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PostSubject: Practical effects appreciation thread   Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:40 pm

Let's post some interesting, groundbreaking, jaw-dropping, or just cool looking practical special effects in this thread.

I just watched Eraserhead for the first time last night, so I'll start with the mutant baby in it.



It's pretty convincing, especially considering the low budget. And the mystery and speculation surrounding it's creation makes it even more effective. For all we know, Lynch found a real alien or mutant somewhere, and just put it in the film Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:09 pm

Also I have to include this:



It's just fucking amazing. Although it might not be 100% practical. I read somewhere they probably used a chroma key to make the hole, but I couldn't find any accurate information about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:51 am

perkele wrote:
For all we know, Lynch found a real alien or mutant somewhere, and just put it in the film Shocked

Legend has it that Lynch used a rabbit corpse, but I digress.

I recently saw Re-Animator, and that had great practical effects. Same with Bad Taste, even though Bad Taste has a low budget.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:55 am

Evil Dead I-III, and of course The Thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:33 am

Eventhough Brad absolutely HATES "Lords of Salem", according to IMDb, all of the effects in the film are all practical.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731697/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:02 pm

Some of the very first special effects of all time.



It's weird to think that this movie is 111 years old. It was almost 60 years old back when Ed Wood was making movies. It's just so mind blowing in a certain way Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:54 pm

Better matte paintings than Twilight.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:00 pm

Seconded on THE THING.
The effects for ALIEN were pretty fantastic too, especially the Xenomorph.

I did a marathon of all the Alien movies not long ago, and it surprised me a little how visually the first one has aged so much better than the three sequels.

They're not the most realistic effects in the world, but I also love Harryhausen's work on JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS and CLASH OF THE TITANS.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:52 am

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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:13 pm

Dark Crystal and Labyrinth are both pretty cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:39 am

Okay I just saw it today, and it may be cheating because the film is not really live-action, but Team America World Police, it is just puppetry, and it is impressive (especially because the effects seemed to be practical).

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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:35 am

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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:34 pm

The sets & effects in MOON (2009)





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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:24 pm

I adore practical effects, everything from Harryhausen to Stan Winston.

Here's a couple of trailers for two forgotten 80's classics that both feature lots of cool and old school effects:

The Gate (1987):



Spookies (1986)



Both of these movies feature incredibly cool and inventive special effects but while The Gate is a lot of fun (in a Goonies sort of way) Spookies is an absolute mess of a movie (in a Godfrey Ho sort of way), I'd recommend giving both a watch though.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:32 pm

And here's another of my favourites, a scene from the 1933 stop motion movie The Mascot by Ladislas Starevich:



Unfortunately it's not the best quality video, but the effects and music are just beautiful.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:34 pm

80'sDavid wrote:
And here's another of my favourites, a scene from the 1933 stop motion movie The Mascot by Ladislas Starevich:



Unfortunately it's not the best quality video, but the effects and music are just beautiful.

I'd never seen that before. That is very cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Practical effects appreciation thread   Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:40 am

ChaosTheory wrote:
80'sDavid wrote:
And here's another of my favourites, a scene from the 1933 stop motion movie The Mascot by Ladislas Starevich:



Unfortunately it's not the best quality video, but the effects and music are just beautiful.

I'd never seen that before. That is very cool.

I'd recommend trying to track down the whole movie online if you can, it's only short. I'm always baffled by how little exposure Ladislas Starevich has gotten because he really worked some magic.
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