10 Horrible Uses of Special Effects That Almost Ruined The Movie
In 2013 we are no strangers to seeing technology pushed to its limits in film. You can’t go to a movie without seeing some sort of technological addition. We are seeing a lot of great visuals from this technology but sometimes it takes a turn for the worst.
10. Freddy Vs. Jason: The Caterpillar/Freddy Kruger Hybrid
While Freddy vs. Jason is really only a film that horror fans can appreciate, to an extent, there is no excuse for the horrid hallucination that occurs midway through the film. We see our raggedy group of pretty people in search of a magical dream suppressing drug when one of the characters gets left behind. Being the token (pun intended) stoner in the group he of course takes this as an opportunity to light up and mellow out. What happens next is probably one of the worst forms a horror icon has ever taken on and that is saying a lot coming from this genre.
I can only speculate on what exactly Ronny Yu was going for with this formation. It comes off as a pseudo Hookah Smoking Caterpillar from Lewis Carrol’s Alice In Wonderland mixed with Freddy’s face but instead of being surreal and frightening it ends up being extremely laughable. This would have been an excellent reason to use animatronics but because of the CGI craze that was just getting started in 2003 the film makes a devastatingly hilarious mistake.
9. Let The Right One In: The Cat Attack
In the late 2000s the masses were enthralled by the idea of sexy dead people. It seemed impossible to escape the blood suckers in both television and film. The market was saturated and a good vampire film was hard to come by until the adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel, Let the Right One In, appeared. This Swedish film turned the entire vampire community on its head and brought audiences a more terrifying and uncomfortable look at the undead.
However, just because this film is one of the best vampire films of all time does not exempt it from the poor misuse of technology. After returning home after being attacked and bitten by a vampire this woman is greeted by her confused husband and, um, loving cats. We all know that animals have that super secret vampire radar so it is no surprise when her pets descend on her like the tasty sack of flesh she is. This in turn results into the most hilarious animal attack sequence since the monkeys from Jumanji. There is just no reason for this to even have happened! If it had been one or two cats there could have been some hope but there are at least 10 cats and NONE of them are believable.
The reason this is so unforgiveable is that the entire film up to and after this sequence is incredibly dark and serious. This entire sequence just does not mesh and was a complete waste of time and money.