The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is alive! It’s ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic!
It’s not right to run behind the scenes pictures of monster movies without including the granddaddy of monster make-ups, Mr. Jack Pierce, working on one of his most iconic creations: Frankenstein’s Monster.
I have a few pics of Karloff in the make-up lounging around the set of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein, but to include the make-up process itself was the big reason I picked this one first.
Here’s the pic! Pierce is the one on the left! Enjoy!
If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here.
Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pics (yes multiple) were submitted by Ms. Jennifer Tilly herself. They’re weird, but cool… boobs and blood, can’t go wrong with that combination!
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Previous Behind the Scenes pics:
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- The French Connection
- The Road Warrior
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Die Hard
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- The Shining
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Army of Darkness
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Oct. 8, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST
hopefully jennifer tillys tits r on full display
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST
Good stuff! Never saw this before. Amazing.
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST
Frankenstein's Monster had a six-pack, who knew?
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST
.....not really sure why.
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST
One of the best monster movies ever made.
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST
constipated. And old.
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST
by mr dark
Get the body you want now..It's easy ...It's in the graveyard...
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST
Seriously, the guy was a douche. Not to detract from the man who was almost entirely responsible for the amazing Universal Monster line-up back in the day, but this guy totally shit on foam latex when it was in its infancy. <p> In comparison, look at someone like Dick Smith or Stan Winston, who constantly experimented and pioneered multiple techniques in the name of makeup evolution. Same for Rick Baker. <p> Hell, Rob Bottin was/is a major league dick as well, but he was also big on experimentation, especially after Rick Baker (his former boss) blew away Bottin's work on The Howling with the transformation sequence in An American Werewolf. <p> When Pierce was met with alternate methods and new techniques that were quickly making his appliances look like artifacts, he chose to go down with the ship instead of embracing progress. <p> What kind of world would we be living in if filmmakers took the safe route? We wouldn't have the groundbreaking multi-piece prosthetics in Little Big Man, the massive evolutionary jump in motion-control effects in Star Wars, the Zoptic front-projection effects of Superman, nor the the computer-generated stunners of Terminator 2 or Jurassic Park. <p> In as much as jumping on the bandwagon can hurt a film (like the complete overkill of CGI seen over the past 10-15 years) refusing to accept something new simply because you're already familiar with something else is stupid and shortsighted. In the end, Jack Pierce saw what could have been a career wherein his name is mentioned amongst the Dick Smiths and Stan Winstons of this world, and let his stubbornness turn him into a makeup footnote who petered out instead of escalating prosthetic appliances to the next level. <p> Sorry for the rant, I only wish I could have kicked Pierce in the pants and watched him embrace foam latex. The man could've been a fucking legend. <p> Feel free to bash, I stand by what I've said.
Oct. 8, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST
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Oct. 8, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST
I never knew Boris was a fitness and health geek, now I know!
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST
Oh. Wrong movie.
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST
If so... PLEASE post it. I have been looking for it for years.
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST
Quint... do you have the one where Karloff in his makeup is daintily drinking tea out of a china cup on a saucer? If so... PLEASE post it. I have been looking for it for years.
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST
Sounds like a plan.
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST
Was Pierce really a dick and a douche, or was he simply a stubborn traditionalist following, preserving and advancing the techniques created by the great Lon Chaney?
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST
by nolan bautista
Boris "The Situation" Karloff
Oct. 8, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST
by nolan bautista
..should have read your post..disregard mine..move along
Oct. 8, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST
Oct. 8, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST
is freaking me out man!!!! He's wearing a different hat, but damned if it does not look like him.... NEVER SAY DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct. 8, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST
Jack didn't run out the door over latex. Other makeup men came onto the scene with new techniques and better/faster results- FX men like William Tuttle. The first Makeup FX guy to win an Oscar by the way and never mentioned here once at Aint It Cool. <P> He was an amazing pioneer in makeup fx. <P> Here's an awesome video featuring Bill and his Life-mask mold making wax. <P> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk-gUUpKdA4 <P> Jack was doing most of his stuff by hand in the chair, right then and there with wax and paper. That is how he worked and that's what he enjoyed doing. <P> I wish Stuart Freeborn would get more BTSPOD love around here. The man is still Alive- Damn near 100 years old. This man deserves a damn BAFTA and lifetime Oscar! <P> Had his son Graham not died so tragically young- We might be speaking highly of him and his career in the fx biz as well. <P> Where's a George Melies Moonface Picture? What about Ned Mann, or Albert Whitlock, hell what about Robert A. Burns. People keep trying to drop that godfather title onto some ones shoulders, but the industry has seen so many talents who did so many things. The Godfather is not Pal, Jack, Dick, Tuttle, Freeborn, Rick, Savini, Bottin, or Winston. It's Lon Chaney Sr. Hes started this. He is the GODFATHER. Everyone else after him is a disciple to the church he made, and because of this they can only be a Master or a Sir.
Oct. 8, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Oct. 8, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST
god damn, that guy was a chameleon. sans makeup, he could've done a boxing movie. he coulda been a contendah!
Oct. 9, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST
For shame! Just look at those fingernails!
Oct. 9, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST
Nice one. That made me laugh out loud, actually.
Oct. 9, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST
Came out in 1932....great movie even today.
Oct. 9, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
Oct. 9, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST
I don't mean from Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman where Lugosi took the role of the monster - I mean from the pre-Karloff tests. Now THAT'd be something to see.
Oct. 9, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST
Would you kindly run it through TinyURL.com?
Oct. 9, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST
by Marco Segrain
"It's all...all MAKEUP and GRUNTING! rrrrrrrrghh!"
Oct. 9, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST
AICN creates a gaps in links when you post them in talkbacks. Just remove the spaces.
Oct. 9, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST
I think you both have valid points but I'm in total agreement with TJ on Lon Chaney Sr. It's such a shame he died before he could make his mark on the sound era which, if 'The Unholy Three' was any indicator, he most certainly would have done. Whether he would have adapted to new make up techniques or stuck with his own kit is debatable.
Oct. 9, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST
just do a google image search for karloff tea plenty there
Oct. 9, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST
Growing up in the 70's and 80's it was already a huge joke on variety shows and everywhere else. Mel Brooks had made his spoof, etc. Never saw Karloff in this role, but saw some of his other work. Never really got into Chaney either. It was always the psychological horror films that scared me more when I was a kid. Human monster characters like Henry or Francis Dolarhyde are what fucked with my mind while I was lying in the dark.
Oct. 9, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST
...is, I think, Rupert Everett.
Oct. 9, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST
make some great points but both go off a bit half-cocked. Jack Peirce was indeed a dick. He IS also still, and will always be, a legend. How many times do I have to say to TBers that just because a bad sequel comes out, or the actor does lousy roles in later years, or in this case the artists' myopia (which is a double-edged sword and absolutely the same thing that, ironically contributed to his achieving such great work in the first place) being his undoing does NOT in any way diminish his earlier triumphs. <p> Pierce is in no way some forgotten footnote. What hyperbole. If anyone knows anything about makeup, they know who Pierce was and what he did. <p> And in keeping with the theme, CG is absolutely one of the consistent line of achievements in makeup, starting with Baker's work on The Frighteners with John Astin. Again, 15 years of lousy cg is no different from the 60 odd years of lousy makeup that preceded it. It's just that we still see terrible CG because it's current and available. We only see, remember and have access to generally the best of traditional. <p> And Judger, no way has Tuttle not been covered, and I think that Youtube video was even linked before here, maybe in a story on Dr. Lao. Which has DEFINITELY been covered. Great call on Freeborn though and absolutely yes 2nded on a moonface pic!
Oct. 10, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST
Pierce is a legend and you are the one that sounds like a douche. That is all.
Oct. 11, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST
Attended the 2010 Spooky Empire HOrror-Con. and after went to the nearby regal theater which arranged a screening of this. It was pretty awsome watching it on the big screen. Karloff is just remarkable to watch. I imagined what it must have been like to see it when it was released. It had to blow peoples minds.
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