When Props Attack
An actor trying to make it look as if an inert object is attacking them
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(permanent link) added: 2012-01-14 02:13:49 sponsor: LondonKdS edited by: Arivne (last reply: 2013-03-29 18:31:18)

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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.

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  • 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 revived series has had a couple of examples, sometimes possibly tongue-in-cheek, notably including the severed Auton arm attacking the Doctor in "Rose" and the Cybermat attacking Craig in "Closing Time".
  • 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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