No love for the Star Trek V Rock-man?

News 14 Feb 2009 - 17:21
No clobbering Kirk's ass for you, Rocky.

It could have been Rocky V instead of just rocky - Martin laments the loss of one particular Kirk show-down...

William Shatner wanted ten rock-creatures to fight on the 'God' planet Sha Ka Ree in his directorial pitch-in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). The video here shows the one that he actually got. These tests were enough to convince all concerned that the movie's ending should be rock monster-free.

Quite why the film's effects were so variable in quality remains open to dispute; some say that the major effects houses were booked up with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and other pending blockbusters; others that Paramount had vanishingly little faith in Shatner's script, even though it had been re-worked by other writers. Others maintain that too much pre-production time was lost to the WGA strike.

To those who nixed this monster: I think you're all dumber than a bag of hammers. This could have been one of the best creepy prosthetic creatures of the 1980s.

Personally I think the reason it got axed was a possible lawsuit from Marvel comics, because the creature depicted is very Ben Grimm, isn't he? This is the kind of suit that might have brought The Thing a new level of interest in the Fantastic Four movies.

The suit cost $350,000 to make, so it's little wonder that Shatner's legion shrank from ten to one. Below are some production sketches and promo stills taken during the costume's creation.

   
     
       

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It said Return to Oz to me too, through perhaps crossed with Arnie's T-800.

Very interesting footage, though I doubt the film suffers any for lacking ten of those.

Thats great - I never knew that existed. The creature does indeed look like a mash-up of the 'Thing' (with a more convincing costume than the past 2 FF movies) as well as the Golem from 'The Keep' and the Gnome King from Return to Oz.

Thats great - I never knew that existed. The creature does indeed look like a mash-up of the 'Thing' (with a more convincing costume than the past 2 FF movies) as well as the Golem from 'The Keep' and the Gnome King from Return to Oz.

It said Return to Oz to me too, through perhaps crossed with Arnie's T-800.

Very interesting footage, though I doubt the film suffers any for lacking ten of those.

If I read correctly (from another website I had a hard time accessing because some ad kept trying to get in my way), one monster would emerge from the crater where the entity appeared, and others would also show up.  The shuttle's inability to take off would have been due to the Rockmen, and Kirk's escape from the shuttle would have been from one of them busting through the hull (note in the released version that Kirk shouldn't have had any time to get the shuttle's back door open when the entity emerged inside).

There was also going to be a bit where Scotty accidentally beams up a Rockman and destroys it, destroying the transporter console in the process (they re-edited it to have the Klingons attack).

Kirk would have had time to get a phaser out of the shuttle before running off, and the bit in the finished film where he's cornered on the cliffside was supposed to have the Rockmen surround him.  The hand phaser wouldn't have been able to 'kill' them, so the Bird-of-Prey would have done the honors instead (notice the continuity error when the God-face gets blown up--right before the ship fires Kirk is standing up, and when we see a side shot of the explosion, Kirk is half-sitting, half-leaning on the slope).

I'm sorry, but creepy? It looks about as scary as the Rock Biter from the Never-ending Story.

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