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2014-07-11 09:04:48 PM
I'm in the wrong line of work. That sounded like a lot of fun.
 
2014-07-11 09:36:45 PM
Holy shiat that was great.

Thanks, subby.
 
2014-07-12 12:52:55 AM
10 Seconds: The Pain Begins. 15 Seconds: You Can't Breathe. 20 Seconds: You Explode.
 
2014-07-12 01:11:49 AM
I saw that movie at the theater when it first came out

/spent the entire rest of the movie hoping they wouldn't do that again
 
2014-07-12 01:26:22 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I saw that movie at the theater when it first came out

/spent the entire rest of the movie hoping they wouldn't do that again


that was one of the first vhs tapes i rented. i was too young to see such movies.
 
2014-07-12 02:52:29 AM
I'd put that in the top ten of "explaining special effects" films of all time.
 
2014-07-12 03:41:46 AM
I have always wondered what that was. Looks very realistic.
 
2014-07-12 04:56:16 AM
I posted that .gif in Fark way back...some tight-ass complained and I got a bannination for a couple days.
 
2014-07-12 05:31:32 AM
I somehow thought that was going to be about Budd Dwyer.
 
2014-07-12 07:58:16 AM

RobertBruce: Budd Dwyer


csb

I was watching the press conference live when it happened.  It was the most surreal thing I had ever witnessed.

end csb
 
2014-07-12 08:07:41 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I saw that movie at the theater when it first came out

/spent the entire rest of the movie hoping they wouldn't do that again


I saw it in the theater with my brothers and some friends and we laughed so hard after the head exploded that we disturbed the 6 or 7 other people in the theater. Shortly afterward we left in the middle of the movie because we thought it was boring and dumb. While i don't remember what we did for the rest of the night, it probably involved underage drinking.
 
2014-07-12 08:52:24 AM
Love it. Now we just CGI everything. Takes something away from that movie magic and nobody is impressed anymore.
 
2014-07-12 08:53:07 AM
Heh, I love how the shotgun became the practical option for the shot.
 
2014-07-12 09:02:48 AM

T-Boy: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I saw that movie at the theater when it first came out

/spent the entire rest of the movie hoping they wouldn't do that again

I saw it in the theater with my brothers and some friends and we laughed so hard after the head exploded that we disturbed the 6 or 7 other people in the theater. Shortly afterward we left in the middle of the movie because we thought it was boring and dumb. While i don't remember what we did for the rest of the night, it probably involved underage drinking.


More or less this. We were completely baked out of our gourds, so we wound up staying for the whole thing, saying it was kinda boring (needed more cowbell... err... headasplode), then going out and getting more completely stoned.

I remember reading in Fangoria about how they'd done this scene and suddenly that made the whole thing better.

/still love the movie...
 
2014-07-12 09:03:00 AM

desolation15: Love it. Now we just CGI everything. Takes something away from that movie magic and nobody is impressed anymore.


It's kind of amazing too how the practical effect is sometimes more realistic and cheaper than the CGI when everything's considered.  Not to mention the acting is better as well as you're acting with something rather then a green screen.  I don't know whether it's laziness, "shiny new toy" syndrome, or just lack of expertise in the field that drove directors and studios away.
 
2014-07-12 09:33:40 AM
One of the most disturbing (to me) elements of that shot is that there seems to be just enough time for his expression to change to one of horror before his head completely dissolves into splatter, which hugely enhances the impact.

Of course, that's just an artifact of the mask distorting plus our propensity to see facial expressions where none exist, but still. Scared the bejeesus out of me the first time I saw it.

/Practical effects FTW
 
2014-07-12 09:39:55 AM
I thought this would be that scene from Rikki Oh.
 
2014-07-12 09:43:42 AM
So that is why the body jerked upward instead of down. Any explosive option would have compressed it. I always wondered about that.
 
2014-07-12 10:03:47 AM

desolation15: Love it. Now we just CGI everything. Takes something away from that movie magic and nobody is impressed anymore.


I hate CGI.

I look at all of the movies made in the 80s and 90s where art, models, animatronics, and design gave the movies their feel. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Alien, Jurassic Park.  Even older, the epics of the 50s and 60s where CGI didn't exist.  Lawrence of Arabia, A Bridge Too Far, 10 Commandments, Spartacus, Doctor Zhivago. Those movies are still awesome.  They have a realistic feel that is very difficult to reproduce still.  Where CGI was used in later years, it was to enhance the movie not as the main vehicle for it.

CGI now is just a "shiny thing" crutch for terrible stories and worse acting.  Transformers, I'm looking at you.
 
2014-07-12 10:42:10 AM

Summoner101: desolation15: Love it. Now we just CGI everything. Takes something away from that movie magic and nobody is impressed anymore.

It's kind of amazing too how the practical effect is sometimes more realistic and cheaper than the CGI when everything's considered.   Not to mention the acting is better as well as you're acting with something rather then a green screen.  I don't know whether it's laziness, "shiny new toy" syndrome, or just lack of expertise in the field that drove directors and studios away.


That was one of the cool things about Goro in the first Mortal Kombat movie.  They said they could have used something other than a practical puppet.  But they wanted a real reaction from the actors, and it must have been great to see everyone's faces when they brought the big guy on set the first time.
 
2014-07-12 11:04:36 AM
Green-screen technology has come a long way, so now it's not uncommon to have someone physically on-set in a half-assed, bright green monster costume for everyone to act with that they then replace with CGI afterward. Seems like a win-win.
 
2014-07-12 11:29:09 AM
The Fury

Few know it. Fantastic, grimly funny encyclopedia of movie violence. Including exploding people.
 
2014-07-12 12:53:54 PM

Summoner101: desolation15: Love it. Now we just CGI everything. Takes something away from that movie magic and nobody is impressed anymore.

It's kind of amazing too how the practical effect is sometimes more realistic and cheaper than the CGI when everything's considered.  Not to mention the acting is better as well as you're acting with something rather then a green screen.  I don't know whether it's laziness, "shiny new toy" syndrome, or just lack of expertise in the field that drove directors and studios away.


Because you know it can be done; old school sfx are more uncertain
 
2014-07-12 01:26:20 PM
Thanks Subby! I have honestly wondered about this more times than I care to admit.
 
2014-07-12 01:40:17 PM

zjoik: Summoner101: desolation15: Love it. Now we just CGI everything. Takes something away from that movie magic and nobody is impressed anymore.

It's kind of amazing too how the practical effect is sometimes more realistic and cheaper than the CGI when everything's considered.  Not to mention the acting is better as well as you're acting with something rather then a green screen.  I don't know whether it's laziness, "shiny new toy" syndrome, or just lack of expertise in the field that drove directors and studios away.

Because you know it can be done; old school sfx are more uncertain


Not to mention more expensive.
 
2014-07-12 02:00:50 PM
I saw this movie in a large-screen theater. This scene is pretty much all I remember.
 
2014-07-12 02:36:24 PM

bingethinker: I saw this movie in a large-screen theater. This scene is pretty much all I remember.


Well, yeah. The rest of the movie was boring as hell.
 
2014-07-12 06:07:38 PM

czetie: One of the most disturbing (to me) elements of that shot is that there seems to be just enough time for his expression to change to one of horror before his head completely dissolves into splatter, which hugely enhances the impact.

Of course, that's just an artifact of the mask distorting plus our propensity to see facial expressions where none exist, but still. Scared the bejeesus out of me the first time I saw it.

/Practical effects FTW


Two biggest reasons have to do with resetting the scene if something goes wrong. Cleanup and multiple copies of the dummy. Very costly in time amd money. Imagine the change in narrative if they farked up the shotgun blast. :)
 
2014-07-12 06:37:15 PM

nocturn: czetie: One of the most disturbing (to me) elements of that shot is that there seems to be just enough time for his expression to change to one of horror before his head completely dissolves into splatter, which hugely enhances the impact.

Of course, that's just an artifact of the mask distorting plus our propensity to see facial expressions where none exist, but still. Scared the bejeesus out of me the first time I saw it.

/Practical effects FTW

Two biggest reasons have to do with resetting the scene if something goes wrong. Cleanup and multiple copies of the dummy. Very costly in time amd money. Imagine the change in narrative if they farked up the shotgun blast. :)


I was just thinking the same thing. I wonder how confident they were that the shotgun blast was going to work, and what their backup plan was?
 
2014-07-12 09:52:53 PM

czetie: nocturn: czetie: One of the most disturbing (to me) elements of that shot is that there seems to be just enough time for his expression to change to one of horror before his head completely dissolves into splatter, which hugely enhances the impact.

Of course, that's just an artifact of the mask distorting plus our propensity to see facial expressions where none exist, but still. Scared the bejeesus out of me the first time I saw it.

/Practical effects FTW

Two biggest reasons have to do with resetting the scene if something goes wrong. Cleanup and multiple copies of the dummy. Very costly in time amd money. Imagine the change in narrative if they farked up the shotgun blast. :)

I was just thinking the same thing. I wonder how confident they were that the shotgun blast was going to work, and what their backup plan was?


Well, if it's anything like my place by the time the shotgun comes out we're well past the consequences stage and well into "fark it we're doing this now" territory. :)
 
2014-07-12 10:53:55 PM
Tom Savini did a pretty good job of this in Maniac too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yngGjSgztJ0
 
2014-07-13 02:05:35 PM
This scene haunted my childhood - and I've never even seen the movie.

/This and the Alien chestburster scene. I was a wimpy kid.
 
2014-07-13 04:03:18 PM
The link isn't about Story of Ricky.

/Disappoint
//Still wanna get Scanners before 50% sale ends
 
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