Strange Practical Zombie

As DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS inches closer to a box office haul of a billion dollars (and certain types who don’t base their views of the world on objective reality but prefer to make up their own “facts” insist that it’s a failure because it hasn’t made as much as SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME—seriously, people, the latter is a fluke; 99.999% of movies don’t make that much bank; but then 99.8% don’t top $800 million, either, which DOCTOR STRANGE already has), all the Horror fans continue to celebrate seeing vintage Sam Raimi Horror in a mainstream superhero movie.

You may be forgiven if you thought the zombie Doctor Strange in the movie was all CGI. I assumed it was. As it turns out, though, there were some practical effects involved, too. Kiwi company WETA handled the FX duties with their usual fantastic-ness. Said a spokesperson: “The promise of a spooky Sam Raimi Marvel film had our team pretty jazzed [as it] seemed on the page that this was channeling some of that B-movie horror vibe that Sam was known for, so we suspected we were in for some fun. It felt different from other Marvel projects that we’d been involved with. I recall asking at one point, ‘What are the rules here? Is this allowed in the MCU?’” As we now know, Marvel allowed Raimi to get pretty darn EVIL DEAD with it.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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