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Show Notes for -Episode 007- The Gods of Monsters: The Men Who Mastered Makeup


You know those scary monsters that haunt your dreams?  Make-up artists and actors make them come to life.

Make-up effects have evolved with film from the beginning of cinema.  Artists delve into the dark parts of themselves to make real horrors we may not have even imagined.

Sometimes the work is so good that the monsters become iconic in our culture.

Can you imagine a time when no one knew what the Frankenstein monster looked like?

In this episode I talk about make-up artists who transformed the craft and in turn transformed cinema.

Makeup Artists and Actors Discussed

Lon Chaney

Tod Browning

Jack Pierce

Bela Lugosi

James Whale

Boris Karloff

Carl Laemmle, Jr.

Max Factor

Elsa Lanchester

Dick Smith

David Susskind

Hal Holbrook

Dan Curtis

Jonathan Frid

George Roy Hill

Dustin Hoffman

Francis Ford Coppola

Marlon Brando

Sterling Hayden

Martin Scorsese

William Friedkin

Linda Blair

Max von Sydow

Eileen Dietz

Jason Miller

Marcel Vercoutere

Rick Baker

Rob Bottin

Stan Winston

Movies and Books Discussed

Carl Jung on the Shadow Self

Nestor Studios

Universal Studios

The Miracle Man

The Penalty

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Phantom of the Opera

The Man Who Laughs



The Mummy

The Wolf Man

The Invisible Man

The Brain from Planet Arous

The Amazing Transparent Man

Mister Ed

Dark Shadows

Little Big Man

The Godfather

Taxi Driver

The Exorcist

The French Connection

An American Werewolf in London

John Carpenter’s The Thing


Total Recall

The Terminator

Terminator 2



Dick Smith Make-up School

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