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The Monster Interview: Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. on Their Practical Approach to Monsters

15 November 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Creature designers and visual effects legends Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. have filled our collective conscience with some of the most indelible movie monsters ever. From the Graboids in Tremors  to James Cameron's Alien queen, and more recently the aliens of Ender's Game and Skyline, the duo have always been on the forefront of monster movie making.  Their latest work can be seen in Bryan Bertino's The Monster, a harrowing film about a mother and daughter forced to fight a mysterious creature on a dark stretch of highway. Reminiscent of 80's creature features, the titual monster is, of course, a practical creation, something its creators value over computer generated images.  ScreenAnarchy: People are fond of saying the best special effects are a blend of practical...

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Alien: how its physical acting makes a horror classic

23 May 2016 3:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Even shorn of its sound, Alien remains a masterpiece of tension thanks to the power of its physical performances, Ryan writes...

This article contains spoilers for Alien.

When a film works - really, really works - its combination of acting, cinematography, music, sound design, lighting and editing come together so seamlessly that it can become difficult to pin down exactly why it’s so effective. Take Alien for example: beautifully shot by Ridley Scott and cinematographer Derek Vanlint, cut with razor-sharp perfection to Jerry Goldsmith’s piping eerie score, it’s a masterpiece of genre filmmaking.

In the years since Alien’s release in 1979, various aspects of it have been singled out for praise: Hr Giger was rightly handed an Oscar for his part in the seductively hideous xenomorph in its various stages. The film’s story and nightmare imagery is still picked over for its Freudian and feminist subtexts. »

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Exclusive Interview: A History of Don Post Studios

5 April 2016 5:11 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Founded in 1938, Don Post Studios created iconic masks for both Hollywood and the everyman and even invented the classic rubber masks that we all knew and loved as kids on Halloween. This is the company that produced the William Shatner/Captain Kirk mask that became Michael Myers’ impassive visage in the Halloween series. The studio was critical in the shaping of Monster Kids back in the ’60s and ’70s. Don Post himself was buddies with our own Uncle Forry — a match made in horror heaven. The studio has such a dedicated fan base that there was even a convention — Don-Con, of course — last year in Burbank.

When Dps closed in September 2012, Lee Lambert, a longtime fan, expected there to be some kind of tribute book. When it never materialized, he decided to take on the Herculean task himself. The Illustrated History Of Don Post Studios sold out immediately, surprising all involved, »

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