The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day’s name… is Horace!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Now this shot won’t exactly set the world on fire and could very well have been taken just before production or just after production on The Monster Squad, one of my personal favorite ‘80s movies, but it’s still cool and it’s a lazy Sunday, so fuck it. Why not enjoy a nice close up shot of the Gillman suit, I say.
Of all the monsters made by Stan Winston Studios for the film, their version of the creature is my favorite. I know that director and co-writer Fred Dekker intended to use classic Universal Monster designs for the movie, but then Universal wouldn’t cooperate so they had to do fresh takes on all the monsters. The Wolfman turned out spectacularly, Frankie looks great, but it’s Gillman that really takes the cake. That goddamn thing looks real!
Thanks again to Pat Barnett for sending this one along… and is it just me or is that Dracula’s cape edging its way into frame there? Click to slightly enlargen.
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at email@example.com.
Tomorrow’s pic features a one-eyed icon.
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Sept. 16, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST
When even B List movies sometimes turned out to be very cool.
Sept. 16, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST
by Kyle H
Yeah so true, this creature is amazing. They even got the bloody wound looking right after he gets shot. He looked like a slimy gutted fish!
Sept. 16, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST
Thats the exact design they need to use...no CGI,no giant metal transforming bullshit...just an old school,badass,Man In Suit. 'Nuff said!
Sept. 16, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST
I'd love to see someone take those designs and make a really solid Universal monster gang and just scare the shit out of the kids and make us adults happy again. A testament to how cool those designs are is that the Lagoon creature was the least interesting of them all...Winston make him cool and kind of scary, the eyes sell it!
Sept. 16, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST
What a wonderful advertisement for a wonderful product. So peaceful, so serene, so relaxing. Be, my chi.
Sept. 16, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST
by ajit maholtra
Sept. 16, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Sept. 16, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST
by Stereotypical Evil Archer
No respect for the old school in those talkbacks.
Sept. 16, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST
was the first one-eyed icon that came to my mind (okay, okay... after Harryhausen's Cyclops)
Sept. 16, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST
looks like predator, I actually did'nt like the monsters designs in this movie, original CFTBL is too good to fuck with
Sept. 16, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST
A little Escape from New York action, perhaps?
Sept. 16, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST
God I love this movie. I know most people of my "generation" love The Goonies as their "kids on a crazy adventure" film, but The Monster Squad will always be my favorite. Personally, I hate The Goonies. The Monster Squad, however, kicks so much ass. The make-up work is fantastic. Shane Black's script has the perfect blend of horror and comedy, and he does a good job capturing how kids really talk---very foul and very un-PC. Dracula call's a little girl a bitch. Rudy is the coolest kid to ever wear penny loafers and fire a bow and arrow. And yes, I still tear up like an infant at the end when the little girl throws Frankenstein her doll.
Sept. 16, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST
by Kal-El Hartley
It's my cock guys.
Sept. 16, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
God, I hope they never do it. I remember watching this as a kid and loving it, but never saw it again until I bought the DVD (along with Robocop on an Amazon special).
Sept. 16, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST
I'm a child of the 80's without a doubt. I fondly remember Indy, Khan, Tron, Goonies, Poltergeist, ET, Black Hole, Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Short Circuit, Weird Science, Explorers, Gremlins, The Last Starfighter, BTTF, John Huges et.al., and god help me even Krull. Somehow, and still to this day, Monster Squad keeps flying under my radar. Guess I need to rectify this, but being 41 now, will it have any resonance for me?
Sept. 16, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST
by Munro Kelly
It was Steve Wang's personal style he brought in painting the Creature and the Predator, both from 1987, when he worked for Winston. He later became a director and made Drive(97) and Guyver 1 & 2.
Sept. 16, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST
by Munro Kelly
Sept. 16, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...Turanga Leela? Seriously, has there ever been a BTSPOTD for an animated movie or TV show (that wasn't stop-motion)?
Sept. 16, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST
That's effects legend, Tom Woodruff Jr., in the Gillman suit. He was also Pumpkinhead as well as many other Aliens, Predators and monsters!
by The Reluctant Austinite
Long live, Tom Woodruff!
Sept. 16, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST
Sept. 17, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST
LOCKED is what it is! GREAT FLICK.
Sept. 17, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST
also BRILLIANT costume design and execution!
Sept. 17, 2012, 2:42 a.m. CST
Love this movie.
Sept. 17, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST
Yeah, watch that scene again. In the very next shot, after Fat Kid says his line and racks the shotgun, you hear a FUCKING GUN SHOT, implying that he may or may not have shot the bully. In any event, wrap your mind around the concept of that scene even existing in a movie today.
Sept. 17, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST
I always loved this movie and HATED The Goonies. My folks took me to see the Goonies, and I distinctly remember not liking it. Saw Monster Squad on HBO not long after and fell in love with it.
Sept. 17, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST
I remember being grossed out by Corey Feldman kissing Martha Plimpton- YUCK!
Sept. 17, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST
That's neat, but I'm partial to the original Gillman suit. The Stan Winston one may have realistic skin "texture", but the face is what killed the realism for me. I don't like movie monsters that have mouths like that one with the teeth sticking out or mouths in general that stick out like that. They LOOK like a mask of some sort. It reminds me of the trolls in Elder Scrolls 5. The faces like that always look like a suit and kill the suspension of disbelief for me. To me, the one in Creature From The Black Lagoon looked pretty darn real considering when that film was made. I especially like how it looks when he's walking toward the camera and "breathing". That looks COOL. It's a shame Universal had to be a bunch of turds about it...that would have been awesome had they given them the go ahead to use the original designs. I suppose they didn't because of the nature of the film and they didn't want to go back down the route the studio did in the 40s with all the parody films they made with the monsters. I can't say I blame them. I'd like to see a SERIOUS film made with those original designs done by a modern make-up effects master.
Sept. 17, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST
Goonies > Monster Squad I love both flicks and screen Monster Squad every Halloween. But to be honest with myself I always loved Goonies more than Monster Squad. Something about it, maybe because that was the A-list movie and Monster Squad was B-list. Either way Monster Squad is perfect to screen with The Lost Boys.
Sept. 17, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST
Wolfman's got nards! They definitely don't make kids movies like this anymore. Closest would be something like Monster House.
Sept. 17, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST
by Cameron Harrison
The creature design was kind of amazing. I always felt like it had just walked off the set of a hardcore horror film.
Sept. 17, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST
by slave to the one
Sept. 17, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST
by Mystery Roach
For some reason, I always had a mental association between The Monster Squad and The Lost Boys as a kid. Good call!
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