Face Off S2-4: Night Terror

Night Terror

SyFy’s Face Off is the competition to go for special effects makeup madness. We now have 11 artists all vying for the money, car, makeup and the title of Face Off Champion.

If you’re not interested in spoilers, then you should re-sculpt and try again!

A phone is but in Brea’s room and beings to ring around 3 a.m. When she picks up a creepy voice tells her that she must wake everyone up and get them in the van in 15 minutes for the next Spotlight Challenge.

The van drives the artists to the Linda Vista Community Hospital. It’s one of the most haunted hospitals in the United States and the plate where every paranormal TV show makes a stop to show how well they can react to weird noises in the dark.

McKenzie. Click for a larger picture.
McKenzie. Click for a larger picture.

Spotlight Challenge

McKenzie is inside and tells them that their next challenge is to create their own horror villain. Words appear on the wall next to her and are phobias. The artists must pick a phobia and create their villain to reflect that phobia.

Sue, who seems to be afraid of just about everything, picks hadephobia or the fear of hell. Beki picks parasitophobia or the fear of parasites. Rayce picks chryophobia or the fear of frost. Heather picks ornithophobia or the fear of birds. Tara picks ommetaphobia or the fear of eyes. RJ picks xyrophobia or the fear of razor blades. Athena picks merinophobia or the fear of being bound up. Matt picks xerophobia or the fear of dryness. Ian picks odontophobia or the fear of teeth. Brea picks chemophobia or the fear of chemicals.

Day 1: Sculpting Phase

Since this is the first individual challenge is appears that everyone is wondering how they’ll stack up next to their competitors. Beki’s not worried, because the girl is fast and efficient. She has a clear vision and is going for it full throttle.

Brea makes a living creating faux chemical burns, so she’s really excited about showing what she can do in this challenge.

On the other hand, Tara doesn’t have a clear vision, so she knows she’s in trouble. There’s a gigantic eye on the forehead and it all looks a bit confused.

Tom Savini, McKenzie and Glen. Click for larger picture.
Tom Savini, McKenzie and Glen. Click for larger picture.

Day 2

After a good nights sleep, Tara comes back with a clearer vision. Her vision for her villain is now more of an ‘all seeing eye’ or some sort of Egyptian eye god. She wasn’t feeling it before, but she now has a vision.

Interrogation Time

McKenzie brings Glen and Tom Savini, the artist behind the make up for Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th just to name a few. He also owns a special effects school, which Sue just graduated from.

They check out Beki who already has her sculpting done and her prosthetic molded. Both he and Tom are impressed how good and fast her work is. Glen likes Rayce’s concept, but wonders how he’ll execute it.

Glen is concerned for Tara. Tom wonders why should would sculpt a woman’s face over a woman’s face. It just doesn’t make any sense nor is it an efficient use of time. They’re also wondering if there is too large of a gap between the helmet that Sue made and the prosthetic face.

Day 2 Cont.

Rayce is having trouble taking out his mold because it goes past the ear and the more surface the more suction the mold creates. He finally gets it out with the help of two other artists.

Beki sees people rushing around, so she helps her competitors get their molds out and scrape their molds. Cue redemption arc for Ms. Nasty attitude Beki. She has a long way to go, but this is a nice start.

Back at the house, Jerry is talking smack about Brea’s paint job. Well, he was talking smack at the workshop earlier, but he’s doing it once again. He likes everyone’s work, but hers and feels that she’s too overconfident about her abilities. Hmm. That sounds familiar.

On the other side, Brea, Sue and Matt are hanging out together. Sue wonders about Beki, but Brea is only focused on herself. She always seems to sit near Beki because she likes that that spot is right next to all of the equipment.

The artists finalizing their makeup applications.  Click to view larger picture.
The artists finalizing their makeup applications. Click to view larger picture.

Day 3: Application Phase

Tara is way behind and hasn’t even made all of her eyes yet. Since her phobia is a fear of eyes, she better get moving.

Jerry doesn’t like the way his prosthetic came out so, he makes another one. He doesn’t have anything on his model’s face and RJ is worried he won’t get it done. RJ asks Jerry where his face is and Jerry reminds him that he’s been doing this for 20 years. Oh yes, overconfidence about their abilities. I now know where I’ve heard that before. After all the trouble of making a new mold, it comes out too soft and Jerry must use the old one instead.

The Audition

Sue’s fear of hell demon comes out. She feels that individually, her pieces look great, but as a whole she made some bad decisions.

Beki’s fear of parasites villain comes out and she thought it looked great.

Heather’s fear of birds birdman comes out and she thinks he looks beautiful.

Rayce’s fear of frost demon comes out and the character looks good, but the appliance is coming off around the neck area.

Ian’s fear of teeth tooth fairy comes out and was happy it was slimy and gross looking, but is worried that teeth are falling out.

RJ’s fear of razors doctor comes out and he’s happy with his work.

Athena’s fear of being bound demon comes out and feels that her lady looks strong, sexy and really freaky.

Matt’s fear of dryness demon comes out and he feels like a father and is very proud of his creature.

Jerry’s fear of electricity doctor comes out and he feels that it doesn’t look as bad as he thought it would and kind of works.

Brea’s fear of chemicals thing comes out and thought the other designs were a joke that looked better as Halloween costume. She feels comfortable where her makeup is.

Patrick, Ve and Glen checking out Brea's monster up close.  Click to look at larger picture.
Patrick, Ve and Glen checking out Brea's monster up close. Click to look at larger picture.

The Close Up

The judges do a close and personal check on the make up quality and work. Glen thinks it’s cool that Beki’s prosthetics open and close and Tom is impressed that her fast work turned out great quality. Tom immediately notices that Tara got rid of the bottom of her prosthetic and Glen thinks it’s a great. They all think that the feathers on Heather’s birdman looks pretty cool. They really check out the errors in Rayce’s demon’s neck.

They check out Ian and RJ’s creations. After, they look at Athena’s and Glen says that she’s going for an emaciated look, but she’s done the ribs all wrong. They look at Matt and Jerry’s creations then go to Brea’s. The judges wonder about the anatomy and wonder why the teeth are so apart.

Beki and her parasite demon. Click to look at larger picture
Beki and her parasite demon. Click to look at larger picture
Rayce's frost demon. Click to look at larger picture
Rayce's frost demon. Click to look at larger picture
Athena and her fear of being tied up demon. Click to look at larger picture
Athena and her fear of being tied up demon. Click to look at larger picture
Brea and her fear of chemicals demon. Click to look at larger picture
Brea and her fear of chemicals demon. Click to look at larger picture
Ian and his tooth fairy. Click to look at larger picture
Ian and his tooth fairy. Click to look at larger picture

The Curtain Call

McKenzie calls out Beki, Brea, Ian, Rayce, Athena and Jerry. They have the highest and lowest scores. The rest are safe and will be back for the next challenge.

Ian’s model isn’t there because he’s had an allergic reaction to the makeup and the judges will use a photograph for reference.

Beki: Glen loves the look. Ve thinks she has a great color sense. Patrick thinks she’s a force and translated her ideas to the character well.

Rayce: Ve says that technically his appliances are lifting in a lot of places and his edges are poor, but his design was cool. Patrick thought it was visually stunning and had a cool silhouette. Tom would have added some diamond dust so that it shined like water.

Athena: Ve didn’t think the look evoked any kind of terror or horror and really missed the mark. Glen felt that the directionality of the rope wasn’t right and it really bothered him. It was like the whole thing was thrown together.

Jerry: Patrick wished he had done more with the makeup then with the props. Tom thought the electricity should have affected the flesh more with more burns in black and reddened skin tones. Ve thought the makeup was just bad.

Brea: Ve thought the teeth weren’t even in the right slope or spot. Ve hates the chipmunk cheeks and feels Brea’s been really lucky to have been paired up with other good designers. Glen doesn’t know where it went so wrong. The look was really awful.

Ian: Glen and Ve really liked the use of saran wrap. Glen also thought there was some really nice attention to detail. Tom thought the paint job was good. Ve felt the fingers were so gross and that’s a good thing.

Do you think that Rayce's technically flawed edges and application deserved to be on top?

  • Yes
  • No
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Exit, Stage Left

The artists on top are Ian, Beki and Rayce with the win going to the perpetual worrier Ian. Hopefully this will boost his confidence and he can get in a groove.

The artists on the bottom are Athena, who had poor sculpting, Jerry, who should have worked more on makeup, and Brea, who had good idea, but poor execution.

It’s interesting that the two overconfident artists are on the bottom. It is fitting and very appropriate since neither of their work was up to par. And just like that Brea’s overconfidence is given and blow and she’s out the door. At least she was gracious in her exit. Goodbye Brea, you’re very pretty, but your solo work really wasn’t as good as you thought it was.

Who had the worst phobia monster?

  • Sue
  • Beki
  • Heather
  • Rayce
  • Ve
  • Ian
  • RJ
  • Athena
  • Jerry
  • Matt
  • Brea
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11 comments

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Dallas Matier 4 years ago from Australia

Damn it! This show sounds awesome. I'd watch the hell out of it if it ever made its way down here.


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

This show is made of awesome and really gives you a look at what is involved at making practical, yet realistic special effects makeup. There's 3 ways you can watch. If you have cable and have the SyFy channel, click the link to Amazon up top to purchase it that way or you can check the FaceOff's webpage, which has some episodes. I'm not sure if they have them all, since I haven't checked.

It is a must watch show!

Thanks Dallas!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Sounds like a interesting show. I would check it out but I don't get the SyFy channel.

I voted for Rayce's frost demon. Do they judge more on artistic ability or the technical aspect?

Voted up and awesome.


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Sueswan, they judges are usually very balanced when it comes to judging. The tend to veer towards more technical pieces, as they did when they picked their winner last season, but 2 of the top 3 last year excelled in creativity.

I think they're trying to find a more creative artist who is technically proficient and they picked a group that would veer in that direction. You should try going to their site to check the show out. It really is worth it!

Thank you!


tru 4 years ago

what is Diamon Dust?


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

Diamond dust, if I understand this correctly, is a type of glitter that sparkles when you put it on. For this episode, it would have given Rayce's ice demon a shimmering effect like ice crystals.

Hope that answers your question!


tru 4 years ago

I thought that that was what it was, is there a name brand for it? where to get it?

thanks for your reply


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

tru, I put a link to the Diamond Dust above under Exit, Stage Left. You can probably pick it up at Michael's or Joanns Fabrics, but also at Amazon. The brand I linked is Floracraft, but there also seems to be a Diamond Dust from Craft Decor and some generic brands.

Hope that helps!


tru 4 years ago

that's great thanks so much!


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vmartinezwilson 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA Author

No problem!


Ver132 3 years ago

Brea's wasn't the worst.I think hers was pretty cool.Athena shud have left.

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