That’s right, kids! Both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage will be simultaneously haunt… what’s that? Not the John Woo flick? Damn it! We’re talking about the amazing creatures created for the Syfy channel’s TV show “Face Off.” My bad. Yep! They’re coming! Read on for details.
From the Press Release
The most twisted and gruesome character creations featured on Syfyâ€™s hit competition series â€œFace Offâ€ will be live and â€œIn the Fleshâ€ at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Friday, September 19.
Nightmarish creatures will surround guests on both coasts as the macabre visions of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists from the show are brought to life.
Universal Orlandoâ€™s Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all new street experience with ten different character creations inspired by the acclaimed Syfy series, including a look designed by Season 5 â€œFace Offâ€ winner and Universal Orlando make-up artist Laura Tyler. The hair-raising, horrifying characters will inhabit five unique and immersive environments within the scare zone, from eerie scarecrows that go to great lengths to protect a spine-chilling farmland to ghoulish brutes that haunt dilapidated castle ruins.
Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s all-new Halloween Horror Nights maze, â€œFace Off: In the Flesh,â€ will recreate the morbidly disturbing inventions masterminded by visionary make-up special effects artists over the course of the showâ€™s past six seasons. Twenty-two original â€œFace Offâ€ designs â€“ from human-insect hybrids to horror villains, ancient mummies, and zombies â€“ will cascade throughout the dark corridors of the terrifying new maze, bringing to life multiple incarnations of these select characters and adding to the cast of characters designed to scare the life out of every guest. â€œFace Off: In the Fleshâ€ will also feature new sounds from acclaimed electro house artist â€œFigure,â€ who returns to Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s Halloween Horror Nights with a haunting mix of electronica- inspired dance music.
â€œFace Offâ€ is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX worldâ€™s most celebrated figures judge the competition â€“ multiple Academy-Award winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (â€œCSI: New York,â€ â€œHeroes,â€ Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor. Stepping in to complete the judging panel for Season 7 while Ve Neill is working on The Hunger Games is Lois Burwell, an Academy-Award winning artist known for Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, and War of the Worlds. Season 7 of â€œFace Offâ€ premieres on Syfy on July 22.
The series will feature Universal Studios Hollywood for an episode airing September 9, in which the artists must create an original horror villain inspired by evocative titles and vivid graphics from a movie poster. The winning makeup from this challenge will be featured at the 2014 Halloween Horror Nights.
â€œWeâ€™re excited that some of ‘Face Offâ€™s’ most memorable and visually stunning creatures ever will be brought back to life for Universal Studiosâ€™ Halloween Horror Nights,â€ said Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Original Content, Syfy Original Programming. â€œOver the years, the talented artists of ‘Face Off’ have dreamed up some amazing creatures that we know will make terrifying additions to the Halloween Horror Nights experience.â€?
“The gruesome creatures imagined on ‘Face Off’ are the perfect fit for the streets of Universal Orlandoâ€™s Halloween Horror Nights,â€ said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. â€œOur goal is to bring to life the macabre artistry displayed in the characters seen week after week. We are also very excited to be featured in a Season 7 episode of ‘Face Off’ and to include that episodeâ€™s winning makeup in the maze. For our guests, I know it will be a uniquely terrifying opportunity to come face to face with these creations for the very first time now ‘In the Flesh.’â€
â€œ’Face Offâ€™s’ inspiration to create original movie-quality creatures makes for very compelling television,â€ said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s Creative Director for and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. Collaborating with the showâ€™s creative team, however, gave us a unique way to extend the life of these exceptional characters that make-up artists have poured blood, sweat and tears into creating. Weâ€™re excited to put these incredible works of art to the test and see just how scared our guests will become when they are face to face with live versions of these nightmarish characters.â€
Universal Studiosâ€™ Halloween Horror Nights events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nationâ€™s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares â€“ and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained â€œscareactors.â€ Other announced experiences include â€œFrom Dusk Till Dawnâ€ and â€œThe Walking Dead: The End of the Lineâ€ haunted mazes.
More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.
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