LA Horror Presents: Lior Molcho

WHO:  Lior Molcho, Make-up artist



“A Nightmare on Elm Street”

“Friday the 13th:  The Final Chapter”











How many horror films have you seen without any gore?  Sure, they’re out there, but they are few and far between.  Violence is to horror as kissing is to romantic comedies.  Lior Molcho knows all too well about gore in the movies and takes pride in being the artist behind it.  He started covering his parents in blood and guts at the tender age of 12.

“I grew up in Israel, so there were no make-up schools, no horror movies…I just watched a lot of horror movies on video.  I really liked Tom Savini’s horror films…I just wanted to get into that.  I had my parents bring me materials and books from the States, actually,” Molcho told








Yet, one thing that wasn’t available commercially in Israel was latex, the main ingredient of many make-up designs.  And due to the fact that latex was not allowed on planes, Molcho’s family had to get creative in acquiring it.

“When I was, I guess, like, 12 or 13, I went with my mom to a condom factory and we just asked them to fill up some coke bottles with latex…they didn’t even charge us; it was, like, the weirdest thing,” Molcho recalled laughing.











Now those are some cool parents.  As Molcho got older, he worked on many projects in Israel, including over 200 music videos.  Within the last year, he’s brought his work to Los Angeles to show people what he can do.  The results?  Well, see for yourself in this disgusting and hilarious music video directed by Molcho for the band, “The Active Set.”

“We had ‘dying’ in the title—we had Halloween coming up, we figured hey, lets do a horror zombie kind of thing…We had less than an afternoon to shoot the whole thing,” Molcho said.  And in that afternoon, Molcho and guts supplier and fellow make up artist, Walt Phelan, created, arguably, the best and zaniest zombie music video ever.

Molcho explained, “It was kind of disturbing, but a lot of fun!”  Kind of disturbing?  An understatement.  He’s just being modest…

Make-up for all photos featured by Lior Molcho.  If you are in need of a make-up artist in the LA area, you can contact Molcho at

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