Gouged Eyeballs, Mutilated Hands: Marc Clancy Is A Dark Master Of Gruesome & Grisly Special Effects

Where was Marc Clancy when I needed him at Halloween last year? Clancy is a self-taught makeup artist who specializes in horribly bloody and macabre special effects. He has a YouTube channel Powdah FX where he gives tutorials along with an Instagram page where he posts the results of his grisly makeup art.

Scrolling down the page is like looking at some kind of hospital ward from a war zone or the mutilated cast of a horror movie. There are sliced fingers, compound fractures, gouged eyeballs, zombie fingernails, skin lacerations, torn lips, severed bones, and fleshy ligaments on show.

It's not for the faint hearted. In fact, you may well find yourself retching as you scroll through some of the very realistic-looking makeup. This is old school practical effects, done with seriously good craft and skill.

The makeup art is just a hobby for Clancy, who is a graphic designer by trade. In an interview with Hauntopolis Clancy reveals some of the materials he uses to create the effects:

Well I’ve used banana as body fat, red wool/yarn as vein work, I use bees wax a lot to create prosthetic bone, red fringing from the bottom of curtains to create streams of blood, I’ve injected latex with hair gel to create blisters, I’ve filled wounds with just about everything most people would put on their toast in the morning.

You can check out some of his stomach-churning work below. Find more on his Facebook or Instagram.

MAKEUP Got this horrible 'pane' in my eye. So the last makeup with the prelude to this infliction using @smoothon dragon skin for the prosthetic and the ultimate wound and blood kits for details. The glass shard comes as part of the wound kit. Thanks again @rowetrad Coloured with @ppipremiereproducts #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua
Eye can't sleep #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua
***NOSE & SCAR WAX CLASS #2*** If you would like to come and make gore with me, I'll be teaching people how to use nose and scar wax to create open wounds, exposed joints and muscles. This Sat 7th Nov at Scotty's Make-up & Beauty Fitzroy store. Find out more: @scottys_makeup Book: 03 9416 1714 / [email protected] #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua
Practice run. Meat hook prop made with pigmented polymorph plastic and magnets with a foam tip. I can't wait to incorporate this into a make up #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua
Just feeding the cats. Here's the final result of the 3rd degree sculpt #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua #halloween #costume
MAKEUP Worksites aren't always safe places a.k.a. Screwy eye #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua
MAKEUP: Longitudinal volar incision. I've been playing around with some new materials recently to try and recreate carpal ligaments and tendons. #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua
Just a heads up! For those of you in Melbourne Australia I'll be teaching an exclusive FX Nose & Scar Wax Class at @scottys_makeup next weekend. Come and get covered in blood and gore with us. Places are limited // Call 03 9416 1714 or email [email protected] to book your place. #scottysmakeup #powdahfx #sfx #specialfx #fxmakeup #promakeup
When people ask me what books or things to read to get in to SFX I'd say invest some time and money in good anatomical books and reference material. Also, go back and try old makeups to see how you'd approach them differently 12 months later with that knowledge. These makeups are exactly one year apart. #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua
Texture experiments with pigmented silicone from @alconeco , scar wax from @mehronaustralia and alcohol paints by @europeanbodyart I never consider these final makeups but love just messing around with new products to see what comes out. #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua
Chopped face (Ok last photo, promise!) Just love how the lighting came out in this shot. #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #mua #prop #axe #horror #blood
Nasty closeup. For the people that messaged me the maggots are hand rolled leftover beeswax from a candle. Glued in place with prosaide. This makeup also contains some banana to make the wound look extra gross. Also, sorry if you are eating when this image pops up. #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #mua
Crushed index finger using beeswax bone #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #mua #notreal
'He had to split.' Testing out the new Kryolan scar wax by creating a super quick face slice with knife prop. So far it seems really sticky and harder to use than Ben Nye wax. #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #mua #notreal
So 12 months ago today I posted the sliced finger makeup. Some say it's the modern day zipper face. *proud moment* ? I had no idea this would be the most reproduced makeup I've created #specialfx #specialeffects #specialeffectsmakeup #sfx #sfxmakeup #fxmakeup #fx #makeup #makeupartist #mua #imageoftheday