Where Special Effect Failure overlaps with Fight Scene Failure, this is a scene where a supposedly animate object or creature attacking a character is obviously an inert object that the actor is trying to manipulate while supposedly "fighting" it. Usually this involves something small strangling someone or biting someone's throat, which allows the actor to stagger around holding the prop to their neck and occasionally wiggling bits of it.
- A particularly notorious example is the fight between Bela Lugosi's character Dr. Vornoff and a giant octopus in Bride of the Monster. Allegedly, the prop was stolen from a bigger studio's store, but a vital electric motor was left behind.
- The original Killer Rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- Many examples in Doctor Who, but the scenes with Nestene-possessed objects in "Terror of the Autons" are made of this trope. Other notable cases include unshelled Daleks attacking people in "Genesis of the Daleks" and Resurrection of the Daleks".
- The fight between Buffy and the giant snake in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Shadow", which reverses the usual by having a small actor clinging onto a very large almost-inert prop.
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