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February 16, 2014

Wating for Watchers (film) - Fangoria #79 December 1988 (958x1280)For those of you that don’t have a copy of Fangoria #79, the author of the article on the filming of Watchers has just posted it online.

How many times can a genetically-altered life form leap off a cabin porch and menace two screaming females? Plenty, according to Jon Hess, director of Watchers, a film based on Dean R. Koontz’s best-selling 1987 novel.
On a soggy June night in the dense woods of Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Hess has had martial arts expert Philip Wong, dressed in a creature outfit designed by FX man David Miller, attempt the task more than 10 times. It’s the penultimate scene in the movie, wherein Barbara Williams and Lala Sloatman (Frank Zappa’s niece, by the way) try to escape the hybrid monster by making a mad dash for a pickup truck. But the monster, called the Outsider, beats them to it. Let’s hear it for genetically-altered life forms!
“It takes time,” explains the soft-spoken Hess, after they’ve finally gotten the trajectory of the beast just right. “We took a long time creating the monster, and during scheduling we didn’t have that much time to do any tests on film, so a great deal of that stuff is going slowly. But the second unit has picked up a lot of good stuff.”

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