Best Creature Performers
JSkellingtonCreature performances have enthralled moviegoers since the silent film era. Lon Chaney and his son, Lon Chaney Jr., revolutionized the creature performance in films like The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), and The Wolfman (1941), but who are the performers behind the make-up in today’s cinema? This is the list of the Top 10 performers behind Monster Makeup and Creature suits.
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Andy Serkis isn't like the others on this list since he does not don pounds of make-up and prosthetics in his creature performances. Andy, is the top CGI performer in the world. What does that mean? He does the performances and then the computer artist CG in a character on top of his performance. What notable characters has he done you ask? Well, he played King Kong in the Peter Jackson remake of King Kong. Also, he was amazing as Gollum in the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy, which he will be reprising in the upcoming film The Hobbit.
Derek Mears uses his large frame and stunt training to bring to life some of the most iconic characters in the horror genre. He dons the infamous Predator outfit in the Robert Rodriguez film Predators. He took over the role of Jason Voorhees in the Michael Bay re-envisioning of Friday the 13th. Derek appeared in The Hills Have Eyes 2, and he played a Zorgon in Jon Favreau's Zathura. Derek also plays a character in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides film.
You've barely scratched the surface... He has many more credits and has nearly died during filming on 3 different occasions.
Tom Woodruff Jr. is not only a talented creature performer and puppeteer, but he is also co-owner and an Fx designer at Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. He got his start playing Gilman in The Monster Squad. He played Pumpkinhead in the 1998 Horror of the same name. Tom has played an Alien in 4 of the Alien and Alien Vs. Predator films. He is also featured in Wyrd's upcoming documentary Men in Suits.
Kane Hodder is a stuntman who is best known for playing Jason Voorhees in four Friday the 13th films. He got his start as a creature performer in the 80's horror hit House 2 as a gorilla. Most recently he plays the deformed killer Victor Crowley in Adam Green's Hatchet 1 and 2 films. Kane is the most famous for playing killers on the big screen.
Kurt Carley got his start in 1998 performing the creature movements in Godzilla. He played a Sleestak in the 2009 Land Of The Lost film, and has been a Werewolf in all three Underworld films. Kurt played Tartutic in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady In The Water, and is featured in Wyrd's upcoming documentary Men In Suits.
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Tom Morga a stuntman for over 23 years, has appeared as three horror icons. He was stunt double for Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Leatherface. He has also appeared as the stunt double for the Klingon General Martok on Star Trek DS9. He is most notable for being the stunt double of Leonord Nimoy's Spock in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
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Updated Friday, April 11, 2014