'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Star Cameos in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'?
No, that's not Freddy Krueger in photo (nor is it a burned version of Burgermeister Meisterburger from "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"), but there's a charming, cool story about how a star from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street came to have a role in Star Trek Into Darkness. If you go to the IMDb profile of Heather Langenkamp, the lead from the classic Wes Craven horror film, you'll see that she has a credit as a character named Moto in the J.J. Abrams directed sequel. But if you don't remember who the hell that character is (pictured above), you're not alone. That's why StarTrek.com (via Movies.com) looked into it and came out with a touching tale of how Langenkamp in the alien creation came to be. Read on!
Sometime in the late 90s, Langenkamp and her husband founded AFX Studios, which specializes in make-up effects. Since then, the small business has had their work featured in some pretty big movies like Dawn of the Dead, Cabin in the Woods and Evan Almighty. Part of that job occasionally includes wearing some of the make-up and creature creations, which is something that is actually comforting. She says:
"…doing makeup parts, where you’re wearing makeup that totally covers your head, hair and neck, it’s very comforting for an actress of my age. The older you get, you just find your vanity creeping into the way you imagine yourself. So, when I got a chance to wear this kind of makeup it was actually really liberating. You don’t worry about anything except your character and being on time."
Such was the case with this little role in Star Trek Into Darkness. Her company was commissioned to work on some of the physical aliens in the film (they actually made the make-up for the white-faced aliens in the opening action sequence), and so their creations appear throughout the film. This one particular creation was the work of a sculptor that wasn't made for a specific film, and it just sat of a shelf for awhile. However, after fighting with cancer, the sculptor passed away, giving the company a new drive to get one of their shelved pieces on the big screen. The name of that sculptor was Moto, and that's the name of the alien character. And when you see that character, it's Heather Langenkamp paying tribute to a great artist. Cool?
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That is awesome. While pleanty of debate exist about Into Darkness being a good film of not its hard to ignore the awesomeness of this story.
Xerxexx on Nov 15, 2013
Agreed. I liked the film myself, and while I can understand if others did not, I felt that that some went overboard with the amount of venom directed at the film. And for some to call it "the worst TREK film ever"...even worse than ST V or ST: NEMESIS? Now THAT is really stretching it.
Scopedog on Nov 17, 2013
I most definitely agree. How you been?
Xerxexx on Nov 17, 2013
I've been busy working on illustration commissions and a friend's comic short. Strangely enough, I have to say that I've seen more movies in the theater this year than I have in recent years. Pretty much liked or loved all of them.
Scopedog on Nov 18, 2013
Xerxexx on Nov 18, 2013
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Brandt Hardin on Nov 15, 2013
Very slow movie news day.....yeah.
PikeyOneil on Nov 16, 2013
Now this is a good story! She is a sweet heart!
Jimmy Love on Nov 17, 2013
I thought she looked familiar.
Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Nov 19, 2013
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