Rick Baker At Work On The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

It is only the second day of October and already down here in the Retroist Vault we have to prime the heating system every night before we go to bed. It certainly seems like the Autumn People that Ray Bradbury wrote so eloquently about have arrived and are planning for a lengthy stay.

That’s okay because it helps to get one in the mood to celebrate all of the wonderful spooky things there are in the month of October, right? Like taking a look at the work of Special Make-Up Effects artist extraordinaire Rick Baker as he works on some of his designs for the various stages of liquefying for 1977’s The Incredible Melting Man!

Rick Baker - The Incredible Melting Man - Starlog

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These images are courtesy of Starlog #11 over at the Internet Archive which you can hop on over and read at your leisure, the interview with Baker begins on page 66 but has all manner of awesome interviews with other Make-Up Effects artists like Stuart Freeborn (Star Wars) and John Chambers (The Island of Dr. Moreau).

Rick Baker on Gorillas

Meet Rick Baker. Rick is one of the most famous men ever in the history of movie special effects. He’s worked on hundreds of films, starting out making the masks for the original Star Wars Cantina and continuing to create creepy creatures even today.

Baker has always been fascinated with gorillas, and has both created and played some of the most infamous apes to have appeared on screen over the past forty years. A few of the ones he created included King Kong (both the 1976 and 2005 versions), Sidney in The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Mighty Joe Young, all the masks in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, and the gorilla’s close cousin, Harry from Harry and the Hendersons.