Iconic Special Effects Artist & Director Robert Hall Interview Confirmed for Days of the Dead Atlanta





In the last sixteen years Robert Hall has become one of the most popular and prolific special effects makeup artists in Hollywood. Hall and his studio, Almost Human, have been responsible for creating some of the most horrifying and photo-realistic effects work in film and television.

Hall’s creatures were featured weekly the phenomenally successful cult series’ Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He also did subtle aging prosthetics on S. Epatha Merkerson for HBO’s Lackawanna Blues. The film was nominated for an Emmy for Best Makeup.

Originally born In Detroit, Hall began his career as a youngster in Alabama, buying makeup and materials at the local Wal-Mart for his friends’ Halloween makeups. While his friends were out playing sports, Hall was busy messing up his face in the mirror, getting tips from horror magazines such as Fangoria. In 1992, at the age of 18 and fed up with his job as a chicken deboner for Tyson Chicken, he traveled more than 300 miles to Selma, Alabama, where he impressed Tom Burman and talked him into hiring Hall to work as an assistant makeup effects artist on Abel Ferrara’s Body Snatchers.

Hall remembers thinking, “Wow, I get paid to do this?” So with that enthusiasm and love for the craft, he continued to take risks in pursuit of his passion. With less than $100 dollars in his pocket, 19-year-old Hall packed his bags and moved to Hollywood.

In 1996, Hall decided it was time to step out on his own and set up his own studio. With the company’s name pulled from the title of a KISS song, Almost Human special effects makeup studio was born.

In the early stages of the company, Hall worked with extremely small budgets on over 30 film and TV projects for the legendary Roger Corman’s Concorde Productions. He directed the documentaryBehind the Sting” starring Adam West for Corman and considers himself a graduate of the “Roger Corman School of Film.” Robert Hall and his Almost Human Inc has created FX makeup for films such as The Crazies, Devil, Vacancy, Super Bad, Prom Night, Pineapple Express, Paranormal Activity 2, and Quarantine.

In 2005 Hall made his writing and directorial feature film debut with Lightning Bug starring Bret Harrison (Reaper) Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show), Hal Sparks (Queer As Folk), Kevin Gage (Heat), and Lucas Till (X Men: First Class) and Ashley Laurence (Hellraiser).

The semi-autobiographical tale won several top awards at film festivals including “Best Of Show” at the Trenton Film Festival and The George Lindsay Film Festival. It was also a “Festival Favorite” at the prestigious Philadelphia Film Fest where it broke the attendance records as the most attended film in the festival’s thirteen year history.

The film was distributed courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Home entertainment and has become an underground cult classic. Robert Hall’s sophomore directing endeavor (and his first horror film) Laid To Rest was released By Starz/Anchor Bay on April 21st 2009 and starred Lena Headey (300), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm St), Jonathon Schaech (Prom Night), Kevin Gage (Heat), Sean Whalen (People Under The Stairs) and veteran actor Richard Lynch. The film graced the cover of Fangoria Magazine and has been hailed as having some of the “Most Realistic Kills Ever”. In 2009 Robert Hall directed the web series “Fear Clinic” for FearNet and starring Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) It has since become the “Most watched Horror Web Series In History” with almost 4 million hits and is currently in the process of being made into a feature film with Hall directing.

Most recently Hall wrote and directed ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 starring Brain Austin Green (Deperate Housewives), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm St), Danielle Harris ( Halloween, Hatchet) Gail O’ Grady (Nypd Blue), and Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist). The film will be released by Image Entertainment on Sept 20 2011.

Hall has directed music videos for the bands Drivin N’ Cryin, Buckcherry, Powerman 5000, and In This Moment. rde Productions” including Alien Avengers II (aka Aliens Among Us), The Sea Wolf and The Doorway.


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Additional Credits (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Laid to Rest: Exhumed * – Writer/directorDry County Films llc
  • Lightning Bug * – Writer/ DirectorBased on actual events
  • Laid to Rest * – Director/WriterStarz
  • Teen Wolf * – DirectorMTV
  • Teen Wolf “Frayed” * – DirectorMTV
  • “Teen Wolf” Season 3 * – 2nd unit DirectorMTV
  • Fear Clinic * – DirectorChiller/ FearNet

Education & Training (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Roger Corman School of Film * – BSA in micro budget filmmaking and directing1998Venice, CA

Additional Awards (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • The Grimmy Awards * – Best Slasher Film2009
  • The Streamy Awards * – Best Visual Effects2010
  • The Ariel Awards – Mexico * – Best special effects (nomination)2013