This episode had me champing at the bit when I heard about the inspiration. The artists headed to the historic Sunset Strip club, the Whisky-a-Go-Go, where bands like The Doors, The Sex Pistols, and The Ramones have played. It was there that McKenzie revealed their next challenge, inspired by the legendary Clive Barker!!! She told them that he redefined the silent and destructive iconic horror villain like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers by making a stylish, eloquent and elegant one in Pinhead. He sent them a video message where he told them that he went to punk clubs for inspiration to create demons and wanted to see something different from the artists; to marry cutting edge fashion and images that are startling and terrifying.
I remember reading Clive Barker novels as a teenager, and marvelling at the richness of his worlds. Hellraiser remains one of my top five horror movies, and Pinhead is so iconic he is known around the world. I actually have my own Lemarchand’s Box (it sits next to my golden Dalek). I couldn’t wait to see what the contestants came up with!
The artists were to choose from several models wearing avant-garde outfits to create a stylish and intelligent horror villain. The models stayed with them as they designed their concepts, and the guest judge on the reveal stage would be the V.P. of Seraphim Films, Clive Barker’s production company, Mark Alan Miller.
Emily chose the model with a feather vest and gold chain mail skirt. She created a fallen angel cursed with a cage on his head. She was inspired by old school string art to create a really cool cage effect on the character’s large triangular head. That string cage, or webbing as she called it, started to fall apart when she applied it to the model, so in a split second decision, she added feathers instead. Her villain was really cool with a great iridescent paint job. The judges liked the paint too, and Ve loved the silhouette. Neville thought it was iconic and memorable, and even though it didn’t fit the Clive Barker world to Mark Alan, he thought it was extraordinary. She was in top looks.
Stephanie hit a major road block this episode. The purple cape, gold dress and golden dangling accessories could not inspire a concept, and Coach Laura tried to help her hash it out. Mr. Westmore even gave her some suggestions, like adding hooks in the character’s skin and encouraged her to “go for it”. She was really embarrassed that she had nothing to show him, and frustrated to tears, deciding to just work out the concept the first day and sculpt on the next. She came up with a seer that had peeling skin and a partially destroyed face, but had to sculpt and mold in one day. She was really behind and painted with different techniques furiously to hide some lifting around the eyes. She could only hope to be safe. The judges thought her sculpt was non-specific and not conducive to the model’s face because she didn’t incorporate her nose and jaw line. Because her concept was compromised by indecision, she was in the bottom.
Ben’s model wore a silver tutu, a black leather corset and stark white jacket. He decided to create a demonic fetish model with a black leather corset skull-cap. He took a lot of time sculpting his cowl, and he ended up being behind with his painting. He would have to do a beauty makeup in last looks. His character was really unique. She had a truly avant-garde, minimalistic look. The judges loved that the shapes tied into the wardrobe, especially the leather skull, which I thought was super clean-looking. You could tell he really perfected that detail. Mark Alan liked the story and the corrupted porcelain doll look, and Glenn loved the head detail and felt it was a brilliant and daring combo. He was in top looks.
Darla took on a demon. I really like her, and she has obvious talent, but I think she is losing her stride. Her character wore a motorcycle inspired leather jacket and pants, so she went with a post-apocalyptic look. She had a stretched out skin concept that didn’t work, so Coach Laura helped her with that. The judges thought the character looked like an alien, and I thought the paint was a little flat but she was safe. I’m glad because I know she can do something amazing-she just needs a boost.
Jamie had a model in a leather and mesh outfit with a whip and created a scorned, black widow type character who lured and killed men. Coach Anthony helped her with the sculpt to make it more in tune with the Clive Barker universe, and hash out some spider details. He was worried about the skin texture looking too realistic, and her painting went south when she had trouble matching tones. The end result was a flat paint job, and the judges noticed it too. Ve thought it didn’t look like skin, and that it was more alien and less Clive Barker. Neville thought it looked like a Klingon or Borg character, and the mouth and chin looked like it was melted wax. She was in the bottom.
Julian’s model wore a gold studded tuxedo-like jacket, an intricate amulet and carried a scythe. His character would be a demon that killed those who wore the cursed amulet. Mr. Westmore suggested he sculpt something into the head so that it read more horror than human, so he paid attention to the critique and created a second mouth running along the top of the demon’s head. He took his time with his sculpt as well, ready to risk time for perfection. Julian put in black mesh in the eye area of his face piece to hide the model’s eyes, and his character impressed the judges. Glenn thought it worked within the Barker world and Ve gave it a 15 1/2 out of 10 for creepiness. Mark Alan liked the jaw line, and Neville thought it was good, but not next generation Clive Barker (I agreed). Because his character was terrifying up close, sophisticated and intelligent, Julian was in top looks.
Adam created a resurrected South American goddess who killed by gilding her victims. her outfit was gold, orange and very regal looking. He had a large cowl in 2 pieces so he took his time molding it, only to have it crack. He used plumber’s epoxy to fix it, and thankfully, it came out well. With Coach Rayce’s help, his goddess looked great on the reveal stage. The judges thought it was original, and would have liked to have seen more gold highlights, but he was safe.
Kelly worked on a vivid green mermaid dress with her model. Her concept was a woman obsessed with plastic surgery who cut herself, and had a mask to cover the damage. Mr. Westmore suggested blood dripping from the mouth, and she also created a futuristic surgical fetish mask from vaccuform. She ran into a problem when her face prosthetic had a bad second skin, making it look shredded, but Coach Anthony told her to go with it as it could work with the character’s mutilation. It turned out really well, with a bloody, creepy mess of a woman. The judges thought she was disgusting and sexy. Mark Alan thought it was sex and violence, and could see the character in an upcoming Clive Barker comic anthology. The mask was avant-garde, and Ve liked that it was disturbing and the contrasting colours of her red hair and green dress. She was in the top looks for the story of her perfectly suited character to the challenge.
Working with a quilted vest that looked like a cobra’s hood, Logan created a snake charmer who was a killer immune to snake venom. He put grids on the character’s arms to catalogue the venoms. He used a wax based clay to create the sculpt for the arms, and started with the arm application because it was very delicate. He wanted a sickly look for the “charmer”, and he succeeded. It was a cool character, and the judges liked how he handled the cheekbones. He was safe.
The winner was Ben. His character incorporated pleasure and pain, grace and the grotesque and used a high concept with high fashion. She was what the challenge asked for: a glimpse into a future world of Clive Barker. The person going home was Jamie. She couldn’t pull her ideas together this week. I was so bummed because I liked her and hoped she would come up and slay with her talents. I know she will go on to do well in the industry especially because of her great talent and calm attitude.
Team Laura: Darla, Julian, Emily and Stephanie
Team Rayce: Adam and Logan
Team Anthony: Kelly and Ben