January 30, 2013 09:38 AM by Ryan Haidet
The 12 remaining Face Off contestants were forced to face their demons — literally. “Welcome to Hell,” host McKenzie Westmore said to all of them as they arrived in the desert to learn about their next Spotlight Challenge. Working in teams of two, each randomly paired duo selected a demon from a specific culture with the task of bringing the evil being to life. The aspiring special effects makeup artists loved the concept of the challenge, but little did they know there was a big twist that would suddenly change their entire designs. In the end, the finished demonic makeups from frozen hell were far superior to the superhero disasters from last week’s episode. Not only do we have all the details inside this article, but, as always, we’ve got more close-up photos of the finished makeups than you’ll find anywhere else. Jump in and enjoy!
After taking time to sketch their creations and starting to sculpt the demons, McKenzie arrived at the lab with a little surprise twist. “Hell has frozen over,” she said before telling the contestants they now needed to alter their initial ideas to make their creations ice demons. “Good luck changing your designs,” McKenzie teased the stunned artists. “I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Without any hesitation, each team quickly found a way to incorporate the challenge’s twist into their creation. It didn’t seem like much of a problem at all because the primary change for each design was simply the colors. One team, however, was facing a situation that left them struggling with time. Jenna, who has a tumor in her hand, was having a tough time working on the demon creation. She said the tumor presses on a bundle of nerves in her hand that makes her fingers numb. Her partner, Katie, was understanding of the situation, but was also worried about the negative impact it was having on them successfully creating their demon.
At the end of the three-day process, here’s a closer look at each of the finished makeups:
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
The following two makeups were ranked in the middle of the bunch and deemed immediately safe without any open critiques from the judges.
House and Meagan created Azi Dahaka, a Persian demon resembling a fiendish snake. House was irritated with the snake puppet on his model’s right hand because he felt it could have looked a lot better than it did.
Kris and Eric Z. created Abraxas, a demon from Egyptian culture with the head of a lion.
Alam and Anthony created Deumus, a Hindu goddess known for her four horns and hooked nose. “It’s pretty, it’s very colorful,” Alam said as their demon stood on the reveal stage. Judge Glenn Hetrick said the themes were successfully integrated into their makeup. Judge Ve Neill loved their color choices. In the end, the judges determined this was the best complete makeup and crowned Anthony as the winning artist of the entire challenge. That means Anthony continues his undefeated winning streak having been named victorious of four challenges in a row. Seriously, at this point, I don’t see how he can lose. He has proven himself so many times as the best in this batch. He deserves it. Despite the judge’s praise on this makeup, I think this one would have been better ranked in the middle of the pack. It really didn’t appeal to me as the best of the challenge.
Eric F. and Wayne created Chort, a Russian demon with a pig face, horns and hooves. Eric F. went into the task with a big idea to create animatronic eyes. Ultimately, the eyes didn’t work when something went wrong during the last hour. But it didn’t really matter. “The silhouette is wonderful,” judge Neville Page praised. “Those are beautiful pieces,” he added explaining his thoughts on the horns. Glenn said he liked the piece as a whole, but wish they had spent more time on the paint job. Ve even said the work was “really beautiful.” Personally, I didn’t think this was as great a finished makeup as the judges touted it to be. Was it horrible? No. But I just don’t see what they saw in it. What do you think of it? Worthy of being labeled among the top looks?
Alex and Autumn created Pazuzu, an ancient Babylonian demon that protects humans. It has features of a man’s body and a dog/lion face. Autumn was extraordinarily confident in their creation as it walked out on stage, calling it the “cutest” gargoyle ever. As the judges got a closer look, they were especially displeased with the facial sculpt. But Autumn’s overconfidence oozed over the top as she stood on the sidelines thrilled that they were likely talking about how awesome their demon’s face wrinkles were. “I think the face sculpture is very very rough, honey,” Ve told Autumn adding it looked like it was carved with a spoon. Glenn said it looks good far away, but not even close to being camera-ready when peering at it up close. “When you walk up to that thing, it punches you in the face with how bad it sucks,” Glenn said. Truthfully, I did like this one more than Eric F. and Wayne’s. I didn’t think it was as terrible as Glenn made it out to be. Maybe it seemed different in studio?
Katie and Jenna created Eurynome, a Grecian demon that feasted on dead bodies and has wolf-like teeth. “He does look different, but not in a good way,” Katie said as it walked out onto the reveal stage. “I know that it’s crap. I have a feeling that it’s going to be one of us that’s going home.” Jenna also realized it wasn’t looking good for them. “Our demon looks like a big, black mess,” she said. Primarily, the judges were disappointed the most with the lackluster paint job. Overall, it was ranked as the worst of the challenge and the judges chose to send Katie home for her work on the back and arm extensions. What a bummer. I think Katie has a lot of potential and I really like her positive personality. I wish she would have been given a bit more time to prove her talent.
What are your thoughts on this episode? Did you agree with the judges on the best and worst finished makeups? Who is your favorite contestant so far? Sound off and leave a comment below!
Images courtesy of SyFy.