Werewolves from space on Face Off’s “Howl at the Moon” episode

A. Quinton — Feb. 28th 2013

Face Off is a Syfy series that pits prosthetic makeup artists against each other in our society’s favourite form of gladiatorial combat: reality television. Here in Canada, Face Off runs on the Space channel, a channel I don’t have because it doesn’t air any of TV’s three reasons for existing (Breaking Bad, Community, hockey). But after several people on Twitter told me that Tuesday the 26th’s Face Off would be about werewolves, I made a note to dig around after the episode aired to see if I missed anything good.

On this episode, called “Howl at the Moon”, the teams (contestants? combatants? victims?) were told to create full-body werewolf suits. That task alone would be hard enough without any difficulty modifiers, given the time constraints in place, but this being reality TV, of course there was a twist: the werewolves couldn’t be from Earth, but instead had to be from any other planet in our solar system that has a moon. (The space nerd in me is delighted at the fact that four of those planets don’t even have solid surfaces on which werewolves could stand.) Here’s the promo video:

And here, after what looks like the requisite out-of-context hissy fits and fabricated melodrama, are the results:

Face Off Space Werewolves

None of them are what I would call “classic werewolves”, but then, that wasn’t the point, was it? To me, all four are identifiable as werewolves and aliens, and I think they look terrific, especially considering the conditions under which they were designed and built.

Here’s the episode recap on Syfy’s “Face Off” site (complete with a streaming version of the episode for those of you in the United States), and here, courtesy of Cinema Makeup School‘s Twitter and Instagram feeds, are some photos of the winning design by @waynesworldfx and @krisfxkobzina. Good work, guys!

Blue Werewolf 2 Blue Werewolf 1

This looked like an interesting episode, but I don’t think I’ll be paying the extra $10 / month it’ll cost to get Space added to my cable package. Nevertheless, it’s great to see werewolves and prosthetics makeup artists getting this kind of exposure.

Did you see the episode? What did you think?

  • Lew

    Just from the pictures, the backwards suit with the knee seeming to bend the wrong way and the actor’s arms as wings seems the most creative. The leggings on that one are . . . unfortunate.

  • FPO

    I watched it in full and the winner was a clear winner in my opinion. I won’t tell you what the judges said about the others creations so as not to ruin it, but suffice to say that I didn’t think that the others’ werewolves were as well designed or thought out as the winning team’s was (not to mention the actual quality of the finished product). I will say, though, that the one with the leggings was actually liked by the judges a lot which confused me. Oh well… All of the contestants can do way more than I can, so I guess I shouldn’t nitpick!

  • jason

    I agree with the winning choice, but I found all of them to be pretty lackluster. None of them say “werewolf” to me, which bummed me out. When I saw that the episode was titled “Howl at the Moon”, I was immediately excited for it, only to be completely let down. I guess the alien bit made it trickier, but I still expected more. But as FPO mentioned, they can do more than I can…

  • I saw the episode, but I wasn’t really into any of the make-up. Maaaaaybe the Neptune one had some redeeming qualities. I dunno. Then again, I think I’m just too picky when it comes to my interpretation of an aesthetically pleasing werewolf. Call me a werewolf snob.