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Horror Art: The make-up and photography of San Gato Photography, Part 3

November 23, 2013

The make-up and photography of San Gato Photography, Part 1

Today I continue to promote a friend and talented up-and-coming horror make-up/photographer.  Her work will be presented in this series of posts.  But if you can’t wait to see all of her work now, then you can find her on San Gato Photography (@SanGatoPhoto on Twitter) or her website  You can read more about her in this article:,7849.

Today I wanted to feature some of her photos.  I thought I’d also give a made-up title along with my 100% UNsolicited opinion of each photo and hope that my jokes or comments don’t annoy the artist.  I should add that the lovely lady in the photos is, in fact, the artist and that I have been given permission to use these images.



Remember back when vampires were repelled by crucifixes?  Somewhere between True Blood and Blade they seem to have become immune to a lot of the classic weaknesses.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Vampires are like Superman–just loaded with fancy abilities!  Still I think that vampires sort of got the shaft when horrorsmiths were doling out weaknesses.  I wouldn’t call a stake to the heart, drowning, fire or decapitation a “weakness” per se–that would kill anything except for most undead.  But silver, garlic, holy symbols/water, running water and the whole invitation thing?  Well there goes sensibly priced jewelry, Italian food, giving your bride that church wedding she dreamed about, skinny dipping and party-crashing.  That’s like saying “there goes fun.”  And whereas Blade and the Daybreakers can go where they want, when they want sans invitation, our artist has gone classic Vampire chic with this image and I appreciate it!



Speaking of Blade, here our artist looks like she was auditioning for Traci Lords’ part in the opening scene of the movie.  This smacks of the first contemporary vampire movies of the 80s when the vamps were actually cool and sexy like Fright Night (1985), Vamp (1986) and The Lost Boys (1987)–unlike the overdressed, pale-faced, thickly accented European lords of the manner of prior decades.  This vamp needs no invitation and left the “classics” dead in the past along with their lame weaknesses.

demon nurse masked


We all like to think that we’d get the hot nurse if we ever had a hospital stay, right?  Maybe one that goes for the smoky eyes look?

demon nurse

You may feel a little pinch

This make-up is just plain fun and, for my money, feels worthy of ScyFy’s FaceOff competition.  Nurses are fun horror mechanisms.  I’m reminded of the Twilight Zone episode The Eye of the Beholder and the Silent Hill movies.  Both attractive in some respects, very much NOT in others.

The make-up and photography of San Gato Photography, Part 1

The make-up and photography of San Gato Photography, Part 2

The make-up and photography of San Gato Photography, Part 4 [TBA]

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2013 1:17 pm

    Scary nurse…

    • johnleavengood permalink
      November 23, 2013 10:01 pm

      That was one of her first and maybe my favorite.

  2. Victor De Leon permalink
    February 24, 2015 5:51 pm

    Holy crap. I hope I can sleep tonight.

    • John Leavengood permalink
      February 25, 2015 9:50 am

      She’s good, isn’t she?

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