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A Guide To Rick Baker: Monster Maker
A brief history of the Men In Black alien inventor

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A Guide To Rick Baker: Monster Maker | Thriller (1983)
Thriller (1983)

Though not a full-length feature film, it's the closest a music video has ever come to one (we're ignoring R Kelly's hip-hopera 'Trapped In The Closet' here) and besides, it's a well catchy choon. It's interesting to note that the sound of the werewolf screaming in the song actually comes from An American Werewolf In London - and after seeing Baker's work there, it's no surprise that movie fan Michael Jackson approached the director, John Landis, to get both him and Baker on board (as one of the zombies as well as make-up supremo).

Rick Baker fact... Thriller was the first music video ever to be inducted into the U.S.'s National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant.

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1 Wow,
Pardon my ignorance, but I didn't know he did King Kong?!!!! :-O Kudos Mr. Baker, but you scared the shit out of me countless times as a kid whenever I TRIED to watch the movie. lol! More

Posted by rosiecotton on Tuesday May 22, 2012, 01:36

2 Nice feature, but ...
Where's "The Nutty Professor" starring Eddie Murphy? Whatever you think of the 1996 movie or its sequel (funny and atrocious, respectively, imo), the make-up for the various characters all played by the same actor is beyond reproach. I mean, come on, if you deem "Norbit" worthy of a mention ... More

Posted by Dropje on Sunday May 20, 2012, 20:09

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I never have got it- WHAT'S wrong with The Wolfman? More

Posted by Cyberleader on Friday May 18, 2012, 14:59

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I think you'll find that Rick's "cinemtaic love affair with gorillas" was actually first seen on the big screen in 1972 in the Thing With Two Heads, where Rick built the costume and then played the gorilla. He also actually played King Kong in King Kong, as the robot didn't work and they mostly just had Rick in a monster costume crashing through miniature trees. More

Posted by trouserpress on Friday May 18, 2012, 10:39

5 Thank You Empire.
Well done Empire for dedicating an article to someone who actually deserves the praise. This is a very nice piece and a suitable tribute to one of the genuine genius' that work in Hollywood. My personal favourite work has to be the Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes. The make-up in that was incredible. I watch that film just for the look of the Apes. Thanks you Rick Baker for all the many hours of entertainment you have provided us. Now how about an article on a cinematographer or composer? More

Posted by TheSomnambulist on Friday May 18, 2012, 08:04

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Err where's Greystoke? Some of the most impressive make-up effects work I've ever seen. More

Posted by swhib on Thursday May 17, 2012, 13:26


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