Face Off: Death Becomes Them (Review)


Face Off - Season 9

Face Off changed the formula, yet again on Tuesday’s episode,  where instead of one clear winner for the  week, there were three and two of the artists were sent home by the time the end credits rolled on this fascination reality program. The challenge this week was Death Becomes Them and the finalists, tonight was the semi-final, all met at the Munster’s house on Universal’s backlot. Michael and McKenzie Westmore greeted the five remaining contestants to explain and reminisce.

The award-winning makeup artist, Michael, told of how “back in the day” he remolded a new head for “Herman Munster” (played by Fred Gwynne) and put on Eddie Munster’s “new” ears. The trip down memory lane helped to set up the challenge guidelines and gave the group some inspiration for their creations. The five then picked out their “family members” from the grave stones outside the house and sketched out the creations.

Face Off - Season 9
Left to right: Ben, Nora, Evan, Jordan, Scott.

Evan chose an older brother bully, Nora; the black sheep family member, Scott; strict dad,  Jordan; spinster aunt and Ben picked the inappropriate uncle.  As usual, each contestant went through the paces of sculpting,  molding and painting their creations which were meant to convey  a new “Munster” type family.

Michael Westmore, along with McKenzie, went around to see each artist and he offered advice and tips on how to work on the sculpting and Evan decided to start from scratch after talking to the makeup maestro.

Face Off - Season 9
Evan and the older brother bully…

As the structure of this week’s challenge for Face Off was changed, two contestants were voted forward to the next week. Ben and Nora both got seals of approval for their creations, leaving Evan, Scott and Jordan to “re-compete” for the final space. As usual the judges did an up-close inspection of each of the characters created for the challenge.

The three who were left, received notes on how to improve their dead family members and their next step was to incorporate the suggestions. An additional hour was given to Evan, Scott and Jordan and all of them rushed to improve their versions of a Munster riff.

Face Off - Season 9
Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill and Neville Page looking at Jordan’s “Spinster Aunt.”

Sadly, after the three men made their changes, Scott and Jordan were sent home.  The finalists, Ben, Nora and Evan will compete next week and the two sent home did so, like those before them, head’s held high.

Face Off - Season 9
Nora with her black sheep family member.
Face Off - Season 9
Ben’s inappropriate uncle, that really creeped out Ve.

The one thing that keeps Face Off so fresh is that they do change up the template of each season.  Next week looks quite interesting and some familiar faces appear to show up for a fun challenge .

Face Off airs Tuesdays on SyFy and this popular reality show, voted by critics as a 2015 “choice” offers an in-depth look at the process behind the magic.  The creative contestants are tomorrow’s artists. People who will make the fantastical feel real and the real feel like a dream. Tune in and watch the talented challengers, now down to three, make magic.

Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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