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Face Off 4 Recap: Mummy Mayhem Mixed With ‘Evil Dead’

March 12, 2013 07:26 PM by Ryan Haidet

The final five Face Off contestants were tasked with a creating creatures that have never been featured on the show before: Mummies!  Anthony, House, Wayne, Kris and Eric F. were all taken to the famed Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. where they each chose a specific Egyptian god as their inspiration.  Strangely, for this challenge, producers horribly tied in a promotion to the upcoming release of the “Evil Dead” remake.  How on earth do mummies and “Evil Dead” connect?  They don’t really, but host McKenzie Westmore was forced to make some sense of it by telling the aspiring makeup artists that “Evil Dead” comes into play because their mummy creations are returning to earth after years and years of decay based on the film’s Book of the Dead.  Ummm…  Isn’t that basically a resurrected mummy?  To me, “Evil Dead” is more zombie-esque than mummies.  Sorry, but this is stretching way too far just to promote the movie.  Whatever.  All that really mattered was how good the finished mummy makeups came out — and they were truly awesome!  Some of the best we’ve seen this entire season!  Creep inside this article to see close-up photos of all the finished mummy makeups and to find out who was eliminated.

Since nothing overly dramatic happened during the three-day makeup creation process, let’s just cut to the chase.  Here’s how all five of the finished, crusty mummy makeups were presented on the reveal stage:


These makeups were ranked as the best of the challenge.

Kris created Khanum — god of life, water and creation: “This guy is pretty much camera ready — and up close camera ready,” judge Neville Page gushed.  Judge Glenn Hetrick said Kris did an “exceptional job” with the mummy makeup, while labeling the finished product as “rad.”  This was a really cool makeup and my favorite of the challenge based on the dry, crackling skin effect Kris was able to create.  For this work, the judges selected Kris as the challenge winner, giving him his third Spotlight Challenge victory of the season.

Wayne created Sobek — god of crocodiles: “I think you did a lot of great things and I’m pretty happy with this,” Glenn said before mentioning he believes there may have been a better way to transition the head into the body.  Neville said the sculpting work was very impressive.  This was my least favorite of all the finished mummy makeups — probably because of the crocodile head (which I realize Wayne had to incorporate).  While the makeup wasn’t bad by any means, I just didn’t dig it as much as the other mummy creations.  The judges, however, absolutely loved it and ranked it as the second best of the challenge.

Eric F. created Ra — the sun god: “I really love this makeup,” judge Ve Neill smiled.  Neville wasn’t a big fan of the open mouth and Glenn didn’t dig the red coloring.  I actually thought this one was really cool, too.  You know what I like about Eric F. the most?  This guy oozes horror fandom out of every pore.  He is exactly the type of person this show needs because he is extremely passionate about creating creepy things.


These two makeups were ranked by the judges as the worst of the challenge.

Anthony created Anubis — god of death: Glenn didn’t like the angularity of the mummy’s face because he felt it messed up the proportions.  “I’ve seen so much better from you,” Glenn said.  Ve told Anthony she was very disappointed — especially because his paint job ruined the amazing sculpting work he had done.  Honestly, I thought this makeup was great.  Yes, I’m definitely biased because I think Anthony is the person who deserves to win the entire show, but this really wasn’t that terrible.  I was very impressed with the facial sculpture.  It seems the judges are just being extra tough on Anthony because he has set his personal standards so high having easily won a majority of the tasks throughout the entire season.  Where would you have ranked this makeup?

House created Thoth — god of wisdom, writing and speech: “I think you’ve created a bulkiness to this character, which made him look a little chunky,” Ve said.  Overall, the judges felt like the strong golden colors didn’t work well.  Personally, I don’t think this work was that bad either.  I actually believe the judges picked it apart a bit harshly.  In the end, however, House was the person the judges chose to send packing.  As he left the competition, I realized the show never once mentioned the fact that he has been dating season two contestant Beki Ingram for years.  I wonder why that tidbit was excluded from his entire time on the show (WATCH our exclusive interview with Beki).

Now, only four of the 14 contestants remain.  This season is zipping by!

Finally, if you’ve never seen any of the “Evil Dead” movies, you really need to check them out.  They are some of the goofiest, cult-favorite horror flicks that are so dearly adored by fans.  The remake, which will be released April 5, takes the freaky franchise in a more serious direction.  But don’t expect to find any Egyptian mummy gods in the movie.  Check out its trailer below.  Is this a movie you plan on going to see?

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?  Who do you think is most talented?  What has been your favorite makeup so far this season?  Of the final four, who do you think deserves to win the entire competition?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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One Response to “Face Off 4 Recap: Mummy Mayhem Mixed With ‘Evil Dead’”

  1. Bernie Says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I also thought they were really hard on Anthony. I thought his make-up was great! The paint job wasn’t fantastic, but I didn’t think it ruined the whole piece. I could see what they meant with the head piece, but again, I didn’t think it was as horrible as they said. I really liked the overall look of it.
    I wasn’t a big fan of Wayne’s either. Which isn’t totally fair because his design did have to be the way it was based on the god, but I didn’t particularly like his paint job. The sculpt itself was really strong though.
    I’m really enjoying Kris’s work, he’s a very strong contender for the finale, I think. He definitely deserved to win this week.
    I really liked Eric F’s as well. I actually thought the red colour looked really good. I’m becoming a big fan of him as artist – his go big or go home attitude makes him really fun to watch. He always has big, creative ideas and I really enjoy his work.
    I’ve been pretty meh towards House for most of the season, so I wasn’t upset to see him go. Again, I felt the judges were a little hard on him, but with strong work from everyone I suppose they had to be.


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