Making Monsters

Tucked away in a nondescript warehouse on 13th Street in Greeley, Distortions Unlimited's scary monster designs include everything from zombies to demonic babies. Yet the most interesting part of the business is its owners.

Ed and Marsha Edmunds, who met as students at UNC, have been creating monsters for 35 years. Their, um, body of work includes designs at amusement parks, haunted houses and retail stores all over the world. Some of their most recognizable creations have appeared in movies (Alien 3 and Batman) and on music sets (Alice Cooper's Brutal Planet tour).

"We really do a wide spectrum of stuff," Marsha says in a campaign promoting Greeley, www.greeleyunexpected.com.

Ed says that all of the projects require excruciating amounts of time. During a recent tour, he explained some of the more complicated designs.

"The last project I worked on was a giant 25-foot skeleton. In terms of difficulty, all of my projects are hard," Ed says.

While Ed and Marsha were students at UNC, they made masks for a local novelty store. Word spread of their amazing monster designs, and they eventually made Distortions, founded in 1978, into what it is today.

Their business has become so popular that the Travel Channel gave Ed and Marsha their own TV show, Making Monsters. Season Two began airing Sept. 29.

—Nick Evans

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The creations by Ed and Marsha Edmunds have appeared in movies, music sets and led to a Travel Channel TV show, Making Monsters. Photos of tour by Nicolette Bardos

The creations by Ed and Marsha Edmunds have appeared in movies, music sets and led to a Travel Channel TV show, Making Monsters. Photos of tour by Nicolette Bardos

The creations by Ed and Marsha Edmunds have appeared in movies, music sets and led to a Travel Channel TV show, Making Monsters. Photos of tour by Nicolette Bardos

The creations by Ed and Marsha Edmunds have appeared in movies, music sets and led to a Travel Channel TV show, Making Monsters. Photos of tour by Nicolette Bardos

The creations by Ed and Marsha Edmunds have appeared in movies, music sets and led to a Travel Channel TV show, Making Monsters. Photos of tour by Nicolette Bardos

The creations by Ed and Marsha Edmunds have appeared in movies, music sets and led to a Travel Channel TV show, Making Monsters. Photos of tour by Nicolette Bardos

The creations by Ed and Marsha Edmunds have appeared in movies, music sets and led to a Travel Channel TV show, Making Monsters. Photos of tour by Nicolette Bardos

The creations by Ed and Marsha Edmunds have appeared in movies, music sets and led to a Travel Channel TV show, Making Monsters.

Cody Moskalski serves as a tour guide at Distortions Unlimited’s facility. The freshman in UNC’s School of Art & Design has worked at Distortions since high school. Photos of tour by Nicolette Bardos

The creations by Ed and Marsha Edmunds have appeared in movies, music sets and led to a Travel Channel TV show, Making Monsters.