts Leather Tote Bag
Framed Hand Written Horrorevolution Lyrics
Framed Hand Written Horrorevolution Lyrics
Ghoulmaster Make-Up Bag (no make-up, bag only)
Ghoulmaster Make-Up Bag (no make-up, bag only)
Ghoulmaster "Vigo" Painting/Ghoulmaster Throne
Ghoulmaster "Vigo" Painting/Ghoulmaster Throne

Risks and challenges

As with any production, there will be challenges. The entire project is a challenge. And it is one that I am confident I will complete successfully. When I do something, I put 100% into it- especially since it's my life's passion. Everything I have done in the past was on a limited budget. I am asking you now to let me show you what I can do. Let's take this creep show to another level!

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    Thank you for helping me make my visions a reality. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

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    You will receive a thank you email from Ghoulmaster with an exclusive unreleased photo attached.

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    You will be e-mailed digital downloads of three songs "Ghoulmaster", "Horrorevolution", and "Ghoulmaster's Circus" as recorded by Santino Noir for the past productions of "Ghoulmaster's Ghosts"

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    You will receive an exclusive personalized autographed thank you card in the mail featuring an unreleased GM photo, and a 4" round GM Sticker.

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    11"x17" Full Color Print of "Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse" artwork- personally autographed by Ghoulmaster.

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    11"x17" Full Color Print of Pete Carter as a child dressed in costume (see photo in descriptions on the left)- personally autographed by Ghoulmaster.

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    Ghoulmaster make-up bag. Features photos of Ghoulmaster on one side, and the GM logo on the other. No make-up included. See photos to the left.

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    ONLY FIVE! 8x10 Ghoulmaster crayon hand written lyrics to Horrorevolution. Signed & Framed

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    You will get one of the only two bird beak masks with silver steel chains as seen in recent Ghoulmaster videos and photos!

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    NEW REWARD- Ghoulmaster T-shirt. Available in all sizes (Youth/Adult) Photo to the left. Ghoulmaster tips his hat to you!

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    Get an exclusive DVD or digital copy of "The Making of Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse" It will include extensive behind the scenes footage of Pete Carter and the performers creating the show from auditions to opening night!!

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    One of a kind autographed haunted mannequin head designed by Ghoulmaster and used as a prop in the Kickstarter video.

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    ONE OF A KIND Framed 8.5"x11" Original Hand Drawn Crayon Sketch by Ghoulmaster

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    You will receive the exclusive high quality 18x24 "GM Tongue" poster print (pictured to the left)- autographed with your name- Plus an exclusive thank you card in the mail featuring an unreleased GM photo.

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    Ghoulmaster's Ghosts Leather Double Sided Tote Bag. Features two beautifully printed shots from the live stage show! Great for Fright Fest fans!

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    You will receive the ultra-exclusive Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse t-shirt that will be available to donors only, and never again printed! Available in youth sizes and adult S/M/L/XL/XXL. Plus an exclusive personalized autographed thank you card in the mail featuring an unreleased GM photo.

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    You don't want any rewards, you just want to donate because you believe in me? I will be forever thankful.

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    ONE OF A KIND "Handbook For The Recently Deceased" prop book covered in dust and cobwebs (see photo to the left). Used on stage in "Ghoulmaster's Ghosts" and on set in the Kickstarter video!

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    You will get the one of a kind prop "Vigo Ghoulmaster" parody poster as seen in the Kickstarter video. Frame not included. See photos to the left.

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    ONE OF A KIND- Ghoulmaster's 2010 Blacklight Microphone used for all "This is Halloween" performances. Autographed by Ghoulmaster

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    ONE OF A KIND- Ghoulmaster's 2013 Blacklight Microphone used for all "This is Halloween" performances. Autographed by Ghoulmaster

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    Get an exclusive DVD or digital copy of "The Making of Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse" and the Ghoulmaster Hat Tip T-shirt (Available in all sizes)

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    Ghoulmaster will record a special VIDEO message where he will say your name and thank you personally for your donation, and will post it on your Facebook wall.

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    You will get Ghoulmaster's haunted doll. A one of a kind prop designed by Ghoulmaster that can be seen in the Kickstarter video. Buyer beware- she has a mind of her own.

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    ONE OF A KIND Prop black skull used in posters and ads fro Ghoulmaster. Has black glitter and a gold royal emblem on the front. Designed by Ghoulmaster.

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    Your name will be featured in the credits/program for the show in Hollywood as a donor- you will also receive the exclusive t-shirt!

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    ONE OF A KIND-Ghoulmaster's rhinestone blinged-out working handcuffs attached by a silver chain. Plus an exclusive thank you card in the mail featuring an unreleased GM photo.

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    You will be sent a new unused bottle of the cologne that Ghoulmaster wore for the 2013 season! Everyone asked what it was- and now the secret can be yours to keep…and smell!!

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    You don't want any rewards, you just want to donate because you believe in my project? I will be forever thankful. I love you.

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    ONE OF A KIND- Ghoulmaster's original white felt top hat worn in 2010 and 2012 black light numbers. Plus an exclusive thank you card in the mail featuring an unreleased GM photo.

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    You will get two tickets to the opening night of "Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse" in Los Angeles, CA. And two t-shirts. Travel will not be provided.

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    ONE OF A KIND- The actual red GM logo banner used in the 2010 intro video for Ghoulmaster's Ghosts. See the photo to the left. Seen by thousands of people over the years. Autographed by Ghoulmaster

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    ONE OF A KIND- Ghoulmaster's asymmetrical Red and Black vest with pocket chain. Worn in the 2012 show.

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    ONE OF A KIND- The prop silicone head from Ghoulmaster's 2012 guillotine scene. With Ghoulmaster hair and make-up applied to it.

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    You will get a walk on appearance on stage in Ghoulmaster's Haunted Playhouse. You will have a speaking line! Only FIVE lucky donors can collect this reward! Transportation not provided.

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    ONE OF A KIND- Ghoulmaster's pair of performance shoes used throughout the 2011 season of "Ghoulmaster's Ghosts" Heavily worn from doing over 70 performances in them!!

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    ONE OF A KIND- Ghoulmaster's Red Steam Punk Gears Top Hat- used in many Ghoulmaster photo & video shoots over the years.

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    ONE OF A KIND- Original 2007-2012 Ghoulmaster military style jacket (pictures to the left) Beautifully detailed- worn for numerous performances through out the years! Comes with an 8x10 photo of Ghoulmaster wearing the jacket on stage!!

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    You will be listed in the show program as a VIP Donor, and you will get a full page ad in the program to advertise/say whatever you want!

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    ONE OF A KIND Original 2007 Ghoulmaster's Feather collar/feather sleeve jacket. Ghoulmaster's most iconic jacket from numerous performances and photo shoots. Now it can be yours!

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    You don't want any rewards- you are just the most generous person ever. I thank you with all my heart.

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    Ghoulmaster will come to your location (must be in LA or NJ), do your make-up, and do an exclusive photo shoot of you which will be professionally retouched and sent to you as a framed print, and a digital file!! You will also get the exclusive t-shirt.

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    GHOULMASTER'S THRONE: You will get the actual red and gold dome throne used throughout the Kickstarter video. Signed underneath by Ghoulmaster himself. Must be able to pick-up in the LA area.

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    Two roundtrip flights to Los Angeles to be Ghoulmaster's VIP guests at opening night of the show, and hang out with the cast after the show. Includes hotel accommodations for two nights in LA! Your name will be in the program as a VIP Contributor and you will get two t-shirts and 18x24 Tongue Poster. Must be 18+

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Funding period

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