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The walls of the spaceship the Quest were made out of McDonald's takeout cartons.
Unit director James Cameron got maggots to wriggle on a severed arm by passing an electric current through it, impressing a couple of producers and earning him his next job. And so a career was born.
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Taaffe O'Connell was nearly crushed by the one-ton giant worm during the filming of the notorious rape scene.
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Set dresser on this film was Bill Paxton before he took to acting. He was employed by the film's art director, future frequent collaborator James Cameron.
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Originally, Taaffe O'Connell's character was supposed to be attacked and eaten by the giant worm. The change to her being raped by it was a last minute decision by director Bruce D. Clark. While she didn't object to doing nudity, she was upset by the fact that the set and the slime that she had to be coated with were both freezing the day of the shoot.
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Taaffe O'Connell used a body double for some of the nudity featured in the notorious worm rape scene.
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Movie was originally rated X by the MPAA. Following scenes were cut for R rating; Evisceration and a protracted shot of a scalped corpse with part of its skull missing, several frames from infamous worm rape scene showing giant worm's thrusting movements and victim's face in ecstasy, sounds of bones breaking were also removed from scene in which another female character gets crushed by living wires. Original X rated version of the movie is confirmed to be lost and destroyed.
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A clip of this movie is on "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made" DVD Region 1 NTSC.
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The film went into production in the spring of 1981 at the Hammond Lumber Co. lot in Venice, CA, where New World's studio facilities were located. Additional sets, including the surface of the planet and the exterior of the pyramid, were built at a soon-to-be demolished Bekins Storage facility.
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The infamous giant worm was nicknamed "Maggie the maggot" by the crew.
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Sid Haig didn't think the dialogue in the script matched the character of Quuhod, so he asked Roger Corman if he could play Quuhod as a near mute instead. Corman agreed and let Haig portray Quuhod with almost no dialogue. Haig only says a single line in the whole movie.
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A lot of the special effects shots involving live actors combined with matte paintings and miniatures were done in camera.
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Keith Carradine was also considered for the role of Cabren.
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According to Roger Corman, the film was budgeted at approximately $700,000.
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David DeCoteau got his first job on a movie in Hollywood, California working as a production assistant on this film. He was only 18 years old at the time.
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