Brainstorm: Fleshscapes


 The Hell setup later abandoned for a more
  claustrophobic setting (Cinefex 14: p40-41)

Leading from
Brainstorm

detail of "Chorizo flats" 1

 

detail of "Chorizo flats" 2

 

detail of "Chorizo flats" 3

 

The making of "Chorizo Flats".
Model worker Mike McMillen works on an organic
representation of hell. The basic construct of
foam and plastics was also fitted with translucent
domes for rear-projected images of tortured souls



a) Chorizo Flats

For Brainstorm, there featured a sequel that was referred to as 'hell' but it wasn't really in a literal sense. It was a hellish image of pain and torture.

They intended to show a vast hellish landscape  or organic plains and mountains festooned with raw meat and internal organs

It was going to be a very organic sort of decayed and desiccated horrible place with thousands of people all meshed in it, caught, trapped, and all generally flowing towards a big Devil's Garbage Disposal, and dressed with actual entrails and cow intestinges

They built a plateau that was about thirteen feet across that they called "Chorizo flats" becaue Alison found a distributor for sausage casing made by Union Carbide - a petroleum plastic, ninety percent of which is sold south of the border for chorizo. 

They took them, filled them with flexible foam, and twisted them into intestinal shapes. 

It was never used in the final film, abandoned for a more claustrophobic setting.

  1. Mark Stetson: To me, it had this kind of concept of eternity to it. We had a plateau about thirteen feet across that we call "Chorizo flats" because Alison found a distributor for sausage casings made by Union Carbide - a petroleum plastic, ninety five percent of which are sold south of the border for chorizo. We took them, filled them with flexible foam, twisted them up into intestinal shapes. (Cinefex 14: p43)
  2. Then there was to be a much larger, more awesome approach to hell - a vast landscape of organic plains and mountains festooned with raw meat and internal organs. (Cinefex 14: p43)
  3. Doug Trumbull:I wanted something quite different where that is totally in another dimension - that it didn't adhere to any of the laws of physical science. It was going to be very organic, sort of decayed and desiccated, a horrible place with thousands of people all meshed in it, caught, trapped - all sort of flowing down towards a big Devil's Garbage Disposal, and dressed with actual entrails and cow intestines.(Cinefex 14: p43) 



b) Sphincter landscape

A giant sphincter-like construct which erupted with calves brains produced an image that was so disturbing and graphic that Trumbull cut it from the film after preview audiences reacted to strongly to it. Around the side, the piece has been decorated with animal jaws, perhaps from cows. 

  1. A giant sphincter-like construct which erupted with calves brains produced an image that was so disturbing and graphic that Trumbull cut it from the film after preview audiences reacted to strongly to it. Around the side, the piece has been decorated with animal jaws, perhaps from cows. (Cinefex 14: p42-43)


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