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'Face Off' recap: Bloody scary

Season 7 | Episode 708 | “Killer Instinct” | Aired Sept 9, 2014

After their whimsical Oz/Wonderland mash-ups last challenge (and the special Judge Match), it’s apparently time for some gore on Face Off. I’m not a big fan of the scary, bloody challenges, but horror movies cut a lot of checks for makeup artists, so it’s important that these challenges happen.

We open on the Face Off house, which seems big, but apparently only has one bedroom, since all of the contestants have to sleep in the same room. Playful George starts a pillow fight, and that’s about the only cheerfulness we get this week. Once the foundation challenge begins, it’s all blood, all the time.

McKenzie tells the contestants that they will be creating their own versions of Bloody Mary. She asks them to all chant “Bloody Mary” in a large mirror. McKenzie is just begging to be in the first five minutes of Supernatural. The models are “summoned,” and the contests begin to work. The winner of the foundation challenge will receive immunity. Guest judge Brigette Myre Ellis names Rachael’s face-stealing Bloody Mary the winner.

You may have thought there wasn’t any fake blood left for a spotlight challenge. You would be wrong. The contestants arrive at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in a cloud of fog. McKenzie explains that this week’s spotlight challenge is based on movie posters. Mysterious images and taglines tease horror movies. So for this challenge, each contestant will choose an original movie poster and create a title character based off of the image, title and tagline.

Our contestants choose the following movies:

Stella: The Trophy Room

Cig: The Second Chumming

George: Axe Girlfriend

Sasha: Bonnie and Cyanide

Dina: The Cloven

Keaghlan: Homecoming Scream

Rachael: Bone Appetit

Drew: We Met Online

Damien: Buzzcut

Along with immunity, this challenge comes with a special prize. The winning creature will be featured at Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando. With such high stakes, the contestants are taking this challenge extra-seriously. This means, obviously, modeling wigs and taking selfies. (George is making this one of the most fun groups we’ve ever had.)

Once the photos have been taken, it’s back to work. Dina is having a hard time sculpting her demon reindeer’s face. George is making an ax-murdering mistress who wears her victims’ ring fingers as a necklace. Keaghlan is ambitiously trying to create a backward body for her broken-necked homecoming queen. Rachael is putting a huge mouth in the stomach of her cannibalistic baroness.

Cig is creating a chum-person, which is just as disgusting as it sounds. Damien’s doctor peels his scalp off, complete with horrific squelching noise. Sasha is fabricating needles and tubing for her poisoned wife, and Stella is creating a severed head for her murderous hunter. For his Internet-based horror movie, Drew is creating a creepy old man who meets girls in chat rooms and then eats them. I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen that movie before. It was called The Evening News.

708 (8)As everyone is nearing last looks, some contestants are starting to get worried. Dina realizes her “Santa’s reindeer from hell” concept was the wrong direction. Sasha is attempting to draw neon veins, but she cannot figure out what veins look like. Rather than examining her own arms, Sasha draws a lot of squiggly lines, like if Harold and the Purple Crayon had used highlighters instead. Meanwhile, George’s half-finished model is taking pictures of him in her French maid costume. George, FOCUS!

But George’s strange process is working for him. His creature’s giant bullet wound looks great. Stella’s misshapen hunter (and fabricated severed head) work for the judges. The judges also like Cig’s chum-creature’s large jaw.

Not all of the contestants are so successful. Drew’s creepy Internet killer is not on the same level as the other makeups. And after all of Keaghlan’s backward sculpting, she forgets to put the sash on backward, defeating the purpose. Dina’s Christmas reindeer gets some shocked faces from the judges.

Top and bottom looks are as follows:

708 (9)Top Looks

Winner: George



Bottom Looks

Sasha Sasha



708 (5)George’s creation is simple, but he tells a great story, and he is finally chosen as the winner. Dina’s sculpting and idea are not good, and Keaghlan’s concept isn’t clearly shown. But Sasha’s terrible execution sends her home—or at least, it would have. The judges chose to finally use their special immunity to save Sasha and keep her in the competition. Everyone lives to fight another week.

Were you glad Sasha was saved? Did this challenge remind anyone else of some really great early Supernatural episodes? And where did Cig get those skeleton pants?

Face Off airs Tuesdays at 9/8C on Syfy.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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