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Once more into the fray. Into the last good Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day I’ll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

The Grey was fucking awesome. Pardon my French, but it’s true. God, what a movie. Pulse-pounding thriller, scary horror movie, emotional drama… this is a movie that mixes genres incredibly well, making something new and badass. It has something on its mind, there are many layers to it… and then you have Liam Neeson who is just on fire in the role of Ottway.

Since Fidel Castro in yesterday’s picture looked so much like Liam and Howard Berger has figured into a few of the more recent BTS images I had to go wit these two shots from the making of The Grey. They actually built some really sweet looking animatronic wolves for this flick.

We have two shots from the making of The Grey for you below. Thanks to Howard Berger for sharing these photos. Enjoy!




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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • April 2, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by bigbadbua

    I wasn't sure if they used real wolves or fakes in the film. And it was a great movie.

  • April 2, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Great movie, but my initial reaction was thrown off a little

    by Stifler's Mom

    by some terrible marketing, and severe hyperbole on this very website.

  • April 2, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Best movie of the year. Loved the hell out of it. Awesome pic.

    by Mr. Moe

  • April 2, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    speaking of wolves

    by jsfithaca

    robbs wolf on got last night...holy shit!

  • April 2, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    This is a film I need to see...

    by wrongThinker

    I love Carnahan's energy and Neeson's intensity. These two great tastes tasted great together in A-Team, I'm just sad I missed this in theaters.

  • Although I liked THE GREY quite a bit, for me, CARNAHAN almost lacked the confidence in the material/fx at times with some dodgy shaky cam spoiling a lot of the action. Still one fuck of a step in the right direction from A TEAM/SMOKIN' ACES though, and better than NARC, so, yeah, his best movie so far.

  • There was no Liam punching wolves in the version I saw. I felt betrayed.

  • April 2, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    My only complaint was...

    by The Dum Guy

    Marketing and the raging river scene, mainly how it was filmed.

  • April 2, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Yay. Terminator tomorrow.

    by adeceasedfan

  • April 2, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Wolffagger Part Fag

    by awepittance

  • April 2, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Dire Wolves

    by Lashlarue


  • April 2, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I thought it was really boring and unfortunately overhyped

    by Prooth

    I respect how other people could have enjoyed it, but I found this movie to be really by the numbers and I agree about the river scene being really silly. The second unit shots of his childhood and the hospital scenes were really poorly matched with the rest of the cinematography. Rarely am I bored at the movies, but between the main character's trite suicidal thoughts and the obvious offing of characters was as interesting and unexpected as the family front of me in the theater with the giant sodas all having to get up and go to the bathroom during the middle of the film. I really wanted this to be good. I also found his father's four line poem (really three lines with one repeated line) to be one of the most mediocre attempts at incorporating another art form in a movie. The purposely bad paintings Steve Coogan shows off in "Around the World in 80 Days" were better than that poem. Also, the Grey's ending was miserably goofy and anti-climactic. Quint, I like your writing in general, so please don't feel bad about my post. I just don't have the same point of view on this particular movie.

  • April 2, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Nice Direwolf!

    by obijuanmartinez

  • April 2, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    The crash scene was one the scariest things...

    by The Dum Guy

    I've seen in a movie for some time.

  • April 2, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    NO! You must always agree with me on movies! All movies! All the time! How. Dare. You. Disagree.

  • April 2, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Saw The Grey in a freezing cold cinema -

    by john

    I felt those wolves around me. What a terrific movie.

  • April 2, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Loved THE GREY

    by DementedCaver

    Thought that it has some technical issues....such as wolves on the attack in the first place...and after a major swim in ice water the main character just got up on land and chilled out. *sorry...oh no I'm not* .....but seriously...aside from a few technicalities....the grey had me by the balls like a cheap hooker on nad massage special night.

  • April 2, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I want a fucking Dire Wolf.

    by Eric

  • April 2, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST

    fantastic flick and better with repeated viewings

    by juice willis

    On the surface, a deceptively simple story, but there's so much more going on with each scene/interaction. Much deserved props to Carnahan for adhering to a vision when he could have easily caved to what I assume was some obvious pressure to turn this into a wolf-punching jerkfest. The plane crash is intense as all fuck.

  • April 2, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    GREAT flick, awesome pics

    by Logan_1973

    THE GREY rules!

  • April 2, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow a NSFW of Sarah Connor.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Had the trailer just played it vague, icy and scary instead of promising things the actual film never intended to deliver, my first theatrical viewing would have been a better experience. I was with two friends who ended up HATING the movie not because of what the film does deliver but because they felt cheated. Seeing at BNAT ahead of the marketing campaign certainly couldn't have hurt anyone's opinion of the film. Actually, I think it's an amazing film. It just wasn't the film I paid to see on that day.

  • April 2, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    LOVED it.

    by Nice Marmot

    Sure it had its technicalities, but it packed such an old-school punch. THIS is what I picture and hope for when I hear Walter Hill is directing again. And did I ever hug the shit out of my wife and kids when I got home . . .

  • April 2, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Thankfully, I never saw a trailer or TV spot before I saw this...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...and thankfully wasn't kept waiting for a "wolf-punching" scene that never came. I wish I had the opportunity to go into a movie completely "blind" more often. It's a great film, chilling and engrossing and ultimately deeply moving. Too bad too many people expected some absurd wolf-punching action climax.

  • April 2, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    You can't blame the people who expected what the trailer promised, nasty.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    It's not so much that there was no "wolf punching," but that the trailer revealed the last shot of the movie. That's kind of like putting the last page of a mystery novel on the back of the book and passing it off as a preview. So I sat there for two hours not seeing that footage, but knowing that footage must come. And then knowing exactly where the film was going by the time it got there just based on the mood and the lines of poetry from Neeson's fathers' frame. It was a let down because I discovered someone had already showed me the last page before I started reading the book, but I just didn't know it was the last page when they showed it to me.

  • April 2, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    the trailer didn't show the ending...

    by The Dum Guy

    It did worse, it showed more of what the character was going to do than the film. He never started a dead sprint in the movie. A major marketing bait and switch.

  • April 3, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    A major inspiration for me writing JLA2.

    by UltimaRex

    Second only to Prometheus.

  • April 3, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Are those really in the movie?

    by Vern

    I dug the movie, but it has some of the worst action direction of recent times. And that's saying alot since the bar is so low now that it's a major selling point if the director even made an attempt to shoot the action scenes competently (see: Haywire). I was pretty convinced that no wolf puppets were even on set when the action scenes were shot, IF the action scenes were shot on set. The camera might as well have just been inside a suitcase bumping around in a trunk. Good job on those puppets though, they look great in the photo.

  • April 3, 2012, 5:20 a.m. CST

    The Grey was ok

    by kwisatzhaderach

    All a bit formulaic and predictable though.

  • April 3, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST

    The Grey was f*cking awesome!

    by GravyAkira

    And surprising scary in places. Great film. Stay til the credits are over for extra badassery.

  • April 3, 2012, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Count me as a non-fan..

    by GBH

    It did not resonate with me. I do not know why, but I just did not get into it. After hearing Liam gave one of the finest performances of his career I was hyped by it, but somehow it did not connect. I will not say it was the worst movie because I have seen plenty of crap, but it did not stand out as anything other than a meh rental which you never see again.

  • April 3, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Dang it Quint

    by Manos

    Watch the headlines. For a moment I thought that you were discontinuing BTSPOTD. As this is the best thing in this site, please be more careful in the future.

  • April 3, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST

    horrible ending ruined the film

    by SupermanIsMyGod

    It was pretty good, but I can't remember another case of cinematic blue balls like this one

  • April 3, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Killing real wolves

    by rajium32

    I think the film did itself a diservice with the caricaturization of wolves. The blending of horror with a survivalist film destroyed the theme which was mostly about the reality of nature. However, I did enjoy most of it, including the rather cardboard characters. I was not happy that they supposedly killed real wolves for this. And the inaccuracies regarding wolf behavior was bullshit. I know a few people that walked out thinking wolves are that agressive to people. Here are two articles that examine the misconceptions and wolf killing for the film. I can't vouch for the reputation of the news outlets, of course.'the_grey'_plays_up_misconceptions_about_wolves_--_at_a_time_when_wolves_are_more_at_risk_than_ever/ here is the director's response to some of it.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    The Grey needed a final act..

    by BeanGrud

    Not just Neeson charging and yelling - roll credits. BOOOOOOOOOO

  • April 3, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    A very good movie

    by Jeremy Jar Binks

    Not fun action film weekend fodder by any means. It shook me how brutal it was. I'm glad to see it got some love from other viewers

  • April 3, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen it...

    by Jon Forbing

    But those wolves look amazing and scary as shit. Go practical effects!

  • April 3, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Couldn't sink my teeth into it...

    by Guyver1138

    It was a pretty cool film until it jumped the shark with the stupid cliff scene. One character jumped from the cliff, with a bit of a running start, across to the trees that were about 20 feet away. That blew it for me. Everything was semi-realistic until this guy failed to fall to his death screaming all the way down about how dumb an idea that was. I know we were supposed to suspend disbelief but that was followed by the even less believable traversing the home made rope scenario and then the totally predictable death of the one character who fell. Personally I liked the ending as I am not one who always needs the formulaic film approach of western cinema. I would have liked to seem him get some licks (punches) in before he went down; however, that would have lessened the dramatic effect. The best parts of the film were the wolves and Liam Neeson. The campfire admonishment of the prick character was great.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST

    That's sweet and incredible and awesome

    by Gabe Athouse

    My generation has such horrible taste in adjectives. Embarrassing.