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Making Monsters: Images of Spooky Special Effects

Freddy Kreuger

Freddy Kreuger make-up

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

Monster make-up by Creative Character Engineering brings serial-killing slasher Freddy Kreuger to life.

Acid Burn

Acid burn special effects make-up

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

An acid burn effect used in "Let Me In" (2010).

Livecasting

Livecasting a model

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

A special effects team "livecasts" a model to create a mold used to sculpt life-like replicas.

Modeled Head

Upside down livecast

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

A head model used in 2010's "Let Me In." This victim needed to appear hanging upside down in the movie, so Clement and his team livecasted the actor tilted upside down. The result is a face realistically distorted by gravity.

Side By Side

Upside down livecast

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

The upside-down body replica for "Let Me In" (2010) next to the real thing.

Chest

Chest piece for ER

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

A realistic-looking chest used on the television series "ER."

Dark Shadows

Dark shadows makeup

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

Makeup from the 2003 vampire flick "Dark Shadows."

Nightmare Victim

Fake body from Nightmare on Elm Street

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

A replica "victim" from 2010's "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

Behind the scenes special effects

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

An artist works on a replica movie head at Creative Characters Engineering.

Fake Baby

Silicone baby replica

(Image credit: Andrew Clement, Creative Character Engineering)

It's not all gore: Newborn babies aren't great actors, so filmmakers use silicone replicas like this one, from "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (2012).

Stephanie Pappas
Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.