TENTACLE GRABS FACE
SEE terrifying mock-up tentacle grab S. S. Wilson's face!
(This tentacle was fitted with a quickly done foam mock-up head.)
We always knew we'd have to use every trick in the filmmaker's book
to make our movie for the low budget ($11,000,000); and this is one
of the oldest: running the film backward. In other words, the shot
actually started with the tentacle already pushing against SS Wilson's
face. He wriggled in agony for a moment, then the tentacle was quickly
pulled away. When the film is run backward (as it is in the clip) the
tentacle seems to race across the table and "grab" Wilson's face. The
reason we did this was to save time on the set. Each tentacle had up to
four operators, each pulling two levers. It was very hard for them to
coordinate their activity well enough to hit a specific target. So it
was easier, and faster, to shoot certain shots in reverse. If your
movie player has the ability, you can manually run the action backward
and get an idea how it actually looked when we were shooting.