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STAR TREK Monster Revealed

Check out that snow monster up close.

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 21, 2009
Source: Wired

Concept art for the monster that you'll see in J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK(2009).

Unless you're avoiding the Star Trek trailers (if you are, click out of here) that have popped up these past few months, you should have seen one clip where young James T. Kirk is running in a snowy tundra while some monster tries to have the iconic hero for lunch. With the film set to launch into theaters in a few weeks, Wired Magazine dug a little deeper and found some concept art for you fans who'd like to see more about the creature "Big Red" that special effect guru Neville Page (Cloverfield, Avatar) created for the J.J. Abrams production.

To see seven of the concept drawings centering on the monster, click here.

The upcoming origin tale stars John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy. Abrams handled the direction behind the camera, based on a screenplay by the writing team Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Plot Summary: The greatest adventure of all time begins with "Star Trek," the incredible story of a young crew's maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind.

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before!

Star Trek will hit standard and IMAX theaters May 7, 2009.

Are you ready to boldly go where men have gone before? Your thoughts on the Big Red monster? Chime in below.


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swisshammer 4/21/2009 9:15:51 AM

I'm not a Trekie, so I don't have much knowledge as to the history of the franchise, but this movie looks like it could be okay. I'm interested in seeing it. I'm kind of meh on the monster, though. Looks like something–everything–I've seen before. Hopefully the movie with have more than just special effects wizzardry and retain a little substance.

StarlightGuard 4/21/2009 9:50:56 AM

snow monsters...pitiful.....


auvischizo 4/21/2009 10:18:33 AM

hmmm... swisshammer, what planets have you been visiting?  

swisshammer 4/21/2009 10:34:56 AM

I know, wishful thinking, auvischizo.

xenomorph 4/21/2009 11:20:33 AM

I don't see how this is a spoiler.

JarrodSarafin 4/21/2009 11:30:28 AM

It's not one, Xeno. Just said that for people who have been avoiding the last few trailers because they want to be surprised.

SaintDemon 4/21/2009 11:30:57 AM

I think it would be cool if they tied the cloverfield monster to the star trek movie. I hated cloverfield but I respected what it was trying to do. I just didn't like the camera angles and the narrator as he was annoying. I'm looking forward to this movie though.

almostunbiased 4/21/2009 1:04:29 PM

Ugly bugger.  Hate to have to brush all those teeth.

Hobbs 4/21/2009 1:10:38 PM

Considering Star Trek aliens had been reduced to a person with some piece of plastic stuck to their forehead this is a step in the right direction.

Three weeks and counting!

shadowprime 4/21/2009 1:52:16 PM


I suspect this critter won't be onscreen for too long - I don't think the "monster" subplot is a major one, but we will see - but I find the design to be overly complicated. I guess you could argue it is meant to scream "alien" but this thing took me a long time to "take in", visually. I wonder how that will play onscreen.

I think creature and effects designers sometimes overlook that factor - the "how will it play onscreen"  factor. Something that may look very cool on paper or in an image that you can review at leisure won't necessarily be very effective in motion, on screen.

Just my gut reaction. Could be proven entirely mistaken once I see the movie! And in no way does this lessen my enthusiasm FOR the movie - just saying.


PS - And to be fair, enjoyed the Cloverfield Monster design, even if it didn't have the "iconic charm" of Godzilla, Kong, the Beast from 20K Fathoms, Mothra, etc. Since a big part of the Cloverfield "hook" was the teasing of the audience with glimpses of the monster, in small doses, having a design that was hard to figure out actually strung the viewer along.


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