Scare Fare: McKenzie Westmore

Who: McKenzie Westmore, actress, singer and television host.
What: Her four favorite horror movie make-up jobs.
Where: Los Angeles.
Latest Project: Hosting Syfy’s Face Off series, which returns on Wednesday night.

McKenzie Westmore likes to freak you out
and be freaked out.
(Photo credit: Tommy Garcia/Syfy.)

1. THE EXORCIST (1973) — “What fascinates me about The Exorcist is that they actually had to numb her eyeballs so they could get the contacts in. They offered it to me for the promo [for the show], and I said there’s no way I’m numbing my eyeballs. Everything they did to her on that movie was just so disturbing.”

2. SILENT HILL (2006) — “The makeup in Silent Hill was done by Patrick [Tatopoulos], one of our judges. I could not sleep for a week after that movie. It was so disturbing, but I loved it. I saw it again, and I don’t know why because I still couldn’t sleep for another week after the second time. The makeup was disturbing, even down to the school kids, forgive me. The little schoolgirls were so scary, and the guys with the boxes on their heads. Anytime there are ghostly kids and disturbed children, all that stuff freaks me out. With horror movies I want to be scared. There are some horror movies where they got this concept, but the makeup just doesn’t cut it and I’m not scared. I want to be able to go home and not be able to go to sleep.”

3. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) — “I loved the original Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney. I grew up around all the stuff, and since my family worked with Lon Chaney, it was amazing for me to see that as a kid. My grandfather did Gone With The Wind and The Ten Commandments, and my family created the Creature From The Black Lagoon. My great uncle created that.”

4. POLTERGEIST (1982) — “The maggots [sequence] is the greatest scene ever, even for a four-year-old. My sister and brother were left in charge to babysit me, and my parents had no idea I was watching it.”

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