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Old 22-09-2011, 22:55   #1
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Post Special Effects that werent CGI and you loved them

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I really like the Skeleton Fight in Jason and the Argonauts 1963. Totall Recall's when he changes from being the women and when they are on Mars gasping for air.Aleins, The Drop Ship as they leave the sulaco. And The Thing, when he tries to get the mans heart started only for it to eat his hands, and for its head to walk off.

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Old 22-09-2011, 23:04   #2
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The cyclops from The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.

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Old 22-09-2011, 23:22   #3
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Star Wars, blew me away when I was a kid, the majority of it still looks good today.
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Old 22-09-2011, 23:56   #4
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I'm a big fan of back projection. There's something nice about it, even when it looks totally fake.
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Old 23-09-2011, 12:47   #5
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'Little Shop of Horrors' 1986. Amazing work. WHERE is the blu-ray of this for it's 25th Anniversary dammit?


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I'm a big fan of back projection. There's something nice about it, even when it looks totally fake.
Oh I totally agree. Even these days it's used to amazing effect.

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Old 23-09-2011, 12:51   #6
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I'd echo other people's shouts for American Wereworld In London and The Thing. Sublime.

Other than those though, I love some of the stuff in Ghostbusters, and Twilight Zone The Movie has some crackers as well.
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Old 23-09-2011, 17:20   #7
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I'd echo other people's shouts for American Wereworld In London and The Thing. Sublime.
I've seen the props from The Thing. They were on display in the old Psychotronic shop. The latex was rotten but they were amazing.

I've also seen the Harryhausen models in an exhibition. They were dropping to bits as well
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Old 23-09-2011, 21:43   #8
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I've also seen the Harryhausen models in an exhibition. They were dropping to bits as well
A few years back I went to the Phoenix Cinema in Oxford where Ray Harryhausen gave a talk about his life and career then showed Jason & The Argonauts - one of my favourite films. He had a few of the models with him and, as you say, they were very fragile but it was fantastic to see the actual models and the great man himself.
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Old 23-09-2011, 00:19   #9
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The ruined City of Sydney at the end of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Not a jot of CGI in sight and a breathtaking scene as it emerged ghost like from the dust cloud.
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Old 23-09-2011, 07:29   #10
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I do not know whether you would call the Chariot Race in Ben Hur (1959) as "special effects" or just great cinematography but either way it was brilliant....and done over 50 years ago!

I agree that Jason ans the Argonauts had several very well done special effects. Very enjoyable film too.

I don't suppose CGI was invented when they made the spaceship effects for CE3K; they were extraordinary. Likewise, those in the original Star Wars series.
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Old 23-09-2011, 08:22   #11
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I don't suppose CGI was invented when they made the spaceship effects for CE3K; they were extraordinary. Likewise, those in the original Star Wars series.
The first appearance of CGI in a film was Futureworld in 1976.
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Old 23-09-2011, 08:39   #12
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Paul Newmans walk through the East German museum in Torn Curtain, a sequence of cuts consisting of thirteen Albert Whitlock matte paintings. But the greatest must be the end sequence of Black Narcissus with Deborah Kerr ringing the bell at the edge of a vertiginous cliff face, just one of numerous Percy Day and Peter Ellenshaw matte shots that made you believe that sets built on the back lot at Pinewood was the Himalayas.

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Old 23-09-2011, 07:27   #13
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All the old Harryhausen stuff still holds up remarkably well

But for effects that arent computer generated yet still look amazing you cant look much further than Blade Runner
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Old 23-09-2011, 07:38   #14
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The Thing immediately comes to mind.

I'm sure the prequel/remake is CGI-ridden.
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Can I cheat a bit and mention Stan Winston's creature effects that integrate seemlessly with the cgi in Jurassic Park?

But yeah, I don't think you'll beat Douglas Trumbull's work on CE3K, and Blade Runner.
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Gigers Alien. All of Douglas Trumble' work on Star Trek the Motion Picture and Derek Medding' work on the Bond films, especially Moonraker.
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An American Werewolf In London.
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This so this. The great thing about these SFX is they weren't 'obvious' in that you couldn't really figure out how they were done. Still looks fantastic today.
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When freddy pushes through the wall in Nightmare on Elm Street, compare it to the CGI in the re-make and there is no contest on which is more effective
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As a kid I loved the original Superman movie with Christopher Reeve.
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