Iconic special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi has passed away in southern Italy at the age of 86. Rambaldi won two Oscars for his work – one each for Alien and E.T. the Extraterrestrial. Although such classics as Alien and E.T. are not available, three of Rambaldi’s films are currently on instant Netflix.
Silver Bullet (1985) – Rated R
“When a sleepy town is terrorized by sadistic murders, the locals conclude that the culprit is a werewolf. But only Marty, a 13-year-old boy in a wheelchair, is brave enough to try to track down the mysterious beast.”
Rambaldi created the werewolf suit for this movie.
Conan the Destroyer (1984) – Rated PG
“While on a quest to retrieve a magical gem, muscleman Conan vanquishes mortal and supernatural adversaries with help from his ham-fisted sidekick, a wacky wizard, a fierce woman warrior and a gigantic bodyguard. But there’s a traitor among the ranks.”
While I enjoy Conan the Destroyer for the hilarious miscasting, Rambaldi’s design for Dagoth was a lot of fun.
Planet of the Vampires (1965) – Unrated
“Italian horror maestro Mario Bava (Black Sunday) provides lots of creepy atmosphere for this cult chiller, which became a major influence for later science fiction and horror films. Barry Sullivan leads the European cast as Capt. Markary, commander of a space rescue mission whose members fall prey (one by one) to zombie-fying possession by alien entities. The film was also released as Demon Planet, Planet of Blood and Terrore Nello Spazio.”
An early film for Rambaldi. He worked on the models in this one.