4 gruesome pics reveal unseen FX from deleted Prometheus scene

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Dec 17, 2012

It's the face to crash a thousand starships. A deleted scenes list is already out for Prometheus' October Blu-ray release, and now here are four scary stills from a horrifying crewman transformation. Can Halloween be far away?

Twentieth-Century Fox provided Cinefex magazine some unused Weta plate effects for the mohawk-sporting tattooed geologist Fifield, played by actor Sean Harris. The horror-show stills are of the mutated team member outside the Prometheus hangar bay just before going on a killcrazy rampage and one from inside Weta's studio.

Here's an excerpt from the Cinefex piece...

"To mutate Fifield beyond what was possible using practical makeup effects, Weta Digital generated a digital character with elongated limbs and an engorged, transluscent head, incorporating a semblance of Harris' face. Scott filmed the sequence both with the actor in makeup and without, providing clean plates that would allow for the insertion of the digital character. The final cut featured mostly makeup effects, which Weta enhanced with digital wire removal, bullet hits, and one shot of the digital creature's body blended to the actor."

Why the Weta work was deleted from the final cut is to be debated, but it's a shockingly beautiful piece of digital wizardry that could have intensified an already brutal scene.

What do you think? Satisfied with the old-school approach, or wish they'd slathered on more CGI?

(via Bloody Disgusting)