Since the earliest days of the cinema, movies have been as much magic trick as narrative. And one of the best magic tricks around is to turn one thing into something else. Transformation effects have been a part of movies for as long as the moving picture has been around, and they've always been one of the most impressive in cinema's vast bag of tricks. From the earliest experimental and silent films to modern blockbusters, watching people, especially, turn into other things is something we never seem to get tired of - especially when the whole thing can be managed on camera, or we can be tricked into thinking it is.
These are some of the most impressive transformation sequences ever captured on film - moments of movie magic that remind us of what the medium is capable of, and showcases for some of the most impressive special effects ever conceived. Because these are all about people transforming, it should perhaps come as no surprise that many of them are in werewolf movies, but we also have retellings of the Jekyll and Hyde story, superhero tales, gloppy body horror, and much more. Several of these sequences helped the special effects technicians who built them win some of the industry's highest honors, while others went uncelebrated until years after they were released. In all cases, they'll make you stop and wonder, "How did they do that?"
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