In a thirty-plus year career, Mark Shostrom has worked with some of the most accomplished directors in modern horror and fantasy cinema. Assisting the likes of John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, David Cronenberg, Wes Craven, Stuart Gordon, Don Coscarelli, Tobe Hooper and Sean Cunningham to realize their celluloid nightmares, Mark has established himself as one of the premier special makeup effects artists of his generation.
Captivated at an early age by the iconic image of Boris Karloff's monster after watching The Bride of Frankenstein, Mark began to teach himself the rudiments of makeup with only a few books and some Max Factor greasepaint and nose putty. At age 13, a chance meeting with Evelyn Karloff, widow of Boris, cemented his desire to become a makeup artist.
From humble beginnings assisting Rick Baker on David Cronenberg's visionary sci-fi horror masterpiece Videodrome, to his signature work on Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II, Mark has been responsible for masterminding illusions for some of the most daring and memorable horror films of the last three decades. He designed the standout sequence for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, as well as the many surreal manifestations of Dr. Pretorious in Stuart Gordon's highly regarded classic From Beyond. The latter earned him his first Saturn Award nomination.
For his combined efforts on Evil Dead II and the terror opus A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Mark enjoyed the rare honor of achieving two Saturn Award nominations in the same year. A fourth Saturn Award nomination came the following year with his work on Phantasm II, creating as well as co-directing the Tall Man's spectacular melting sequence.
After joining the makeup union, Mark resumed his association with Oscar winning effects artist Rick Baker on such films as The Devil's Advocate, Men In Black, Life and The Grinch. For his television work on The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Trek: Voyager, Mark received four Emmy nominations in four years, winning with three of them.