The last 25 years have brought some truly amazing advancements in the world of digital special effects. We all sat in awe when the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park were first seen, the liquid metal of the T-1000 in Terminator 2 were groundbreaking and more recently the effects of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pushed the envelope of digital make-up.
The learning curve that comes with something as immense as digital effects has produced some less than stellar results over the years. A handy (and brief) video has complied some of the worst special effects committed to film. Now, while I certainly agree with the Scorpion King from The Mummy Returns, Deep Blue Sea’s sharks and plenty of the other selections, the inclusion of The Mist irks me somewhat.
I have a lot of love for Frank Darabont’s powerful adaption of The Mist, to be fair I only watch it the black & white version now which does hide the effects somewhat. I’m not saying it’s the best piece of digital effects work, but it is far from the worst thing I’ve ever seen. What many people don’t know is how hard digital effects artists work, more often than not they are working to a demanding deadline that has been dictated by the release date. Many of the examples in the video are merely victims of the resources available at the time, Howard The Duck might be terrible but it wasn’t its fault it was made in the 80s.
I’ve finished waffling on now, here’s the funny video.