Big Foot Folklore

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Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is an alleged ape-like creature purportedly inhabiting forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. Many believers in its existence contend that the same or similar creatures are found around the world under different regional names, most prominently the Yeti of the Himalayas.

The scientific community considers Bigfoot to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoaxes, rather than a real creature. In general, mainstream scientific consensus does not support the posited existence of megafauna cryptids such as Bigfoot, because of the improbably large numbers necessary to maintain a breeding population and because climate and food supply issues would make such purported creatures’ survival in reported habitats unlikely.Despite these facts, Bigfoot is one of the more famous examples of a cryptid within cryptozoology.

Jack Links Messin with Sasquatch

Jack Links Messin with Sasquatch

Bigfoot is described in reports as a large ape-like creature, ranging between 6–10 feet (1.8–3.0 m) tall, weighing in excess of 500 pounds (230 kg), and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair.Alleged witnesses have described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla. Bigfoot is commonly reported to have a strong, unpleasant smell by those who have claimed to have encountered it.The enormous footprints for which it is named have been as large as 24 inches (61 cm) long and 8 inches (20 cm) wide.While most casts have five toes—like all known apes—some casts of alleged Bigfoot tracks have had numbers ranging from two to six. Some have also contained claw marks, making it likely that a portion came from known animals such as bears, which have five toes and claws.Proponents have also claimed that Bigfoot is omnivorous and mainly nocturnal.

"Louie" the Boston Pizza Mascot

"Louie" the Boston Pizza Mascot

 

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1970s Bionic Bigfoot action figure by Kenner

1970s Bionic Bigfoot action figure by Kenner

 

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The Gremlin (not the car)

  

The Gremlins (1984)

The Gremlins (1984)

 

Gremlin is an English folkloric creature, commonly depicted as mischievous and mechanically oriented, with a specific interest in aircraft. Although their origin is found ingremlins special edition DVD myths among airmen, claiming that the gremlins were responsible for sabotaging aircraft, John W. Hazen states that “some people” derive the name from the Old English word gremian, “to vex”.Since World War II, different fantastical creatures have been referred to as gremlins, bearing varying degrees of resemblance to the originals.

 

  • In 1943, Bob Clampett directed Falling Hare, a Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny. With Roald Dahl’s book and Walt Disney’s proposed film being the inspiration, this looney tunesshort has been one of the early Gremlin stories shown to cinema audiences in which multiple gremlins featured.It features Bugs Bunny in conflict with a gremlin at an airfield. The Bugs Bunny cartoon was followed in 1944 by Russian Rhapsody, another Merrie Melodies short showing Russian gremlins sabotaging an aircraft piloted by Adolf Hitler.
Bugs Bunny "Falling Hare"

Bugs Bunny "Falling Hare"

  • A 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” directed by Richard Donner, featured a gremlin attacking a plane.This episode was remade as a segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). In the original television episode, the gremlin appears as an almost ape-like creature which inspects the aircraft’s wing with the curiosity of an animal and then proceeds to damage the wing. William Shatner plays the passenger who sees the Gremlin on the plane’s wing. No one else sees the Gremlin and Shatner’s character is removed from the plane on a stretcher with symptoms of psychosis. In the movie segment, the gremlin more resembles a troll or a goblin, with green skin and a frightening grin. This incarnation of the gremlin appears to be more intellectual and menacing, and is also shown to be capable of flying. The episode was famous enough to inspire at least two parodies:

 

William Shatner in the The Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (1963).

William Shatner in the The Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (1963).

  

  • A gremlin makes an appearance in a Halloween special of The Simpsons paralleling The Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, (the segment is even named “Terror at 5½ Feet”) in which the gremlin attempts to destroy the wheel of Bart’s school bus.simpsons season 12
Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror IV" Terror at 5 1/2 Feet

Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror IV" Terror at 5 1/2 Feet

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    • A Tiny Toon special titled Night Ghoulery (a spoof of Night Gallery, with Babs presenting in Rod Serling’s style) has a segment named “Gremlin on a Wing”, which twilight zone collectionparodies “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” as well, with Plucky in William Shatner’s place, accompanied by Hamton in an airplane, and a gremlin similar to that which appearen in Bugs’ short Falling Hare. In fact, this gremlin is so persistent, he even appears at the end as if he had impersonated the stewardess (who looks remarkably similar to Star Trek character Lt. Uhura).

 

As is not uncommon with folkloric creatures in fiction, the nature of gremlins differs greatly depending on the setting. Creatures called gremlins are encountered in various forms in video games, fantasy literature, role playing games, etc. Many of the gremlins encountered in popular culture have little in common with the original critters from the air force legend other than their name.

Pilot and Gremlin

Pilot and Gremlin

A famous example is the 1984 movie Gremlins and its 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch. The gremlins in these movies had nothing obvious to do GoreMaster Makeup Effects Manualwith aircraft in particular, although they were portrayed as adept at subverting or sabotaging mechanical systems; more explicit connections between the films’ Gremlins and those of folklore were drawn in the novelizations however. The gremlins in these movies differ from traditional folkloric mythology as they appear as monsters with large ears that are similar to a bat’s, sharp teeth and claws, red eyes, and dark reptilian skin.

In fact, the creatures of this movie are named “gremlins” because the protagonist, Billy Peltzer, recalls a speech by his friend, Murray Futterman, about the legend of gremlins. Thus, noting the similarities, he names them “gremlins”.gremlins 2 the new batch

Another example of gremlins in popular culture appears on the episode of Charmed named “The Power of Three Blondes” where two little blue creatures Paige referred to as gremlins start sabotaging things at her new temp job.

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Michael Jackson's 1982 Thriller Album
Michael Jackson’s 1982 Thriller Album

Thriller was Michael Jackson’s most popular album; released on 30 November 1982, it stayed at #1 for 37 weeks on the Billboard Chart.  At its peak, the album was selling a million copies a week worldwide. In just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time. Sales are estimated to be between 47–109 million copies sold worldwide.  An estimated 60,000 units continue to be sold every year in the U.S!   

Thriller Zombies and Michael Jackson

Thriller Zombies and Michael Jackson

Micheal Jackson and Thriller Zombies

Micheal Jackson and Thriller Zombies

Director John Landis

Director John Landis

When the time came to create a music video for the album’s title track, Michael Jackson had been so  impressed with the film An American Werewolf In London‘s (1981)  special effects he asked its director, John Landis, to direct Thriller – a 14-minute music video that also acts as a short horror film.

 

Special Effects Wizard Rick Baker

Special Effects Wizard Rick Baker

American Werewolf’s creature effects whizz, Rick Baker, was hired to create the monster Jackson turns into in front of his girlfriend — before it’s revealed Jackson and his girl (former Playboy model Ola Ray) were only watching themselves in a movie.

There is narration from horror icon Vincent Price which heralds the arrival of zombies… which Jackson proceeds to dance with, quickly transformed into one of the undead himself!

Horror film Legend Vincent Price

Horror film Legend Vincent Price

Created for $500,000 ($1.4 million today – which, in 1982, made it the most expensive music video ever), Thriller was an instant smash-hit. Today, over 25 years later, it continues to top most polls as the Best Music Video. At the time, Thriller‘s video was even released as a separate VHS tape, that included a making-of documentary, and sold 9 million copies just by itself!

 

Rick Baker's make turns Michael Jackson into a creature for Thriller video

Rick Baker's special effects makeup turns Michael Jackson into a creature for Thriller video

 

Jackson, who was a Jehovah’s Witness at the time, even added a disclaimer at the start of Thriller, saying:

Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult.

 

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GoreMaster's Guide to Makeup Special Effects 101

 

The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammys.

Earlier this year 2009 there were reports that Jackson was partnering with the respected Nederlander Organization to create a Broadway show that expands the landmark 1983 Thriller video into a full-fledged stage extravaganza. 

Thriller zombies

Thriller zombies

With the news of Jackson’s death today it does seem fitting to remember the amazing talent that he was and happier times when doing the “Thriller” dance was all the rage.  R.I.P. Michael.

Thriller Dance Zombies

Thriller Dance Zombies

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Thriller Video Trivia:

1. When Michael leaves the cinema, an announcer says “see you next Wednesday” (a recurring in-joke used in many of John Landis’ films, taken from a line in 2001: A Space Odyssey.)

2. The reason Michael’s face isn’t always that of a zombie during the dance sequence is that he found the make-up too uncomfortable.

3. Grape jelly was used for all the gory effects.

4. Famous composer Elmer Bernstein did the incidental music for the video.

5. The sound of the growling animal, used for Michael’s transformation, is the exact same sound Landis used in An American Werewolf In London.

6. The music video qualified for an Academy Award nomination, because it debuted before a screening of Fantasia — with most audiences leaving once Thriller had finished!

7. At the time Jackson’s record company didn’t want to pay $500,000 to make a video for an album that they thought had hit its peak. So Landis and Jackson made the video off the profits of a one-hour “Making of Thriller” documentary they made and sold to cable channels.

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Jason The Argonauts Skeletons

Jason and the Argonauts (1963) is a Columbia Pictures fantasy feature film starring Todd Armstrong as the titular mythical Greek hero in a story about his quest for the Golden Fleece. Directed by Don Chaffey in collaboration with stop motion animation expert Ray Harryhausen, the film is noted for its stop-motion monsters. In particular, the sequence in which seven skeletons rise from the earth and attack Jason and his comrades is still widely considered to be among the greatest achievements of motion picture special effects.

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The score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, who also worked on other fantasy films with Harryhausen, such as Mysterious Island and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen

Tagline: Greatest Odyssey Of The Ages – for the first time on the screen

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In April 2004, Empire magazine ranked Talos as the second best movie monster of all time, after King Kong.

Talos

Talos

Ray Harryhausen regards this as his best film. Previous Harryhausen films had been generally shown as part of double features in “B” theatres. Columbia was able to book this film as a single feature in many “A” theatres in the United States. The skeletons’ shields are adorned with designs of other Harryhausen creatures, including an octopus and the head of the Ymir from 20 Million Miles to Earth.

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Visual Effects Department
  Ray Harryhausen … special visual effects creator
Arthur Hayward … sculptor: model (uncredited)

 

 

 

 

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen

 

 

 

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 These are two of the most amazing transformation scenes on film!  The two titans of practical makeup special effects at the time Rick Baker and Rob Bottin created these amazing effects.

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As far as the films I thought both were great but I enjoyed the humor more in An American Werewolf in London — along with the two stars David Naughton and Griffin Dunne…two of my all time favorites! 

An American Werewolf in London was released August 21, 1981

 

Tagline: John Landis - the director of Animal House brings you a different kind of animal.

Tagline: John Landis - the director of Animal House brings you a different kind of animal.

Plot: 

Two American students are on a walking tour of England and are attacked by a Werewolf. One is killed, the other is mauled. The Werewolf is killed, but reverts to it’s human form, and the townspeople are able to deny it’s existence. The surviving student begins to have nightmares of hunting on 4 feet at first, but then finds that his friend and other recent victims appear to him, demanding that he find a way to die to release them from their curse, being trapped between worlds because of their unnatural death. Written by John Vogel {jlvogel@comcast.net}

Makeup Department
Elaine Baker …. makeup effects crew
Rick Baker …. special makeup effects
Doug Beswick …. makeup effects crew
Kevin Brennan …. makeup effects crew
Robin Grantham …. makeup artist
Tom Hester …. makeup effects crew
Steve Johnson …. makeup effects assistant
Beryl Lerman …. makeup artist
Shawn McEnroe …. makeup effects crew
Joseph Ross …. makeup effects crew
Bill Sturgeon …. makeup effects crew
Craig Reardon …. makeup effects crew (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Neil Corbould …. special effects assistant
Martin Gutteridge …. special effects
Garth Inns …. special effects

The Howling was released on April 10 , 1981

Plot: There is a serial killer on the loose, Karen White is the only reporter he communicates with. After a near fatal encounter with him at an adult video store, she is ordered to take a vacation. Eddie was killed by Police, but Karen doesn’t want to let it go and discovers that he came from a tiny community in the woods and that’s where she decides to vacation with husband Bill. Big mistake, because Eddie was an outcast of a pack of Werewolves who is trying to keep a low profile and doesn’t want any interviews. Can Karen and Bill escape the village of the wolf? Written by Chris

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Tagline:  Imagine your worst fear a reality

Tagline: Imagine your worst fear a reality

 

Makeup Department
Rick Baker …. special makeup effects consultant
Joe Beserra …. makeup effects studio artist
Rob Bottin …. special makeup effects creator
Greg Cannom …. special makeup effects artist
Bill Davis …. assistant makeup artist
Tina Kline …. contact lens technician (as Tina Klein)
Shawn McEnroe …. first makeup effects assistant
Medusah …. assistant hair stylist (as Anne Aulenta-Spira)
Medusah …. assistant makeup artist (as Anne Aulenta-Spira)
Art Pimentel …. second makeup effects assistant
Margaret Prentice …. makeup effects studio artist (as Margaret Beserra)
Josephine Turner …. special hair work
Josephine Turner …. wig maker
Gigi Williams …. hair stylist
Gigi Williams …. makeup artist
Steve LaPorte …. special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Bill Sturgeon …. creature effects crew (uncredited) 
Special Effects by
Doug Beswick …. special mechanical effects
Kevin Brennan …. special effects makeup
Roger George …. special effects
Morton Greenspoon …. creative contact lens effects (as Morton K. Greenspoon)
Jeff Shank …. effects unit line producer
Steve Shank …. effects unit line producer   
Visual Effects by
Dave Allen …. stop motion animation (as David Allen)
Peter Kuran …. love scene and main title animation: Visual Concept Engineering
Mike Warren …. optical effects
Pam Vick …. cel animator (uncredited)

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Final Destination 4 Movie Trailer

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The Final Destination movie trailer is provided by New Line Cinema. The Final Destination movie opens in US theaters on August 28, 2009. The Final Destination movie stars Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Krista Allen, Mykelti Williamson, Haley Webb, Nick Zano, Andrew Fiscella, and Richard T. Jones.

Special Effects by
Steve Austin …. special effects journeyman
Larry Barado …. special effects technician
Ben Bornstein …. lab technician: KNB EFX Group
Stephen Bourgeois …. special effects foreman
Jeremy S. Brock …. special effects foreman: Florida
Guy Clayton Jr. …. special effects coordinator
Joe Giles …. special makeup effects crew: KNB EFX Group
Brian Goehring …. special makeup effects crew: KNB EFX Group
Carey Jones …. makeup effects technician
Edward Joubert …. special effects assistant
Peter G. Minor …. special effects assistant
David K. Nami …. special effects coordinator
David Nash …. special effects technician
Thomas Pilgrim III …. special effects technician: Florida
Gary Pilkinton …. special effects tech
Jason Pinsker …. special effects technician: KNB EFX Group
Elia P. Popov …. special effects foreman
Dirk Rogers …. special effects technician: K.N.B. Effects Group
Lino Stavole …. special effects technician: mold shop, KNB Effects Group
Chris L. Ward …. special effects technician
 

 

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Visual Effects by
Melissa Almeida …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Ronald Arredondo …. lighting rigger
Marc Aubry …. animator: Hybride
Ian T. Barbella …. visual effects
Michel Barrière …. visual effects supervisor: Hybride
Olivier Beaulieu …. digital compositor: Hybride
Daniel Belair …. technical director: Hybride
Caroline Bélisle …. administration: Hybride
Michaël Bentitou …. digital artist
Didier Bertrand …. digital compositor: Hybride
Louise Bertrand …. bidding producer: Hybride
Pierre Blain …. digital compositor: Hybride
Raphaele Blanchard …. tracking artist: Hybride
Cédric Bonnaffoux …. digital compositor: Hybride
Maryse Bouchard …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Christina Castellan …. visual effects production manager: Cafe FX
François Chancrin …. lead animator: Hybride
Mélanie Cotton …. technical support: Hybride
Joanie Croteau …. production assistant: Hybride
Glenn Curry …. technical director: CafeFX
Christophe Damiano …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Olivier Debert …. digital compositor: Hybride
Thierry Delattre …. visual effects supervisor: Hybride
Steve Dellerson …. visual effects
Yves Désilets …. digital compositor: Hybride
Philippe Desiront …. digital compositor: Hybride
Luc Desmarais …. technical support: Hybride
Anouk Deveault-Moreau …. visual effects coordinator: Hybride
Mark Doney …. digital compositor: Hybride
Roy L. Downey …. pyrotechnics supervisor: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Lafleche Dumais …. computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
Mathieu Dupuis …. digital compositor: Hybride
Leif Einarsson …. digital compositor
Dwayne Lance Elahie …. technical director: Hybride
Daniel Elophe …. digital compositor: Hybride
Felipe Fenton …. flame artist
Michael Fessenden …. previs artist: Baked Goods
Mike Fischer …. digital artist
Jean-Pierre Flayeux …. visual effects supervisor: Hybride
Michael Sean Foley …. cg supervisor
Xavier Fourmond …. digital compositor
Yanick Gaudreau …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Audrey Geoffroy …. animator: Hybride
Stephan Gervais …. technical support: Hybride
Antony Graf …. digital compositor: Hybride
Robin Scott Graham …. digital compositor: CafeFX
Pamela B. Green …. producer of visions
Veronique Guay …. production assistant: Hybride
Myléne Guérin …. visual effects coordinator: Hybride
Steven Hansen …. lead matchmove artist: Cafe FX
Brad Heiner …. key grip
Pierre-Simon Henri …. effects animator: Hybride
David Hochstadter …. digital compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Nadine Homier …. digital compositor: Hybride
Jean-Francois Houde …. digital compositor: Hybride
Jan Huybrechs …. 3D scanning: Eyetronics
Christopher Johnson …. visual effects: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
John Joyce …. visual effects coordinator: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Michael Joyce …. visual effects supervisor: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Bonnie Kanner …. visual effects executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Joseph Kasparian …. lead textures & lighting: Hybride
Ara Khanikian …. digital compositor: Hybride
Anne Ui-Hyun Kim …. digital compositor: Hybride
Alain Lacroix …. lead layout artist: Hybride
Mathieu Lalonde …. modeler: Hybride
Vassilios Lanaris …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Mathieu Leclaire …. technical director: Hybride
Daniel Leduc …. visual effects executive producer: Hybride
Francois Leduc …. digital compositor: Hybride
Winston Lee …. inferno artist
Benoit Lefebvre …. tracking artist: Hybride
Danny Levesque …. effects animator: Hybride
Anouk L’Heureux …. visual effects coordinator: Hybride
Martine Losier …. visual effects coordinator: Hybride
George Loucas …. previsualization supervisor: Baked Goods
David Louis …. effects animator: Hybride
Jocelyn Maher …. digital compositor: Hybride
Stephane Mailet …. technical support: Hybride
Stephane Mailet …. tracking artist: Hybride
Carolyn Martin …. visual effects coordinator
Richard Martin …. visual effects supervisor: Hybride
Tran Ma …. model, texture artist: CafeFX
Frederic Medoni …. tracking artist: Hybride
Francois Metivier …. digital compositor: Hybride
Rémi Meunier …. technical director: Hybride
Ryan Mitre …. previs artist: Baked Goods
Roger Mocenigo …. compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Young Joon Mok …. digital compositor
Benoit Morin …. matchmover: Hybride
Benoit Morin …. tracking artist: Hybride
Christian Morin …. digital compositor: Hybride
Martin Mousseau …. animator: Hybride
Michel Murdock …. visual effects financial controller: Hybride
C. Michael Neely …. previz animator
Jeremy Nicolaides …. compositing supervisor: Zoic Studios
Ian Noe …. visual effects producer
Nicolas-Alexandre Noel …. computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
Sean O’Connor …. production assistant: Hybride
Robert Owen …. best boy grip
Olivier Painchaud …. technical support: Hybride
Reid Paul …. visual effects producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Steve Pelchat …. layout artist: Hybride
Patrick Piche …. lead technical director: Hybride
Sonia Pronovost …. animator: Hybride
Florent Revel …. matchmove artist
Sébastien Rioux …. digital compositor: Hybride
Guillaume Ruegg …. texture-lighting artist: hybride
Eduardo Sallas …. digital compositor
Katy Savoie …. digital compositor: Hybride
Michael Saz …. digital compositor: Hybride
Joao Sita …. digital compositor: Hybride
Mark G. Soper …. visual effects producer
Nathan Srigley …. effects animator: Hybride
Guillaume St-Aubin-Seers …. digital compositor: Hybride
Jubinville Steve …. modeler: Hybride
John K. Stirber …. pyrotechnics supervisor: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Tammy Sutton …. compositor
Josef Sy …. animator: Hybride
Sylvie Talbot …. communications: Hybride
Philippe Theroux …. computer graphics supervisor: Hybride
Gaetan Thiffault …. lead effects animator: Hybride
Eric Torres …. visual effects coordinator
Peter Toufidis …. matte painter: Hybride
Anne Tremblay …. administration: Hybride
Marco Tremblay …. lead modeler: Hybride
Véronique Tremblay …. production assistant: Hybride
Yves Tremblay …. digital compositor: Hybride
Raphael Valle …. digital compositor: Hybride
Mathieu Veilette …. textures & lighting: Hybride
Celine Velasco …. texture-lighting artist: Hybride
Andre Waller …. digital compositor
Conal Wenn …. layout artist: Hybride
Tom Williamson …. visual effects supervisor
Grant Wilson …. animator: Hybride
Dione Wood …. visual effects producer: Amalgamated Pixels
David Yabu …. animator: Hybride
Hubert Zapalowicz …. tracking artist: Hybride

 

Tagline: Death saved the best for 3-D.

Tagline: Death saved the best for 3-D.

Best Horror/Death Scene Cubed (1997)

Warning Video Contains GRAPHIC GORE!

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Clip is from the Netherlands 1997 film Cube.  Originally released 11 July 1998 (Netherlands) Directed by Vincenzo Natali. 

Plot: Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they’ve been imprisoned. Written by {dadroog@hotmail.com}

Special Effects by
Russell Cate …. special makeup & physical effects: Caligari
Louise Mackintosh …. special makeup & physical effects: Caligari
Raymond Mackintosh …. special makeup & physical effects: Caligari (as Ray Mackintosh)
 
Visual Effects by
Lisa Bechard …. digital effects producer: C.O.R.E.
Derek Grime …. digital artist: C.O.R.E.
John Mariella …. digital effects director
Moris Molino …. digital artist: C.O.R.E.
Bob Munroe …. digital effects director
Emily Roach …. digital animator: C.O.R.E.
Costa Roussakis …. digital systems guy: C.O.R.E.
Stephen Segal …. digital effects producer: C.O.R.E.
Ralph Sevazlian …. digital artist: C.O.R.E.
Brian A. Smeets …. digital artist: C.O.R.E.
Claude Theriault …. digital paint artist: C.O.R.E.
Yves Therrien …. digital animator: C.O.R.E.
Tracey Vaz …. digital paint artist: C.O.R.E.
David Willows …. digital artist: C.O.R.E.
Dennis Berardi …. digital film technician (uncredited)
Jamie Hallett …. optical cameraman (uncredited)

 

Tagline: Fear... Paranoia... Suspicion... Desperation

Tagline: Fear... Paranoia... Suspicion... Desperation

The Wicker Man released June 1975

The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man is a 1973 British film, combining thriller, existential horror and musical genres, directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and Britt Ekland. Paul Giovanni composed the soundtrack. The film is now considered a cult classic.

Based very loosely on David Pinner’s 1967 novel The Ritual, the story centres on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie to the isolated island of Summerisle, in search of a missing girl the locals claim never existed. Howie is a devout Christian, and is appalled by the reconstructed form of Celtic paganism practised by the inhabitants of the island.

The Wicker Man is generally well regarded by critics and film enthusiasts. Film magazine Cinefantastique described it as “The Citizen Kane of Horror Movies”, and during 2004 the magazine Total Film named The Wicker Man the sixth greatest British film of all time. It also won the 1978 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film. A scene from this film was #45 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments.

A badly-received 2006 Canadian/German/American remake was produced, from which Robin Hardy and others involved with the original have disassociated themselves.

The Wicker Tree, a “spiritual sequel” also directed by Hardy, is set for release in 2010.

Trivia:

Although the film is set in May it was filmed in October and November 1972.


A body double was secretly used for the naked rear shots of Willow dancing. The scenes were filmed after Britt Ekland had left the set. The body double was used because Ekland would only agree to topless shots of her body. After shooting was over, not only was Ekland furious to learn she had been doubled in some shots but that she was also a few weeks pregnant in that scene. Director Robin Hardy says it was Ekland herself who did not want her bottom to be filmed, as she did not like it.


The negative and the outtakes of the film were stored at the vault in Shepperton studios. When it was bought, the new owner gave the order to clear the vault to get rid of all the old stuff. Foolishly, the vault manager put the negatives, which just arrived from the lab, with the ones which were to be destroyed..


Director Robin Hardy originally wanted Michael York for the role of Sgt. Howie. When it turned out he was unavailable, David Hemmings was considered before writer Anthony Shaffer and producer Peter Snell recommended Edward Woodward who had always been Snell’s first choice to play the part.


Edward Woodward was always the producers first choice for the role of Howie (despite the director favouring Michael York).


Christopher Lee agreed to appear in this film for free.


Although the film is set in Scottish territory and all the characters are meant to be of Scottish nationality, all five of of the leading cast are not Scottish: Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward are English, Diane Cilento is Australian, Ingrid Pitt is Polish and Britt Ekland is Swedish.


This film was intended as a vehicle for Christopher Lee. Lee himself has said that he considers this to be one of his greatest ever roles.


Was filmed in 1972 in Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland, and there was some controversy when Britt Ekland labeled it as the “bleakest place on Earth”. The producers were forced to apologize to the locals.


John Sharp was second choice to play the island’s doctor. The role was originally intended for Patrick Newell.


It is rumored that the original negative of the full length version was used as landfill in the M3 motorway in England. Actor Christopher Lee has said that this was apparently done on purpose, because of Michael Deeley’s dislike of the film.


The current version available in the USA and UK is still incomplete, despite its ‘director’s cut’ status. Still missing is a lengthy speech made by Lord Summerisle on apples.


Britt Ekland was dubbed by Annie Ross.


The last film of Ian Wilson.


The film gives it’s name to a music and arts festival (The Wickerman Festival) which has been held annually in the area where the film was shot (Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland) since 2004. At the end of the festival a giant Wicker Man sculpture is burned as a ‘sacrifice to the festival gods’.


The stumps of the wicker-man used in the final burning scene remained at the location of the shoot for decades and became a landmark for fanatics. There was outrage by fans as the stumps were cut down and stolen in late 2006.


Although Rowan was played by ‘Geraldine Cowper’ it is her twin sister Jackie whose photograph is handed around by Howie, and in fact during the chase through the caves Jackie appeared in a couple of shots instead of Gerry.


The ‘evil eye’ rowing boat, which takes Howie to and from his plane, was not constructed for the film. It belonged to a resident of Plockton. Upon seeing it, the producers decided it would suit the film. The boat survived until 2004 when it was destroyed in a storm.


Rowan Morrison was born on the 13th November 1960.


In The Directors Cut, there is a scene in which we see Howie and McTaggart in their police car, that was filmed in a garage. The illusion of passing cars was created by two crew members waving torches past their windscreen.


During Filming, Britt Ekland said Dumfries And Galloway were the most dismal place in creation. The producers had to apologize to the local press for her comments.


During filming, Anthony Shaffer’s brother Peter stood in for Howie’s Mr Punch during one shoot.


According to director ‘Robin Hardy’, Howie’s final speech is based upon Walter Raleigh’s dying words.


Robin Hardy makes a cameo appearance in the film as the preacher in the mainland church scene. Screenwriter Anthony Shaffer was present during the filming of the final scenes and is said to be among the villagers.


Until 2009 this film was never officially released in Germany. Only then it was released on DVD by Kinowelt (however, since it was not released before, without a German dub).


Information concerning the film’s checkered distribution history in the US: Opened 9/30/77 in Minneapolis MN with a PG rating; another run on 1/28/81. Variety reviewed it in their 5/15/74 issue. New Orleans run 10/28/78; San Francisco January 1979; Los Angeles with new ad campaign 3/9/79 and R rating; New York 3/26/80 with R rating and distributed by Dynamite Entertainment-Abraxas Releasing.


The letter kick-starting the investigation (seen in the Director’s Cut) is addressed to: Sgt Neil Howie, West Highland Police, Ullwater.

I Am Not Infected

Just discovered this website which chronicles the adventures of three Los Angeles residents who are trying to survive a zombie outbreak…

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Big Foot and Coors Light and Bill Parcells

During football season Coors light created its own version of Bigfoot to add to the list.  This commercial is one in the series where during a “press conference” fans ask a coach some questions that gets back to great tasting beer!  The coaches are cleverly cut into the ad using real footage from previous press conferences.  This paticular ad features coach Bill Parcells.  I like the beginning where a fan says “Coach!  I have a question…”I love cold coors light””  and Parcells answers “well…that’s not really a question.”…awkward…then later a nervous looking fan asks Parcells “Coach…do you believe in Bigfoot?” (signaling with is eyes to his side where Bigfoot is standing) Of course no one else seems to be worried….yikes!

Coorssas

See for yourself : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqJu4rEKsEw

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