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After nearly 40 years of excellent work, legendary special effects and make-up artist Rick Baker has announced plans to retire from filmmaking.

Perhaps best known to horror fans for his groundbreaking work on the John Landis’ classic An American Werewolf in London, Baker has done effects for dozens of films in various genres. Just some of Baker’s other films include The Funhouse, Ghost Story, Videodrome, Harry and the Hendersons, Gorillas in the Mist, Wolf, The Nutty Professor, Men in Black, The Ring, Tropic Thunder, The Wolf Man remake, and Michael Jackson’s classic Thriller video. You can check out his full list of credits here.

Rick Baker

As far as why he’s retiring, the now 64-year-old Baker cited the rise of CGI slowly but surely decreasing the need for his type of physical effects work, and the desire of production companies to get things done cheap and fast. Baker doesn’t want to work that way, and feels that it’s the right time to get out of the business.

Every horror fan – or even just film fan – owes Rick Baker respect and a debt of gratitude. We’ll leave you with the greatest werewolf transformation of all time.

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