Horror Film Visual Effects: Hey, How’d They Do That?!

By: Jen Rubin

Ahhh, October. The month filled with pumpkin spiced lattes, ugg boots, and scary movies, and if you’re anything like me, you prefer your horror flicks best served with a side of cheese.

It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make these gory scenes come alive. From animatronics to puppeteering to low budget FX makeup, these BTS vids are sure to get you into that Halloween Spirit.

Got your popcorn? Let’s start off with a classic and all time fave:

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) – “What did you do Ray?”

According to IMDB, three Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man suits were made and cost approximately $20,000 apiece. Unfortunately, all three suits were destroyed during filming. More interesting facts in the video below too!

CHILD’S PLAY (1988) – “Hi, I’m Chucky, and I’m your friend till the end.”

A red haired, blue eyed doll gets possessed by the soul of a serial killer. What can go wrong?

SLITHER (2006) – “His arm was all bendy, Mayor.”

Elizabeth Banks stars in this totally disgusting but awesome movie.

(Part 1 of 2 and I highly recommend watching both.)

THE THING (1982) – “I dunno what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.”

This masterpiece. That is all.

THE FLY (1986) – “I’m becoming… Brundlefly.”

This movie has all the gross and then some. The SFX department did a fantastic job creating the man/fly hybrid character.

ALIEN (1979)

5:22 to get to the good stuff.

ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992) – “Yo, she-bitch! Let’s go!”

Bruce Campbell and the ultimate movie trilogy for cheesy lines. This cult classic is part 3 of the Evil Dead Movie Series, and if you haven’t watched them yet, do yourself a favor this season and binge.


EXORCIST  (1973) – “What an excellent day for an exorcism.”

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) – “How horrible our Christmas will be!”

I’ll end on a more PG note. Tim Burton. It took 3 years to make this beautiful film and if you watch part 1 of 3 you’ll see why.

Happy Halloween Y’all!

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