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TeenerTot - 2012-11-26

Gosh, my house is built on top of millions of dead crinoids and sea urchins. Should I fear an uprising of angry ethereal mississpian sea life?

HarrietTubmanPI - 2012-11-26

My stars. Take them.

Jet Bin Fever - 2012-11-26

Only when the old ones awake.

fatatty - 2012-11-26

Don't worry, only humans think that being dead makes them special.

Old_Zircon - 2012-11-26

Apparently the effect was achieved by building a miniature house with strings attached to all the parts and then sucking the strings into a shop vac hidden behind the backdrop.

Practical special effects are still the best.

Needs Tobe Hooper tag.

Raggamuffin - 2012-11-26

for practical SFX

memedumpster - 2012-11-26

Back when humans had thought instead of a "render to frames" button.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-11-26

Both practical and CGI can be good or bad.

Keep in mind every shitty film before TRON, pretty much, used practical special effects and often fucked it up. For a modern example, Lord of the Rings has examples of both (though Jackson corrected most of the flubs and misfires before the movies went to DVD): The rock troll fight in Moria? Very well done. The Balrog? Awesome. Legolas fighting the elephant-monster? Not so much, since they basically make him a cartoon for his attack. Would that mistake have happened with practical effects? Depends on what you consider to be practical. Is stop-motion practical? If so, I've never seen a real-looking stop-motion man being eaten by a stop-motion monster.

On the practical side of LOTR, the camera tricks and FX to make tall people look short were very well-done, and sometimes they were assisted by CGI.

In this day and age, saying either is irrelevant or automatically awful is kind of ignorant.

FABIO - 2012-11-26

Practical effects also make for much more entertaining stories for behind the scenes clips where they show you how everything was made.

That clip on here about how a team made that 80s HBO promotion is amazing.

memedumpster - 2012-11-26

CG is all cartooning and all terrible if you're not making a cartoon. Good CG is only good compared to the shit that came before it. The best practical effects look real, the best CG looks like slightly less shit CG than what came before. Whole decades of movies will be utterly unwatchable in the future because of the glaring low quality of the computer effects.

The CG in LOTR sucked out loud. All of it. Every fucking frame.

Being a fanboy of a blatantly, and systemically, inferior way to make a movie because technology *fap* is beyond unreasonable.

fatatty - 2012-11-26

CG is just getting started. Already the subtle use of it is almost indistinguishable from reality. Full characters and scenes are still obvious but give it another 20 years and that won't be the case. Sadly Jurassic Park is still probably the best example of CG and practical mixing in the past 20 years.

Still it takes a fuck ton more work to make decent CGI than a "render frames" button. It takes just as much creativity, skill and labor as practical effects. The computer doesn't sculpt the models for you.

Koda Maja - 2012-11-26

An example of a good use of CGI is how a lot of the backgrounds are done on a show like Boardwalk Empire. A lot of the shots wouldn't be economically feasible on a weekly television series, even for a network like HBO, but the CGI is always subtly done and never the focus of the shot.

If only more movies would take this approach.


SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-11-27

Wow, meme. Do you listen to yourself?

**"The best practical effects look real, the best CG looks like slightly less shit CG than what came before."

They look like they're really there with the actors, sure, but so does a potted plant. Even the best practical effects look like effects. Jabba the Hutt is incredibly detailed and complicated, but he's still a giant muppet and we know it. Every alien that's actually on the set and not a puppet is a dude in a suit, and that's hard to hide without a lot of work. For example, the Giger Alien looked really bad the second it was on camera for more than four seconds in motion without some strobe lights or mist to hide the fact it was a guy in a suit. Even the best animatronics still look like robotic machines.

**"Whole decades of movies will be utterly unwatchable in the future because of the glaring low quality of the computer effects."

And practical effects have always looked like they were real? I've got a whole stack of MST3K tapes for you, along with most zombie movies (even with high budgets), every Kaiju monster movie ever made, nearly every "classic" horror movie (go back and watch Nightmare on Elm Street or many of its contemporaries without laughing, I dare you) and most sci-fi films. Yeah, modern movies must suck, and it's CG's fault. It's why every year theaters show Beastmaster and Krull to packed houses.

I really don't get how you seem to miss the fact that I appreciate both art forms. I guess the whole "fanboy" thing is just (if you'll pardon the pun) projection on your part.

**"CG is all cartooning and all terrible if you're not making a cartoon."

That's about as clueless as saying all practical effects are just puppet shows and all terrible if you're not making a Punch and Judy movie.

urbanelf - 2012-11-26

This was based on a true story.

chumbucket - 2012-11-26

Headstones are so much less of a hassle to move.

Triggerbaby - 2012-11-26

So are dildos meant for gypsies, made out of gypsies, or is the factory owned by gypsies?
Please answer quickly I need this for my book report.

Old_Zircon - 2012-11-26

They're like bad-dragon.com except modeled on Gypsy from MST3k

Gypsy_Dildo_Factory - 2012-11-26


Gypsy_Dildo_Factory - 2012-11-26

oh No!

Gypsy_Dildo_Factory - 2012-11-26

Actually I just realized the origin of this name might be amusing:

3 nights ago I had an alcohol withdrawal induced "lucid" dream. --One of the few things remembered is a part where I was explaining to a friend how U.S. air force pilots gain respect and advancement opportunity by flying a plane through their on-base dildo factory warehouses.
--I then just interlocked that with a line from Repo Man (Harry Dean Stanton says approx. "God damn Rodriguez brothers, gypsy dildo sons of bitches!!!").

Repo Man's a great movie, too.

sosage - 2012-11-26

Human beings are incapable of running away from things. You can only escape danger by piling into the station wagon and sit in a comfortable panic while the driver fumbles the car keys.

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2012-11-26

Hmmm. Life with the Simpson family? What other choice do I have?

Binro the Heretic - 2012-11-26

And in another dimension....

"What the fuck is all this wood and plaster and shit doing here?"

memedumpster - 2012-11-26

In the spirit world, ghosts are haunted by houses.

Corpus Delectable - 2012-11-27

It's kinda weird seeing Heather O'Rourke. I lived around the corner from her and her sister, Tammy O'Rourke, in Santee, CA. A friend of mine "went with" Tammy for a bit. ("Going with" being the elementary school slang in our area for "going out with," this being the closest thing that sixth-graders in the area could come to saying "going out with," given the fact that nobody had cars.) I remember when Heather died of a bowel obstruction.

The truth is more banal than fiction.

dairyqueenlatifah - 2012-11-29

I remember growing up being told these corny horror flicks were satanic and that's why multiple cast members, including the little girl who talked to the people in the tv, died early deaths.

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