17 Special Effects Artists Who Made It Big Before AND After ‘FACE OFF.’

FACE OFF Sneak Peeks

Face Off  is about a quarter of the way through its seventh season on SyFy. I missed last night’s brand new episode, actually, so this reminds me to try and DVR it. Anyway, the prizes a contestant earns by winning the show is $100,000, a brand new car, and a trip to teach overseas at a Kryolan makeup location. The winner is also dubbed, “the next big name in movie magic.” This got me wondering… How many former contestants actually made it big after the show? I hopped online to do a little searching…

And that’s when my article took a completely different turn! it appears that several “Face Off” contestants were actually quite prolific in their career field before appearing on the show! Look at Jerry from season two. Did you know he worked on Toxic Avenger, a Nightmare on Elm Street sequel, The Crow, Children of the Corn, an Amityville sequel, and Night of the Demons 3? As I continued on with my research I realized that not only did past contestants have great careers before the show, but some of them worked together in the past, too!

Here’s a list of 17 “Face Off” contestants who made it big before and after the show. I think some of the coincidences and credits will amaze you!

Conor McCullagh

Conor McCullagh
Season 1 – 2011, Winner
Before Face Off: “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in 1993, Mirror Mirror 2 (1994), Children of the Corn 5: 1998, Children of the Corn: Isaacs Return (1999), Osmosis Jones (2001), Freddy Got Fingered (2001), Scary Movie 2 (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), Freddy vs Jason (2003), Seed of Chucky (2004), Cold Storage (2009), Stan Helsing (2009), and 4 episodes “The Vampire Diaries” in 2009
After Face Off: The Hunger Games (2012), Infliction (2013), Solace (2014) with Collin Farrell, Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 (2014), and Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 (2015)

Tate Steinsiek
Season 1 – 2011, Third Place; Season 5 – 2013, Third Place
Before Face Off: Knock Knock (2007) and 3 episodes “Law and Order” in 2010
After Face Off: Piranhaconda (2012), The Amazing Spiderman (2012), and Sharknado 2 (2014)

Megan Areford
Season 1 – 2011, Fifth Place
Before Face Off: The Devil’s Tomb (2009), Dead Air (2009), Iron Man 2 (2010), Tron Legacy (2010), Sucker Punch (2011), and Thor (2011)
After Face Off: The Cottage (2012), The Lone Ranger (2013), Sharknado (2013), Brutal (2014), V/H/S: Viral (2015), and Fear Clinic (2015)

Tom Devlin

Tom Devlin
Season 1 – 2011, Sixth Place
Before Face Off: Red Dragon (2002), Daredevil (2003), Club Dread (2004), Are You Scared? (2006), Poultrygeist (2006), Supercroc (2007), Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009),  Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009), Mega Piranha (2010), Killjoy 3 (2010), and Sand Sharks (2011)
After Face Off: Puppet Master X (2012), Piranhaconda (2012), Killjoy Goes to Hell (2012), Reel Evil (2012), Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong (2013), Feast of Fear (2015), and Haunted: 333 (2015)

Anthony Pepe
Season 1 – 2011, Seventh Place
Before Face Off: N/A
After Face Off: Ghoul (2012), 8 episodes of “Law and Order: SVU” in 2013, 2 episodes of “Boardwalk Empire” in 2013, The Hugner Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014), 2 episodes of “Elementary” in 2014, 2 episodes of “Saturday Night LIve” in 2014, and Sharknado 2 (2014)

Kayla Jo Holland
Season 1 – 2011, Eighth Place
Before Face Off: N/A
After Face Off: Coffin Baby (2013), Riddick (2013), Insidious 2 (2013), and 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Marcel Banks
Season 1 – 2011, Ninth Place
Before Face Off: N/A
After Face Off: Riddick (2013), 1 episode of “Super Fun Night” in 2013, and American Horror Story: Coven in 2013-14

Frank Ippolito
Season 1 – 2011, Tenth Place, Season 5 – Seventh Place
Before Face Off: The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Zoom (2006), Pirates: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and Dinner for Schmucks (2009)
After Face Off: 8 episodes of “Zombie Family” in 2012, Devil’s Night (2014), and Submerged (2015) from Steven C. Miller

Beki Ingram 
Season 2 – 2012, Fifth Place
Before Face Off: Boogeyman 3 (2008) and Children of the Corn (2009)
After Face Off: John Dies at the End (2012), Season of Darkness (2012), Jug Face (2013), Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan (2013), All Cheerleaders Die (2013), The Signal (2014), Tusk (2014), and The Tank (2015)

Jerry Macaluso

Jerry Macaluso 
Season 2 – 2012, Seventh Place
Before Face Off: The Toxic Avenger (1989), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), Terror Tunes (2002), “Weird Science” in 1994, Spawn (1997), Halloweentown (1998), House on Haunted Hill (1999), The Crow (2000), Mirror Mirror 2 (1994), Children of the Corn 5 (1998), Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996), Amityville: Dollhouse (1996), Night of the Demons 3 (1997), Children of the Corn: Isaac’s Return (1999), AI (2001), and The Devil’s Tomb (2009)
After Face Off: thriller St. Sebastian (2014)

Tara Lang

Tara Lang
Season 2 – 2012, Eighth Place
Before Face Off: I Am Omega (2007), Transmorphers (2007), Alien vs. Hunter (2007), Fear House (2008), Wolvesbayne (2009), 2012 Doomsday (2008), The Dunwich Horror (2009), Paranormal Incident (2011), The Amityville Haunting (2011), Piranhaconda (2012), and Sorority Party Massacre (2012)
After Face Off: 1 episode of “Alien Encounters” in 2013, 666: Paranormal Incident (2013), Sharknado (2013), “Hanger 1: The UFO Files” in 2014, “Sex Sent Me to the ER” in 2014, and Rivers 9 (2015)

Heather Henry
Season 2 – 2012, Ninth Place
Before Face Off: “Prison Break” 2006-2008, The Final (2010), I Spit on Your Grave (2011), True Grit (2010), and The Homecoming (2011)
After Face Off: The Inflicted (2012), “Dallas” from  2012-2013, Ghost of Goodnight Lane (2014), Manglehorn (2014) with Al Pacino, and The Harrowing (2014) with Debbie Rochon

Roy Wooley
Season 3 – 2012, Fourth Place; Season 5 – 2013, Runner Up
Before Face Off: Cheerleader Autopsy (2003) and Rob Zombie’s H2 (2009),
After Face Off: 1 episode of “Dr. Who” in 2013, Hell Hole (2013), and Strange Blood (2014)

Kris Kobzina
Season 4 – 2013, Runner Up
Before Face Off: Tremors 3 (2001), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (2000), Spiderman (2002), Red Dragon (2002), Daredevil (2003), 3 episodes of “CSI: Miami” in 2003, Club Dread (2004), X-Men: Last Stand (2006), The Omen (2006), and Beowulf (2007)
After Face Off: N/A

David Greathouse
Season 4 – 2013, Fifth Place
Before Face Off: Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993), Tank Girl (1995), Horrorvision (2001), Buried Alive (2007), The Woman (2011), and John Dies at the End (2012)
After Face Off: Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan (2013), Jug Face (2013), All Cheerleaders Die (2013), and Jinn (2014)

Corinne Foster 
Season 6 – 2014, Seventh Place
Before Face Off: Supercroc (2007), Transmorphers (2007), Wolvesbayne (2009), Paranormal Incident (2011), Sorority Party Massacre (2012), and Sharknado (2013)
After Face Off:  Rivers 9, which is currently in post-production and stars C. Thomas Howell, Elisabeth Rohm, Jamie Kennedy, Leslie Easterbrook, and Vinnie Jones.

Graham Schofield
Season 6 – 2014, Sixth Place
Before Face Off: “NCIS” from 2006-2007, The Midnight Meat Train (2008), and The Hills Run Red (2009)
After Face Off: Voodoo, a horror film still in production starring Samantha Stewart (“Days of Our Lives”) and porn star Ron Jeremy.

Michael DeFellipo

(Senior Editor)


Leave a Reply
  1. Fairly incomplete picture of what people have been doing before/after. For instance, Jerry is blowing up with his toy and collectibles company. I’d say based on IMDB alone (which is where this info all seems to come from) there is a whole other world of things going on. thanks for the mention though!

    • I think the author was trying to get across what they have done in their career field (as said in the article) as in makeup and special effects. Not other projects.

  2. Jerry Macaluso is a child molester and should be removed from all websites where people attempt to glorify him. he’s also a no-talent crook. And everybody knows it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.