Werewolf Transformation Of The 80’s
Oh the glorious 80’s; the period in which we saw Pac-Man and Rubik’s cube became world famous, and E.T. makes his bow (and that sweet cuddly face of Drew Barrymore). The 80’s also gave birth to household horror names such as Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger, The Thing, Chucky, Critters and Pinhead. The 1980’s were a golden age of special effects, especially for horror movies. Groundbreaking techniques were introduced and used by film makers to create the horrors on screen and made us cringed under the blanket. If I were to show each and every special effects clip from the blockbusters movies of the 80’s, I would have to embed almost half of YouTube’s video inventory into this small blog post. I am truly proud to live (and grew up) during those days.
Werewolves, amongst countless horror movie creatures, were a subject of choice for many special effects wizards. Here are some notable (and award winning) werewolf transformation special effects of the 80’s.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
This classic horror film contained a visceral transformation scene (that won an Academy Award for Best Makeup for Rick Baker), the first to win in the newly-established Oscar category during the 54th Academy Awards.
The Howling I (1981)
Rick Baker was supposedly the effect artist for this film but was replaced by his assistant Rob Bottin. Rob Bottin was responsible for most of the special effects in The Thing.
The Company of Wolves (1984)
The most notable difference from other transformation scene is the act of ripping off the skin in a bloody way. The movie was nominated for Best Special Visual Effect during 1985 BAFTA.
Silver Bullet (1985)
The special effects artist for this film was Carlo Rambaldi (3-time Oscar winner) and the man who created the Alien head in ALIEN and E.T.
Which one is your favourite?