Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects

You’d generally think that, these days, any scene more complex than two people talking in a room would be green-screened and then filled in with CGI. Not so -- it turns out that some filmmakers love using practical effects, even when these are stupidly expensive and/or dangerous. Maybe it’s even because they’re stupidly expensive and/or dangerous -- but, hey, we’re not psychologists, we’re just internet comedians. Anyway, check out these examples and decide for yourself.

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - In Fellowship of the Ring, when Frodo and Gandalf are at the same tableSource: 8 Movie Special Effects You Didn't Know Weren't CGI: Classic

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - The fancy 3D shot in Snake's glider's computer in Escape From New York isn't 3D. Source: 8 Movie Special Effects You Didn't Know Weren't CGI: Classic

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - That's spaghetti squash splattering in the scene where ED-209 kills a youngSource: The Hollywood Reporter

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - For Total Recall, the actors had to contort their faces in ridiculous grimaces for a day.Source: SyFy

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - The Mangalore costumes in The Fifth Element included a little TV screen inside the head.Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - The chase scene in The Dark Knight was all physical. Source: 8 Movie Special Effects You Didn't Know Weren't CGI: Classic

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there's a shot with two Jim Carreys.Source: 8 Movie Special Effects You Didn't Know Weren't CGI: Classic

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - In Knives Out, the photo of Richard, Linda and Ransom was added digitally.Source: Film School Rejects

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - When Uma Thurman is foaming at the mouth in Pulp Fiction after snorting coke,Source: Vanity Fair

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - The fire raging through New York in Independence Day was all real.Source: 8 Movie Special Effects You Didn't Know Weren't CGI: Classic

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects When Tyrell lowers the shades in his office in Blade Runner, no shades were actually loweredSource: American Cinematographer

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - In Avengers: Endgame, the Quantum Realm suits are 100% CG.Source: Film School Rejects

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Surprising Ways Beloved Movies Accomplished Their Effects - Snoke's throne room in The Last Jedi used no CGI.Source: Film School Rejects

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