So okay, genetic manipulation is bad. Don’t take my friggin’ word for it. Just see for yourself:
Here’s some pics of the Ethan Monster’s gnarled tentacle hand from the film Lifeform…
Basically, it’s a silicone glove the performer slips on. There’s a wire inside the tentacle to help it hold whatever positions we put it into. (Mostly strangling people.)
Below are a couple of in-production pics for the tentacle. The first one shows us filling the hollow latex tentacle with Smooth-On FlexFoam-It. Very messy process, but it was a lot of fun watching it foam out of the pour hole.
Below is the finished silicone tentacle, removed from its mold. You can see the foam filling coming out the back
After this we attached it to the silicone glove at the joint we molded into the glove. Then it was painted with FuseFX platinum silicone paint and Psycho Paint. It was a blast being able to cut loose and be creative with the makeup. Nobody really does practical monster makeup for features, or so it seems these days.
Just one of the many crazy monster makeups we did for the shoot! (Actors Ree Merrill and Adam Cerny goofing around on set with aforementioned tentacle…)