Black-and-white quarry-bound Cormania, with the titular monsters rendered in full-size, rather wobbly-pincered, lumbering fibreglass. It’s a thing, isn’t it, the life-size sci-fi monster? Not stop-motion, not a model, most certainly not the old lizard-plus-body-kit cop-out, it’s an area of special effects not covered in so much detail. To be strict, we’re not talking bloke-in-costume, but massive on-set puppet here, so Skaroth and various other Who monsters wouldn’t count (but The Nucleus of The Swarm would). It’s an odd sort of trade-off – what you lose in fluidity of motion you gain in a sense of physical presence – plus it cuts out the need for fiddly optical superimposition, of course. They may be ignored by yer trad monster buffs, but we’ve always admired the craft – building something on that scale isn’t to be sneezed at, and then there’s the logistics of transporting the whole thing to the obligatory square mile of Californian desert for shooting, operating the thing in a cramped little gulley, not to mention the inevitable running repairs. So we doff our caps to the likes of Roger Dicken, creator of that life-size giant octopus that turns up at the end of Warlords of Atlantis, which is sneered at by the many, but there’s a certain wibbly wobbly weight to it we really like.Read More
Creamguide's Pick of the Day
Been a shitty week for deaths, one of the saddest being Trevor Bolder of the Spiders of Mars, which adds extra poignancy to this big new documentary. In it they’re going to take five turning points in the career of Dave Bowie of The Dave Bowie Band, and though we don’t think he’s interviewed for it, seemingly everyone who’s ever worked with him is and there are loads of rare clips.
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Points of View
- In 'PICK OF THE DAY', Gerry Dorrian says: "Yuo, it’s been a shitty week for deaths."
- In 'Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club, The', Droogie says: "Am I alone in thinking Colin Crompton bore an uncanny resemblance to Frank Skinner?"
- In 'Wacky Races', Des E says: "Did Will and Joe intend to make more than 17 episodes (and hence more than 34 races), or is it possible that they *deliberately* left it to the viewers to..."
- In 'Who Pays the Ferryman?', Applemask says: "DON’T EVEN FIX A PRICE"
- In 'Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club, The', Applemask says: "Clarification: Manning wasn’t deceased at the time"