Here is the full list of the props offered on our Indiegogo campaign:
If you’re horror fans like us, you’ve always wanted to own an original prop that was used in a horror movie — like the ashtray in Creepshow (which, btw, appears in all five Creepshow vignettes) or actual slime from Ghostbusters.
SO, for one of our perks, we offer SCRATCH supporters some of the props that we actually used on the set! Tristan is offering up the props that had the most meaning in the plot, and you’ll receive them in a plastic EVIDENCE bag.
Disclaimer: These are props are for display purpose only. We aren’t responsible for their misuse.
Prop #1: The Infected Claw
Ok, let us tell you, this prop was a real pain to build. Tristan dusted off his biology degree – which otherwise wasn’t useful at all – to design this very weird animal claw. In the movie, the discovery of this claw sparks the infection that takes over the Old Zoo and will probably take over all of Los Angeles in SCRATCH II. We can’t wait to have our savages scare the crap out of Angelenos as they take out their garbage.
This prop is made of REAL elk and alligator bones, and we attached to it the signature SCRATCH nails to form one really creepy claw. It’s as filthy and real as can be. Be prepared.
Prop #2: Charlie’s Sunglasses
In the end of the first sequence of the movie, we see what’s happening to Charlie through his sunglasses, which were knocked off his head and thrown to the other side of the cage. Here’s a tip: Bad things happen to douchebags. Most of Shot 17 is taken from the perspective of Charlie’s sunglasses. It’s one of the coolest shots of the movie!
The glasses are mirror sunglasses, tinted, and splattered with dried stage blood.
Prop #3: The Nails of the infected
In SCRATCH, you can tell that a person has transformed into one of our savages when they grow a set of long, sharp, slimy, black nails. This was Tristan’s vision for the savages he created. Initially, he considered using your basic black, Halloween, Made-in-China, nails from eBay, but they just weren’t creepy enough. Well, nothing stops us at Les Petits Piments Production. Instead of settling for those generic nails, Tristan designed signature SCRATCH nails using 3D software during off hours at his day job. His laptop was almost smoking.
Thanks again to Tristan’s undergraduate degree in Biology – ok, maybe it wasn’t so useless after all – Tristan came up with this unique shape, and we had them 3D printed. We were super excited when the prototypes arrived in the mail. They were awesome!
Tristan sanded the 3D printings in his kitchen, gave them texture, made a mold with his own recipe, and then hand cast hundreds of these nails for our actors to wear when they transformed into savages.
(Note here in the background the tablecloth inspired the name of our production company, Les Petits Piments Production, which means The Little Peppers.)
Yup, a coffee vacuum container and a popsicle stick were needed to make the polyurethane plastic casts. On an indie film, you’ve got to use what you’ve got, right?
It took a lot of tests to make sure we got it right, but look at them! They’re glorious.
We have 50 sets of 5 SCRATCH nails (one full claw) for our supporters. (Very Iinfected Person tier)
Prop #4: Sam’s Stake
This prop is the actual stake our lead character, Samantha Steel (played by Daniele Watts), uses in her final attempt to stop “the scratch” in Shot 243.
It’s a thick wooden shard, still covered in dried stage blood!
Prop #5: Dave’s Club
In Shot 208, Dave (played by Joe Martone) brandishes a stick like the monkey in 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is the very wooden stick that Dave used to take someone out. But you’ll have to watch SCRATCH to find out who.
Prop #6: The Ranger’s Tonfa
While a savage carries a wooden club, a brutish Park Ranger wields a tonfa. But, like prehistoric man, they use it just the same. This is probably the reason why no extraterrestrial intelligent life has ever attempted to contact us.
Tristan created this prop, which was used by Ranger Bowmann (played by Miles Cranford), by cutting down a shovel handle, painting it black, and pairing it with a U.S. Army club holster.
Prop #7: Sam’s Wrench
In her attempt to survive, Samantha had to defend herself with whatever she could get her hands on. In the climax sequence, she uses a monkey wrench as an improvised weapon. We’ve loved monkey wrenches ever since they were one of the weapons used in the game Clue. We also like axes and chainsaws, but we’ve saved them for SCRATCH II.
This prop is the actual wrench used on set by Samantha Steel (played by Daniele Watts) in Shot 223. It’s a rubber tool, tinted to look like metal, then covered in dried stage blood.
Prop #8: Louis’s Shoe
Everyone is still wondering, “What on earth happened to Louis?” when we get our biggest hint yet in Shot 185: It’s Louis’s shoe, mounted on top of a stick, and it appears to have been severely damaged.
Prop #9: The Ghost Biker’s Vest
Before Jack and Dave arrive at the Old Zoo to shoot the music video for Savage Resuscitation, Jack pulls over so Dave can double check the trunk while he films an extremely singular individual, aka The Ghost Biker, played by Brian James Lucas (aka Chef BeLive). Seeing this biker on the way to the Old Zoo is a really bad omen. I mean look at the back of his vest.
This is a vintage French Fireman’s leather jacket, on the back of which Tristan painted this ominous symbol.
Prop #10: The Infected Skull
This slime-streaked skull appears in the foreground inside of the cage in Shot 9. It should have been everyone’s first sign to RUNNNN!
It’s an actual 7″ coyote skull that was dressed with care by our director.
Prop #11: Sam’s FAR EASTERN Good Luck Pendant
In Shot 225, we take a moment to have a close look at the Japanese, maneki-neko (“beckoning cat”) pendant that Sam wears around her neck. It’s a Japanese symbol that is supposed to bring its owner good luck, but you’ll have to watch SCRATCH to find out if Sam’s pendant actually worked.
This prop is one of the many winks toward Tristan’s previous film, The Black Cat, that you can find in SCRATCH. Akilah actually selected this pendant because she pictured the cat saying, “Meower to the People.”
Prop #12: Louis’s Sunglasses
In the quest to find Louis, Jack finds another clue – Louis’s sunglasses. It was a very bad omen in a very awesome shot – Shot 173.
They are extremely tacky “West Chopper” sunglasses. We won’t say which one of the producers was actually, non-ironically, wearing these tacky glasses in real life until he or she was convinced to sacrifice them for the making of the movie…but Akilah wants you to know that it wasn’t her.
Prop #13: Sam’s Boombox
Tristan really wanted an old school, 80s-style, boom box for nu metal band, Savage Resuscitation, to use when shooting their music video. It took us a few weeks to find it. Alas, here it is!
It’s super retro and pretty rusty, but the radio still works, and if you’re in L.A., we recommend KCRW.
Prop #14 & 15: Jack’s or Dave’s camera
Unlike many – if not all – found footage movies, SCRATCH’s footage is taken against the will of the protagonists: The phones are strapped on their head and goes on recording whatever they see.
While the actual filming was done on a real iPhone6 that was worn on the director’s head, Jack and Dave (played by Chris Bound and Joe Martone, respectively) wore prop iPhone6s on screen. They’re props that look and feel like real iPhones.
Prop #16: Louis’s Bandana
Louis’s adventure takes a wrong turn early in the story, leaving everyone wondering, “What happened to Louis?” Then Jack finds an unfortunate clue – Louis’s white bandana…covered with blood. Understandably, Jack freaks out!
This prop is the actual bandana used on set by Jack (played by Chris Bound) in Shot 174. It’s a white bandana still drenched with dried stage blood.
Prop #17: Charlie’s Frisbee
For their second date, Charlie brought Shela to the abandoned Old Zoo because he read an article saying it was a great place for a date. You can’t believe everything you read, kids! Charlie brought his frisbee, but sadly, he didn’t get to play with it, except for in Shot 4, when he pretends to spank Shela with it unbeknownst to her.
This is the douchebag’s frisbee. It’s a recycled plastic “CLIF” bar brand Frisbee.
Prop #18: Louis’s Bottle
Louis has a drinking problem, guys. He always carries a bottle of beer. And most of the time, that bottle is empty. At one point in the movie, while Louis is taking his luggage out of the trunk of Samantha’s car, a beer bottle falls out and shatters on the ground. This was a BIG production shot for us, but we’re not sending you glass shards. Later in the movie, Louis gets his hands on another bottle of beer. Then he tosses it out of the frame. That’s the one we’re offering up.
This prop is the actual beer bottle tossed out of the frame by Louis (played by Richard Roddy) in Shot 53. It’s an empty green Grolsch beer bottle. We drank it. Cleaned it thoroughly. Then dirtied it up again for the shot.
Prop #19: Sam’s Thermos
Sam could care less about what’s happening to Jack or anybody else. After all, she’s a rock star. (The world just doesn’t know it yet.) While everything else is in the zoo is going haywire, Sam decides to sit on a bench made out of a fallen tree and sip her favorite tea like the goth diva she is. This is the thermos Sam (played by Daniele Watts) used on set. It’s a bright red, 21 oz, stainless, vacuum insulated, hydro flask thermos.
Prop #20: Collection of Infected Bones
At ground zero of the infection, we discover this collection of unknown old bones. Probably the remains of a prequel to be shot in 2021!