THIS TORONTO SPECIAL EFFECTS COMPANY MAKES BODY PARTS SO LIFELIKE THE POLICE WERE CALLED

Warning: This story contains images some people may find disturbing — even though they're not real

Graham Chivers, a prosthetic artist at MastersFX, smooths the seams of silicone hands to make them look realistic. (Samantha Moya/CBC News)

Warning: This story contains images some people may find disturbing — even though they’re not real

A beige shipping container sits next to a workshop on an industrial street in Toronto’s west end. It seems unremarkable — but if you caught a glimpse inside you might be shocked.

It’s a container filled with silicone severed limbs and foam cadavers made by MastersFX, a special effects company that makes props and creature effects for hit shows like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Umbrella Academy. Though it seems like a gruesome spot, the business really embodies the spirit of Halloween.

“Twice this year we’ve had tactical police called because we’ve been moving our dead bodies and cadavers to our storage unit,” said Kyle Doust, a prosthetic artist.

A police officer most recently paid the business a visit at the beginning of this month. Four more officers were on the way, but were called off when it became clear the limbs that had been spotted were fake, Doust said.

“It could’ve turned out a lot differently,” he said.

The business specializes in making props and creature effects for use on film and television sets that make it possible for a character to lose an eye or a limb.

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