Early Graboid Tests


This is also a reverse film test. It would be almost impossible for the tentacle puppeteers to reach out and grab a walking person's leg, and there was also the danger of damaging the tentacle itself (by stepping on it, or yanking it too hard). So we shot the shot backwards. We started with the tentacle carefully curled around Wilson's leg. He then walked backwards (so he'd look like he was walking forward when the shot was reversed) while the puppeteers uncurled the tentacle and pulled it away faster than he was walking. This exact same technique was used in the actual film, when the tentacle grabs Burt's leg in the basement attack scene. It was also used when the tentacles swarm out of the Graboid's mouths and for a number of other shots.
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