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CGI has become the cornerstone of modern visual effects, but what film do you think has the best effects without it?

Last edited by curl-6 - on 02 June 2021

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What do you mean by VFX with no CGI? They're kinda one and the same. Do you mean SFX/practical effects?



TallSilhouette said:

What do you mean by VFX with no CGI? They're kinda one and the same. Do you mean SFX/practical effects?

Practical effects.



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Hm. The Thing is definitely the poster child of classic SFX. In more modern examples you can basically pick your favorite Christopher Nolan stunt setpiece. I'm pretty partial to the hallway fight from Inception.



The Thing and Braindead(AKA Dead Alive)



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For me, Aliens takes the crown.

Released just a few years prior to the dawn of the CG era, it makes great use of puppetry, miniatures, and other practical techniques to achieve a wide range of effects scenes that still hold up well today.



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The best practical effects of the 80s.



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The Thing easily wins that one. Just a year earlier you had another great one with Clash of the Titans. When it comes to earlier films Jason and the Argonauts is the gold standard.



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KLXVER said:

The Thing and Braindead(AKA Dead Alive)

Yeah, the Thing had some decent effects for it's time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjuLZwlDxh8

Yeah, yeah, I know you all mean the remake in the 80s by Carpenter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esy-776wcIo



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