It’s not easy coming up with an original monster. I’ve been thinking about what I wanted IT to look like for awhile and because IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA inspired this film it seemed natural that an octopus would be my jumping off point. However, I wanted to stay clear of anything that looked like Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean, or any version of the Kraken. I wanted to avoid anything that resembled the hundreds of concepts for H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu and I did not want an oversized crab, lobster or similar crustacean. I did want something scary. I wanted to exaggerate the overall presentation in the same way Frank Frazetta did in his artwork, and I wanted something that hinted at the Creature from the Black Lagoon. There’s very little octopus left in the final design but after several weeks this is where I landed.

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