The best special effects ever

GollumI love really good special effects in films, but the more tech takes over, the more difficult it can be for actors. According to this article, acting with invisible people (who would be added later in post-production) in the new Hobbit movie pushed Iain McKellen to the brink! He said “Pretending you’re with 13 other people when you’re on your own stretches your technical ability to the absolute limits. I cried, actually. I cried. Then I said out loud, ‘This is not why I became an actor’. Unfortunately the microphone was on and the whole studio heard.” And Skyfall has a really interesting mix of CG and real effects as this article explains (look out for the spoilers though).

Here are a few of my favourite classic effects from the movies:

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Zombies in Real Life & Bill Pullman

There’s nothing freakier than zombies, so what if they actually existed? Scary stuff! I remember as a kid there was a movie that was eerie because it was true.

The Serpent and the Rainbow ’touched upon the subject of zombies and how a powerful poison powder (tetrodotoxin) would actually put a person into a near dead state. The freakiest part of this powder was that the person who took this poison became a prisoner in their own body. They are awake but they can’t move or speak…Imagine taking the powder and being buried alive!

I have to give a nod to the switcheroo scene in the movie where Bill Pullman uses sleight of hand to switch the poison vial with a fake vial…I also remember that the nail scene in The Serpent and the Rainbow was extremely uncomfortable to watch as a child, but it was way more horrifying to see the psychological brutality unfold in Hard Candy. So much pain inflicted to male private parts in movies, Ouch.

Ali x