Graphic of a two-headed lizard from eXistenZ

Collaborators: eXistenZ: Gristle Gun and Chinese Restaurant

Ted Pikul (Jude Law) and Allegra Gellar (Jennifer Jason Leigh) visit a Chinese restaurant in the gameworld of eXistenZ, where they have a violent confrontation with their waiter. On a technical level, these effects were quite complicated. Hear Stephan Dupuis discuss the different elements of this sequence, and how he constructed the actors’ makeup in order to make it work.

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Gristle gun (prop).
Gristle gun (prop).
Stephan Dupuis, Special Makeup Designer and Creature Designer
John Jackson, Special Effects Technician

eXistenZ, 1999
Found objects, science hobby kit components, latex
25.4 x 18.5 x 7.3
David Cronenberg Collection, TIFF Film Reference Library