Chris Walas

Chris Walas
Born Christopher James Walas
c. 1955
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Make-up artist

Chris Walas (born 1955) is an American special effects/make-up artist and film director.


His main body of work is with special effects in a wide variety of movies from science fiction to action-adventure. His work on The Fly led to his directorial debut on The Fly II.[1] He also won an Academy Award for Special Effects Make-up on The Fly and is well known for his creation of the Gremlins. Walas was also partially responsible for creating the famous sequence in Raiders of the Lost Ark when the Nazis melt from the intense heat created by the Ark of the Covenant. Walas created false heads for Ronald Lacey, Wolf Kahler, and Paul Freeman.


Special effects

2002 Dark Heaven designer: angels
1991 Curse III: Blood Sacrifice monster design
Naked Lunch special effects and monster design
1990 Arachnophobia creature effects supervisor
1989 The Fly II effects designer and creator: Chris Walas Inc.
1987 House II: The Second Story makeup and creature effects designer
1986 The Fly creature effects
1985 Enemy Mine aliens creator and designer: Chris Walas Inc.
special creature makeup and effects director: Chris Walas Inc.
1984 Gremlins creator: Gremlins
1983 Return of the Jedi creature consultant
1981 Dragonslayer close-up dragon: ILM
1980 Airplane! special projects
Humanoids from the Deep special effects (uncredited)
1979 Up from the Depths special effects
1978 Piranha special properties


1995 Jade special makeup effects
Virtuosity special makeup effects
1989 Tales from the Crypt: "The Switch" special makeup effects
1985 Enemy Mine special makeup effects
1984 Gremlins special makeup effects
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark special makeup effects: ILM
Caveman creator: abominable snowman
Scanners special makeup effects
1980 Galaxina special makeup effects
1979 Something Waits in the Dark (later known as Screamers) special makeup effects, U.S. filmed additions to L'isola degli uomini pesce

Visual effects

2002 Dark Heaven visual effects


1992 The Vagrant
1989 Tales from the Crypt: "'Til Death"
The Fly II


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