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Weekend Discussion Thread: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Moments

Alert reader Torque the Dorque opines:

As fans, we love crappy movies. We mostly realize that wrong-way movie making can be spotted due to a variety of reasons; bad acting, script, special effects, directors (I’m looking at you Mr. Corman), editing, bad financing, etc. That’s what makes it so much fun for me. However, there are those WTF moments that leave me confused and want some sort of explanation of what happened.

A perfect example is the movie THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH. Why was Elaine Gavin’s part dubbed throughout the movie? Why did the “horrors” have a mouth full of hot dogs/pickles?

I am sure others feel the same way. Please add your WTF and/or explanation for these events. Speculating is fine but if you have data that backs up your claim please provide.

Um, the gun sliding down Mitchell’s pant leg. I know this sounds horrible but I think somebody thought it would seem sexy.

Off we go!

53 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Moments”

  1. GareChicago
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    The Original EricJ says:

    Even though I’m not one of the cult-indoctrinated Mitchell bashers…

    Delete your account.

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  2. Mr. Krasker
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    Regarding Elaine’s “dubbing” and all of the off-screen dialog in Beast of Yucca Flats:

    Most of what you hear in most movies is “dubbed,” or replaced audio. Getting good-quality sound on location is difficult or impossible in most cases, so after the film is shot, a group of voice actors (not necessarily the same people as on screen, as in the case of Manos) goes into a recording studio where the sound can be recorded much better and without echo, ambient sound, wind noise, or wildly varying levels. This process is called Looping, or Automatic Dialog Replacement (ADR).

    It’s more obvious in some (cheap) films than others, but if you watch the actors’ lips and listen to the sound, you can often see that the dialog was all replaced in a recording studio. Of course this doesn’t explain why Elaine’s voice was replaced so very badly.

    As to Beast of Yucca Flats, Coleman went one step cheaper. “Sync sound,” or getting an audio recording which matches up with visual images, is expensive and difficult. It’s much easier to be certain that nobody who’s talking is shown on screen. Then you can just record everything in the studio without worrying about lip-sync.

    To contribute to the thread: After the horrifying accident decapitates his fiancee, Bill Courtner . . . hands her his jacket and she apparently wraps her head up and returns it to him?

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  3. littleaimishboy
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    Mr. Krasker:
    Regarding Elaine’s “dubbing” and all of the off-screen dialog in Beast of Yucca Flats:

    Most of what you hear in most movies … Of course this doesn’t explain why Elaine’s voice was replaced so very badly.

    Some experts have theorized that whoever dubbed her voice was hired because he was somebody’s brother-in-law. Same vetting process as they must have gone through in deciding who should design the “monster” (snicker chuckle guffaw) costumes.

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