At Vampire Squid, we like to celebrate those who toil behind the scenes to bring us the horror we crave. The name Greg Cannom may mean little to you, but we guarantee that you’re familiar with his work. With 3 Oscars on his shelf and 7 nominations, he’s worked on projects as diverse and successful as Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Titanic and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
But alongside this mainstream success, Cannom’s best work has often been on display in the horror genre. He won an academy award for his incredible practical effects work on Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (he had nothing to do with Keanu Reeves’ accent) and helped create makeup effects on many ’80s horror classics, including The Howling, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Lost Boys and Fright Night Part II.
In addition to these titles, you may well have seen his work in The Exorcist III, Alien 3, Hannibal (2001), Van Helsing and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Cannom’s outstanding contributions to cinema has been recognised this week, as he has been chosen to receive the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to one make-up artist and one hair stylist for career achievement, exceptional contributions to the motion picture arts and sciences or outstanding service to their union or the entertainment industry.”
Mary Guerreo will also be honoured at the ceremony on February 28.