As awesome as computer special effects can be, they just can’t hold up over time to the incredible artistry and craftsmanship that is special effects makeup. Let’s take a look at some of the finest FX makeup jobs in film.
An American Werewolf in London
The horror-comedy An American Werewolf in London may be a bit outdated 30+ years later, but thanks to scenes like the one where an absolutely spellbinding man-to-werewolf transformation sequence takes place (that won Rick Baker et al the first-ever Outstanding Achievement in Makeup Oscar) it can still be thoroughly enjoyable. In that scene, you see the main character’s full transformation, complete with the elongation of limbs, sprouting of hair and protrusion of bones – none of which is shrouded by dim lighting.