We <3 zombies! The very thought of these creatures inspires mixed emotions, from fear to fascination. A genre arguably perfected by George A. Romero, fans of zombie films are almost as rabid as the zombies themselves. Therefore, being true to the lineage is vital. One of 2013’s biggest films, World War Z, is the newest installment of the popular horror canon, and Legacy was chosen to add our expertise. The particular virus that takes over these poor souls is quick and brutal, and you would not want a horde of them running you down an alley, that’s for sure. Because these baddies move so fast, you don’t always get a clear shot of them in the film. Let’s slow these buggers down and give you a good, close look without getting your face bitten off. The preceding images in this post are all from a series of test make-ups we did for the film. View at your own risk.
GAAAAAHH!!! That picture above says it all! These creatures don’t even need to lunge at your throat to make your blood run cold. The transformation of these zombies is simple but effective. We sculpted some vein work onto each zombie application around the neck and throughout the face. You can practically see the deadly virus coursing through their veins, consuming their entire being. Spots of patchy discolored skin show the rapid decay, along with raised cheekbone applications with paint and shading around the eyes to make the face appear as if it is caving in. Cataract and lightened iris contact lenses are added to give the look of a soulless maniacal killer. On the business end of the zombies, we’ve added gnarled teeth that look as if they have been damaged from chewing remorselessly through sinew and bone.
Voilà! You just got a close up look at some of the most terrifying zombie creations ever to hit the silver screen. World War Z has quickly made its way into being one of the best zombie movies of all time, and the opportunity to add our special touch to the undead is an amazing treat. We hope you enjoy this look into the making of these groovy ghoulies. We hope you’re dying to come back all month long for more gory posts.