By Liana Jacob
THIS STUNNING woman brings nightmares to life as she shapeshifts into iconic movie icons like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas as well as Freddy Krueger and Pennywise the clown.
Terrifying pictures show freelance makeup artist, Maritza Petrick (21), from Illinois, USA, transform into horror characters like the sinister Pennywise Clown from IT and Jason from Friday the 13th.
Further pictures show Maritza as Sally and Jack Skellington from the iconic film Nightmare Before Christmas, a demon pumpkin, and another shows her as a possessed Regan MacNeil played by Linda Blair from The Exorcist.
Other pictures see her transform into a living Voodoo Doll, a woman with missing eyes, and Faun (Pale Man) from Pan’s Labyrinth.
Maritza first discovered her talent with SFX makeup while working at her first job at an amusement park where she would paint faces of the visitors. She quit her regular job to pursue her dream of becoming a makeup artist.
“I wanted to take these famous characters that everyone knows and put a twist to them to make them more Halloween themed,” Maritza said.
“So, for the Snow White look I did a scary mouth since in the story she took a bite of a poisonous apple.
“This hobby has helped me in my personal and professional life because it made me realise that this is something I want to do long term as my career.
“I first got into makeup during my senior year of high school and was introduced to special effects at my first job.
“I worked at an amusement park doing face painting and during the Halloween season I would create fake wounds for the public.
“I recently quit my job to pursue my love for makeup – it has been going very well and I’ve never been happier.
“I wouldn’t say I always had this talent; it’s something I have spent a lot of time practicing and trying to perfect. I wasn’t that good when I first started but I loved it and practiced as much as I could.
“I love special effects because you can create anything you want and transform yourself or someone else to look totally different and unrecognisable. The possibilities are endless, and you can bring your crazy thoughts to life.”
Her hobby has brought to life lovable characters in fairy tale, Disney and horror movies which inspire her for her next look.
Typically spending around four hours for each look, Maritza has spent over £3.8K ($5K) on her makeup and equipment.
With over 12K followers on Instagram (@maritza_alis), her work has received positive feedback from the public.
“I get a lot of inspiration from movies like Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, The Exorcist etc. A lot of inspiration also comes from Instagram and YouTube,” she said.
“I follow a lot of people that have similar interests as me from all over the world. There are so many creative minds out there with mind-blowing work.
“Also, just using your imagination when creating these looks opens up endless possibilities; you can make up a creature that doesn’t exist and turn it into a cool SFX look.
“The longest I’ve spent on a look is probably four or five hours. Sometimes I will do more than one look in a day so will spend up to twelve hours doing three different looks.
“The first special effects look I did on myself was the Joker smile; using liquid latex, tissue and fake blood.
“I do have a lot of ideas I want to try out in the future. I want to try new things a new technique to take my makeup looks to the next level, there is so much more for me to learn about special effects and I can’t wait to learn more and continue to get better.
“I get a lot of nice comments from people especially on social media; I appreciate all of the love I receive on my looks.
“It means so much to me that people love to see my work and wait for me to post my new looks, it is so encouraging and uplifting.”