Face Off

2010 • SYFY
1.37K reviews
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Season 1 episodes (8)

1 Welcome to the Jungle
Face Off is a reality competition series set in the magical world of special effects and make-up artistry. The series introduces twelve of the brightest up-and-coming special-effects make-up artists, who meet in Los Angeles for their first elimination challenge. Their task is to imagine an entirely new species - an human/animal hybrid - based on one of three exotic animals that are brought into their workspace lab. Judging the series is multiple Academy-award winner Ve Neill, famed special make-up effects artist Glenn Hetrick and director and creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos. McKenzie Westmore hosts the series.
2 Naked Ambition
In the second episode of Face Off, the artists must apply original full body make-up to nude subjects in the vein of Demi Moore's "Birthday Suit" cover for Vanity Fair. World-renowned and revolutionary body painter Filippo Ioco serves as guest judge.
3 Out of this World
For the spotlight challenge, the artists visit the famous Star Trek television series filming location, Vasquez Rocks, in Southern California. While there, they are given details on their next challenge from legendary FX artist Michael Westmore, best known for his make-up work in various Star Trek productions. Their assignment is to imagine and create a creature that would inhabit a newly discovered planet. Details on the planet's features including environmental, geological and meteorological data are given to the contestants, who must work in teams of two to complete the challenge.
4 Bad to the Bone
The artists pay a visit to the backlot of Universal Studios and the iconic Psycho House, where they meet Sean Cunningham, director and producer of the original Friday the 13th. For the spotlight challenge, the contestants must first create an original horror villain, and then collaborate with a production designer to create a movie poster with an original title and tagline. Sean Cunningham joins the judges to critique the results.
5 Switched and Hitched
The contestants are divided into teams of two and challenged to transform a "bride" into a "groom" and a "groom" into a "bride".
6 The Dancing Dead
For this week's spotlight challenge, the contestants must craft an original zombie. Their design must not only be creative, it must be functional and able to withstand the rigors of performing a choreographed dance routine. The final results are revealed in an eerie cemetery scene as the zombies perform a dance in front of the judges. Guest judging is Greg Nicotero, Academy Award winning artist on The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
7 Family Plot
The families of the five remaining competitors are stationed in a local Los Angeles wig shop in order to play a part in this week's spotlight challenge. The contestants will have to disguise themselves and interact with their family members without being discovered.
8 Twisted Tales
In the final spotlight challenge, the remaining three contestants are assigned a classic fairy tale such as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. They must create two characters inspired by one of the tales, and place them in a fully art directed scene. For the final judging, the fairy tale tableaus are put on display in a cocktail party setting, and the winner of Face Off is revealed.

About this show

This competition/elimination series explores the world of special effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination which allows them to create amazing works of living art. The show incorporates effects make-up, including prosthetics, 3-D design, animatronics, sculpting, eye enhancers, puppeteering, casting, and molding. Each episode concludes with a contestant being sent home by a panel of expert and celebrity judges.
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Kim Garian
April 1, 2018
I first discovered this show after hearing that they were doing a Monster High challenge. Season 9 was the first season me and my mother watched and we really enjoyed it. We've been kinda all over the place in terms of watching the seasons, but we've been watching the episodes in order. 😉 Anyways, we're about halfway through the second season, and we definitely noticed a lot of differences, especially with the drama and tensity between contenstants, like To and Megan in s1 and Sue and everyone else in s2.
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R. Phoenix Hernandez
April 12, 2017
THE BEST TRUE REALITY SHOW... Of all the shows that should be on DVD, this is one of them! (Funny that SyFy does not offer this. There must be 100's of hours of deleted footage as well as interviews with Hosts/Judges, Contestants, and Guest Judges. Even Location info/updates) Each episode keeps me glued to the edge of my seat. The contestant act like adults, unlike other reality shows. Each one focused on producing, crafting, sculpting and designing to the best of their respective abilities, even if that means helping a fellow cast member. I currently don't have cable at home but make sure I purchased the season through Goggle play to catch every minute!
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Cj Kaae
May 18, 2014
With all the reality allows that are out there right now, to find one that is not only original, but actually entertaining, is phenomenal! The editors are amazing and cut the show together in such a perfect way that you feel like you're not only getting to "know" the contestants but that you're also watching a cohesive series that makes you anticipate the next episode and mourn the end of each season. Keep up the excellent work Syfy!!
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