The movies we loved as children were created by visionary filmmakers, but that term is often relegated towards the directors, rarely the writers, and sometimes even the actors.
But what’s lost on a lot of people are the countless others behind the collaboration that is our favorite medium. And Nightmare Factory is the story of a small group of those collaborators: The Practical Special Effects team.
Nightmare Factory follows the history of the team of Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, and Robert Kurtzman (known as K.N.B. EFX Group) who were instrumental in creating the practical effects of hundreds of projects including Predator, Army of Darkness, and The Cell. It’s also an intricate look into the painstaking work that goes into maintaining the illusion that these creatures are real.
Nightmare Factory is one of my favorite documentaries in this challenge, and also one of my favorites of all-time. If I was able to show this to myself as a kid, I would have been in the film industry by now.
So all I need is to find a doc who discusses alternate universes now…
Howard Berger [Notable Make-up/ SFX works: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Mist, Misery]
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