Carlo Rambaldi reported dead

Carlo Rambaldi reported dead

Carlo Rambaldi turned fantasies into realities.

Not just images on a screen, but physical, mechanical, touchable things.

Rambaldi won Oscars for both E.T. and Alien (remember the scene with the jaw sliding forward?). Rambaldi also got a special achievement Oscar for the Jeff Bridges version of King Kong (which would not be without controversy in the special effects community).

Rambaldi’s work was good enough that he would be required to demonstrate that his effects were just that in court…to disprove charges of animal cruelty in the making of Lizard in a Woman’s Skin.

Geek credits include:

  • Sigfrido (created the dragon for this Italian version of Siegfried)
  • Perseo l’invincibile (Perseus the Invincible, Medusa versus the Son of Hercules)
  • Planet of the Vampires
  • Bloody Pit of Horror
  • The Witch in Love (Aura)
  • Twitch of the Death Nerve
  • Night of the Devils
  • Frankenstein 80
  • Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein
  • Andy Warhol’s Dracula
  • The Hand that Feeds the Dead (with Klaus Kinski)
  • Lover of the Monster
  • Deep Red
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (the aliens)
  • The Hand
  • Possession
  • Conan the Destroyer (Dagoth)
  • Dune (sand worms)
  • Silver Bullet (werewolf)
  • King Kong Lives
  • Cameron’s Closet
  • Primal Rage

Good-bye, Carlo Rambaldi…the world is emptier without you.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

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