The Secret History of the Low-Budget SciFi Hit Attack the Block #SciFiSunday

One of the great surprises of science fiction was the low-budget South London scifi movie Attack the Block. The movie introduced the world to future Star Wars citizen John Boyega and future TARDIS pilot Jodie Whittaker. It is also an absolute blast. Here’s more from Vice:

[Alex Esmail (actor, plays Pest)]: It was mostly practical effects. It’s absolutely insane. The guy who wears the suit, Terry Notary, is an absolute legend. It was genuinely scary. It wasn’t just a dude in a bright green suit that’s got to have effects put on it. The suit was really big, black and furry and the head had glowing green sharp arse teeth on it. In real life it looked like what it is.

When I got chased by the aliens before my leg got bitten in the film, I really got chased by a thing running on all fours that runs a lot faster than I do. Terry had these two arm extensions that allow him to run like a gorilla. It’s scary man. He’s a really nice, soft spoken guy from California but he’s amping himself up to chase me like, ‘I’m gonna get you bitch’ and they’re all like ‘Alex can you run a bit quicker, he’s actually going to get you’.

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