THE BEAST WITHIN: TEM TIMELESS WEREWOLF FILMS
In just a few days we will see what, if anything, new Oscar winning actor Benicio del Toro and replacement director Joe Johnston have to offer the whole ‘man into beast’ fright film formula. Ever since CG became a staple of scary movies, Hollywood has been trying to reinvent and reinvest in the werewolf film – The Wolfman being the result of such revisionist retro reach. Long a staple of schlock and serious filmmakers alike, this undoubtedly allegorical narrative (human’s channeling their inner creature) has been the basis for both straight forward storylines (as in Universal’s original classic with Lon Chaney Jr.) and oddball reinterpretations (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, perhaps?).
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HOW BENICIO DEL TORO’S WOLFMAN MAKEUP WORKS
Popular Mechanics: Did the filmmakers know they wanted to do a wolfman in makeup right away, or did they need convincing?
Rick Baker: The original director, Marc Romanek, felt very strongly that the wolfman should be a guy in a makeup, and so did Benecio del Toro. He’s a big fan of the original Wolf Man and the Universal horror films, and he really felt it should be a makeup. And Marc really pushed for them to hire me, which I’m really thankful for. So yeah, I’m glad to know that in this day and age still that makeup is considered an option.
PM: I read somewhere that you actually put the makeup on yourself first?
RB: Every makeup’s a little different, and it’s always different when you’re the person wearing it than when you’re the person putting it on. So I always like to have that experience of being under all that stuff so when an actor complains about it, or says that they can’t move a certain part of their face, I know whether they’re full of beans or not! But so many times it’s hard for people to visualize exactly what something’s going to look like. In the old days, I used to do sketches or paintings. And it was usually like, do you like this painting, or this painting? For the past 20 years now, I’ve been using Photoshop, which is a great tool, and you can do something very photographic that looks very much like what the final thing is.
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MEDUSA, KRAKEN, SCORPIONS: NEW CLASH OF THE TITANS GALLERY
Check out the new banners and posters for the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthington, here.
The Howling was hands down the scariest werewolf movie for me. When (I forget who exactly it was), changes and the mouth extended out and they showed the whole transformation, I was riveted. Being really young helps. Which is your favorite werewolf film? Do agree with the list?
I’m excited about Wolfman and glad it’s release is right around the corner. Will you be seeing Wolfman?
The Clash of the Titans images rock. What do you think?