CGI is an amazing tool that many filmmakers wield like a digital Mjolnir, creating worlds and creatures that take our breath away. Unfortunately through the years some have used it as a scythe, slashing our dreams and severing that muscle that connects our sexual pleasure organs to the muscle that tells our mind we’re really good at using our sexual pleasure organs. The result is oblivion.
So with that we bring you CHUD’s latest glorious list. The twenty worst instances of CGI in movie history. In no order. Well, except the order we decide to do them.
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THE OFFENDER: Let The Right One In (2008)
THE SCENE: Ginia, survivor of an interrupted attack from the vampiric Eli, is wandering around town as the thirst for blood settles in. While paying a visit to local weirdo and cat-man Gosta, instead of sucking on a dude, she ends up getting some seriously poorly-rendered pussy. The scene is a not unintentional moment of levity, but the tremendously terrible CGI on the dozen or so cats takes us from laughing with to laughing at the scene.
Aside from a few cut-aways, the cats in the scene are composited in from the start, which includes them swarming and hissing at Ginia before leaping up to attack her. The quicker shots, once they get their piranha on, might have slid past without seeming quite so terrible if we didn’t have plenty of time beforehand to absorb the shitty kitties.
Just scrounge up some fucking cats or shoot the scene more mysteriously. Can’t we leave the laughably bad, sci-fi channel animal effects to other, shittier vampire movies?
IN SUMMATION: Perhaps the scene was too much for the effects budget or schedule…? If that’s the case it should have been scrapped or re-worked. The filmmakers shouldn’t have made the mistake that so many high and low-budget productions have, and simply assumed that the effects house can make something work in post– certainly not when the value of an entire scene relies on it. The misjudgment of the cat attack takes a moment of dark comedy and turns it into a laughable stain on a virtually flawless film.