Saturday, August 28, 2010

Stalker (1979)

This is a film you can watch for the scenery alone. When I first saw it, I was mesmerized by the futuristic landscapes, and the feeling of genuine post apocalysm. I kept wondering how on earth they had managed to make everything look so authentic. I read up about it, and found there was a dark truth hidden behind the film.

The whole film was shot in actual wastelands. Instead of creating enormous sets and spending vast amounts of money on making everything look run down and toxic, they went to old factories and swam through real pools of poison. There are reports of crew members complaining about hair loss and coughing up blood during shooting.

Everyone involved in the making of Stalker died shortly after completion from various diseases contracted on set. This film is their legacy.


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