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2012-12-14 10:08:00 PM
Only 3 of those are really science fiction movies.
 
2012-12-14 10:34:42 PM

fusillade762: Only 3 of those are really science fiction movies.


I was gonna say that's a lot of nerdy movies. I forgot that the headline called them sci-fi.
 
2012-12-15 12:03:16 AM
I'm glad they mentioned a matrix movie, but they failed to mention the part where Neo dodges the bullets on the rooftop. Also, list is bullshiat without mentioning Dar Robinson's work in Sharky's Machine, but I guess that movie is too old.
 
2012-12-15 12:29:05 AM

Mark Ratner: I'm glad they mentioned a matrix movie, but they failed to mention the part where Neo dodges the bullets on the rooftop.


How was that "death defying"? Did they have him dodging real bullets?
 
2012-12-15 12:43:28 AM

fusillade762: Mark Ratner: I'm glad they mentioned a matrix movie, but they failed to mention the part where Neo dodges the bullets on the rooftop.

How was that "death defying"? Did they have him dodging real bullets?


Sarcasm. Sorry. The Dar Robinson stunt was legit, though.
 
2012-12-15 12:49:01 AM
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Pussies
 
2012-12-15 12:52:57 AM
CGI stunts....ooooo, that could have been real frickkin' dangerous.....
 
2012-12-15 12:53:17 AM
That was more interesting than I expected.

Before I opened the link, I wasn't thinking about the danger to stuntmen, so the first thing I thought of was John Sheridan's jump into a bottomless pit on Zha'ha'dum, while his ship flies down from orbit, crashes into the city he's in, and detonates the onboard nukes..
 
2012-12-15 12:55:07 AM
List is missing the massive indoor explosion from 5th Element
 
2012-12-15 01:35:24 AM
I'm kinda surprised how many of those were physical stunts. I just kinda assume everything is CGI these days.
 
2012-12-15 01:43:33 AM
I guess it's all up to Paramount, seeing as how it's their footage, but the DVD extras in Lost Ark made it seem like it was just a biatch to do the truck because it was uncomfortable. The stunt guy said the thing he hated most was the crank shaft joint, because no one wanted to cover it up, since it was important for the undercarriage shot.

They should have mentioned the tank scene in Indy, instead. In the extras, Ford was biatching about it because no one took into account that dirt has rocks, and everyone was apparently shocked that Ford was getting pelted by rocks.

Jackie Chan should have made an Honorable mention, because every movie he does he almost kills himself.
 
2012-12-15 01:51:03 AM
While they were filming The Dark Knight, I was working in the building on the corner of Monroe and LaSalle. Being a Batman nerd, I stayed late more than a few nights just to try to see them filming. I got to see Ledger killing time skateboarding around, Bale's stuntman riding back and forth on the Batpod, and best of all I got to watch them flip the truck right in front of my building. The weirdest part was trying to explain to the Hispanic cleaning staff what was happening.

The article says everything went perfectly, but the impact from the truck flipping over actually blew out a few windows on the first floor of the building.
 
2012-12-15 01:54:18 AM

Mark Ratner: fusillade762: Mark Ratner: I'm glad they mentioned a matrix movie, but they failed to mention the part where Neo dodges the bullets on the rooftop.

How was that "death defying"? Did they have him dodging real bullets?

Sarcasm. Sorry. The Dar Robinson stunt was legit, though.


That's the one where he falls off the balcony while shooting at Reynolds? Definitely a great one, but it's not science fiction. Though as I said, most of the ones on that list aren't either.
 
2012-12-15 02:01:29 AM

Automator: The weirdest part was trying to explain to the Hispanic cleaning staff what was happening.


It's weird that you don't speak Spanish? I guess if you studied very hard, or were a native Spanish speaker that would be odd.
 
2012-12-15 02:12:59 AM

fusillade762: Mark Ratner: fusillade762: Mark Ratner: I'm glad they mentioned a matrix movie, but they failed to mention the part where Neo dodges the bullets on the rooftop.

How was that "death defying"? Did they have him dodging real bullets?

Sarcasm. Sorry. The Dar Robinson stunt was legit, though.

That's the one where he falls off the balcony while shooting at Reynolds? Definitely a great one, but it's not science fiction. Though as I said, most of the ones on that list aren't either.


You're right. That movie isn't sci fi and I think the list sucks. Why limit the list to a particular genre? A stunt is a stunt. I don't care if a dangerous stunt occured in a romantic comedy for farms sake. Dar Robinson is a legend and its too bad Jackie Chan didn't make either.
 
2012-12-15 02:13:23 AM

GungFu: CGI stunts....ooooo, that could have been real frickkin' dangerous.....


9. Evil Dead. All of it.

Raimi wasn't working with CGI. There was no such thing.

No one understood, in the theater, why the wrestling scene in Spider-Man made me laugh so hard. The hallmark of a Raimi film is that moment where he looks like he strapped the camera to a piece of wood and hit the actor with it. Even after the mess that was Spider-Man 3, I'm still looking forward to Oz The Great and Powerful just for the idea that someone is gonna beat the shiat out of James Franco with filming equipment somehow.
 
2012-12-15 02:34:49 AM

Shadowtag: GungFu: CGI stunts....ooooo, that could have been real frickkin' dangerous.....

9. Evil Dead. All of it.

Raimi wasn't working with CGI. There was no such thing.

No one understood, in the theater, why the wrestling scene in Spider-Man made me laugh so hard. The hallmark of a Raimi film is that moment where he looks like he strapped the camera to a piece of wood and hit the actor with it. Even after the mess that was Spider-Man 3, I'm still looking forward to Oz The Great and Powerful just for the idea that someone is gonna beat the shiat out of James Franco with filming equipment somehow.


It doesn't just look like it - he actually does hit them with the camera, among many other types of physical and mental torture. Read Bruce Campbell's autobiography, especially about filming the Evil Dead trilogy. It's both hilarious and enlightening.

/No one came out of that production without some sort of serious injury.
 
2012-12-15 02:34:57 AM
I'd feel more worried for the stuntmen if they didn't come across as "Yeah, the director wanted to do this insanely dangerous and impossible stunt and we were like, OK, let's give it a try!" and they do and it works.

They're all nuts. My hat is off to them.
 
2012-12-15 02:35:54 AM
I'm glad to see someone in TFA comments mentioned the Terminator 2 helicopter-under-bridge stunt.
 
2012-12-15 02:49:11 AM
 
2012-12-15 02:54:09 AM

Amberwind: Shadowtag: GungFu: CGI stunts....ooooo, that could have been real frickkin' dangerous.....

9. Evil Dead. All of it.

Raimi wasn't working with CGI. There was no such thing.

No one understood, in the theater, why the wrestling scene in Spider-Man made me laugh so hard. The hallmark of a Raimi film is that moment where he looks like he strapped the camera to a piece of wood and hit the actor with it. Even after the mess that was Spider-Man 3, I'm still looking forward to Oz The Great and Powerful just for the idea that someone is gonna beat the shiat out of James Franco with filming equipment somehow.

It doesn't just look like it - he actually does hit them with the camera, among many other types of physical and mental torture. Read Bruce Campbell's autobiography, especially about filming the Evil Dead trilogy. It's both hilarious and enlightening.

/No one came out of that production without some sort of serious injury.


In the one scene Bruce shoots a gun through the window. In real life, they had no special effects, so he just shot some buckshot through the window.
 
2012-12-15 03:45:33 AM
If we're going outside sci-fi...

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2012-12-15 03:46:10 AM

Amberwind: Shadowtag: GungFu: CGI stunts....ooooo, that could have been real frickkin' dangerous.....

9. Evil Dead. All of it.

Raimi wasn't working with CGI. There was no such thing.

No one understood, in the theater, why the wrestling scene in Spider-Man made me laugh so hard. The hallmark of a Raimi film is that moment where he looks like he strapped the camera to a piece of wood and hit the actor with it. Even after the mess that was Spider-Man 3, I'm still looking forward to Oz The Great and Powerful just for the idea that someone is gonna beat the shiat out of James Franco with filming equipment somehow.

It doesn't just look like it - he actually does hit them with the camera, among many other types of physical and mental torture. Read Bruce Campbell's autobiography, especially about filming the Evil Dead trilogy. It's both hilarious and enlightening.

/No one came out of that production without some sort of serious injury.


If Chins Could Kill. A friend of mine went to a signing downtown and gave it to me for my birthday one year. It's brilliant and in that he describes in vivid detail that crane shot in Evil Dead where he goes flying backwards and the camera follows him the whole way. That started me looking for that kind of shot, and when Spider-Man kicks Bonesaw in the crotch over and over again in Spider-Man I just lost it in the theater. I couldn't stop laughing. Really he kicks him in the face, but it's funnier the other way.
 
2012-12-15 03:50:41 AM
Oh and the whole story about having to back into town covered in karo syrup in back of a truck. FAN-TAS-TIC.
 
2012-12-15 03:51:05 AM

Shadowtag: Amberwind: Shadowtag: GungFu: CGI stunts....ooooo, that could have been real frickkin' dangerous.....

9. Evil Dead. All of it.

Raimi wasn't working with CGI. There was no such thing.

No one understood, in the theater, why the wrestling scene in Spider-Man made me laugh so hard. The hallmark of a Raimi film is that moment where he looks like he strapped the camera to a piece of wood and hit the actor with it. Even after the mess that was Spider-Man 3, I'm still looking forward to Oz The Great and Powerful just for the idea that someone is gonna beat the shiat out of James Franco with filming equipment somehow.

It doesn't just look like it - he actually does hit them with the camera, among many other types of physical and mental torture. Read Bruce Campbell's autobiography, especially about filming the Evil Dead trilogy. It's both hilarious and enlightening.

/No one came out of that production without some sort of serious injury.

If Chins Could Kill. A friend of mine went to a signing downtown and gave it to me for my birthday one year. It's brilliant and in that he describes in vivid detail that crane shot in Evil Dead where he goes flying backwards and the camera follows him the whole way. That started me looking for that kind of shot, and when Spider-Man kicks Bonesaw in the crotch over and over again in Spider-Man I just lost it in the theater. I couldn't stop laughing. Really he kicks him in the face, but it's funnier the other way.


I'm still impressed by the lunchroom scene in spiderman where he actually catches everything on the tray with MJ in his arms. No special effects
 
2012-12-15 03:55:14 AM

thecpt: Shadowtag: Amberwind: Shadowtag: GungFu: CGI stunts....ooooo, that could have been real frickkin' dangerous.....

9. Evil Dead. All of it.

Raimi wasn't working with CGI. There was no such thing.

No one understood, in the theater, why the wrestling scene in Spider-Man made me laugh so hard. The hallmark of a Raimi film is that moment where he looks like he strapped the camera to a piece of wood and hit the actor with it. Even after the mess that was Spider-Man 3, I'm still looking forward to Oz The Great and Powerful just for the idea that someone is gonna beat the shiat out of James Franco with filming equipment somehow.

It doesn't just look like it - he actually does hit them with the camera, among many other types of physical and mental torture. Read Bruce Campbell's autobiography, especially about filming the Evil Dead trilogy. It's both hilarious and enlightening.

/No one came out of that production without some sort of serious injury.

If Chins Could Kill. A friend of mine went to a signing downtown and gave it to me for my birthday one year. It's brilliant and in that he describes in vivid detail that crane shot in Evil Dead where he goes flying backwards and the camera follows him the whole way. That started me looking for that kind of shot, and when Spider-Man kicks Bonesaw in the crotch over and over again in Spider-Man I just lost it in the theater. I couldn't stop laughing. Really he kicks him in the face, but it's funnier the other way.

I'm still impressed by the lunchroom scene in spiderman where he actually catches everything on the tray with MJ in his arms. No special effects


It's a well put together film, and the second one is almost better (I insist that Doc Ock throwing a car at Parker is in character) but I just couldn't get past Maguire. I hated him. He's the only thing I think those movies got wrong. While I don't understand why Aunt May is english, she's just so cool I can look past that. Peter himself, not so much.
 
2012-12-15 04:01:20 AM
I should clarify that Doc Ock thing. When Pete unmasks in front of Octavius, once he's back to himself, he really doesn't look that surprised. I think Octavius knew the entire time that Parker was Spider-Man, so throwing the car would have just been to get his attention. The arms didn't care. They saw him sitting down with a pretty girl and that part of him that lost his wife got angry.

Which is more characterization than the comics gave him for a long time.
 
2012-12-15 05:02:55 AM

fusillade762: How was that "death defying"? Did they have him dodging real bullets?


He had to dodge the CGI scripting, on the negatives

/actors are the biggest f*cking phonies, none of them would have done a sh*ttin' thing in Aurora -- f*cking pricks, losers
//your idols are frauds
 
2012-12-15 05:21:43 AM

urban.derelict: fusillade762: How was that "death defying"? Did they have him dodging real bullets?

He had to dodge the CGI scripting, on the negatives

/actors are the biggest f*cking phonies, none of them would have done a sh*ttin' thing in Aurora -- f*cking pricks, losers
//your idols are frauds


And you would have, Captain Fancypants?
 
2012-12-15 07:52:41 AM

fusillade762: If we're going outside sci-fi...

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*slide whistle*
 
2012-12-15 09:12:50 AM

Automator: The weirdest part was trying to explain to the Hispanic cleaning staff what was happening.


Really? I would think "they're filming a movie" would be understandable to most people, even those pretty far down the socio-economic ladder.
 
2012-12-15 10:08:00 AM

Mark Ratner: fusillade762: Mark Ratner: fusillade762: Mark Ratner: I'm glad they mentioned a matrix movie, but they failed to mention the part where Neo dodges the bullets on the rooftop.

How was that "death defying"? Did they have him dodging real bullets?

Sarcasm. Sorry. The Dar Robinson stunt was legit, though.

That's the one where he falls off the balcony while shooting at Reynolds? Definitely a great one, but it's not science fiction. Though as I said, most of the ones on that list aren't either.

You're right. That movie isn't sci fi and I think the list sucks. Why limit the list to a particular genre? A stunt is a stunt. I don't care if a dangerous stunt occured in a romantic comedy for farms sake. Dar Robinson is a legend and its too bad Jackie Chan didn't make either.


That was "Stick". What made it work was the fact that Dar was acting in the movie and they didn't need to cutaway for a double.
 
2012-12-15 10:29:45 AM

Great_Milenko: Automator: The weirdest part was trying to explain to the Hispanic cleaning staff what was happening.

Really? I would think "they're filming a movie" would be understandable to most people, even those pretty far down the socio-economic ladder.


They knew a movie was being filmed, but it was funny to have mostly middle aged and older Hispanic ladies asking me stuff like: "Why are they going to flip a truck?" "Why is a helicopter flying so low down the street?" "Why is that guy wearing white makeup?" "Where is Batman?" "When is this movie coming out?"
 
2012-12-15 10:41:02 AM
I guess you could debate weather it is sci-fi or not, but the entirety of the movie The Road Warrior. So many insane stunts in that.
 
2012-12-15 10:50:55 AM

Eufah Kennidiets: Mark Ratner: fusillade762: Mark Ratner: fusillade762: Mark Ratner: I'm glad they mentioned a matrix movie, but they failed to mention the part where Neo dodges the bullets on the rooftop.

How was that "death defying"? Did they have him dodging real bullets?

Sarcasm. Sorry. The Dar Robinson stunt was legit, though.

That's the one where he falls off the balcony while shooting at Reynolds? Definitely a great one, but it's not science fiction. Though as I said, most of the ones on that list aren't either.

You're right. That movie isn't sci fi and I think the list sucks. Why limit the list to a particular genre? A stunt is a stunt. I don't care if a dangerous stunt occured in a romantic comedy for farms sake. Dar Robinson is a legend and its too bad Jackie Chan didn't make either.

That was "Stick". What made it work was the fact that Dar was acting in the movie and they didn't need to cutaway for a double.


Here's the scene from Stick you're talking about.

This the scene from Sharky's Machine, where Robinson is subbing for Henry Silva. At the time it was the highest such fall, and Robinson did both falling backwards without looking, the most dangerous setup for that kind of fall.
 
2012-12-15 11:02:16 AM
Shouldn't we be posting pics of Trinity in skin tight latex?
 
2012-12-15 01:29:45 PM
The motorcycle cop wiping out in "THX 1138" always impresses the shiat out of me. That stunt went wrong, but they got enough footage to be able to use the shot, and the guy apparently wasn't badly hurt.

There are plenty of other semi-accidental motorcycle wipeouts like that in movies, but that's the one that freaks me out the most. That guy gets some pretty good air over the handlebars.

It's at 2:25 here (sorry for the smallness):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOoLUmo-a0I&hd=1

...and, thankfully, George Lucas didn't replace him with Jar-Jar or anything when he added the extra scaffolding and those f'ing CGI Ewoks to the DVD release of the movie.

But of course, the all-time winner for dangerous special defects in fantasy movies would have to be the scene where they coated Margaret Hamilton in toxic makeup and then burned all her skin off in "The Wizard of Oz".
 
2012-12-15 01:35:24 PM
Oh, also, more cruelty to actors: Any of the scenes in "The Abyss" where James Cameron tried to drown Ed Harris. You know, the part where they fill Harris's diving helmet with pink water and he has to pretend he can breathe it while they're towing him around the ocean tank.
 
2012-12-15 02:15:39 PM

real_kibo: Oh, also, more cruelty to actors: Any of the scenes in "The Abyss" where James Cameron tried to drown Ed Harris. You know, the part where they fill Harris's diving helmet with pink water and he has to pretend he can breathe it while they're towing him around the ocean tank.



Had an old roommate who was a safety diver on that. They had to have someone close by air since all of Ed's closeups had to be real. Worst problem they had was when he accidentally put it in upside down with a mouthful of water.

I always meant to take a trip to Gaffney to see what was left of the deepcore set. Pretty sure they've finally cleaned it up by now.

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2012-12-15 04:12:50 PM
Evil Dead: Everything

Classic!

/Plant a tree
 
2012-12-15 04:27:34 PM

Primitive Screwhead: Evil Dead: Everything

Classic!

/Plant a tree


I was living in a part of Tennessee that's not too far from where the original cabin was located. My girlfriend and I had planned a trip to go check it out, but I was told that there's nothing left. The whole cabin had been carried away, piece by piece, by fans of the movie.
 
2012-12-15 04:52:55 PM

Mega Steve: Primitive Screwhead: Evil Dead: Everything

Classic!

/Plant a tree

I was living in a part of Tennessee that's not too far from where the original cabin was located. My girlfriend and I had planned a trip to go check it out, but I was told that there's nothing left. The whole cabin had been carried away, piece by piece, by fans of the movie.


I believe it.
Bruce Campbell has a story where a fan brings a chunk of rock to a signing and claims it was from the cabin's fireplace.
 
2012-12-15 05:04:55 PM
The guys in the wing suits in Transformers: Dark of the Moon were real, and not just CGI?

What on earth for? More than ninetyfive percent of the shots in that movie included shiatty CGI that looked like washed-out, blurry graphics from an old Nintendo. Why did they bother to make that stupid throwaway scene that had nothing at all to do with the plot* (and looked like CGI anyhow) into a real shot?

* disclaimer: nothing in that movie had anything to do with the plot. The entire movie was made of mix-and-match scenes designed to be edited together for different markets for maximum commercial success. Literally any scene could have been removed from that movie, and a complete movie would have remained.
** double disclaimer: even my slightly slow eleven year old nephew got bored during that movie.
 
2012-12-15 05:49:01 PM

real_kibo: The motorcycle cop wiping out in "THX 1138" always impresses the shiat out of me. That stunt went wrong, but they got enough footage to be able to use the shot, and the guy apparently wasn't badly hurt.

There are plenty of other semi-accidental motorcycle wipeouts like that in movies, but that's the one that freaks me out the most. That guy gets some pretty good air over the handlebars.

It's at 2:25 here (sorry for the smallness):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOoLUmo-a0I&hd=1

...and, thankfully, George Lucas didn't replace him with Jar-Jar or anything when he added the extra scaffolding and those f'ing CGI Ewoks to the DVD release of the movie.

But of course, the all-time winner for dangerous special defects in fantasy movies would have to be the scene where they coated Margaret Hamilton in toxic makeup and then burned all her skin off in "The Wizard of Oz".


And, as I'm sure you know, that Buddy Ebson. was supposed to play the Tin Man, but he was allergic to the make up as well.

the burns were bad, but not "burned all her skin off bad... from the wiki...

She suffered a second-degree burn on her face and a third-degree burn on her hand during a second take of her fiery exit from Munchkinland, in which the trap door's drop was delayed to eliminate the brief glimpse of it seen in the final edit. Hamilton had to recuperate in a hospital and at home for six weeks after the accident before returning to the set to complete her work on the now-classic film, and she refused to have anything to do with fire for the rest of the filming. After she recuperated, she said, "I won't sue, because I know how this business works, and I would never work again. I will return to work on one condition - no more fireworks!"


her stunt double also had issues...

Hamilton's stand-in and stunt double for the Witch, Betty Danko also suffered an on-set accident on February 11, 1939. It was Danko who made the fiery entrance to Munchkinland, not Hamilton. She was severely burned during the "Surrender Dorothy!" skywriting sequence at the Emerald City. Danko sat on a smoking pipe configured to look like the Witch's broomstick. The pipe exploded on the third take of the scene. She spent eleven days in the hospital. Her legs were permanently scarred. Hamilton's new stunt double, Aline Goodwin was hired to finish the broomstick riding scene for Danko.
 
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