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How Basterds scalped

Aug. 27, 2009by: Mike Sampson
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There might be some SPOILERS ahead for people who haven't seen INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS so if you have yet to see the movie and you're especially adverse to spoilers, you might want to move on (though in fairness, I don't think this really spoils much of anything in the movie as it's talked about in the commercials..."I want meh scalps!").

There is some gruesome and brutal stuff to be sure in BASTERDS and one of those things is the scalping of the Nazis as ordered by Lt. Aldo Raine. The scalpings aren't shied away from like the lopping off of an ear - here they are shown in graphic detail. So how did they do that? To make it look real, the Basterds have to appear as if they are really slicing the scalp off with their blade. So KNB made models of scalps and molded them to the heads of the actors. They were affixed to the actor's heads and painted with UltraSlime, a product that describes itself as having a "super stringy consistency [that] simulates saliva and body secretions."

The rest of the Basterds (minus Pitt) were then given a class on how to remove the scalp on film without ruining the prosthetic while making it look real. Sounds like just another day working on the set of a Tarantino movie!

Extra Tidbit: KNB previously worked with Eli Roth on both of the HOSTEL films.
Source: LA Times

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10:16AM on 08/27/2009

GREAT MOVIE but...

was anyone else just thinking... lol, that's ryan from the office
was anyone else just thinking... lol, that's ryan from the office
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10:24AM on 08/27/2009
Yes! Then I was thinking, 'He's still being Ryan if he were a basterd.'
Yes! Then I was thinking, 'He's still being Ryan if he were a basterd.'
11:57AM on 08/27/2009
YES! I was wishing he had a mustache or something to get my mind off of it.
YES! I was wishing he had a mustache or something to get my mind off of it.
7:44AM on 08/28/2009

Too much talk?

I was surprised that a QT movie had this much dialogue and not so much on the action front...Maybe its just me, but Deathproof was a better film in terms of being engrossing. The ending felt very tame given the scope of the film. And Eli Roth cannot act...was terrible in the opening scene and passable by the time he was killing nazis at the premiere.
I was surprised that a QT movie had this much dialogue and not so much on the action front...Maybe its just me, but Deathproof was a better film in terms of being engrossing. The ending felt very tame given the scope of the film. And Eli Roth cannot act...was terrible in the opening scene and passable by the time he was killing nazis at the premiere.
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5:13PM on 08/27/2009
lol I agree with all of you.. he was just playing Ryan the Temp in a WWII Quentin Tarantino movie.

Eli Roth's acting wasn't as bad as I thought but it wasn't good either.
lol I agree with all of you.. he was just playing Ryan the Temp in a WWII Quentin Tarantino movie.

Eli Roth's acting wasn't as bad as I thought but it wasn't good either.
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11:05AM on 08/27/2009

Ryan

I kept thinking the same thing. lol!
I kept thinking the same thing. lol!
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11:14AM on 08/27/2009
I was mostly thinking: "Wow, Eli Roth can't act".

seriously though,great film!
I was mostly thinking: "Wow, Eli Roth can't act".

seriously though,great film!
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2:04PM on 08/27/2009
i thought Roth was quite good at the end. He looked like he wanted to rip off that tux and explode on every nazi in the building.
i thought Roth was quite good at the end. He looked like he wanted to rip off that tux and explode on every nazi in the building.
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