Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Horror Makeup

I've been really fascinated with horror films lately (probably because I took a course on them over the summer). What I find really interesting is the process of transformation these actors go through, emotionally and physically, to become their characters... Imagine what 13 year old Linda Blair had to be feeling and thinking as she became Regan MacNeil. Or how early horror film actors, including Boris Karloff, were able to channel such memorable (and memorably disturbing) characters as Frankenstein's monster. Not to mention that crazy processes involved in creating movie makeup and special effects work.


  1. I think this is really fascinating too! I just watched a documentary called Zombiemania that talks about the zombie craze in movies and books. There's a whole segment where they show via time lapse photography someone getting made up as a zombie and also talk with Boyd Banks who has been in a few zombie flicks (including Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead 2004). They also talk to Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero. Pretty interesting little documentary.

    The other thing I love about Horror movies is the human pscyhological/sociological subcontext.

  2. That sounds really cool. I definitely want to check that out. I wonder if Netflix has it...