Roy Wooley is a special effects makeup artist with more than 20 years of experience. He grew up in Alabama where his father was a coal miner and a preacher who hoped his son would choose a similarly stable profession. But after Roy sneaked in to see “An American Werewolf in London,” he fell in love with special effects makeup and the creation of characters. Roy’s mother has always been one of his biggest supporters; she put up with monsters lurking around her house for many years. Since there weren’t any FX schools for Roy to attend, he relied on tutorial videos, books and his innate artistic talent to develop his craft.
When Roy moved to Georgia in 1998, he took a job at Netherworld Haunted House where he established and now runs the makeup department. He works year-round on feature films while doing creature fabrication for Netherworld, which has become one of the country’s leading haunted attractions. In August 2012, he began competing on SyFy’s special effects competition show “Face Off.” His creations quickly became fan favorites, and he even earned a permanent spot in the Star Wars universe when he co-created a creature for the Mos Eisley cantina during his first spotlight challenge.
Over the last 17 years, Roy has been key in helping to develop one of the haunt industries best make-up departments. Netherworld is known as one of the top haunted houses in the country. Today, Roy continues to work for Netherworld while also making masks, prosthetics and props for the haunted house trade. He enjoys being an instructor at conventions and workshops; teaching others who also have the desire to make monsters. Roy also finds time to create make-ups for low budget films, build custom props and costumes, and airbrush body art for fashion shows, parties and print.