It’s tough times in the special effects make-up game as the greater emphasis has been put on digital effects; even a legend like Rick Baker has had to retire because the work just isn’t there anymore. Of course, one place where there is still work is The Walking Dead, where make-up artist Greg Nicotero and his crew kill it every week with some of the greatest zombies ever put on film. The artistry is easy to admire as its all down practically, but is Dead about to cross into the final frontier? Will the zombies now feature – *gasp* – digital parts? According to Nicotero, the answer is yes. (more…)
There’s no shortage of interesting genre actors in the forthcoming Star Trek sequel Into Darkness – RoboCop’s Peter Weller, former Doctor Who companion Noel Clarke, and Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch – but it seems that an early 80s horror heroine is also part of the new crew: Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langenkamp.
Aside from appearances in the Nightmare sequels The Dream Warriors and New Nightmare, Langenkamp has had small roles in several films and TV series, but nothing as big as that first turn as Nancy in Nightmare. As for Into Darkness, Langenkamp, while in discussion with HorrorNews.net about her new documentary I Am Nancy, says that she secured the part through one of the oldest processes known to man: nepotism.
I had the opportunity to play a small part in Star Trek, so I’m looking forward to that. I can’t tell you anything about that, but that was a thrill for me. My husband and I worked on the makeup effects for Star Trek. He designed some of them, so that’s the thing we’re looking forward to most.
Langenkamp’s husband is David LeRoy Anderson whose worked on films like Men In Black, Dawn of the Dead, and The Cabin in the Woods. In the same interview, Langenkamp talked abouthow her husband’s job often takes him to far flung places away from the family, but for Into Darkness, she says, it was nice to work on something together.
In the last 10 years, my husband is quite a prominent makeup effects artist, and I’ve found that he’s often going to Canada and doing jobs far away, and it was really hard on our family. I kind of teamed up with him, and I do a lot of the busy work of owning a business. I really enjoyed teaming up with him, because I really like more mundane jobs, and he’s so creative, so we complement each other a lot in our business.
So I think it’s safe to say that Langenkamp will be made-up for her part in Trek, what do you Bastards think? Can anyone say “Klingon?”
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ABOVE: To ensure your trip Back to the Future, take a ride in this TARDIS Delorean. This is all a part of the Worth 1000 Delorean competition. People have come up with some great ideas, but I think this one has my vote. [Worth1000]
I don’t have much time for live TV anymore, but one of the shows that I’ve been curling up in front of (knees bent to chest with t-shirt tucked over, like a 5 year old) is Syfy Channels “Face Off“. I normally hate reality competition shows, but this is really something worth nerd attention. The premise? A collection of talented special effects make up artists show off their skills in weekly challenges and compete for the title of top artist. Watching this troupe of colorful personalities create everything from zombies to horror monsters is like watching Bob Ross paint. Seeing something amazing come together from nothing is fascinating. Plus, like any reality competition you have an opinion on who you think is going to win and as such you’re vested in their journey, and are obviously hooked for the rest of season. In short, the inside look at the makings of cool creatures and astounding make-up, coupled with the drama of competition makes “Face Off” essential nerd viewing.
Obviously I’m not only one showing love for the show, ’cause viewership was enough for SyFy to renew ‘face Off’ for a second season. Syfy Programming President Mark Stern had this to say;
“With strikingly intense personalities and creatively stunning challenges, Face Off has ignited viewers’ imaginations, making it Syfy’s best unscripted franchise launch ever. We look forward to another exciting season showcasing some of the best special effects make-up talent in the country.”
Face Off has had steady ratings over its first seven episodes with an average of 1.4 million viewers when you add in DVR.
Tune in tonight for the season one finale. My vote goes to Tate. That burly wonderful bastard is poised to take it all.