Bela Lugosi life-sized sculpture by Mike Hill
You may recall that DM has previously featured the work of LA-based master sculptor Mike Hill, and his uncanny life-sized sculpt of FX pioneer Ray Harryhausen being served tea and cookies by his skeleton minions.
A close up of Nosferatu (or Count Orlok) sculpture by Mike Hill
Widely considered by his peers and fans as one of the greatest sculptors living today, Hill’s deep admiration for his ground-breaking predecessors such as Lon Chaney, Jack Pierce and Rick Baker (and their respective monsters), are brought back to life in his sculptures. Hill has created many sculptures based on the classic monsters created by his heroes like Frankenstein’s monster (based on Karloff’s portrayal in the 1931 film Frankenstein) or the Mummy (also famously played by Karloff in 1932’s The Mummy). Hill has even done life-sized sculptures of Baker (who’s still making monsters and is very much alive) and Pierce in action alongside their iconic, monstrous masterpieces.
Many images of Hill’s shockingly life-like sculptures that even when seen are hard to believe aren’t actually the real thing, follow.
Life-sized sculpture of makeup artist Jack Pierce putting the finishing touches on Boris Karloff for his role in the 1932 film, The Mummy
Life-sized sculpture of Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the Opera (1935)
Life-sized sculpture of FX artist Rick Baker helping actor David Naughton become a werewolf for 1981’s An American Werewolf in London
Life-sized sculpture of Regan MacNeil (played by Linda Blair) from The Exorcist (1973)
Life-sized sculpture of actress Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz
Close-up of the face of the life-sized sculpture of Christoper Lee from The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Life-sized sculpture of actor Creighton Tull Chaney (Lon Chaney, Jr.) as Larry Talbot, pre-wolfman. From the 1941 film, The Wolf Man
Life-sized sculpture of Lon Chaney Jr transformed into the Wolf Man
Life-sized sculpture of actor Ernest Thesiger as Septimus Pretorius from the 1935 film, Bride of Frankenstein
Face sculpture of Anthony Hopkins as the Wolfman from the 2010 film, The Wolfman
Life-sized sculpture of Boris Karloff in Jack Pierce’s makeup chair having tea (based on an actual photograph of Karloff on the set of 1935’s Bride of Frankenstein)
Life-sized sculpture of actress Elsa Lanchester as the Bride of the monster from the 1935 film, Bride of Frankenstein