Friday, August 10, 2012
FX Maestro Carlo Rambaldi Dies (1925-2012)
While he's widely known for his creation of E.T., I like to remember Rambaldi mostly for 1973's FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN (aka ANDY WARHOL'S FRANKENSTEIN). I'd rather forget his work on the '76 KING KONG (1976) and CONAN THE DESTROYER (1984) but I actually really like KING KONG LIVES (1986) much better as a film and for his work. The giant heart transplant scene is pretty crazy! LIVES was like a crazy, slick Caucasian kaiju that's worth re-visiting. Rambaldi contributed a lot to the golden age of Euro horror and sci-fi and worked with some of the greats including Mario Bava. My personal favorite is Rambaldi's title monster for MEDUSA VS. THE SON OF HERCULES (1963) starring Richard Harrison. Rambaldi' Medusa is a awesome rubber suit and still terrifying to this day!
Here's his obituary: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/italian-special-effects-master-carlo-rambaldi-father-of-et-dead-at-86/2012/08/10/eade6e52-e30e-11e1-89f7-76e23a982d06_story.html
Rambaldi's credits: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0708058/