“Almost Ruins It”: VFX Artists Break Down Flaw In Indiana Jones’ Iconic Ark of the Covenant Scene

arnold toht right before his face melts in raiders of the lost ark

VFX artists break down the minor Indiana Jones flaw that nearly ruined an iconic Raiders of the Lost Ark scene. The 1981 film tracked Harrison Ford’s courageous archaeologist, who sought to prevent Nazis from recovering an ancient power known as the Ark of the Covenant. After confronting RenĂ© Belloq (Paul Freeman) near the end of the movie, Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) were forced to watch the relic being opened. Though seemingly inconsequential, the Ark released a number of potent energy blasts that burned through German troops, combusting Belloq and melting the faces of others.