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‘Gravity’ goes galactic with special effects

There has rarely been a more entrancingly eerie opening scene than the one that graces “Gravity,” the new space epic starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as NASA astronauts who suddenly find themselves unmoored 370 miles above Earth.;  …

Special effects master creates terrifying skinless robot baby

It’s like the worst Terminator-inspired nightmare come to life: A robot baby with no skin, that moves and sounds just like a real child. Created by special effects master Chris Clarke, who’s worked on films such as Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil and even the recent Steven Spielberg epic War…

Bah, humbug! — Scrooge (1935)

This is the 1935 British film version of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol,” and though the special effects may be a bit creaky, it’s probably richer than any other version in the atmosphere of 19th century London. I’ve also got to admit that Marley’s ghost appearing as a face on the door…

Vincent Price retells ‘The Christmas Carol’

The special effects aren’t much, but you have to admire the way the phrase “Marley was dead” rolls off Price’s tongue. This video is from the Moving Image Archive.…

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