Inside his shop of horrors, not far from three naked, bloated bodies propped against the wall, Todd Masters proudly displays his latest creation: an impaled head.
For a scene in the upcoming horror flick "Snakes on a Plane," Masters and his colleagues have rigged the silicone head with a giant syringe that will pump a blood-like corn syrup mixture through the ear canal.
When a frantic woman, fleeing a crate full of deadly coral snakes, tramples on the head of a fellow passenger, her high heel pierces his eardrum.
"This is what we get into this business for," Masters says, poking his finger to show the path of the stiletto heel. "The crazier the better."
When it comes to creating gruesome physical effects — as opposed to those created on a computer screen — few have an edge on MastersFX, the company Masters founded two decades ago.