these photos taken on the set of Poltergeist II. (probably in 1985)
|Exterior view of cave and its supporting structure.|
Our tools were chainsaws.
How long do you think it takes a chainsaw to go through two inches of foam?
|That could be me on the ladder in the middle of these two photos.|
No movie could be as scary as working in this cave was for us.
What was disturbing was that some of the bodies were real skeletons. Not plastic props, but real human skeletons. That the physical remains of people who had lived and died were being made to "die" all over again with make up and latex. That there was no reverence for the human bones struck me as utterly grotesque.
It was one of those choice moments where you realize you can choose money or your values.
I realized that if I stayed working for Hollywood, I'd be making monsters and dead bodies and working in a material I had come to loath. Foam.
I haven't been a big fan of popular movies since then.