The Cliché: No matter the budget, the majority of money, attention and time will go into creating gory and realistic make-up effects.
Appears In: Hostel (2006)
How To Recreate It: The best way to avoid having to waste time and energy on make-up effects is not to use any.
Creative casting should enable to find people ugly enough to look like the were just killed in the face with a car, add a little ketchup and you’re away.
For the more complicated effects, such as throat-slitting, limb-tearing and disemboweling, the answer is to actually do all these things to your actors – you’ll be praised for the realistic effects and it won’t have cost you a penny!
We're not recommending you do that, you understand. But you will win an Oscar for Best VIsual Effects.
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