Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Creature Design: The Abyss (1989)

Before Avatar, there was The Abyss, James Cameron's imperfect disaster-come-science fiction film.  At heart, The Abyss is essentially a love story and, for all its groundbreaking underwater stunts and benign, glowy aliens, the movie's appeal (for me, at least) rests squarely with the gutsy performances of  Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as the estranged couple caught in the middle of all the deep-sea action.  The Abyss is notable for its water tentacle scene - a pioneering moment in the history of  cgi in cinema, but below are some of Moebius's ethereal creature designs for the film's bioluminescent extra-terrestials - courtesy of the great Monster Brains Blog.

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