Cutters Studios’ 6th annual Bloodbath in Wonderland Halloween party, unquestionably the biggest private bash in the production industry, anywhere, was attended by an estimated 2,300 guests.
It combined the hedonistic glam of a techno pagan fantasy with the raw feedback of a garage rock overture at the Bottom Lounge on Thursday night.
Credit Megan Maples, executive producer of Dictionary Films, Cutters’ live action division, as being the party’s architect, who coordinated the myriad elements of the uber successful evening. Maples was costumed as the mother from “Friday Night Lights” and her husband, Scott Maples, came as the Coach.
Maples’ efforts were complimented by Manuel Perez, the “amazing” creative director who is the “brains behind the theme, vision and execution,” according to Cutters’ director of business development Megan Kirkpatrick. Perez dressed as the Queen of Hearts.
The record breaking crowd spilled out the main floor to a tent through the side door and up a stairway to the rooftop, where Roller Girl and a Jelly Fish partied with Doctor Strange and his nemesis.
DJs filled the house with music coming out of two separate rooms.
Downstairs, a steady dance beat shared the stage with jugglers, acrobats and contortionists. Upstairs, Flash Gordon and Mia Wallace bopped to throwback favorites from the 1980s and 1990s.
Perched above the dance floor, the Queen of Hearts hosted a picture perfect tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Guests were invited to join them for a photo op.
Selecting the best, cleverest, possibly the most outrageous costume winners was a challenge.
Nonetheless, three were named: The first place prize of $1,000 went to Mark Jesen, Chris Schmidt, Greg Hedges, Jonathan Schmidt and Daniel Schmidt for their “Jurrasic Park” ensemble.
Second prize was awarded to Aris Pierce’s “Corpse Bride.” Third place went to Ryan Fayan, who dressed up as all-in-white clad KFC founder Col. Sanders.
The spirit of Halloween floated everywhere. Nubile sharks mingled with plump ballerinas. A cop held court in the corner. Run DMC feasted with The Incredibles. Doctor Strange flirted with Adria. Donald Draper worked the room. Inspector Clouseau made his rounds and Medusa’s mane reached for the skies.
The party continued on the shuttle bus back to Cutters’ office at State and Grand, where enthusiastic guests frequently showed off their moves on a stripper pole in between the seats.