An Exclusive Look at Heidi Klum’s Delightfully Grotesque New Halloween Movie

The Queen of Halloween talks to Vogue about her spooky new project.

Heidi Klum hasn’t earned the nickname “The Queen of Halloween” for nothing. Every year, the German-American model typically hosts a big, blowout Halloween bash, and sports an over-the-top costume to go along with it. In past years she’s transformed herself into Jessica Rabbit, Fiona from Shrek, and even an elderly version of herself—all with the help of extreme prosthetics and makeup, of course. “I love dressing up, and giving a reason for people to dress up,” Klum says of her ongoing love of the creepy holiday. “It’s a form of expression—playing a part that you normally wouldn’t. [Halloween] gives you permission to be who you want to be, and lets you put your guard down.”

Last year, however, while we were in lockdown, Klum couldn’t host her star-studded affair as usual. But that didn’t stop her from doing the spooky season justice. Klum released a short film on Instagram, where she and her entire family become possessed by evil spirits. “We were all in lockdown, so it only made sense to do something with the whole gang at home,” says Klum. In honor of this year’s Halloween, she’s also releasing a follow-up sequel to it that’s equally as grotesque. And Vogue has an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how she made it happen.

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Klum’s new Halloween film picks up where last year’s project left off. After she's murdered by her possessed husband, musician Tom Kaulitz, and their four children—Leni, Henry, Johan, and Lou—the sequel opens with Klum buried in a coffin, where she proceeds to rise from the dead. Klum then reunites with her no-longer-possessed family, and resumes her duties as a busy mom—even though undead, decaying, and losing limbs by the day. Working with her children once again, Klum says, made for a fun day at the office. “They’re obviously not as excited as I am to do all of this,” she says, laughing. “But even though it’s a scary film, we were laughing the whole time. We were just goofing around and being silly.”

Filming the sequel was no thrown-together feat, either. To shoot it, Klum rented a spooky house in the Hollywood Hills—the same place she shot her first film in—and worked with professional prop designers to make it feel truly haunted. “It took two days to do these eight minutes,” Klum says. “It takes a really, you know, good team of people who can bring an idea into reality.” Klum also worked with pro makeup artists and special effects artists to transform herself into a terrifying zombie mommy. “I always get professionals for the makeup and prosthetics,” she says. “I’m always amazed at what they can do.” In one scene, for instance, she projectile vomits across the dinner table, a moment that required a team of professionals to pull off. “We actually used pea soup, which came out of a tube in my mouth,” Klum says. “My kids were so grossed out by that.”

This story originally appeared on: Vogue - Author:Christian Allaire