Fun entry over at dreadcentral.com (that last line is hilarious[and true]):
What can really be said about practical effects that hasn’t already been said? There’s no denying that the horror genre was at its game-changing best when the blood was Karo syrup and the monsters played by men in costumes, and there’s also no denying that something was lost when makeup effects artisans were mostly replaced by computers.
Seriously. Watch Carpenter’s The Thing and The Thing (2011) side-by-side. You’ll cry.
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I kinda blame practical effects for my interest in Yard Haunting. I feel like movies in my youth were inspirational things where you spent so much time wondering how something was made, and then wanting to make something similar. My brother made Slimer from Ghostbusters. We'd make eyeballs and fake blood and dummies to scare our mom. We made super 8mm movies with burning spaceships and stop-frame animated dinosaurs. It was time-consuming stuff, and it always seemed to be during the brutally hot days of Summer vacation. It was great.
Do kids today get inspired watching CG creatures? I have no idea. I recall that feeling of knowing something was tangible and that someone was inside, below, or out-of-frame controlling it, making it live. There were like six guys who made Jabba the Hutt come to life...four of them were stuffed inside. Crazy.