Klaatu… BehindtheScenesPicoftheDay… Nikto!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
I’m on my way out the door for a last minute road trip to visit… something… one state over from me, but before I jump into the Orca and head out I wanted to make sure this big boy got posted.
How could I risk being late with these pics, from one of the most iconic sci-fi scenes of all time? Today we feature The Day the Earth Stood Still directed by the great Robert Wise.
There’s a whole generation that thinks Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi came up with Klaatu Barada Nikto, but not true good sirs and madams. That’s the “don’t kill the earth, please” password from this very film, lovingly homaged by Raimi and co in Army of Darkness.
In an era of the cheesiest of the cheesy science fiction flicks The Day the Earth Stood Still stand above the rest thanks mainly to its central message. Without being preachy about it the filmmakers just want y’all to get along… or die. It’s a great sci-fi conceit as it pits two of humanities core instincts against each other. We’re programmed to survive and to fight… so when these aliens show up and give us an ultimatum, live in peace or die, how do we reconcile that?
Below you’ll find two shots from the making of this fantastic film, both of the iconic spaceship and the equally iconic Gort, with Michael Rennie appearing in the second shot.
Thanks to Chris Murphy for sending these along! Enjoy!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic has been pooshing too many pan-seals.
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May 19, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST
ive got a stiffy fr this one
May 19, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST
if you're an 80's kid, when you see Klaatu Badada Nikto you immediately think of Jabba's ugly henchmen
May 19, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST
i was able to read the entire thing....aren't i special?...not
May 19, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST
Don't forget the score by the late, great Bernard Herrmann!!!!!!!
May 19, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST
May 19, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST
May 19, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST
When that visor slid silently up and that glowing "eye" started pulsing, you knew Gort was about to past-tense your ass. Gort scared the bejezus out of me as a lad, and he still sends a tingle down my spine to this day. One of the best SF films there ever was and ever will be. Great pics today!
May 19, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST
sometimes I don't want to read the entire writeup just want to see what movie then look at the picture...put the name of the movie the pic is from in BOLD in the body of the writeup...obviously I knew what flick this was right away but some I don't, and you sometimes mention 4 or 5 different movies in your write ups so I have to reread it a couple times to get it. Obviously if anyone pays attention they can figure it out but making it a little easier for people who just like to skim the blurbs wouldn't hurt
May 19, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST
by S-Mart shopper
Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi DID come up with the famous line. In picture #2 you can CLEARLY see Sam behind Michael Rennie and Bruce is almost unmistakable as Gort. Look at the chin, Quint. The CHIN!
May 19, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST
Not bad for a car salesman from Yorkshire. I love the way the ramp slides out of the ship in the movie. They say in the that they 'can't find a single crack' and I'll be damned if I can spot one before it slides out.
May 19, 2011, 3 p.m. CST
by ENIK REED
It wasn't a ARMY OF DARKNESS pic. Nothing against it because I do love and enjoy it, but living in Michigan, all the newbies have made me sick to death of that movie. Too bad cause Sam is the Man, and no one ever seems to wanna talk about how amazing ED1 is.
May 19, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST
Gort Vs. The Destroyer in Thor... Who'd win?
May 19, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST
The Canoe Reeves version I saw on a plane and I never want to see it again.
May 19, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST
May 19, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST
Simple, elegant, and still terrifying, when that visor starts to open... Awesome and man-in-suit FTW!!!!!!
May 19, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST
May 19, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST
by Squinty CGI Flynn
May 19, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST
I had refused to see the movie but happened to flip to it on tv just as the scientists were trying to drill into Gort. Thought Gort looked pretty great! ... then it changed into a cloud. I changed the channel.
May 19, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST
May 19, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST
by professor murder
TWO people. That's it? ahhhhh....
May 19, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST
the stark black and white and deep focus. And a Bernard Herrmann score with a therimin?! FTW
May 19, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST
May 19, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST
Damn this movie is good! Robert Wise knew what he was doing whenever he directed. Listen to his audio comentary with Nicholas Meyer on this movie's DVD, it's a very enlightning and very interesting. Also the fun that is to see the directors of the two best ST movies ever made together talking with each other like old friends.
May 19, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST
Original Gort so much better than CGI Gort! GFY
May 19, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST
Finally showed my wife this version last week. I like the reverse ricochet sound-effect they used for Gort's vaporizing. Very Looney Tunes.
May 19, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST
As well as Night of the Living Dead. God rest his genius soul.
May 19, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST
You have a cool dad.
May 19, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST
the magic while coughing in order to trick the Necronomicon because he doesnt remember the phrase.rofl.
May 19, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST
I thought the exact same thing
May 19, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST
A peaceful protagonist comes to earth from the heavens to tell people to love one another or else mankind's hatred and destruction will become too powerful NOT to contain by drastic means. While on earth, he causes miraculous things to happen which the world sees as threat. In the end he is killed by the very people he is trying to save. But then he is resurrected long enough to give his final message before journeying back to the heavens. There's something very familiar about this story....
May 19, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST
Unfortunately, you can't swing a dead cat these days without smacking someone so stupid they deserve a beating for breathing my air.
May 19, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST
to try and scare us. True bizarre stories of Roswell. Not fucking kidding you. They had a saucer craft and they loaded it with kids posing as aliens and sent it to America. True shit. That is Fuuuuuuuuuucked up.
May 19, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST
Even tops Catwoman and Hercules in new york. It's not even a whole movie. Just peters out
May 19, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Don't get me wrong...the transfer on the Blu-Ray is stunning. But now the wire harness supporting Patricia Neal (who never looked more beautiful in a movie) as Gort "carries" her into the spaceship, which was only *sorta* noticable in the DVD version, is now EXTREMELY noticable. As against the use of CGI to smooth out technical gaffes in old movies as I am, I had to chuckle a bit watching that scene again on Blu recently. Gotta love that Herrmann score. Those wailing theremins *still* creep me out.
May 19, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST
It’s not the clearest shot in the world, but you can definitely tell (especially when you click on the bigger image) that the man with the mop is Fred Astaire!!!
May 19, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST
Quint said he's visiting "something" one state over from him. I believe Quint lives in Texas. New Mexico is Texas' neighbor to the west. The Avengers is filming in New Mexico. These are the facts; draw your own conclusions.
May 20, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
While I agree, wouldn't that mean they would also have been visible in the original theatrical projection?
May 20, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
It was terrible. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, CGI does not a movie make. I guess GORT was able to reform himself for Thor.
May 20, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST
Does he always travel on the wrong side of The Behind Scenes Pic of The Day???
May 20, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST
by Damned if I can login
"There's nothing strange about Washington, DC." These days I find that line humorous on *so* many levels...
May 20, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
...in Return of the Jedi. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Klaatu http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Barada And Nikto was the name of Klaatu's species. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Nikto I'm just sayin'...
May 20, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST
May 20, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST
This movie still the greatest.
May 21, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST
Not to mention that the Alien was named Mr. Carpenter
May 22, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST
Jayden was clearly the weakest link in that movie. That is the whole reason I don't like the little brat.
May 23, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST
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