Face Off Season 7 Episode 7: Horror Movie Posters Come To Life!

Published September 11, 2014 by vfdpixie

After a rousing pillow fight, the nine remaining artists headed to a foggy and shadowy lab.  For their Foundation Challenge that would grant one of them immunity, they would have to create an urban legend icon:  Bloody Mary.  Apparently if you say her name 3 times in a mirror in the dark, you will die, so of course, the gang said her name 3 times and after, the shrouded figures of their models floated out of the fog and freaked everyone out.  Their judge was Emmy award-winning artist Brigette Myre-Ellis who won an Emmy for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and worked on True Blood.  She just wanted them to scare her.

The artists used a lot of blood and had great ideas.  Bridget’s favourites were Rachael’s face stealing Bloody Mary that was scary and beautiful, and Drew’s creation that cried blood.  She was impressed with his blood gag.  Rachael won immunity because Brigette thought it was beautiful and creepy at the same time.

Their next Spotlight Challenge took them back to Universal Studios Backlot where they met in front of a movie marquee with “Halloween Horror Nights” up in lights.  Their task was to create a horror movie character inspired by several original movie posters provided.  Their advisors were John Murdy and Mike Aiello who were the creative directors of the Halloween Horror Nights in both the Orlando and Los Angeles Universal locations.  Their advice to the artists was to look at every detail in the posters because the smallest ones could tell the best stories.  The winning look would be included in the 2014 Horror Nights park tours, like previous seasons.

Stella picked The Trophy Room-It’s Hunting Season!  Her character was an inbred hunter that collected human heads as trophies.  She busied herself creating a head for her creepy character to carry.  Her finished look was pretty creepy looking and could have totally worked for any horror movie dealing with inbreds.  I loved the head and it had a really brutal looking face.  The judges loved the forms of the misshapen head, and Glenn thought it was a successful hillbilly mutant.  She was safe.

Dina created a demonic reindeer for the movie The Cloven-It was Too Hot in Hell!  Her reindeer was an outcast that tortured elves.  She had trouble sculpting the face and this was the first time she struggled with her design.  It ended up looking like a cat.  She wasn’t happy at all with the final look.  I thought it looked hilarious, but it really wasn’t good.  The judges thought that without the horns, it looked more like a pig, and the face lacked detail.  Neville also thought the hooves looked like crab claws or vegetables, and overall, she lacked anatomical knowledge.  They also felt there was nothing scary about the character.  She was in the bottom.

Rachael picked Bone Appetite-Dinner is Served! and created a cannibal baroness that threw parties where she served her guests people.  She went for an old aged makeup and a mouth in the character’s stomach.  Since she had immunity, she took her time sculpting, and created a great makeup that she loved.  the judges loved the inspired mechanism in the chest that made the mouth open, and thought she had a compelling concept and great animation.  She was in the top looks.

Cig got The Second Chumming-Swim at Your Own Risk!  He decided to make a sea-captain that was killed by his crew and fused with chum, becoming a monster.  His sculpt was huge and was probably the most appliances he had ever had to apply.  He used a bright pink paint base and built up the colour to look like bloody chum, then piled on blood over the paint job.  It was really gross and he used the model’s chin as the tongue which made the character’s face look enormous.  Glenn was really impressed with that since he had never seen it on the show, and they all admired the “purposeful texture” and huge amount of work he put in.  He was in the top looks.

Damien got Buzzcut-Just a Little Off the Top!  He came up with a hair transplant surgeon who scalped his patients.  He created a vaccuform scalp, and a gory, gory character.  On the reveal stage, the surgeon could lift his own scalp, revealing a gooey, bloody mess of a skull.  Neville really enjoyed that gag and called it juicy.  He was safe.

Drew created a creepy, online creeper that was also a cannibal for We Met Online-There Is No Escape Key!  His character’s face was really unappealing and filled with boils.  It actually kind of reminded me of some creepy library customers I’ve encountered at my old library job!  The judges liked the face, but thought that was the only interesting aspect of the makeup.  Lucky for him he was safe.

Keaghlan got Homecoming Scream-Save the Last Dance! and created a 1950’s B-movie homecoming queen that was the victim of a prank and got pushed off the bleachers, becoming horrible twisted corpse.  She wanted to do a grayscale makeup to give her character a more retro, old school horror look.  There were a few issues with her sculpt even though she paid attention to anatomy.  Her sash was on backwards, and the judges thought the sculpting on the face needed more detail, as well as the back-to-front details.  They thought her concept didn’t communicate the intention, and there was too much work and not enough time.  She was in the bottom looks.

Sasha picked Bonnie and Cyanide-Love is Toxic!  Her character was poisoned and in turn poisoned people with her syringe fingers and neon poisonous blood.  She had trouble creating veins and was really disappointed with her finished look.  The judges thought her veins were a disaster, and that it was a poorly executed look.  It didn’t look like the concept, they didn’t understand the character, and due to the lack of anatomical knowledge, it put her in the bottom.

George got Axe Girlfriend-Breakups can be Hell!  He came up with a rich man’s mistress that was shot in the head.  She came back and collected wedding ring fingers as trophies.  He used silicone for the face appliance which ended up being a good decision.  The judges liked how the colour looked on the silicone, and thought his concept had just enough gore.  They liked that he showed restraint with the gore, and that it was a realistic makeup that told a story.  Because the thought the character was well suited to the movie poster, he was in the top looks.

The winner was George!  For his first win, the judges really liked that he used restraint and the realism of the makeup.  The loser was Sasha.  They thought her paint decisions were bizarre and her sculpting was poor.  They knew she was capable of doing much better work, so in a surprise decision, they used the special immunity on her.  Sasha was SAFE!!!  Holy smokes is that girl lucky!


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