September 19, 2014

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Stylist has hair-raising acting experience

Cristin Schlauch, 25, is a Medina resident and hair designer at VCS Salon in Medina.

Cristin Schlauch, 25, is a Medina resident and hair designer at VCS Salon in Medina.

Some people say they’ve seen a ghost. But who can say they’ve been a ghost?

Cristin Schlauch can.

Schlauch, 25, a Medina resident and hair designer at VCS Salon in Medina, was cast as a ghost in “Fear Clinic,” the horror movie filmed in Medina last December and starring Robert Englund, famous for his role as Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

“It all started when I colored Angelina Armani’s hair,” Schlauch said, referring to one of the actors in the movie. “I made her a platinum blonde. She said she preferred being a golden blonde, but she posted a note on Twitter saying I did a good job.”

VCS staff provided hair services for the cast of “Fear Clinic” as well as relaxing massage therapy for the crew, who worked long hours on the set.

Former Medina resident and the film’s line producer, Bill Baker, was responsible for bringing the movie to Medina as well as involving VCS.

“Bill is a VCS customer,” said Schlauch, adding the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce also recommended the salon to the film’s producers.

“We were invited to one of their cast parties,” Schlauch said, “and that’s when the director, Robert Hall, told me he liked my look and that I would make a cool ghost.”

But before casting Schlauch in the role, Hall requested permission from Schlauch’s VCS supervisors, Coleen Morlock, Lucy Mahoney and Mary Kay Hallas.

“They were very excited for me and said yes,” Schlauch said.

Hall introduced Schlauch to the movie’s special effects department, where staff discussed her ghostly makeup.

“They told me I would be the ghost of a gunshot victim,” Schlauch said, “That’s all I knew.”

In the late afternoon of Dec. 20, Schlauch got the call to report to the set at the former Pythian Sisters Home on North Huntington Street in Medina.

“I was really nervous, but excited,” she said.

It wasn’t the first time Schlauch tried her hand at acting.

“I was in a Georgio’s Pizza commercial when I was 19, but only because I was an employee of the company,” he said. “I’ve never wanted to be an actor by any means.”

Schlauch said the experience was fun but there was a lot of waiting on set.

“I arrived on the set at 8:30 in the evening and just waited.”

Schlauch whiled away the time by chatting with the crew and some of the actors, including Brandon Beemer from “Days of Our Lives,” Corey Taylor, lead singer of the groups Slipknot and Stone Sour, and Thomas Dekker of the television show “The Secret Circle.”

“I about passed out when I met Corey Taylor. It was surreal to be around all those stars,” Schlauch said, adding: “Everybody was great. The crew is super busy but they took the time to cater to us, the extras.

“As a hair designer, I’m used to taking care of my customers. It was nice for once to be on the other side.”

Schlauch was called for makeup at 10:30 p.m.

It took 2ᄑ hours for makeup artist Megan Areford to turn Schlauch, known affectionately as Skittles by her friends, into an apparition.

“They started with silicone prosthetics. They put a fake bullet hole on the right side of my face and a huge exit wound on the left. I also had three gouges on my left cheekbone. I felt like I had a mud mask on.”

Schlauch said food was brought to the set about 2 in the morning.

“It’s very hard to eat pizza when you can’t move your mouth,” she said, laughing.

When the time came to film, Areford returned to splatter Schlauch with fake blood.

“She also put black food coloring on my teeth and lips,” she said. “Then I was told to get into a closet that was at the top of a staircase.

“Another actor was in the closet, too. He was also a ghost.”

Hall asked both of them to “look absolutely terrifying, creepy. It took about 10 minutes to film the scene,” said Schlauch. “Afterwards, the director played the scene for me on one of the cameras. He said I did a good job.

“And then I went back to makeup to have everything removed,” she said, “They used an oil-based makeup remover plus soap and water to peel away the prosthetics and remove the fake blood.”

Once the makeup was removed, Areford pampered Schlauch’s face with a relaxing warm towel, scented with rose petals.

At 4:45 in the morning, Schlauch finally was able to head home.

“Being an extra was a lot of fun,” Schlauch said, “I just hope my scene doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor!”

Contact reporter Nancy Johnson at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.