DIRECTOR DUSTIN MILLS DROPS A LIST OF HIS FAVORITE EFFECTS FILMS

Director Dustin Mills  knows his shit.

For proof of that declarative statement check out the interview we did with him for our first Featured Filmmaker entry: http://bit.ly/n1VPf0 . He has been soaking up horror films since he was a wee lass, the TV in his living room surrounded by classics of the genre. Not only did this pay-off in the form of his own badass puppet movie PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE, it gave him an interesting perspective on the use of effects in film. So Dustin thought you would dig ten of his favorite effects films (in no particular order).

Let the debate begin!

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 10. HATCHET

 

 

 

It was a toss-up between Hatchet and its amazing sequel. 360° head rip trumps double chainsaw castration in my book.

9. THE THING

 

Some of the goopiest shit ever committed to film. The creature fx in this film look like they were bathed in maple syrup. From the infamous kennel scene, to the just as infamous crawling head scene… this is some awesome stuff. Still haven’t seen anything like it. Here’s hoping the Remake/Prequel doesn’t fuck it up with a bunch of CGI bullhork.

 

8. PUMPKINHEAD

 

 

In my humble opinion the best creature design ever created for a horror film. Tell me you don’t get a sense of utter dread when you hear those

cicadas and see Pupmkinhead’s tall scrawny silhouete in the distance. Gives me the willies in a good way.

7. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

 

 

Best transformation ever. The Howling has got nothing on Rick Baker’s amazing “Change-O” fx.

6. GREMLINS

 

 

Amazing puppetry and animatronics. I love the extreme closeups of Gizmo.

 

5. LAID TO REST

 

 

Ranks right up there with Hatchet for awesome kill scenes. The bloody cherry on the gore sundae is when ol’ Chromeskull rips his own goddamn face off.

 

4. PUPPET MASTER

 

 

These got pretty bad as the sequel count got higher, but the first few films had some awesome stop motion and wire controlled creatures courtesy of Dave Allen.

 

3. DEAD-ALIVE

 

 

Face-ripping, throat tearing, zombie baby birthing awesomeness. Peter Jackson’s zombie romp is still one of my all time favorites.

 

My heart swells with joy when Lionel busts out the lawnmower. has to be seen to be believed.

 

 2. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

 

 

A lot of the zombie makeups in this flick are pretty forgettable, but the Tar-Man and the Torso Zombie are fucking amazing.

 

The best special effect of the film has to be Linnea Quigley, though. HOT DAMN!!!

 

1. THE FLY II

 

This movie sucks. It flat out completely sucks donkey nuggets… but when Brundle Jr. goes full monster at the end and starts hocking acidic loogies and tearing shit up? Total gorehound bliss. Especially when that one poor sap eats an elevator sandwich. YIKES!!!

 

Honorable Mention:

 

The queen alien is an amazing achievement. She is my second favorite creature of all time behind Pumpkinhead. I just have a special place in my heart for Ol’ Squash-Noggin.

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For more on Dustin and to buy his film (trust us, it’s worth it and has a HUGE re-watch value), check out : http://www.puppetmonstermassacre.com/

 

See you on forty deuce,

G

 

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    August 10, 2011

    Rob Bottin’s work on THE THING may have almost killed him, but it was totally worth it. Even having listened to the commentaries, having watched the features and the interviews.. and knowing how most of it is done, it still bowls me over every time I watch it. It just feels so organic in a way that is so, SO rare.

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