First Look at Brian Schiavo’s Creature Feature Lifeform

Chris Savage

For those of you who are itching for some more creature feature action to fulfill your insatiable appetite, I bring forth Brian Schiavo’s (The Shriven) latest flick Lifeform, which sounds extremely intriguing.

Recently, the guys over at Undead Backbrain caught up with Brian Schiavo, and had the opportunity to pick his brains, in among the interview, Schiavo dropped some details regarding the story and origins of his latest flick.

“The idea came out of my fascination with genetic manipulation — it really is the evil genie waiting to leap out of its bottle and bite us on the ass. The real life horrors scientists are probably creating out of our DNA even as we speak will make anything Giger can come up with pale by comparison — and that scares the hell out of me. Then I read about a tiny species of jellyfish that is basically immortal — Turritopsis Nutricula. It can reverse its own aging process and return to a youthful polyp stage when living conditions become difficult, in order to survive — its cells are in flux. I thought: what if a person had this ability? Imagine where that could take us. With that as the basis, I came up with the concept of Lifeform” 

“Schiavo continues, “basically it’s about a scientist that creates transgenic human/animal stem cells that can become anything, in order to save his dying wife. He isolates the gene for transdifferentiation from jellyfish DNA, places it into a human stem cell and injects it into her. Of course she’s saved, but … she becomes a creature that can alter her shape to protect herself. She can grow spikes, tentacles, gills, claws, whatever the situation calls for. At the same time, her intellect becomes subsumed by the animal instinct to survive — and just a few errant cells from her body could doom the Human genome forever.”

You will also be happy to know that Schiavo is heavily influenced by the likes of David Lynch and David Cronenberg, he also likes to add a touch of Guillermo del Toro to the proceedings.

Below you can find a few photos from the upcoming flick, and to check out the full interview, hit up Undead Backbrain.


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