Seriously Creepy Footage from the I Am Legend Makeup Test


Maybe it’s the old-school film fiend in me talking out loud, but I prefer traditional makeup effects over computer-generated images any day of the week. One of the biggest complaints I had about the Will Smith sci-fi actioner “I Am Legend” was the director’s decision to create the film’s “zombies” using CGI. They stuck out like a sore thumb, causing yours truly to bitch and moan at length to anyone who would listen. Special effects wizard Steve Johnson recently released a video which shows what the filmmakers originally had in mind for the picture’s monsters, and I must say I would have loved the film a lot more had they stuck to the original design. Would this have solved all of the movie’s problems? Of course not. But it would have been a hell of a lot creepier.

See for yourself by investigating the embedded video below.

via Slash Film

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Juggernaut

    That is way better than the CGI creature/zombie things that they went with. The CGI was awful! It was a shame too because at that point in time there had already been good CGI. It seemed like they may have gone the no frills route or something. Lol. Just bad.

  • Lexavi80

    Indeed looks good.

    The main problem with that movie (for me) were the fake zombies.

    This is the kind of thing that makes me love directors such as Peter Jackson or Christopher Nolan. They use CGI only when they can’t achieve an effect with something real.

    • Dedpool

      Or need to enhance it. I think they shoulda went this route with the Cgi enhancements to make it look seamless, like Del Toro did with Samael in the first Hellboy. Sure some of the crazier stuff could be CGi but at least make it good. After Golum, and Doby, I can’t accept bad cg characters.

      • Juggernaut

        I agree 100%!!!

  • Nc32203

    Man that would of been great, it looks just like the book. Even though the film was nothing like the book, the book was GREAT.

  • Bad Zack

    made the movie terrible – i would have liked zombie type alot better