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Stan Winston Week: Celebrating Lake Placid with Director Steve Miner & Exclusive Photo Gallery

7 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

To kick-off Daily Dead’s Stan Winston Week, I decided to start with Lake Placid, one of my favorite monster movies Stan worked on that I felt never got the attention it truly deserved. Sure, creating a crocodile might sound like an ordinary effects job on paper, but it’s the sheer magnitude of the monstrous croc that is something only legendary effects master Stan Winston could have tackled with such authenticity and dedication.

To honor Lake Placid and Stan’s contributions to the film and the industry as a whole, I recently spoke extensively with the film’s director Steve Miner about his friendship and professional relationship with Winston throughout his career. Miner, the man associated with several other classic genre films like Friday the 13th Parts 1 through 3, House, Warlock, and Halloween: H20 also discussed how Stan was solely responsible for getting Lake Placid financed after creating the monstrous animatronic crocodile. »

- Heather Wixson

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