This is something that has been on my mind you years. This generation of movies such as "Tranformers," "G.I Joe: Rise of Cobra," the "Star Wars" prequels, and many others today, rely heavily on computer animation instead of hard working effects that can look great and get the job done if done right. Sure, there are times where it is not possible to make some of the effects with a computer, I do not know anybody with an autobot or a Millennium Falcon, but when it is necessary, why not add some artistic value to a movie? Some animatronic creatures, people on makeup and costume, stop-motion animation, anything that might make the budget not so expensive and wasteful.
When I buy a movie, whether it has a big budget or not, I love watching the special features and seeing how they did some of their scenes. This is a list of some of my favorite movies and why I enjoy them over some of the big budget movies.
Nightmare on Elm Street
First off is the movie that started a real classic icon, Freddy Kruger. The first of his series brought terror into those that watched it, and mystery to those that wondered how it was done. One of their effects, which only cost 10 cents, was where Freddy formed on the wall above a bed, looking down at lead character Nancy. For that, all they used was spandex. Of coarse, there were other effects, such as a reversed room that was built for Tina's death scene, but this was one of my favorites because of how cheap it was. Oh, and the story was interesting as well.
Any good zombie movie
For those of y'all that do not know me, l love the supernatural, and out of all of the different aspects of it, a good zombie movie always thrills me. Keep in mind that I have not seen every single zombie movie, but the effects are simple like most horror movies. Some fake blood and makeup and a few people willing to play dead, and there you have a zombie movie. Even the main actors can be a zombie for a few scenes if needed.
Star Wars Prequels
Honestly, who does not like "Star Wars"? Maybe you are not a total nerd about the series like me, since I have only watched the movie, but complete nerd or not, what I am about say will be agreed by most. What I liked about the original Star Wars was how simple it was; meet strangers, save the princess, destroy the Death Star. There was not a bunch of political story telling like the prequels, nor was there a load of CG effects just took you away from the story. Plus, there was more emotion, and and as the story went own we met Yoda and of coarse Vador and the Emperor, who does not love them?
Clerks and Chasing Amy
Lastly, one of my favorite writers/directors, Kevin Smith started out by maxing out his credit cards and his job as the main part of his $30,000 budget for "Clerks." Sure, it was black and white, in a convenience store, and had no name actors, but it was funny and kept my attention. That is what I love about Kevin, he is a clever writer and knows how to work with a budget.
"Chasing Amy" was great as well, funny, smart, romantic, and I enjoyed Silent Bob's long speech.
Now, I obviously did not pick a lot of great movies, but I am going by what I have seen, so if there is any that you'd like to name then say so. For instance, I did not name the "Evil Dead" Series, I have only seen the second one.
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