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Monday, September 15, 2008

Learn How to Make a Monster

There aren't many perks to being a horror sophisticate living in Connecticut, but by gum, I've found one of 'em. Seems that the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport has kicked off a special exhibit entitled "How to Make a Monster". Specifically, it is an exhibit of the animatronics work of lesser-known special effects master John Cox, whose company Robotechnology (heh heh, cool name) is responsible for such beasties as the killer croc in Rogue, and the new age kaiju in the Korean mega-hit The Host (a.k.a. Gwoemul).

The Discovery Museum will be holding a "champagne celebration" to launch the exhibition, and as a member, I plan on dusting off my top hat, white tie and tails to attend. Expect a full report. I'm especially looking forward to inspecting the go-go gadget arms Cox created for Inspecter Gadget 2: Direct to Video.


gord said...

Sounds like a great event. Can't wait to read the report.

Also, am I the only person in the world who didn't like The Host?

B-Sol said...

I actually haven't seen it myself, but everyone seems to say its much better than Cloverfield.

Wes Fierce said...

Thats awesome, I would be so down for that. I was under the impression that Weta was behind The Host. Looking at the imdb though, John Cox is listed right there between The Orphanage and Weta Workshop. That would be a nice project to have on a resume :)

As for The Host, I thought it had alot of nice qualities (mainly the monster), but all of the broken logic put me off. If the imdb score means anything to anyone, The Host: 7.1 (18,356) vs Cloverfield: 7.6 (98,767). I'd pick Cloverfield over The Host.


gord said...

For me the movie's mood and tone really put me off. It wasn't funny enough to be a comedy, or scary enough to be a horror film, and then there were random bits of overly serious drama thrown in. Overall it felt very disjointed and kinda sloppy. Though that could have something to do with cultural differences, though I did watch it in the original language, which I guess is about as far a North American individual can go when just wanting to watch a movie but trying to identify with the culture.

That being said, I usually dig loopy films, like The Frighteners. Though, while The Host had a really good beginning and end, everything in between was a bore.

Have not seen Cloverfield.

B-Sol said...

I think WETA did the CGI side of the work for The Host, while Cox did the physical animatronics.

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