Some of the great (and not so great) genre films have something in common: the use of practical special effects. It’s mostly a thing of the past, but many great movies have used tangible materials to construct the creations seen on screen.
Sometimes these practical effects do not live up to the quality of the film itself. Other times, they hit the low bar set by the rest of the film’s production. Either way, they briefly remove the viewer from the film in a way that makes you laugh.
ten Oatmeal Stairs: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
According to Rolling stonethe interview of the late director Wes Craven, FreddyThe sticky staircase effect was achieved by removing several steps and filling each one with oatmeal. As seen in the interview and Never sleep again: the The Legacy of Elm Street, the idea was that of producer Robert Shaye. Craven wasn’t even in control of the scene after all. Oatmeal was essentially just a concession in the intensive process of making tight-budget movies.
The Staircase Piece isn’t the best spooky dream logic moment in the movie. Part of this is because it is obvious that there are holes filled with something that is in the shade of the carpet. It’s oatmeal, and it’s clear as the day before Nancy even stepped in.
9 All: Troll 2 (1990)
Few films have an entire documentary devoted to their seriousness and Troll 2 may be the best (or the worst) of the lot. It’s a bizarre and challenging viewing experience filled with botched line readings, obvious sets, jaw-dropping dialogue, and hilarious-looking goblins.
For the bad uninitiated movie, Troll 2 does not have trolls. It features goblins and takes place in a town called Nilbog. The level of depth put into this is put into the goblins’ appearances, which range from bad to very funny. If the movie is a comedy as it is claimed, some of the goblins are slam dunks.
8 Mac: Mac and Me (1988)
It’s quite obvious AND the alien the imitation features constant Coca-Cola commercials and a dance sequence inside a McDonald’s. Ronald even “won” a Golden Raspberry Award for his appearance.
ET was designed through a complex process that included actors, prosthetic arms and hands, and a face controlled by a puppeteer. MAC (“Mysterious Alien Creature”) is very clearly just a puppet. Adult MACs are worse, relegated to very simple costumes that only get funnier when they walk past a human. Stranger still is how Mac and me was a decent budget movie, according to AFI. At $ 13 million, he had a budget higher than HEY$ 10.5 million in 1982 (Numbers).
7 Tugg Speedman prosthetic arms: Tropic Thunder (2008)
After some hysterical false glimpses, Thunder in the tropics again simulates the audience. It’s on the battlefield, and Ben Stiller’s character, Tugg Speedman, was Willem Dafoe-style shot in Section.
It is one of the Thunder in the tropicsthe best cinematic references of and its impact is reinforced by the appearance of Speedman. His scene with Robert Downey Jr.’s Kirk Lazarus goes south when the latter actor gets overdone. Then he vocalizes another moan and lifts his excessively bloody and loosely attached prosthetic arm stumps.
6 Eye Pop: Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
In addition to the opening disco tune (far from among the best horror movie themed songs), Friday the 13th Part III has equally cheesy special effects.
Most involve a yo-yo or fake snake leaping towards the camera. The worst (and the best) is Rick’s death. Chris Higgins screams for him from the entrance to his family cabin. The camera pans and reveals that Rick is just around the corner, but he’s being held by Jason, who then proceeds to shake the man’s head. In no time at all, his eyeball pops out and goes straight to the audience.
5 Rubber Arnold: Total Recall (1990)
In Total recall, Douglas Quaid of Arnold Schwarzenegger must infiltrate the “Agency” of the dictator of Mars, Vilos Cohaagen (Ronny Cox). First of all, he has to go to Mars himself. To do this, he gets inside an android in the form of a tall, red-haired woman.
Once the machine breaks down, it begins to open section by section, revealing Quaid. While the woman’s face that stands out looks great, Arnold’s face doesn’t seem to be quite ready.
4 Scary Face from Terminator: The Terminator (1984)
that of James Cameron The Terminator, one of the most sinister androids in horror films, looks like a prosthetic construct in a single scene (then to a lesser degree throughout Act 3 until Schwarzenneger’s skin is dropped for the skeletal android).
When the T-800 first walks into his hotel room bathroom to do repairs, it has a really low budget look (what the original Terminator was, especially compared to the suites). Either way, it still looks scary and Cameron’s movie is still a classic.
3 Yoda: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
George Lucas’ seemingly endless tampering with his Star wars the films were well publicized and removed much of the spirit of the original trilogy.
However, he made a great change for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace by getting rid of the Yoda puppet. I had to say what exactly does Episode iis tangible Yoda so much worse than Episode v and Episode VI, but replacing CGI was a good thing. The CGI Yoda even looks more like the original trilogy version than the prosthetic version.
2 The Shark – Jaws: Vengeance (1987)
It would not be an unpopular opinion on the Jaws movies to say that the last installment, Jaws: revenge, is one of the worst movies of all time.
However, in such a bad way it’s good, there is merit in it. Along with the shark’s ability to roar (which sharks can’t) and randomly explode after being impaled, it just looks cheap. The filmmakers are also giving audiences plenty of chances to see just how wrong it is, as the device used to shoot the Mechanical Shark can be seen far more than once.
1 Dick Jones Falls – RoboCop (1987)
Paul Verhoeven’s brilliant science fiction action / political satire film RoboCop is almost perfect. His trio of villains (including Miguel Ferrer’s Bob Morton) are all incredibly memorable and have a comparable demise. However, like that of Verhoeven Total recall, there is a place with unintentionally funny practical effects.
Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith, This 70s show) is hired by Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) to assassinate his ambitious subordinate, Morton. This action is just one of the many things that end up incriminating Jones, who is shot by RoboCop. and falls to his death from the skyscraper. With all this conspiracy, they apparently couldn’t do better than a screaming Dick Jones model.
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