Down the Tubes: Matte Painting and Classic Horror Films

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I love practical effects. Sure, some are better than others. But, overall, I prefer them to computer-generated effects. Warts and all.

Here’s a short little video I stumbled onto that features matte paintings from some classic horror films and a brief explanation of how they were used to create the grand scale that many pre-CGI films were able to achieve.


Did you learn anything new about matte paintings? Do you prefer practical effects or CGI? Or is it simpler a matter of filmmakers knowing when to use the right tool for the right job?

Let us know in the comments below!

Author: Dhalbaby

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