Check out this chilling video detailing more of the amazing practical make-up effects conjured up for Ridley Scott's aborted adaptation of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. In 1997, Academy Award-winning special effects firm StudioADI provided Scott's preproduction team with a number of latex make-up options and designs to depict the Hemocytes, creepy, vampire-like creatures preying on the last vestiges of humanity following a global pandemic. StudioADI released the first test video two years ago, and its popularity sent them back into the vaults to discover more archival gems.
Scott's version was to have starred Arnold Schwarzenneger, but Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the project in 1998. I Am Legend was resurrected in 2007 starring Will Smith and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Constantine), utilizing some controversial, unconvincing CGI vampire-zombies.
Have a look at these restored, water-damaged images showing StudioADI's frightening Hemocyte designs, and tell us if you prefer them to the computer-crafted creatures in Will Smith's movie.
(Via Comic Book Movie)