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The Weird Woods fish inside Knott’s Bear-y Tales. This character stretched his limbs out to make it look like his head and other limbs can leave out of body. The effect of the guy is best seen under blacklight and I wish we had footage of him in action. This guy is weird and is one of the many characters from the ride that still exist today. On a side note, we sometimes like to call this guy the Heisenberg Fish since he’s got a Breaking Bad aesthetic going on here. Though Tales predates that show by a few decades lol.

Movies Bloodborne fans should watch: (if you ask me :P)
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf (French movie about the Beast of Gévaudan. Bloodborne’s fashion is most likely inspired by its beautiful costumes.)
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Cainhurst? Cainhurst. Cheesy at times.)
  • Crimson Peak (Gothic romance at its finest.)
  • Hellboy 1 / 2 - The Golden Army (Just watch the two movies, okay? SO GOOD.)
  • Van Helsing (yeah yeah, I know this one isn’t that great. WHO CARES! harmless fun with crazy weaponry and big monsters.)
  • Mary Reilly (the classic tale of Dr.Jekyll & Mr.Hyde seen from the point of view of Jekyll’s housemaid who, obviously, has a crush on him. )
  • From Hell (Jack the Ripper. Johnny Depp, Alan Moore, lots of drugs.)
  • The Whisperer in the Darkness (The best adaptation of Lovecraft’s story of the same name.)
  • Red Riding Hood (this movie gets all the hate just because it has the same director as Twilight but is a pretty decent movie with great atmosphere and a nice twist near the end. It’s not that easy to figure out who’s the wolf! My only complaint about this flick is that the actors are waaaay too attractive in pure young-adult romance fashion. Still worth a watch.)
  • Tenshi no Tamago (aka Angel’s Egg. Weird, visually stunning, very esoteric and reminds me a ton of Fishing Hamlet for some reason. The plot is cryptic and mysterious, just like Bloodborne’s.)
  • The Company of Wolves (a weird classic based upon Angela Carter’s dark fairytales ~♡)
  • Pride, Prejudice and Zombies (It’s better than you think.)
  • Goya’s Ghosts (SPANISH INQUISITION! Heresy! Torture! Drama! Doesn’t “look” like Bloodborne, but the themes are there and is overall a good historical movie with great actors.)
  • Penny Dreadful (TV series. This one is a mixed bag for me, but the photography is stunning and Victorian to the core. Rushed ending tho. And a lot of gratuitous sex scenes that don’t go anywhere. I warned you.)
  • Taboo (TV series. PRETTY NICE)
  • Solomon Kane (PURITAN DUDE KILLS STUFF)
  • Hellsing Ultimate (Anime OVA which needs no introduction.)
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This talking tree (and his owl buddy) have seen better days, but I dig their character design. As for their voices, though, I know they’re promoting a haunted house, but these guys sound downright demonic! I pity the ride operators who have to listen to this all day.

- Mod Puggle

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Hong Kong Disneyland, October 2016 by Rafa Torcida
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Some shots of the many and I mean MANY surviving props of the Knott’s Bear-y Tales ride that are still around today - there are more things besides what is in these shots. These images show the surviving characters of Zaz Owl, Wanda Fox, Madam Wong (currently being restored), Sarah Skunk, and a Bakery Bear. In 1987, an anonymous employee who worked for Knott’s retrieved many animatronics and props from the Bear-y Tales ride. Each character or prop was meant to be picked up by a ton of employees back in 1987. However, when the employees did not meet their deadline and procrastinated on picking up the pieces. My friend (anonymous employee) snagged so much of the ride and picked up every figure or prop you can imagine. However, certain ones stayed at Knott’s Berry Farm. Particularly, the main characters such as Boysen, Girlsen, Flapper, Razz, Elder, Crafty Coyote, Theda Bear, and some others. These guys that the anonymous employee wasn’t able to get had stayed at Knott’s to be a part of the Bear-y Tales Playhouse for many years until 1998. This is how Knott’s ended up with Razz, Elder, and that raccoon in the recent auction. The whereabouts of the other figures used for the Playhouse are currently unknown, but it is known that a few were used for Knott’s Scary Farm as mechanical skeletons for props in the mazes or decorated rides sadly. The good news is that the surviving props and animatronics that the anonymous employee garnered in 1987 have been kept safely. Today, a project known as Stack’s Liberty Ranch is protecting and preserving the surviving Rolly Crump pieces as we speak.