CHECK OUT THIS BEHIND THE SCENES CREATION VIDEO OF THE CHESTBURSTER FROM ALIEN

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From Amanda Kooser at CNet:

Few images in film are as startling as that moment in “Alien” when the baby chestburster comes crawling out of of John Hurt’s torso in a spray of gore. It was so gripping, the slimy little parasite was brought back for the sequel, “Aliens.” Even better, it was created without the assistance of CGI.

A video shared by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts lets us all in on how that nasty little surprise was created. The video is narrated by Stephen Norrington, the special-effects wiz who built the device. He started with dental acrylic poured into a mold of the monster, cut it into pieces using a bandsaw, and held it all together with a cable-housing spine.

CONTINUE READING FOR A BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO ON THE CREATION OF THE INFAMOUS CHESTBURSTER!

ROBERT HALL’S LIGHTNING BUG HEADING TO BLU-RAY!

While it’s not exactly a horror film, I absolutely love Robert Hall’s LIGHTNING BUG. Makeup FX artist Robert Hall is perhaps been best-known as the director of his ultragory LAID TO REST movies, but he launched his filmmaking career with the less gory, but still genre-friendly LIGHTNING BUG, a film I still consider to be his masterpiece.

From Fangoria:

LIGHTNING BUG hits hi-def disc January 15, 2013 from Image Entertainment in the U.S. and Anchor Bay in Canada, and will be chock full of previously unseen features. Most notably, Hall tells us, “In addition to the theatrical cut, the disc will include an ‘Extended Cut’ that has never been seen before. It contains an entire subplot with Don Gibb in a hilarious role that was cut from the [previous] Anchor Bay version for time. We’re also working on a retrospective with all-new interviews with the key players that we’re hoping to include if we can get it done in time.”

As for the movie itself, “It has been completely remastered and restored from the original print and color-corrected for Blu-ray, supervised my myself and DP Brandon Trost. We also fixed and enhanced some visual effects shots now that we have that luxury. It has never looked this good.”

KEEP READING FOR MORE AFTER THE BREAK INCLUDING THE NEW ART AND TRAILER!

A TRAILER HITS FOR THE NEW TOM SAVINI DOCUMENTARY: SMOKE AND MIRRORS

No reader of Backwoods Horror should be unfamiliar with Tom Savini’s work. Garnering at one time the Godfather of Gore, the King of Splatter, his special makeup effects work spans a great deal of the horror films we grew up with. FRIDAY THE 13th, FRIDAY THE 13th PART IV, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, MARTIN, MANIAC, THE PROWLER, the list goes on and on. Something of a renaissance man of the film industry, though he’s known for his effects work, he’s also an accomplished stunt man, director, and actor. You name it, he’s done it. And now, finally, a documentary has been made about this incredible man.

Having succeeded with raising a few bucks with their kickstarter campaign, Jason Baker and MIJO Films present SMOKE AND MIRRORS: THE STORY OF TOM SAVINI, a film that delves into his early life, career, and legacy by not only interviewing the man himself, but everyone he’s worked with throughout the years, featuring interviews with Academy Award winning special effects make-up artists Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger of KNB EFX, Video Watchdog founder and film critic Tim Lucas, The Misfits’ Jerry Only, and legendary filmmaker George A. Romero among others…people who have considered him a lifelong friend.  For those of you lucky enough to be at the Montreal Comic Con Horrorfest, Baker will be debuting the film on Saturday, September 15th, at 10:15pm with Tom, the man himself, in attendance. I am so incredibly excited that someone has finally made a documentary about a man whose artistry has changed the course of horror films forever and I can’t wait to see it.

I was lucky enough to meet Tom Savini in Asheville, NC at a small lecture he was giving about his career in makeup and special effects to a theater class at UNCA. I wasn’t a part of the class and so was not allowed to attend as there were only 12 or 13 seats, but he came walking out of the room before the lecture and saw me standing there with my EVIL DEAD t-shirt on and began talking to me about what an awesome film it was. Then he introduced himself, as did I while also telling him I knew exactly who he was and what a fan I was of him and his work but wasn’t allowed to attend the lecture. Not only did he get me in, and right at the front row, but he signed my copies of his Grande Illusions books, A rare DAWN OF THE DEAD poster book, and was nice enough to take a photo with me. He’s an incredible man who has done some incredible work both behind and in front of the camera, and this documentary has been a long time coming.

Special Effects Documentary In October From Starz

Coming October 7th, 2008 from STARZ Entertainment, is the new Special Effects Documentary: FANTASTIC FLESH: THE ART OF MAKE-UP EFX. This from Shock Till You Drop:

Starz’s original series Starz Inside turns to the movie FX biz in Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX, an hour-long documentary airing October 7th at 10pm.

Executive produced by KNB EFX’s Greg Nicotero and directed by Kevin VanHook, the doc peels back the skin on the FX biz and looks at the various generations of artist who have contributed to it. Appearing in the special: Howard Berger, Rob Bottin, Josh Brolin, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Frank Darabont, Peter Dinklage, Mick Garris, Jordan Ladd, John Landis, Greg Nicotero, Simon Pegg, Robert Rodriguez, George Romero, Eli Roth, Tom Savini, Dick Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Dee Wallace.

Film critic Richard Roeper hosts. If you miss its premiere, Fantastic Flesh will re-air on Oct. 8th, 15th and 16th. Check your local listings for times.

Kind of bittersweet in a way, with the recent passing of Stan Winston ‘n all.  I’ll be sure to check this one out for sure though.  Keep your sets tuned boils and ghouls