Mike Gallagher

Published: April 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

My kinda place. Thanks, Rod.

You mentioned "Freaked." Did you mean "Freaks," Tod Browning's 1930's carny epic? That's a favorite of mine.

And I haven't even THOUGHT about the Butthole Surfers in a very long time...

James Koehl

Published: April 9, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Great article, Rod! I want to commend you for writing it, and to Robert for posting it. This might be "Theme Park Insider" but I think there is room in here for all types of entertainment venues that keep us entertained with new, unusual and/or exciting experiences. Thanks for sharing Austin with us. BTW, I hope that North Korea doesn't really have Austin in its crosshairs. It would be a shame to lose such a great museum!
Daniel Etcheberry

Published: April 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Talking about North Korea, is it me or the North Korean leader looks like the Gangnam Style Korean singer?
Mike Gallagher

Published: April 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

^^You're just now noticing this?

Published: April 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Thanks Guys! I live to entertain and introduce folks to stuff that they might otherwise have missed in the odd corners of our wonderful world. I was worried Robert was going to delete my story and have me committed! lol

Mike, I live in Louisville, hometown of director Tod Browing, the man who gave us "Dracula" (1931) and "Freaks" (1932). But I'm pretty sure the prop I saw in The Museum of the Weird was from a movie called "Freaked" (1993) Brooke Shields.

Louisville is also today the new NCAA champions! Had to rub that in. lol


Mike Gallagher

Published: April 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I remember Freaked, mainly because it was directed by Alex Wynter of Bill and Ted fame. I forgot NJ native Brooke Shields was in it.

Published: April 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Actually Rod, the animatronic prop you saw was one of the baby gargoyles from the last segment of the horror anthology "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" (1990) starring Deborah Harry and Christian Slater. We also have one of the screen-used dolls from Charles Band's Puppet Master movies.

Someone also mentioned the Todd Browning movie "Freaks." You didn't get to see this when you were here Rod, but I do in fact have a life-sized wax figure of Prince Randian (aka The Caterpillar Man) who appeared in the film.

Thanks for the fantastic article!

-Steve Busti

Mike Gallagher

Published: April 11, 2013 at 8:31 AM

^^I'm the one that mentioned Freaks. Very cool, Steve!
Rod Whitenack

Published: April 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Steve, you are so right. It was indeed the gargoyle from "Tales from the Darkside"! I'm getting old and my memory sometimes fails me. Just FYI for TPI readers, one of my original interview questions was about that movie prop, but Steve and I failed to get together on answering that question. I relied on my rusty brain to identify the prop.

I'm glad the readers here enjoyed the story and I encourage all of you to experience Museum of the Weird yourselves when in Austin. Please tell Robert if you enjoyed this article, because more articles on roadside attractions and smaller, unique, non-Disney attractions are certainly possible.


Published: April 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Nice article Rod. I'd love to hear about more places like that or possibly one on Louisville's own Waverly Hills Sanatorium.

Published: April 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Rod , You did a great job on the article. I've always enjoyed these attractions ever since the first time I visited Ripleys Believe it Or Not in Times Square . They had a shrunken head of a missionary on display and I will never forget that experience.Keep up the good work.