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Raiders Of The Lost Ark Face Melt Scene Slowed Down 1100% Ultra Slow Motion


Jurassic World – Teaser

The official trailer for Jurassic World premieres next Thursday, but Universal is teasing the Thanksgiving treat with a 15-second preview. Directed by Colin Trevorrow from a screenplay he penned with Derek Connolly, there’s been much kept under wraps about the new film’s plot. But we do know that it involves a theme park, and, dinosaurs (some of them genetically modified)…


Gestapo Toht Candle

Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark_Gestapo-Toht_CandleChristmas will soon be upon us and some will be running around looking for that perfect gift, candles! They’re always popular…

If you’ve seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, there’s probably one scene that really sticks in the memory. No not that gigantic boulder tumbling after Indy, nor when he shoots that sword-twirling nutter in the market square, nor even when he has that uncomfortable staring contest with a cobra…

No, the scene when ruthless Gestapo agent Toht gets his gory comeuppance at the end of the film – you know, when his eyes roll back like a couple of boiled eggs and he lets out a blood-curdling scream as his entire face dribbles off his skull. That bit. Just awesome.

Whether it left you with nightmares for weeks or just had you repeatedly hitting the re-wind button, celebrate one of the greatest deaths in all of cinema history with the Melting Toht Candle. Thankfully this detailed replica won’t melt quite as fast so you can really savour the moment.

Just light the wick to set the glorious melting process in motion – there’s no need to seek out the Ark of the Covenant and unceremoniously release its supernatural powers. Order it HERE


How They Made the Exploding Head in Scanners

Scanners, David Cronenberg’s 1981 film that defies explanation, is justly famous for not only its mind-bending narrative, but its torrent of effects, including one scene where, well, a guy’s head explodes. Check out this video and see how they did it!


In Scanners, the people who lend the film its title possess a telepathic ability which, in the film’s universe, manifests as ability to control another’s body, as well as hear their thoughts. Or, you know, explode their heads. (NOTE: if you are reading this, you almost certainly know that.) In the most famous scene from the film, an executive (who is a scanner himself) from the evil ConSec has his cranium demolished by a renegade scanner who is totally not down with ConSec and all their nefarious plans to weaponize other scanners. But how did they do it? Well, prepare to find out how Special Effects Supervisor Gary Zeller and Special Makeup Artist Stephan Dupuis made that head (which belongs to Canadian actor Louis Del Grande, for the record) explode!


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Lights, Camera, Action

With the emergence of Electro, Spider-Man must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter Parker comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. Two new featurettes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


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Boris Karloff – Undergoing Make-Up for Bride of Frankenstein

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Iron Man 3 – HUD and GFX Process Reel

In late 2012 John Likens joined forces with Cantina Creative to help deliver over 100 shots for IRON MAN 3.

Marvel tasked them with designing all the elaborate 3D head-up displays (HUDs) – a virtual graphical interface that Iron Man sees from within the helmet environment of his armored suits that communicate essential data and statistics ranging from his physical condition to weapon and navigational diagnostics – While putting strong emphasis on the new ultra-high-tech Mark 42 suit, they also delivered upgraded HUDs to match the new suits seen in the film.

All of the 3D elements, including a miniature version of the suit and the holographic helmet, were generated and rendered from CINEMA 4D. These graphics had true 3D depth, which heightened the stereo viewing experience as well as the interactive light qualities that are both photo-real and immersive. Check out their reel here…

IRON MAN 3 : HUD + GFX PROCESS REEL from Johnny Likens on Vimeo.