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FX Master Rob Bottin, Where in the World is He?

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Not everyone talks about Rob Bottin (pron. Bo-teen) as much as they should. Other artists who came out of the golden age of practical effects, Rick Baker, Tom Savini, and the late Stan Winston are canonized in the world of movie makeup, but Bottin never seems to get the attention he deserves anymore. And he deserves a lot.

He is one of the most talented creators to emerge from that era when scares relied more on manipulating tangible materials rather than source code; when people said “the money is on the screen,” they were talking about the practical effects and not the star’s salary.

Figuring out how to create living fantasies from storyboard to screen meant solving a multitude of problems back in the day, it was a task that only a few in the business could do, Bottin being one of them.

Today’s special make-up effects artists seemingly have to compromise between what they can feel in their hands and what computer software can fill in for them. Movies and television shows are finding talented FX alchemists who use an alloy forged from latex and CGI.

Bottin didn’t have Movie Maker back then, because he was one.

Where is he now though? Does he believe in digital assistance?

The hirsute genius is still young. According to many sources, he is only 61-years-old; he just celebrated a birthday on April 1.

Some say Bottin is a recluse who doesn’t care much for social media or granting interviews. His last project according to IMDb was on Game of Thrones in 2014.

He wasn’t always this isolated. That’s because his high-profile projects back in the early 80s were of interest to genre journalists and industry peers who lived in awe of his special kind of talent, one that pushed envelopes by giving moviegoers something on-screen they had never seen before. This was never so evident as in his work for John Carpenter’s The Thing.

Just as Leonardo Da Vinci was mythologized for his Mona Lisa, Bottin’s skill on The Thing remains an industry masterwork, something legendary.

Always humble Bottin said in an interview for Fangoria back in 1982 that he’s really not the one responsible for creating the scares, instead he gives that honor to the writers and directors.

“The story is scary, and then the monster is just the period at the end of the sentence,” he said. “In other words, if The Thing is scary, it’s not the monsters that are scary, it’s the way John (Carpenter) builds suspense.”

Rob Bottin and his creation for "The Thing"

Rob Bottin and his creation for “The Thing”

As the story goes, due to his penchant for perfectionism and detail, Bottin would sadly suffer from exhaustion and other health issues after The Thing wrapped which is a testament to his dedication to the craft.

In another interview, Eric Brevig, Total Recall‘s visual effects supervisor who worked with Bottin on that film, says he rarely needed correction, it was one and done.

“One great thing about Rob’s work was that it didn’t need post fixing,” Brevig told FXGuide back in 2015. “He just worked with the tools he had until it looked great, and it was essentially an insert shoot when it was photographed. So we didn’t have a lot of hands-on participation in terms of what he was doing, except that we both collaborated where we would take it.”

For those who don’t know, Bottin is also the man responsible for the effects in classics such as The Fog (1980), Maniac (1980), Robocop, Se7en–the list goes on. In fact, the record of his artistry in film is so long and revered you should check out his IMDb profile, there are too many to list here.

You would think with such a large catalog of work he would be more in the public eye. But even though he is austere, his monsters are forever burned into celluloid so even if he never shows his face in public again, that’s where you can always find him.

Rob Bottin and his creation for "RoboCop"

So in honor of the man who made some of the scariest and most realistic prosthetics in horror film history, we are going to showcase some of his most notable works below. These are only a few but they represent a cross section of his talent that, if you were lucky enough to see first-hand, gave you nightmares. They are indelible in the archives of horror movie history.

And Mr. Bottin if you are reading this, we hope you are well and considering coming back to the silver screen with more ideas for a new generation of filmmakers and horror fans.

As a side note, for people who are fans of Rob Bottin, you can check out a Facebook page set up by a fan named Devon who noticed the artist and his work were missing from social media.

“I made this page back in 2010 because I wanted to give you, Rob’s fans, and myself (also a huge fan) an outlet or a place to share and revel in his work,” writes Devon. “I did this because I noticed there where all these pages for all the people: artists, creators, directors, etc – that had worked with him; but, not a single one for Rob. Ever since the beginning this page was only ever meant to be a fan page. Never did I think it would grow to be this big. For that, I’d like to say ‘Thank you’; hopefully, with your help perhaps we can get him to share a little bit more of his life with us. I know I would like that, but until that day – just a heads up, I am not the Rob Bottin. “

Below are some scenes in which Rob contributed, some are trailers, some are NSFW and many contain spoilers:

The Thing (1980)

The Fog (1980)

Pirhana (1978)

The Howling (1981)

RoboCop (1987)

Se7en (1995)

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Doug Bradley Wants To Play Pinhead Again In A ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ Movie Adaptation

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This is exciting news for fans of the actor and the franchise. In an exclusive interview with Bloody Disgusting, Doug Bradley says, I certainly never say never. I’ve never said I was done with it. Check out more of what he says in the interview below.

Movie Scene from Hellraiser (1987)

Doug Bradley says, “I certainly never say never. I’ve never said I was done with it. I’ve never said I’m retired from it. I’m sensible about these things, too. I was in my mid-30s when I first played the character, and I was just turning 50 when I played him the last time. I ain’t in that age range anymore. I’m now in my 70th year, and to some extent, I think special effects makeup is a younger man’s game.”

Movie Scene from Hellraiser (1987)

Then, when talking about a movie adaptation of The Scarlet Gospels, he says “If we did that, we could maybe present an older Pinhead to be aware of the fact that I am the age I am, that time and gravity does what time and gravity does. An older, darker Pinhead would intrigue me, one not so much in love with the flippant one-liners and the witty comebacks and so forth.”

Deleted Scene from Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)

The Scarlet Gospels is a novel written by Clive Barker that was published in 2015. It served as a continuation of his novel The Hellbound Heart and the Harry D’Amour stories. The book followed the story of the Hell Priest, the demonic Cenobite nicknamed “Pinhead”, and his efforts to gain power. Occult detective Harry D’Amour must journey into Hell to rescue his friend and stop the Hell Priest’s plans.”

Movie Scene from Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

While Bradley does state he is too old for the role, The Scarlet Gospels follows an older pinhead which would work perfectly for the actor. Are you excited about the news of him playing the character again if this adaptation happens? Let us know in the comments below.

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Season 5 of HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Is Greenlit

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Whether you liked Issa López’s interpretation of HBO’s True Detective: Night Country, the streamer has given her the go-ahead for another season, the fifth for the long-running series.

That’s right López will once again take the reigns of True Detective which HBO says the Night Country installment was its most-watched season of the creepy series to date, with its finale (aired on February 18) getting the highest viewership numbers since its premiere in January.

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True Detective: Night Country

“From conception to release, ‘Night Country’ has been the most beautiful collaboration and adventure of my entire creative life,” López told Variety. “HBO trusted my vision all the way, and the idea of bringing to life a new incarnation of ‘True Detective’ with Casey, Francesca and the whole team is a dream come true. I can’t wait to go again.”

True Detective: Night Country Official Trailer

Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming added, “Issa López is that one-of-a-kind, rare talent that speaks directly to HBO’s creative spirit. She helmed ‘True Detective: Night Country’ from start to finish, never once faltering from her own commendable vision, and inspiring us with her resilience both on the page and behind the camera. Alongside Jodie and Kali’s impeccable performances, she’s made this installation of the franchise a massive success, we are so lucky to have her as part of our family.”

López was very verbal on social media about doing Night Country, from the announcement she got the gig, until its completion. You might know her work outside of HBO starting with the sublime 2017 supernatural thriller Tigers Are Not Afraid.

Some viewers were divided on the supernatural direction Lopez took True Detective, but the overall consensus is that it was a great twist to an already phenomenal series.

True Detective: Night Country stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as two investigators examining the strange mass death of an Ennis, Alaska research team who may or may not have succumbed to a curse perpetuated by the indigenous people of the area.

There is no word yet on plot details but keep checking back with us and we will keep you posted.

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Josh Brolin Replaces Pedro Pascal in New Zach Cregger Film ‘Weapons’

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Horror fans who loved Zach Cregger’s Barbarian will be excited to hear that his new project Weapons is still in active production. An exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter states that Josh Brolin is in negation for the film’s lead role.

The role was originally meant for Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us) but a scheduling conflict with the new Fantastic Four film has caused him to leave the project. This is an interesting decision on the part of Pascal. The Fantastic Four film franchise hasn’t exactly gone well in the past. But hey, there’s a first time for everything, right?

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Pedro Pascal

Luckily, Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War) is showing up to fill the position. Horror fans have been wildly excited about the new project from Zach Cregger, even though very little is known about the project.

The Hollywood Report states that the film is ‘an interrelated, multistory horror epic that tonally is in the vein of Magnolia“. And I’ll be honest, I have no idea what that means, but it sounds amazing. If anyone can pull off a film like that, it’s Josh Brolin.

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This would technically be Josh Brolin’s first horror film. The actor has been known to be very picky about who he worked with in the past. Fans are taking this as an indication that the film will be well written. Or at the very least, have an original concept.

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