[Image via Every '70s Movie]
Award-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, who is famous for his work in horror cinema (An American Werewolf in London, The Exorcist, Videodrome) is a frequent Tweeter. Thank goodness for that, since the FX designer recently took to the social media website to share a photo of the first gig he ever got.
Octaman was unleashed on the masses back in 1971 and was met with dismal ratings. The monster movie, about a team of researchers who are terrorized by a humanoid octopus, has since developed a cult following. If you’re thinking, “Gee this all sounds awfully familiar,” you would be right, as director and screenwriter Harry Essex also wrote the famed Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Octaman doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. It’s basically a guy in a giant rubber suit scaring the hell out of his costars — a cheap monster flick you’d probably watch at a drive-in back in the day. It certainly isn’t Baker’s best work, but if anything, it reveals a passion for fright films and a delight in entertaining audiences. Some kind YouTube user compiled a few clips from Octaman for your viewing pleasure (or distress), below.
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