Craig Reardon on the film's makeups


One of the interesting side aspects that came from the Clemens/Yellin lawsuit against Spielberg and MGM were the under oath depositions given by various crew members. Here, special makeup effects artist Craig Reardon discusses his work on the film. One of the allegations in the lawsuit was that the "face ripping" scene was "stolen" from the Clemens/Yellin "Housebound" treatment, but as can be seen in this 1985 deposition transcript, we find that actually Craig's assistant Michael McCraken came up with the face ripping idea on the set, on his own, and it wasn't even in the Spielberg/Grais/Victor script. According to Reardon, he then proposed the idea to Kathy Kennedy, who consulted Spielberg, who then approved it.