The Abyss

(1989)

After a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks in a remote part of the ocean floor, a team of divers on a prototype underwater oil rig are pressed into service by the U.S. Navy in a rescue attempt. When a hurricane cuts off contact between the surface and the underwater depths, the crew begin to see evidence of a strange, possibly alien intelligence at work. While chief Bud Brigman (Ed Harris) bickers with his ex-wife and boss (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), the Navy commander begins to grow increasingly paranoid about the mysterious alien life and threatens to use a recovered nuclear weapon to destroy everything. James Cameron's undersea epic is a tale of sacrifice and hope in an amazing alien landscape that covers 2/3 of the Earth's surface.

Never-Before-Seen Alien Video from ‘The Abyss’

Makeup effects specialist Steve Johnson has dug into his archives once more with another never-before-seen video of the underwater alien puppets in James Cameron's The Abyss. Take a look at this video from io9 below, which also features commentary from Steve Johnson describing the huge task behind designing these creatures.

We have showcased Steve Johnson's work in the past, with the unused animatronic video from Ang Lee's Hulk and photos of the Superman costume for the scrapped Tim Burton movie, Superman Lives.

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