Digital decorations are the best thing to happen to Halloween since the advent of animatronics, and no one is making better, creepier projection kits to liven up your house this season than AtmosFX.
We first learned about the company in 2016 when they released a set of digital scenes that take place within the world of one of our favorite films, Trick ‘r Treat, each featuring Sam and directed by Michael Dougherty, but it wasn’t until this year that we finally got our hands on a projector and really dug into all that AtmosFX has to offer.
The first thing you will need is the projector, and while there are many similar devices on the market that would work, when you get the AtmosFX brand digital projector, it comes with an SD card already pre-loaded with a handful of digital decoration files that are ready to be used. With ports for all digital connections, including SD card, USB, and HDMI, the projector comes in a sleek, shiny black with the company logo laid over in blue, and it’s pretty simple to operate. It also includes a remote control.
The included digital decorations that come with the projector are the ghostly Beckoning Beauty, the fanciful Dancing Dead, the zombie Evil Twins, a werewolf’s Howl at the Moon, the ascending Rise of the Wraiths, the jump scares of Stalking Starters, the bloody Vampire’s Snack, and the invading Zombie Swarm.
Your projector also comes with a white sheet of projection material on which you can display your digital decorations, but it’s not limited to where you can use these innovative new products, as they can be projected onto almost any surface. You can also purchase the higher end premium projection material available from AtmosFX, which is ideal for backyard movie screenings or haunt backdrops.
And when you’re really ready to bring your digital decorations into another dimension, it’s time for you to check out AtmosFX’s 3D Form, an inflatable life-sized human shape on which you can project specially designed decoration sets that make it look as though the wicked witch from the Witching Hour decoration set is a fully formed being standing in your living room.
After you’ve gotten your fill of the different options that come pre-loaded with your projector, it’s time to check out the additional downloads and more recent decoration releases that can be purchased online. Prices for the digital decorations vary from $5.99-$9.99 for individual scenes to $19.99-$44.99 for the full digital sets.
The first one we downloaded was the Trick ‘r Treat pack, which includes a number of original vignettes that feature Sam enforcing his rules of Halloween. One scene finds Sam taking care of a neighborhood bully who foolishly tries to trick-or-treat without a costume. In another, Sam has his revenge at a residence where healthy snacks are given away for Halloween instead of sweets. There’s also an old curmudgeon who steals candy from neighborhood kids who is taught a lesson by Sam, as is a homeowner who removes his Halloween decorations before the night is complete.
You can also watch Sam as he conducts a Halloween symphony of fire from a cauldron of unwanted sweets.
All of the Trick ‘r Treat vignettes, which are available in different variations to be projected onto a window, hallway, or doorway, are great fun and fittingly capture the wickedly playful nature of Doughterty’s classic film.
Other fun downloads that are available for purchase from the AtmosFX website once you have your projector include Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree, featuring a trio of happy singing pumpkins, performing a couple original tunes that are perfect for a kid-friendly Halloween party.
The Tricks and Treats decoration set is also monsterous fun for all ages, bringing to life the “big three” of iconic Halloween creatures, Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, and the Wolfman, who has an amazing silhouetted transformation.
Shadowy figures quiver in fear as silouetted shapes of terror lurk in Shades of Evil, while the gory Blood Walls set allows you to transform any setting into a complete bloodbath with messages like “get out” and “murder” spelled backwards plus sound effects that are as creepy as the visuals, and skeletons rise from their graves and then dance and make music in Bone Chillers.
Another of my favorite digital decorations from AtmosFX is one of this year’s new 2017 downloads called “Paranormal Passage,” which has some truly excellent effects for making it appear as though the walls of your home are alive, with a terrifying demon face peering through the cracks of darkness.
Featuring amazingly rendered poltergeists that have been released from human nightmares into our realm, the Phantasms set looks especially great when used with the inflatable 3D Form, as with the Witching Hour, these sets have certain scenes designs specifically for use with the 3D Form.
Ghostly Apparitions is perfect for making any environment appear to be haunted, with an excellent “cast” of roaming ghosts.
Eerie Eyes is another new arrival just made available this Halloween, featuring the subtly creepy effect of being watched by a variety of spooky eyeballs with wickedly grinning teeth.
Rounding out the new 2017 additions to AtmosFX’s already amazing library of digital decorations is Boo Crew, which is full of songs and good-natured friendly banter between an entertaining gang of lively spirits.
Additional decoration sets that are currently available from AtmosFX include ghostly chills of an aged and decaying haunted estate in Macabre Manor; an effective staging of an undead apocalypse literally happening right outside your window in Zombie Invasion; a crawling and slithering collection of tarantulas, snakes, rats and cockroaches in Creepy Crawlies; a frightful gallery of beautifully menacing paintings in Unliving Portraits; and the slasher-heavy, fittingly titled Night Stalker.
One of the best things about these digital decorations is how versatile and customizable they are, depending on everything from location to placement of the projector to the endless possibilities of even editing your own “remixes” of the existing scenes if tech-savvy enough.
The songs and stories are all original and great for Halloween, and the special effects of the creatures look a lot like what you would see in a Hollywood horror production.
The decorations can be used in some different environments, be it window, doorway, TV, or whatever at home or in a haunt, there is no shortage of possibilities for fun ways to use AtmosFX.
If you like to go all out with your Halloween decorating, nothing else will take you to the next level quite like the digital decorations made by AtmosFX.
You view some photos and video of our digital decoration set below, and then you can check out the full lineup of products and order yours here!
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