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From Hell’s heart The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day stabs at thee. For hate’s sake it spits its last breath at thee.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! The last time I featured Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan I had a messed up Ricardo Montalban getting some goop dabbed on his face from his final moment of seeming triumph in death against Admiral (Admiral? Admiral!) Kirk and his prized ship. Today I feature legendary effects man Ken Ralston as he fingers a Chekov’s ear. Well, meaning he’s puppeting the dreaded Ceti eel out of a giant fake ear, but you know what I mean. Another great glimpse behind the curtain on how they pulled off that kind of grotesque shot of Chekov fighting against the creature in his brain, making it come out of his ear canal. This picture kind of creeps me out, to be honest. Not Ken, he’s a handsome bearded fellow… and not even the creepy worm thing, but just how casually half a face is just hanging there like a skinned giant. Thanks to reader Barry for sending the pic in! Here’s the image (click for bigger):

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. In honor of the late producer Dino De Laurentiis tomorrow’s pic will feature a sexy shot of Jane Fonda! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- 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
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- 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
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- 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)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
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- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
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- Frankenstein
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- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
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- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead
- Back to the Future
- Inception
- MacBeth (1948)
- Superman
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- The Public Enemy

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  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Not a great FX shot ...

    by embrasure

    But still pretty cool.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by Robber_Button

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by zulusha

    for the first time!!!

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    the headlines for these are so stupid.

    by RedHorseVector

    they make me want to vomit all over the place like john doe from seven.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Where's Noddy?

    by DimensionsPlural

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    I always wondered how they did that shot

    by Logan_1973

    Good find.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Horrible FX shot

    by jimmy_009

    Even for the time, it seems like it could have been done much more convincingly.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Best BTSPOTD so far!

    by Keeper Of Chimps

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Who knew that's how they did it?

    by JediRob

    Very cool pic.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by zulusha

    missed it... sad. the thing is classic, john carpenter is not. first movie ever i saw on video. scarred me shitless. i'm from georgia, republic of georgia. salami kvela qartvels!!!!

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    man i messed it up

    by zulusha

    i'm on the wrong talkbalk... communists in 60-s were interested in showing star trek on their tv. only beacuse there was character named chekov. commies are dumb.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    khan really didn't care for kirk much..did he

    by korkie70

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Still No JIll Obit but Dino Immediately

    by Tigermyth36


  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Cool shot

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    A Wish Named Fonda

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Bring it On!!!

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    "They put kreeechyrz eeen our bodeez...

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    too kontroll our minds!!!" ...and Kirk and McCoy do not do any follow-up regarding that statement until it's too late.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Are you guys reading the comic series

    by KilliK

    Star Trek Khan Ruling In Hell ? it is telling what happened to Khan and his people while they were exiled in Seti Alpha 5.pretty decent i might say.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by Pawprint

    say I'm that impressed with this.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    "Yes, that's a human ear, all right"

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    - Blue Velvet

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Dino obit bts...

    by ZaphodBeeblerox

    Would rather see photo of Melody Anderson from Flash Gordon, or Ornella Muti. Those two ladies really left an impression on a boy entering puberty to be sure. Nice to see just how much of 'Chekov' was created for that worm shot, always wondered how much was rendered for that.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Didn't need to be a great effects shot.

    by Gabba-UK

    Just the visual image of something crawling out of your ear with your blood dripping from it would freak most people out. This did it's job well enough.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    I didn't know Ringo worked on the effects crew

    by Redhead_Redemption

    He also wrote a song about an Octopus

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    This is the 2nd biggest ear I've ever seen!

    by RedEgiraahgnal

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I'm more freaked out by that dudes finger

    by son_of_ebert

    What's wrong with your feeeeengrrrr?!?!?

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I like how they didn't give a shit about the tear

    by skimn

    along the lawline. "Aw fuck it, it'l be a two second insert on the ear anyway." And how it looks like its hanging from some clothsline.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Later that night at Ken Ralston's house...

    by skimn

    "C'mere honey, I've got a surprise for you..."

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Saying "this isn't a great effects shot"...

    by kevred kind of like saying the first Sex Pistols album was poorly produced from an audiophile standpoint.<p>In other words, it's to somewhat miss the point. We all know the shot, we all remember it and can call it readily to mind, and it's made an indelible impression.<p>I'm sure there are much better effect shots in blockbusters this year that no one will ever care about or remember.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I had that Starlog issue

    by meatloaf

    Don't think i have it anymore, but i remember that shot.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I'll gladly take giant ears and puppet slugs to

    by lv_426

    counteract a lot of the sterile digital effects we get nowadays.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by Margot Tenenbaum


  • Nov. 11, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    That always creeped the crap out of me.

    by Yelsaeb

    I think I got a phobia of bugs going into my ear. For some reason I think they can get to my brain and take the wheel.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Another awesome BTS pic!

    by Royston Lodge

    Keep 'em coming!

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    If it were up to me I would have called it

    by Astronut

    "Kiptin! Day put KLEEtures.... In our Behind The Scenes Pic of The Day!!"

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    who knew

    by m.dung

    that Chekovs ear was rendered as the size of the Chrysler building for that shot? Love the column, but I must say an uninspired entry.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Space worms don't want to hurt you.

    by rabidfnark

    They just want to live in your brain.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Jane Fonda

    by dukeroberts

    Jane Fonda is a fucking commie- lovin', America-hating bitch.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    "Including my beloved wife..." shoulda been the title

    by Tall_Boy66

    Just sayin' That damn bug killed Marla McGivers!! Poor gal spends the day getting slapped around by Khan, decides to go live on an isolated planet with him, and then is killed by a fucking ear wig. How sad it that?

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    My brother always thought

    by GeneralKael

    It would have been kinda funny if Khan didn't die before the Enterprise got away and the device exploded. Can you imagine, he's looking at the viewscreen and the Enterprise goes to warp and yells "KIIIIIRRRRKKKK" and realizes he just got all his people killed for nothing...however, I think it's better that he died thinking he got revenge - although he did get all his people killed. I like that Khan is sort of a tragic character since he has a starship, a planet maker(or destroyer) and he doesn't really care about starting an empire somewhere he's just super pissed off at Kirk and that trumps any ambitions he has. My biggest problem with the movie stems somewhat from the Space Seed beginnings - I mean, would you, for example, send these guys to a planet and not keep constant tabs on them to make sure they don't try anything? Put a listening post in orbit or something?

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Kael, that's why Khan has a legitimate complaint. Kinda.

    by Tall_Boy66

    Kirk SHOULD have checked on him, or at least someone from Starfleet could have. On the flipside, it's possible Kirk flubbed the records from the Botany Bay incident and didn't include the fact that he summarily stranded them in the Ceti Alpha system so Starfleet didn't know. Anyway, I think Khan does have a bit of a legitimate beef which makes his character mildly sympathetic. But then he murders a lot of people and loses all sympathy.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Ah yes, preCG. Build a giant rubber ear and worm.

    by Orionsangels

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Tall Boy66

    by GeneralKael

    Well, its also possible things got lost in the bureaucracy - if you figure in Space Seed that the Enterprise was one of twelve starships at the time and maybe it was a bit off the beaten path, and that Ceti Alpha 5 was in a remote backwater, maybe Kirk filed his report and went on his way and nobody went and checked on it. After all, when the Reliant goes there looking for a place for the Genesis device, it seems like they have been looking around for remote star systems with no life forms - which would seem to indicate that no starship had been near the system since Kirk. I can't see a starship captain leaving this info out of his log or reports - I have trouble figuring that Starfleet wouldn't have a collective freakout that survivors of the Eugenics wars were loose and on a planet somewhere - I would expect that the planet would be quarantined to prevent exactly what happened to the Reliant. After all, Khan did take over the Enterprise - I guess the confusion by the Reliant over which planet it was kind of explains this but it seems a bit of a stretch...

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    "I give you 60 seconds, admiral!"

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    "That's not enough time! Give us at least a minute!"

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Yeah that's called bad writting in the original episode

    by KilliK

    you dont just leave a group of dangerous people who tried to hijack one of your ships in a deserted and unexplored planet without someone supervising them at least.<br /> <p>What if some spaceship which had never heard of the incident,landed there and Khan managed to hijack it this time?<br /> <p>and another thing that really doesnt make any sense is that the Federation left them in that planet completely alone,with very few resources,tools and medicines,not even weapons for protection to create a new world there.<br /> <p>hell they didnt even left them a radio (attuned to a specific federation secure frequency) so that Khan could ask for help in cases of emergency ie his wife,which happened to be an ex starfleet officer, got sick and needed immediately surgery or the most obvious one when Seti 6 exploded.<br /> <p>the above things dont settle well with the general philosophy and policy of the Federation to protect and help all the intelligent beings and not to exile them as a way of punishment in a deserted and unexplored planet without even a sufficient amount of the basic means for survival.<br /> <p>as i said it is bad writing in a rather mediocre episode which happened to have a very fascinating villain.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Chekov?! Can you hear me???

    by BigTwinkie

    What a great picture. I had no idea they used a giant ear for that shot. It doesn't make the scene any less creepy or squirmy.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    It was obvious when I was a kid that was a giant ear

    by Crimson Dynamo

    that shot always looked fake as hell

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Dammit! I was expecting Greg Peck and a giant whale prop!

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Fingering Chekov's ear? That was George Takei's fantasy!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    the giant ear is on the DVD

    by George Newman

    The 2-disc copies of the films are fantastic to watch. The giant ear prop is one of the many great things revealed.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    I honestly had no id-ear that's how they did that shot!

    by Zardoz

    Man, I thought the Ceti bugs were REAL all this time! "Say hello to my little friends!"

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Me either, Zardoz....

    by Cheif Brody

    Knew it was a model, of course...but thought it was MUCH tinier than that! Love the practicality! <p> Now...BRING ON BARBARELLA! <p> Hopefully, this will be the first NSFW BtSPotD....showing Miss Fonda getting fingered!

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    I wonder if Walter Koenig has this hanging up somewhere.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Star Trek 6 was better

    by Screentext

    Yeah I said it.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Kirk ditching them on Ceti Alpha V was an easy out

    by Tall_Boy66

    Either take all the genetically engineered supermen who tried, and temporarily succeeded, off to a starbase and hope to hell they don't get lose again and start trying to take over the fuckin' universe, or appeal to Khan's vanity, say it's an "untamed world" for him to conquer, and then Get The Fuck Out once they're there. As I said, Khan does have a bit of a legitimate beef but it does also seem that Kirk was simply trying to get rid of them in the cleanest way aside from just shooting them out the airlock en masse.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    succeeded to take over the Enterprise

    by Tall_Boy66

    is what I meant to say.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Cause you couldn't exactly rehab Khan and Co.

    by Tall_Boy66

    Superior ability breeds superior ambition and all that. Also, if Kirk was smart and dug through the historical archives, he would have seen that Archer on the NX-01 had a hellova time dealing with the augments about 100 years ago and that all ended in death and tears, so go the easy way out and simply ditch Khan and never look back.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    DC shoud a do a Khan Superman Alt Uni comic

    by TheJudger

    So like Trek 2 didn't happen, and someone lands on AC5 and Kahn takes over the ship, and he tracks down kirk and he is suprised becuase kirks in a bird of frikkin prey, but he still chases him down and together they both travel into the past as they travel around the sun to go back in time to gets some whales. Khans ship crashes in the artic he fins the fortress of solitude he figures out the crystals reads the messages Jor-el left for supreman and he turns himself invincible like superman, then he flys away to find kirk. Khan breaks lots people and shit on the hunt superman goes after him and kirk obviously gets involved as well.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    after the fact, not behind the scenes

    by treadwell

    Given the tear, I believe this pic was taken some time later, perhaps at a convention or something. Looks like a presentation.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Damn I was expecting Gregory Peck

    by tangcameo

    Yknow that scene where he puts the sand whale larvae in Starbuck and Quequegg's ears. And Ishmael yells "AHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAABBBBBB!"

  • Nov. 13, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by BYOBkenobi

    Seriously? Do people spend time thinking of shit like that and actually put it on paper for consideration to be made? I really hate fanboy combination fiction.

  • Nov. 13, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    You don't want to see Khan flying with heat vision?

    by Tall_Boy66

    Shit, I'd pay 3 bucks or so for that comic if Khan fucking filed and shot lazers out of his eyes.

  • Nov. 13, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    I always knew this was it, but didn't realize the scale

    by JT Kirk

    I actually thought it was an even BIGGER scale than this. I also didn't realize Chekov's face was a sheet hung on a clothesline. Interesting stuff.