The name Rick Baker carries a lot of weight in the makeup effects world, and the horror genre in general. Baker is an absolute legend, having won the very first Best Makeup Oscar for An American Werewolf in London, and following that win up with six more for Harry and the Hendersons, Ed Wood, The Nutty Professor, Men in Black, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Wolfman!
It goes without question that Baker is one of the all-time greats and his career is being celebrated this year with a deluxe two-volume set explores the seven-time Academy Award–winner’s 40-year journey as a special makeup effects artist. "From the gory zombies of Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" and the staggeringly lifelike Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons to the creative builds in Men in Black and the groundbreaking effects in An American Werewolf in London, Rick Baker’s special effects, makeup, and prosthetics count among some of Hollywood’s most enduring achievements." "This deluxe, two-volume set is replete with more than 1,000 four-color images and original sketches. It covers the makeup artist’s 40-plus year career in which he’s earned seven Academy Awards, one Emmy, and three British Academy Film Awards, among numerous others."
Published by Cameron Books, Metamorphosis was written by J.W. Rinzler, and features essays from John Landis, Peter Jackson and the late Dick Smith.