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Fantastic Flesh (Starz Inside)
Fantastic Flesh
Starz Inside
Director: Kevin VanHook
Genres: Documentary
NR     2009     0hr 58min

From classic creatures to modern gore, special effects make-up has always been the dark heart of movie magic. In this Starz Inside documentary, meet the masters of the craft and discover its incredible history, complete wi...  more »


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Movie Details

Director: Kevin VanHook
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/27/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 0hr 58min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

Outstanding Documentary on Special Effects Make-Up
The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 02/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup EFX" is a terrific documentary combining technique with film history. Featured are scenes from such horror classics as "Frankenstein," "The Exorcist," "Planet of the Apes," "An American Werewolf in London," "The Chronicles of Narnia," and more. Since the advent of CGI filmmaking, audiences have become jaded by cinema monsters, but this film focuses on the pre-CGI era, when assorted techniques and long hours were required to transform actors into abominably awful-looking creatures or victims of horrible violence. This is a must-see for aficionados of the horror genre."
Highly recommended for those pursuing special effects
JT | Odessa | 04/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Granted that it is a documentary, I found it informative as far as the history of make-up effects up until present day. Little did I realize that there were other great artists aside from Lon Chaney, such as Jack Pierce, the creator of the iconic Universal Frankenstein Monster who created the pieces from mere cotton! It also has unique behind the scenes footage from movies old and new, showcasing how these incredible minds set forth their craft even before the advent of show-stopping CGI. Even better, it shows the latest direction in which CGI and Practical effects have become intermeshed and how they will affect future movies. While the title sounds like a how-to video, it's more of an appreciation for the people who started it all. There is even a tribute to Stan Winston who had passed away suddenly from a rare blood cancer (see Fangoria magazine in 2008, october issue I think) which I think was quite touching."