Explosions Without Computers: Films That (Surprisingly) Don't Use CGI

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These ten movies have footage that's more organic than you might think.

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We live in a movie universe where the Michael Bays and James Camerons of Hollywood are crafting their on-screen worlds with the help of incredible computer-aided technology. These filmmakers create works where anything seems possible, and while it's certainly admirable and often stunning to behold, many moviegoers are already tired of watching disaster porn and motion capture performances that aim to be real, but never truly feel like the tangible celluloid of yore. What many of those audiences don't realize, however, is that several big-budget films have stuck to their practical effects-loving guns and have dodged the CGI monster at every turn.

Legendary horror director Joe Dante is one of those filmmakers, and his movie The Hole hits Blu-ray tomorrow. The tale about a family that discovers they have a gateway to hell in their basement features old-school puppetry and other physical effects that delightfully add to the story's creepiness. Here's more on the movie, along with other films you'd never have guessed were created without CGI.

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