Prometheus: The Fifield Monster

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Fifield Monster

a) The idea was that the black slime emitted from the Ampules while in the pyramid overnight with Millburn, Fifield (Sean Harris) transforms into a creature that was jokingly referred to as 'Babyhead" by the crew.
b) All they ideas that they did with their designs, they tried to anchor down with real world references and so they could have the idea that it wasn't such a fantastical thing that they were doing with their Fifield design because they were after realism.. Neil Scanlan would compare Fifield's deformities to the real life condition of Elephantiasis, which is a swelling of body parts due to tropical worm infection, usually the limbs, and the limbs appear large and puffy or even elephant like and this could also happen to the face..

Facial Elephantiasis

Facial Elephantiasis

c) However over Ivan Manzella's desk was a picture of the Joseph Merrick also known as the "Elephant Man" who was thought to have had Proteus syndrome.

the photo of Joseph Merrick also known as 
"The Elephant Man as seen in the above image

d) However the final Fifield looks more like something from a Ralph Steadman caricature for Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas

The final mutant Fifield
(Prometheus: The art of the film, p136)


Ralph Steadman's illustration for the Lizard Lounge from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".

  1. "Infected by black slime emitted from the Ampules while in the Pyramid overnight with Millburn, Fifield (Sean Harris) transforms into a creature that was jokingly referred to as "Babyhead" by the crew. "Fifield was considered to be the mid-point between the Hammerpede and the Deacon, "reveals Neal Scanlan of its positioning in the genetic cycle Creature designer Carlos Huante worked on the initial designs for the Fifield monster, which was originally more alien than human before the mutated head and body were refined into something more recognisably Harris, albeit a twisted version of the actor." (Prometheus: The art of the film, p134)
  2. "Everything we've done on the film has a real world reference, "notes Scanlan, "and when you do your research, it's so sad because Fifield isn't really that much of a fantastical creature. These things happen in real life, like Elephantiasis." (Prometheus: The art of the film, p134)


Prometheus creature by Neville Page
Prometheus creature by Neville Page
Initial drawing of Fifield monster perhaps in earlier stage of transformation 
by Carlos Huante (Prometheus: The Art of the Film, p134)
Initial drawing of Fifield monster perhaps in  earlier stage of transformation 
by Carlos Huante (Prometheus: The Art of the Film, p134)

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