The word “ghost,” doesn’t normally elicit peals of laughter but on Tuesday night’s episode of Face Off, the contestants were asked to make a joke out of the horror genre by mixing spook with spoof.
First up was the Foundation Challenge, where contestants had to envision what the Grim Reaper might look like under that hood. The scythe-wielding harbinger of death is usually seen without a face (or simply as a skeleton), so each artist tackled the blank canvas differently. Laura Tyler (season three) used facial prosthetics in unexpected areas — the brow bones on the chin, for example — and the move won her a ticket to safety, as guest judge special effects makeup artist Patrick Tatopoulos (Resident Evil: Extinction, I Am Legend) said he was impressed with her detailed creation.
Next came the Spotlight Challenge, which took the contestants on a field trip to the Laugh Factory, where they learned they’d have to create “comedy ghosts” — creatures that looked frightening, but could make viewers laugh out loud. Newcomer Eddie Holecko struggled with his concept, scrapping his original idea for a new one — a baseball player who died after being hit by his own bat, and fell three hours behind the other contestants. Meanwhile, fellow newcomer Laney Parkhurst scrambled to finish her wig, and Miranda Jory (season two) got a last-minute scare when air pockets appeared in her work.
When it came time to face the judges, Roy Wooley (season 3) was crowned the winner, erasing the memory of his disappointing performance last week. “You’re gonna see big,” Wooley had promised before last night’s challenges, and he kept his word, presenting the judges with a vaudeville-inspired costume that depicted two small performers, one sitting on top of the other, working together to form the ghost. Judges Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, and Neville Page applauded Wooley’s work. “I’m happy to see this Roy back this week,” Page said.
The newcomers ended up at the bottom, as the judges found Holecko’s ghost unfunny and Parkhurst’s concept — an electrocuted punk rock girl — confusing. But in the end, Holecko was sent home for his inexplicably strange aesthetic choices, including his character’s “artichoke head” and “KISS eyes.” “It doesn’t look funny, it just looks weird,” Neill told Holecko. Still, Page reassured him as he left the stage, telling the eliminated contestant that he has “a bold aesthetic.”
Read on to see what Holecko had to say about being on the show, what he regrets about the creation that got him eliminated, and what he’s been up to since filming wrapped. READ FULL STORY