Trailer for Los Elementales Proves that CGI Sucks in Chile Too

Yep, there’s just nothing like really bad CGI to snap you directly out of whatever mood or fun has been created by a film. The trailer for Chilean monster flick Los Elementales is total proof of that.

The second feature film from director Jorge Olguin actually looked pretty damned good before the fake beasties reared their painted on faces. See for yourself below, and think of the world of difference practical effects could have made here.

The flick is set to open in Chilean theatres in late 2011. There’s plenty of time, guys. Put this bun back in the oven and invest in latex. Dig on the translated plot crunch as well as the recently released trailer below.

Los Elementales recounts the odyssey of an American geologist who goes to the south of Chile accompanied by a preteen daughter obsessed with the paranormal. She, who enjoys the strange happenings, encounters a haunted house inhabited by “beings”; among them are gnomes, elves, and fairies.”

Los Elementales – International Trailer
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  • Pestilence

    More like Los LOLementales, if you ask me.

  • YandereSama

    Even our worst CGI looks better than the CGI in this trailer.

    CGI is not the death kiss of movie monsters. You just got to do it right.

    “Chew on this!”

  • Cinemascribe

    Damn. The best effect in the entire trailer was the Chaplinesque duck at the beginning.

    And yet, I cannot help but be amused by the knowledge that as bad as the CGI is here, it’s still light years and away better than the low grade crap used in that trailer for “Shadow People” with Judd Nelson that DC recently posted. Ugh.

    Y’know Creepy, I get your point about CGI…but would it kill them to get someone who knows what they’re doing to create the visuals? Given that each film which demonstrates quality work would serve as a testament to the ability of an effects house for future potential clients, you’d think finding someone talented who can work within a lower budget wouldn’t be such a hurdle to leap. Yet, here we are…..
    “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

  • Vanvance1


    CGI does suck.

    I just saw The Horde and though it’s a really entertaining film (see it); the CGI blood was very disappointing. Sadly even Romero is using it now. Is fake practical blood suddenly hard to make? How can this be justified?

    • Uncle Creepy

      It has nothing to do with blood being too hard to make. In all actuality it’s super easy and anyone can do it. The fact is that stage blood is messy and its usage, as trivial as you may think it is, can end up costing a film a lot of production time. That may be okay for a big budget film, but for a low-budget flick it can be a death sentence. There are films that manage to dodge those types of bullets (Hatchet II / all practical FX), but it’s rarely the case.

      For instance — say you have a head-shot scene that takes place on one of your main sets. It goes right and blood goes everywhere. Unless you’re shooting in chronological order (which rarely happens) the set would then have to be redressed and prepped for the next time you use it, instead of just moving on to the next scene. Blood clean up, even fake blood, can take a while to deal with. Depending on the effect, it can take up to a day or more.

      Then let’s just say something goes wrong with the squib … it partially fires, it fires in the wrong direction. The camera fucks up. Any number of things can go wrong. Each time the set would have to be redressed to shoot it over. That can be a pain in the ass and a true eater of precious time.

      Unfortunately to stay on budget and schedule, sometimes this is a concession that needs to be made.

      • Vanvance1

        This is a useful bit of knowledge (and an article in and of itself) but my thought is this: Before CGI we had practical fake blood and the production just did the work.

        Perhaps CGI blood allows for a greater volume of violence… but maybe it’s just productions being lazy. Count me among the people who’d prefer they simply did it right rather than doing it half-assed.