August 27, 2012

Meet the Judges: Carlos Henriques (Sexy Zombie Contest)

With less than a week left to enter our Sexy Zombie Photo Contest, it's about time we introduce the judges who will be casting their votes for the semi-finalists in September.

Our first judge, or should I say "zombie sexpert", is none other than mask-maker, prop-builder, and special effects makeup whiz CARLOS HENRIQUES of The Butcher Shop.

Off his recent appearance in Fangoria #316, in which he showed readers how to make their own custom Leatherface mask, Carlos has just finished work on a fantastic new alien movie titled The Picco Incident for which he got to create a life size Alien, which was a dream come true for him.

Carlos has a new selection of masks available at, which he operates alongside partner Ryan Louagie. Carlos tells us that they'll soon be unveiling a new limited collector's mask involving a huge celebrity from one of the biggest horror movies ever created. Save to your favorites, horror fans. You're not going to want to miss it.

Judge Q & A

The Zed Word: What's your favorite type of zombie? Romero-type, rabid infected, irradiated ghoul, etc?

Carlos Henriques: I like the zombies in George Romero' s Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, Lucio Fulci' s Zombie, The Beyond and The House By the Cemetery, Burial Ground, The Blind Dead series, and Night of the Creeps.

ZW: From a special effects makeup point of view, what goes in to making a "hot zombie" ?

CH: A Hot Zombie, I would say, is a Zombie with character that sticks in your head long after the movie finishes aka Day of the Dead's Bub, Creepshow's Father's Day Nate Zombie, and/or Tom Savini' s Machete Zombie, though nothing too cheesy and obvious though like aka Doctor Zombie, Cheerleader Zombie or Clown Zombie (WAY TOO OBVIOUS and BORING!!)

ZW: You're working on one of your horror masks, and suddenly zombies attack! What's the first thing in reach you go for to defend yourself?

CH: I would grab one of the fake brains available from our website ( and throw them at the zombies to temporarilly distract them. By the time the zombies figure out the brains are fake, I would be in the clear...

Winners in our second annual Sexy Zombie Photo Contest, will walk away with bragging rights as 2012's SEXIEST FEMALE or FEMALE ZOMBIE and an awesome zombie prize pack including free admission to SHOCK STOCK: Canada's Filthiest Horror Convention in 2013 and a DVD copy of A Little Bit Zombie or Juan of the Dead!