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There’s a monstrous femme fatale on the loose in LIFEFORM,
the latest creature feature from East Coast indie filmmaker Brian Schiavo,
and Fango nabbed the exclusive first pics from the low-budget production. See
below the jump for scoop and images.
“The plot revolves around a scientist who brings his wife
back from a vegetative state by injecting her with experimental transgenic stem
cells,” says writer/director Schiavo, whose previous monster flick, THE
SHRIVEN, debuted on DVD from
Shriek Show earlier this year. “She is healed, but the cells transform her into
a shape-changing creature driven by the instinct to survive. The scientist
struggles to find a cure before her identity is completely subsumed by her
The cast of the New York-based film, produced under Schiavo’s
two-year-old Strangewerks Films banner, includes Virginia
Cerny and Joe Amato.
“I play the only good guy in the film,” says local actor Driesslein, who memorably
played an evil ice cream man in the New Politics video “Dignity” (see here).
To orchestrate LIFEFORM’s FX, Schiavo and company turned to
the past. “In a departure from many modern horror films, we wanted to have as
many practical monster effects as possible,” he says. “With that goal in mind,
we created numerous latex and silicone prosthetics for LIFEFORM, including a
creature suit, full-sized prop monster legs, a 4-foot-stunt tentacle, tentacle
hands and a special effect head that cracks open to reveal a giant monster
tongue inside. The effects team included Anthony
Jones, Christine Russo,
Ciara Rose Griffin and myself.”
“I did all of the main actors’ face casting, made molds of
the full-size sculptures, head, chest, creatures legs, ran silicone appliance
and sculpted/molded and cast the full-size creature tentacle,” says Jones, who
worked on Schiavo’s THE SHRIVEN and has also supplied FX to such films as PREDATOR
ISLAND, SCHISM and THE KILLING OF JACOB MARR.
With director of photography David Frey
onboard, shooting on LIFEFORM began this summer in and around New
York City, including Long Island. Schiavo
predicts the film will be completed in early 2012. Meanwhile, more beasties
wait in the wings at Strangewerks. “We love monsters, as exemplified in films
such as THE THING, THE FLY and ALIENS,” Schiavo says. “Our goal is to become
one of the primary NYC-based producers of films in the genre--films that feature
creatures created ‘old school’ fashion, and CG is used to enhance what’s
already there. We plan on creating two-to-three pictures a year for fans like
us--people who take their horror seriously.”
You can find out more about LIFEFORM and Schiavo’s company
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