For the last five years, Cutters has hosted a legendary Halloween costume party, aka “Blood Bath,” that had became so wildly popular that last year’s estimated 2,300 guests had to line up and wait outside the party venue to join the fun.
But now “Blood Bath” has joined the ghosts of other Cutters’ parties past.
Instead, the event set for Oct. 29, will be “a more exclusive, invitation-only, creative black tie affair,” says Cutters founder/CEO Tim McGuire. Invitations are being sent to a mere 500 names on the guest list and the party venue has returned to Cutters’ two floors in the AMA Building on State St.
“We haven’t announced the party theme yet because we want to it to be a surprise. But I can reveal that the décor, food and entertainment will be amazing,” he says.
McGuire credits Manuel Perez, Cutters/Dictionary Films’ creative director, for the success of Cutters’ previous industry parties, including a Halloween party for Cutters’ Flavor division in Santa Monica that also was held off-premises to accommodate thousands of guests.
But Perez’ title largely encompasses Cutters’ interior design, ”keeping the décor in our office offices fresh and creative-looking. His interior design of our Tokyo studio was phenomenal,” McGuire notes.
Perez a native of Burgos, Spain, has a BA in Interior Design from Madrid’s School of Design, has a second BA in Arts, Film and Video from Columbia College. After graduation, Cutters hired him as an assistant editor and utilized his art design skills to help make Cutters’ Halloween one of the year’s most anticipated events.
After time out in LA to work on features, Perez came back to Chicago and Cutters, with the title of creative director and art director at Dictionary Films. He also creates and produces his own films.