February 01, 2012 09:40 PM by Ryan Haidet
While last week was all about getting naked, this week’s episode of Face Off on SyFy took a freaky turn. In a very cool challenge, the contestants had to create their own horror movie villain based on a phobia. The motivation for their challenge came from the belly of a haunted, abandoned hospital, which they found themselves in after an eerie wake-up call at 3 a.m. Once inside the dark hospital, a series of phobias appeared on the wall. They each chose the phobia in random order and were then sent to sketch their new creature alone in the hospital with only a flashlight to illuminate their drawings. Read on to find out what happened next… if you dare!
After 30 minutes of sketching, the contestants returned to the workshop to start sculpting their horror movie villain. Tara, without a doubt, got off to the worst start because she couldn’t come up with a concept she felt comfortable with. On the other end, Beki and Brea were both extremely confident in the work they had completed by the end of the first day.
On the second day of the challenge, judge Glenn Hetrick stopped by the workshop with guest judge and horror makeup master, Tom Savini. You truly can’t call yourself a fan of horror without knowing who Savini is. He actually operates his own makeup effects school, which Sue attended. After examining all of the work so far, Hetrick and Savini were both pleased with Beki’s speed and really liked Rayce’s concept. They were most worried about Tara and Sue.
Back at the house, some of the contestants were talking about how bad they thought Brea’s makeup was looking — especially Jerry. He didn’t believe her creation was up to the caliber for the competition.
On the final day, they each had four hours to apply all of the makeup to their models at the workshop. At the last minute, Jerry chose to pour a new silicon face with a better color and consistency. It was a very risky move, but he felt it would be worth it. Shockingly, the new face wasn’t even ready before the group left for their final hour of touch-ups at the reveal stage. When Jerry removed the new face from its mold, it wasn’t solid enough. He remedied that problem by sticking with the original face he had rejected.
If you’ve never seen this show, it is a visual experience. Instead of me trying to depict each work, I’ll let the images speak for themselves. Below you will see each contestant’s name and the phobia they were using to create their own horror movie villain. The makeup they created is immediately below their name. Enjoy!
Sue: Hadephobia — the fear of Hell.
Beki: Parisitophobia — the fear of parasites.
Ian: Odontophobia — the fear of teeth.
Athena: Merinthophobia — the fear of being bound or tied up.
Rayce: Chryophobia — the fear of frost.
RJ: Xyrophobia — the fear of razor blades.
Jerry: Electrophobia — the fear of electricity.
Brea: Chemophobia — the fear of chemicals.
Heather: Ornithophobia — the fear of birds.
Tara: Ommetaphobia — the fear of eyes.
Matt: Xerophobia — the fear of dryness. I think this one is excellent. It reminds me of the Chatterer Cenobite from Hellraiser.
When the judges took closer looks, they decided that Beki, Ian and Rayce had the best makeups. Ultimately, they chose Ian as the winner. When it came to the worst makeups, the judges didn’t like the work by Jerry, Brea or Athena.
As is usual, I disagree with the judges in several aspects. I think Matt’s makeup was far better than Rayce’s and definitely deserved to be in the top three. Look how crispy the villain he created actually looks. He truly created an amazing villain. As far as the worst, Jerry’s wasn’t great, but his wasn’t one of the worst three. I think Heather’s bird was absolutely silly. It looks like her model is wearing a giant bird hat on his head. If the goal was to create a horror movie villain, Jerry succeeded more than Heather. Don’t you agree?
Despite her previous successes in the competition, the judges eliminated Brea. Hetrick was stunned at how bad her makeup was. “I just don’t know where this went so wrong,” he commented during his critique. “It’s awful.”
With that, Brea became the fourth person eliminated from the show.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think Brea had the worst makeup? Did the judges make the right decision? Which was your favorite? Are you loving this season so far? Who do you think will win the entire competition? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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Images courtesy of SyFy.