Producer Steven Paul Leiva (Space Jam) put this bit of wonderful ephemera on his YouTube channel awhile back, and it’s well worth taking three minutes to watch: the “pencil-test trailer” for an animated version of Will Eisner’s The Spirit that was almost made in 1980 by Brad Bird and Gary Kurtz.
It says something about the quality of filmmaking when even the test footage for a horror film is eerie. This newly emerged footage from the making of The Exorcist tests Regan's levitation and thrashing effects is quite creepy, even if young Linda Blair looks like she's having a pretty good time.
How can you bring the vivid, disturbing transformations from Randy Queen's comic book Darkchylde to life on the big screen? New test footage, showing a nice Southern girl mutating into creatures from her nightmares, gives us our first glimpse.