The Legendary E.T. Landfill Is Real

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 28, 2014 in Videogames


There’s been a bit of a legend going through the games industry for about 30 years now: that at the peak of the video game crash in 1983, Atari was laden with an overabundance of video game products, particularly the truckloads of copies of E.T. The game had been produced in excess, as they had assumed it would sell gangbusters, but instead they were stuck with warehouses full of them. So what did they do? Dump them all in a landfill, and never see them again. Now, as part of a documentary, the games have been dug up from the landfill, proving the urban legend to be true. Kind of crazy! Let’s hope the documentary is good, too. Read more…

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Carlo Rambaldi, E.T. and Alien Effects Wizard, Has Passed Away at 86

Posted by Ben Huber on Aug 12, 2012 in Cinema


Take a moment next time you watch E.T. or Alien, and really pay attention to the effects that helped make those movies so memorable, because you’re looking at the work of Carlo Rambaldi. He designed the cuddly extra-terrestrial from Steven Spielberg’s film, among many other popular works. He also famously created the effects for 1971’s A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin dog mutilation scenes, which at the time, were considered so realistic the film’s director was prosecuted for animal cruelty, only to be proved innocent by Rambaldi’s film props. He passed away at 86 after a long illness, and will be dearly missed.

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