CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON FOSSILIZED HAND

This project holds a special place in my heart. Not only is it related to one of my favorite films, but it was my first job as a professional sculptor. 

I was hired by Factory Entertainment to sculpt a replica of the fossilized hand as seen in the 1954 classic The Creature From The Black Lagoon. The end result was meant to be idealized, but I wanted as much authenticity as possible. With little in the way of source imagery, I started down a research rabbit hole.

 

My first stop was film historian Bob Burns. Bob had done a famous Halloween show based on the Creature From The Black Lagoon in 1982 and is a wealth of knowledge in the field of classic horror film props. In our conversations I discovered something incredible - a photo from Bob's personal archive of his friend Chris Mueller, sculptor of the original prop for the film, holding the original prop - and the photo is in color! This was an amazing discovery and a valuable piece of reference material.

The final production piece went on to receive acclaim from the collecting community as well as a runner-up nod in the 2014 Rondo Hatton awards for best horror collectible.

Read more about the development process here:

https://www.hamfx.com/post/prop-story-creature-claw

Photos - Top to bottom

1) Detail shot of production piece

2) Original prop, screen capture

3) Photo of Chris Mueller and original prop, courtesy of Bob Burns