20. The Pale Man (Doug Jones)
The 2006 Spanish-Mexican film Pan’s Labyrinth established contortionist Doug Jones as one of the hardest-working men in horror. Not only did he play the iconic Pale Man, he also played the Faun, both of which required five hours of makeup. And Jones had to learn all his lines in Spanish too!
19. Pyramid Head (Roberto Campanella)
To recreate the famous video game villain Pyramid Head in live-action, the producers of 2006’s Silent Hill turned to choreographer/actor Roberto Campanella. Campanella spent three hours every day getting into the prosthetics and makeup needed to play the monstrous being – and then he did it all again for Silent Hill: Revelation!
18. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (Ricou Browning)
Lots of people have portrayed the Gill-man, aka the Creature from the Black Lagoon, from the famous 1954 movie of the same title. But the only actor to play him more than once is underwater stuntman Ricou Browning, who donned the suit for all the famous movie monster’s aquatic scenes.
17. The Xenomorph (Bolaji Badejo)
The Xenomorph from 1979’s Alien looks so, well, alien that it’s hard to believe any human was underneath it. But there was – Nigerian art student Bolaji Badejo. Badejo’s immense height made him perfect for the role, but sadly Alien was his only movie. He passed away in 1993, aged just 39.
16. The Torn Prince (Craig Olejnik)
The 2001 remake of Thirteen Ghosts was slated for pretty much everything except for its makeup, which was pretty impressive. In fact, we bet fans of the TV show The Listener wouldn’t even be able to tell at first glance that behind the Torn Prince’s makeup was that show’s lead, Craig Olejnik.