Is there any possibility that some of the reason why CGI has become used so constantly is that, if you do practical effects really well, the audience has a higher chance of being creeped the hell out?
Case in point: Never saw videodrone, so I went on youtube and looked at some of the effects people were talking about. Didn't get very far before I got weirded out and uncomfortable. And not in a "really cool" way, but in a "yeah, I'm hitting the X right now" way.
Then I decided to look at the transformation in An American Werewolf In London, and I loved how viceral the transformation itself was - you could tell the human body was basically forced to change its shape... But it was very hard for me to watch someone in agony like that, even though I knew it was fake.
Thing is, I understand that in both of those cases that was the artistic purpose, but damn.
I realize that the reason why CGI is used over practical isn't this, but it did come to mind as I was watching those, and figured it'd be interesting.