Ozzily Yours

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Phases

Why is it so hard to get werewolf makeup and effects right? Werewolves always look ridiculous. It almost makes me want to watch one of the hugely-budged Twilight movies just to see if, with their huge budget, they're capable of making a good-looking werewolf. Except, you know, then I'd be watching Twilight. And that would be no good.

And it's a shame, because it's otherwise such a good episode! Willow and Oz first kiss = awesome, there are some good lines, it advances the evil Angel storyline well. It also features Larry's coming out, which was probably pretty revolutionary at the time (I don't think Dawson's Creek had outed Jack yet at this point - sure, Larry's not a major character, but I still give them credit for it. Especially since it didn't end up being a one-off thing.

In other amusing news: at the beginning of the ep, Oz tells Willow,"They might not look it, but bunnies can really take care of themselves." Perhaps paving the way for Anya. Who knows? And, as I believe Adam807 already pointed out, Seth Green's delivery of, "Is Geordie a werewolf? Uh-huh... and how long has that been going on?" is legendary.

4 Comments:

  • The werewolves on Twilight are just big wolves, and they're CGI. So they do look pretty good, but it's a whole different thing. Yes, that means I've seen the Twilight movies. The second one is kind of hilarious.

    The UK Being Human did a decent job with it, but largely because they're smart enough to not show very much.

    By Blogger Adam807, at 9/05/2011 8:54 AM  

  • How consistently bad werewolves look is a favorite topic. So...

    Thanks for saving me from having to watch Twilight. The question was asked, I might have been tempted.

    Keeping the werewolves out of sight worked well in Dog Soldiers too (also UK). And it's just an all-around good werewolf story.

    I always think of the transformation scene in American Werewolf in London as a high-water mark of werewolf makeup (the '70s version, in case there were remakes). So we rewatched it, to check if it really does hold up. It does, kind of, in that werewolf makeup really hasn't progressed much. And it's dated but remains unsettling -- for one thing, it looks like it hurts.

    By Blogger melz3000, at 9/09/2011 8:11 PM  

  • The transformation is brilliant, but the makeup itself...? Not so much. What's great about the transformation in part is how you hardly see the whole thing. Once you do it's kind of ruined.

    By Blogger Adam807, at 9/09/2011 8:33 PM  

  • The Jaws effect, as it were.

    By Blogger mcm, at 9/09/2011 9:25 PM  

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