Sweet Spooks: ‘Masque of the Red Death’ SFX Run ThroughΒ 

Well, I’m still down for the count with my knee injury. πŸ˜”

It seems to be improving, just at a really slow rate right now. Hopefully I’ll be much much better this time next week. Fingers crossed!πŸ€πŸ˜†πŸ€

The last few days I haven’t done much outside of sleeping, but I did find the energy Sunday night to do a SFX makeup! πŸŽ‰

I haven’t done one in a while and I figured I’d work with the mask I had already prepped and the new liquid latex I just bought! ☺️

This was the result:

Overall, effective but not entirely what I had hoped as far as dimension goes. The major issue here was getting that mask to sit flush with my face. Not at all possible as it had very little give and would just pull the latex adhesive off from underneath (serious ouch for me mind you😣). 

For as lovely as that mask was to work with in prepping, it was a pain to try to negotiate with on my face. πŸ˜‚β˜ΊοΈ This look would have been way better had I used the elastic band to hold it in place, and worked the edges around that. Which would be possible if! It wasn’t so hard to see once it was on ☺️ lol! 

The edging was done with liquid latex and paper towels and quickly turned into a mess as I couldn’t tell how much blood was being added. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ» yes, this wasn’t the easiest or my best endeavor lol. 

Overall, it looked okay, but I would definitely do a few things differently:

  • Use the flimsy plastic masks in prep as those are way more malleable and would probably be easier to adhere.
  • Consider using blackout contacts for things like this- or discover a much better, sheer black fabric for use! ☺️
  • Buildup the edges more and use scab or gel blood to reduce that weird muddling you see on my cheeks there lol

I really love the idea though! And the name seems fitting 😏 (Shout out to EA-Poe!) but I’d approach it a little differently in the future. ☺️


Not my best work but still a lot of fun! I had the #mask laying about already waxed in red and wanted to test out the new #liquidlatex I bought! Overall, worth it at least for that! ☺️ I also learned that even though these primed thicker #masquerade masks are awesome quality, they don't mold to your face very well at all, and with all the #blood I dripped with limited vision, this just became a soggy, loose fitting mess lol! ☺️ still lots of fun. Thoughts? I'd do this again with one of the light weight flimsy plastic masks for sure. I think it'd sit better and flush with my face a whole lot better. #sfx #specialfx #specialeffects #makeup #beauty #horror #masque #cosmetics #diy #halloween #love #fall #autumn #scary #gore #goreporn #selfie #instavideo #cinderella #disney #disneyside

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So! What do you think? You know I love your comments. πŸ’œ





  1. I absolutely love this, has this masquerade gone plague vibe that is super fun! I wish I had an ounce of talent for special effects makeup, lol

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    • β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œπŸ˜€ thank you!! ☺️ I definitely know what you mean as it just came out so gorey, I thought this is maybe something the nobleman throwing the party in Poe’s story would have seen coming towards him in the end! πŸ˜†πŸ’œ
      Aw! You can totally do this stuff! If I can you certainly can! The best part is that it’s one hobby that’s a blast to learn! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  2. I love these SFX posts you do! Would it be ok if I wrote a post telling people to come check them out? I’d need to snag a couple of your photos for it, but they’d all link back to you.if not, no worries πŸ™‚

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    • β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œβ˜ΊοΈ thank you, Jeanette!! I’m so humbled that you and others like it! It’s really the only reason why I’ve decided to continue doing it- that support is the boss stuff!! πŸ’œπŸ˜†β˜ΊοΈπŸŽƒ
      Of course!!! πŸ˜€ I’d be honored to be a part of that and I’d greatly appreciate it too! You’re welcome to use whichever photos you’d like from the blog and my Instagram!! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œπŸŽ‰πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ I look forward to seeing it and I’ll end up sharing it on my Facebook and Insta as well… Sharing your post on my post… Inception!πŸ˜‚β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œπŸŽƒ

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    • I love it!! πŸ˜€β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œπŸ˜† thank you for the honor of being mentioned on your blog! πŸŽƒβ˜ΊοΈ I hope you don’t mind, I linked that to Facebook and if it’s okay, I’d like to screen shot it and share it on Instagram too! If not, that’s okay, but if so, do you have a handle there so I can tag you?! πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰

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      • YES! So happy you’re happy!! You can do what you like with the post, but I don’t have Instagram, and I’m not really on Facebook anymore.

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      • Huzzah!! πŸ˜†πŸŽ‰ aw that’s okay, I linked back on Facebook and I’ll do the same on Instagram! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

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  3. Nice work on using practical materials! I can’t stand digital graphics in movies, especially in horror related material.

    The Masque of the Red Death is an interesting poem. I read it a handful of years ago and wondered how I never came across it earlier — the poem could have a different name — but I’m not certain about that.

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    • Thank you!!β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜€ πŸŽƒ I know what you mean! It’s such a cop out to do the digital thing, when even the crappiest SFX look way better!
      Masque is one of my faves from Poe! I’ve always wanted to have a party like that… You know… Minus the hemorrhagic fever and all lol! πŸ˜‚

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      • I’m sure you watched The Thing, right? I like the effects in that movie. Phantasm is alright, but it has some digital effects.

        What? No hemorrhagic fever? That’s when the true party begins! Haha

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      • The new Thing or old Thing? I was deterred by the newer one honestly. I really love monster movies that have an actual SFX monster in it. ☺️ even if it looks awful, I applaud there being a guy in a suit blindly taking cues and stomping about lol
        That’s true! I’m almost certain there’s a cocktail out there called the Hemorrhagic Fever lol if there isn’t I’m going to invent it! β˜ΊοΈπŸŽ‰πŸ˜†πŸŽƒ

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      • The one I’m referring to has Kurt Russel in it. I seen parts of the new one, but it doesn’t have the same look or feel — the computer graphics ruined the newer version.

        I’m sure Poe would have indulged in such a magical potion!

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      • Ah, yes, it’s a classic! πŸ˜€I think I’ve seen the edited for tv version. Never bothered with the new one. πŸ˜” I don’t think it was received well in theaters either… I don’t remember.
        Cgi is what’s wrong with a lot of films. Sometimes it’s necessary like, blowing up a city or sinking a ship etc, but cgi monsters and effects is such a cop out to me yknow? πŸ˜’
        Right?! He was a drunk. He’d have appreciated it. 😏😌🍷

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