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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

Rachael

Cig

Bottom Looks

Sasha Sasha

Keaghlan

Dina

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.