Sunday, January 23, 2011
Attack of the space slug in Salaya
Every time I visit the Thai Film Archive in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, it seems Archive Director Dome Sukwong has added something. Perhaps another converted shipping container or two, providing much-needed housing for offices or storage.
The latest addition is another bit of movie ephemera, a prop from last year's GTH sci-fi/horror-comedy, Cool Gel Attacks (กระดึ้, Kradeub).
It's the fierce mother worm, sitting outside the Archive's Sri Salaya Theatre, which for the past 10 days has hosted the first Salaya Doc Fest. As you can see from the photos, she stands taller than a Volkswagen Beetle, but is roughly the same size as the Bug.
The prop is a piece of the practical effects that were used in the movie about the invasion of ravenous mutant space slugs. There was also a lot of CGI-animated space slugs, but for some shots this mother worm was used. At the back, there's rigging so that the mouth can be moved.
Sitting outside like it is, I'm not sure how long the prop will last. But the Thai Film Museum building is already crammed to the gills with old props and equipment, and the mother worm is such a big beast, who knows where she could fit in? Perhaps by the rainy season another shipping container will be brought in and the mother worm will find a home.