The Make-Up: Mel Gibson's William Wallace and his Scottish warriors rock up for battle, faces daubed in blue woad.
Created By: Lois Burwell, a favourite of Tom Cruise and Michael Caine, amongst others.
Cleverest Detail: The fact that, although the film is set in the 13th century, the Scots hadn't worn woad as war paint for approximately a millennium. It's used in the film purely for dramatic effect.
The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
The Make-Up: It does what it says on the tin, as Alex Rebar's astronaut has an allergic reaction to space radiation.
Created By: Soon-to-become-legendary make-up prodigy, Rick Baker.
Cleverest Detail: The melting skin? Syrup and paint, which had to be re-applied every take.
The Make-Up: In a customised human slaughterhouse in Eastern Europe, unwitting backpackers are sliced and diced in all manner of squirm-inducing ways.
Created By: Howard Berger, who won an Oscar the same year as Hostel for The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe . Suffice to say, Hostel wasn't nominated.
Cleverest Detail: As Kana's (Jennifer Lim) face is blow-torched, one eye comes loose and dangles from its socket.
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Make-Up: With the film recounted in flashback, virtually the entire cast is required to don old-age make-up at a time when such effects were relatively rare.
Created By: Maurice Seiderman, who went uncredited.
Cleverest Detail: Welles actually underwent extensive make-up, including "temporary" facelifts, to play the young Kane, in order to achieve an even greater contrast with the older character.
A Dirty Shame (2004)
The Make-Up: Selma Blair undergoes a temporary boob job as she is fitted with a pair of prosthetic breasts to play super-endowed stripper.
Created By: Tony Gardner, who also provided Gwyneth Paltrow's fat suit in Shallow Hal .
Cleverest Detail: Blair wore a different pair of breasts every day because the process of removing them broke the latex.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The Make-Up: Johnny Depp wants to get close and personal… but those razor-sharp hands are permanently getting in the way.
Created By: Stan Winston, who brought the mechanical know-how gleaned on The Terminator to devise plausible prosthetic digits.
Cleverest Detail: Giving Depp a ghostly pallor to make the scars on his face stand out more.
City Of The Living Dead (1980)
The Make-Up: All hell breaks loose when brain-eating zombies rise from the grave, but the most horrendous attack is inflicted by one man - via a power drill to the head - upon another.
Created By: Franco Rufini, a replacement for Lucio Fulci's usual make-up man Giannetto De Rossi.
Cleverest Detail: Sometimes the simplest effects - a prosthetic temple filled with fake blood - are the most effective.
La Vie En Rose (2007)
The Make-Up: Marion Cotillard portrays iconic French singer Edith Piaf through adulthood, all the way to her prematurely hunched, hairless old age.
Created By: Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald, who won the 2007 Oscar for Best Make-Up.
Cleverest Detail: Director Olivier Dahan mixed up the schedule so that the "old" scenes were spread across the shoot, to help Cotillard find continuity of character.
The Make-Up: Actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) can't get a break, so he drags up - with surprisingly effective results - to become soap starlet Dorothy Michaels.
Created By: Allen Weisinger, who enlisted the help of George Masters, a specialist in women's make-up whose past clients had included Marilyn Monroe.
Cleverest Detail: The custom-fitted prosthetics bosom.
Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)
The Make-Up: Alec Guinness, in his mid-thirties, plays all eight members of the D'Ascoyne family (including several old duffers and one lady) with a little help from the make-up department.
Created By: Harry Frampton (father of 1970s rock star Peter Frampton) and Ernest Taylor.
Cleverest Detail: The then-revolutionary scene where six Guinnesses appear on-screen together - a testament to the quality of the make-up but a nightmare to shoot.