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10 Groundbreaking Uses of Special Effects Makeup

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'The Fly' (1986)

Jeff Goldblum checks out his bumpy skin in a scene from the film 'The Fly.' 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images
Jeff Goldblum checks out his bumpy skin in a scene from the film 'The Fly.' 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images

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For director David Cronenberg's remake of the 1950s sci-fi horror flick, makeup artists Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis gradually transformed Jeff Goldblum's character, Dr. Seth Brundle, into a grotesque human-insect hybrid.

Goldblum reportedly had to spend up to five hours in the chair, having latex applied to his face and body to simulate the creature's bumpy epidermis, boils and misshapen musculature. The special effects used to create the human fly's gross-out affectations were often accomplished with inexpensive ordinary materials -- the goo that the creature regurgitates, for example, was a simple mixture of honey, raw eggs and milk [sources: Hollywood.com, Burnette].

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