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.
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
All I have to say is…HOLY FUCKING SHIT! An issue dedicated to PUMPKINHEAD and STAN WINSTON?!?!?! And check out that cover! Yeah, I can’t wait to pick this up in my local Books A Million. If you’re reading this and you’ve never read Rue Morgue, what the fuck is wrong with you? Go out and buy an issue right now! Now feast your eyes on that cover!
Click on the Pic to see more details on this issue.
HOT DAMN! Pumpkinhead is a movie that I’ve loved since I was in diapers. For whatever reason, it’s never been given the respect it deserved on dvd. This being Backwoods Horror, with emphasis on BACKWOODS, those of you out there in horrorland should know why I’d have such an affinity for this film. For the rest, I’ll explain. The film takes place in the Appalachian mountains (that look curiously like California…hmmm), and revolves around this guy Ed Harley, played by the always kickass Lance Henriksen. These punkass “city kids” happen to come round and start tearin’ ass all around the place on their motorcycles. Well, Ed Harley’s little boy goes chasing after his dog because it went apeshit about all these kids on motorcycles. The kid gets run over and most of the kids (I call them kids, though they look to be in their late twenties in the movie) take off, leaving the kid to die, except for, of course, the “good” ones who stay after to tell Ed Harley about what happened.
Ed gets pissed and goes to see this old witch way back in the woods who tells him about this demon, Pumpkinhead, that’ll do the dirty work and take revenge out on these kids who killed his little boy. So Ed Harley has to go out to this cemetery, dig up this old, rotting corpse, and bring it back to the witch. She does her hoodoo and we get a pissed off demon hell bent on revenge for ‘ol Ed. Only, there’s a catch. If you haven’t seen it, I’m not going to give the rest of it away, but it’s a pretty damn good, Backwoods Horror seal of approval flick, so get off your ass and rent the dvd, but don’t buy it because the 20th anniversary edition is coming out September 7th (this news courtesy Fangoria). On the dvd you’ll get commentary by co-screenwriter Gary Gerani and creature FX creators Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis, moderated by Scott Spiegel (Stan Winston, unfortunately, couldn’t participate as he was ill when Mike “slipcase” Felcher was putting all of the bonuses together), seven all-new featurettes (in one of which they got the old woman who played the witch Haggis to do a rare little interview, thanks to the Deadpit boys for that one), behind-the-scenes footage and a still gallery. This is fuckin’ Christmas as the previous dvd didn’t have shit other than the movie itself. I can’t wait. So save your pennies, kiddos, because September 7th is just around the corner.
Keep away from Pumpkinhead,
Unless you’re tired of living,
His enemies are mostly dead,
He’s mean and unforgiving,
Laugh at him and you’re undone,
But in some dreadful fashion,
Vengeance, he considers fun,
And plans it with a passion,
Time will not erase or blot,
A plot that he has brewing,
It’s when you think that he’s forgot,
He’ll conjure your undoing,
Bolted doors and windows barred,
Guard dogs prowling in the yard,
Won’t protect you in your bed,
Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead.
Ok, this site isn’t anywhere near ready to be generally viewed, but I couldn’t just sit back and let this news go unpublished within these pages. Stan Winston, the visionary makeup artist behind movies such as Jurassic Park, Terminator, Aliens, etc., has passed on. My tattered horror flag rests at half mast today, kiddos.