Kevin Yagher

By Michael Corvin

He was born in 1962 and became one of Hollywood’s biggest names in
special effects make-up. His name is Kevin Yagher and although he may
not have made his name a household brand such as a Rick Baker or Stan
Winston, you have without a doubt seen his work. Just some of the films his
work has appeared in are Starship Troopers, The Seventh Sign, A Night-
mare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, The Phantom of the Opera and
Childs Play.

His body of work also reaches outside of the horror genre with such funny
films as Honey I Blew Up the Kid and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. His
work can be even seen in the action movies Mission Impossible 2 and Enemy of
the State. Kevin was even the man behind the director’s chair for the horror movie
Hellraiser 4: Bloodline although he is credited as Alan Smithee in the film.

Kevin’s talents can be seen as the make-up artist for Freddy Krueger for both
Nightmare 4 and Freddy’s TV series Freddy’s Nightmares, both in 1988. Kevin is
also the man who created the Crypt Keeper puppet for the TV series Tales From
The Crypt. Known as one of the world’s more known puppets ever created maybe
next to Kermit, the Crypt Keeper himself was brought to life by a series of puppet-
eers who made a mere doll the star of his own TV series for HBO in the late 1980’s
and early 90’s.

However no puppet, make-up or special effect could match one
creation of Kevin Yagher that maybe stood out as his most defini-
tive creation…… Chucky! The two foot star of the Child’s Play films
was the most real, living doll ever created for any film before or
after Child’s Play. What Kevin did with the Chucky doll to bring the
little killer to life was nothing less than amazing. Working with mas-
ter puppeteer Brock Winkless, the two pulled off the most astoni-
shing effects in puppetry ever seen and truly hit their apex with the
film Bride of Chucky. Here the miniature killer and his insane living doll bride Tiffany, carry the movie as
though they were truly alive. To see this movie and its effects, it’s almost hard to believe that the two doll
are not really alive.

Other films in Kevin’s stockpile are Cherry 2000, Trick or Treat, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and the
1987 sci/fi classic The Hidden. As one of Hollywood’s leading make-up artists, Kevin will continue to bring
the world new and wonderful creatures and other nasty things that go bump in the night. So the next time
you see a killer doll, a burn man with razor fingers or a body jumping alien, chances are that it just may be
one of Kevin Yagher’s creatures lurking from out of the shadows.
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