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Encyclopedia > Alien (film)
Alien

The original 1979 theatrical poster
Directed by Ridley Scott
Produced by Gordon Carroll
David Giler
Walter Hill
Written by Story:
Dan O'Bannon
Ronald Shusett
Screenplay:
Dan O'Bannon
David Giler
(uncredited)

Walter Hill
(uncredited)
Starring Sigourney Weaver
Tom Skerritt
Bolaji Badejo
John Hurt
Veronica Cartwright
Harry Dean Stanton
Ian Holm
Yaphet Kotto
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Howard Hanson (Symphony No. 2)
Cinematography Derek Vanlint
Editing by Terry Rawlings
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) Theatrical Cut:
May 25, 1979
Director's Cut:
October 29, 2003
Running time Theatrical Cut:
117 min.
Director's Cut:
116 min.
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $11,000,000
Followed by Aliens
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

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Alien garnered both critical acclaim and box-office success, spawning a Hollywood media franchise of literature, video games, merchandise, and three official sequels. The film effectively launched actress Sigourney Weaver's career. By featuring a strong heroine, Alien also proved unconventional (by Hollywood standards) for the action genre. While the Alien itself emerged as a popular aspect of the film, the story of Ellen Ripley became the thematic thread that ran through the series. Together with the films of David Cronenberg from the 1970s[1], Alien emerged as a central work in the development of the body-horror subgenre.[2] Publicity for the film involved a tagline that became widely known: "In space no one can hear you scream." Barbara Gips wrote the tagline and graphic designer Phil Gips designed the poster for the film. The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... ... i eat poop alot A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters, setting, and trademarks of an original work of media (usually a work of fiction), such as a film, a work of literature, a television program, or a video game. ... A sequel is a work of fiction (e. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... This article is about the type of character. ... Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, is the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ... David Paul Cronenberg OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943[2]) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in marketing materials and advertising. ...


Sequels to the film include: Aliens (1986), Alien³ (1992) and Alien: Resurrection (1997). The 21st century saw a possible end of the Alien franchise in favor of a crossover with the Predator series Alien vs. Predator (2004) and its sequel Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).[3] Aliens is a 1986 science fiction/action/horror film starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... Alien³ is a science fiction/horror film that opened May 22, 1992. ... The year 1992 in film involved many significant films. ... Film poster Alien: Resurrection Alien: Resurrection (1997) is the fourth movie in the Alien series, preceded by Alien, Aliens and Alien³. Synopsis Spoiler warning: Alien: Resurrection takes place 200 years after the events of Alien³. Ellen Ripley has been cloned using blood samples from Fiorina 161, on ice so that... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... It has been suggested that Gaming crossovers be merged into this article or section. ... Alien vs. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to both the 2004 summer movie season and several film franchises which premiered or had installments released in 2004, which appear again this year: Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Ocean...

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Plot

In the year 2022, the Nostromo, an interstellar commercial towing-vehicle with a crew of seven, has set out from Thedus to Earth, hauling twenty million tons of mineral ore. At the start of the film, the ship's computer MU-TH-R 182, simply called "Mother" by the crew, receives an apparently unidentifiable signal from a moon orbiting a nearby planet,[4] while monitoring the ship's operations. "Mother" wakes the crew from stasis, so they can investigate the signal's origin. With the ore and mining facilities left in orbit, the tug portion of the Nostromo lands on the moon, suffering damage during the rough landing. 2022 (MMXXII) will be a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... USCSS The Nostromo is a fictional starship, featured in the 1979 film Alien. ... For other uses, see Ore (disambiguation). ... This article is about the machine. ... LV-426 as seen in Aliens LV-426, also known as Acheron and the home of the xenomorph, is the name of the fictitious moon (frequently but erroneously referred to as a planet) where the Alien was first encountered by humans in the movie Alien (1979) of the Alien Series. ... This article is about the astronomical term. ... Stasis (IPA: ), or hypersleep, is a science fiction concept akin to suspended animation. ...

Most of the cast together in the ship's bridge, with Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in the center.

Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Kane (John Hurt) and Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) leave the ship to investigate the signal. They soon discover a derelict spacecraft of unknown origin. The group enters the craft, finding the pilot's desiccated remains. Kane descends into a chamber beneath the pilot, discovering thousands of leathery eggs. One of the eggs opens, a facehugger inside leaps out, burns through the visor of Kane's spacesuit and attaches itself to his face. Dallas and Lambert carry the unconscious Kane back to the Nostromo. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the commanding officer in the absence of Dallas and Kane, refuses to let them back on board, citing quarantine protocol. However, Science Officer Ash (Ian Holm) disregards Ripley's decision and lets them in. In the ship's infirmary Dallas and Ash attempt to remove the creature from Kane's face, but they discover they cannot remove it by force without harming Kane. When they try to cut off one of its digits, the alien's highly acidic blood sprays on the floor and burns its way through several decks of the spaceship. Due to this lethal defense mechanism, the crew refrains from further attempts at removal. Eventually the creature detaches from Kane's face on its own, and the crew find it dead. Kane wakes up, seemingly unharmed. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution (853 × 480 pixel, file size: 576 KB, MIME type: image/png) Self-taken screenshot of the film Alien, depicting most of the characters. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixelsFull resolution (853 × 480 pixel, file size: 576 KB, MIME type: image/png) Self-taken screenshot of the film Alien, depicting most of the characters. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Thomas Alderton Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an Emmy Award-Winning American actor who has appeared in over 40 films and more than 200 television episodes (half Picket Fences). ... For the singer, see Mississippi John Hurt. ... Veronica Cartwright (born April 20, 1950 in Bristol, England) is an actress. ... For other uses, see Space Jockey (disambiguation). ... 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With the ship repaired, the crew leave the moon and have one last meal before re-entering hypersleep. During the meal Kane begins to choke and convulse until an alien chestburster bursts from his chest, killing him and disappearing into the dark corners of the ship. After ejecting Kane's body into space in a brief funeral, the crew splits up into two teams to capture the alien. Ash rigs together a tracking-device, while Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) assembles a weapon similar to a cattle-prod. Picking up a signal, Parker (Yaphet Kotto), Brett, and Ripley think they have the creature cornered, only to discover Jones, the crew's cat. Realizing they might pick up the cat on the tracker again later, Parker sends Brett back to catch Jones. During his search Brett encounters the alien, now fully grown and enormous. The creature attacks him and hauls him into an air-shaft. Stasis (IPA: ) is a science-fiction concept akin to suspended animation. ... The Xenomorph is a deadly fictional monster from the Alien universe, designed by the Swiss painter H. R. Giger. ... For other uses, see Funeral (disambiguation). ... Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ... // A cattle prod, also called a stock prod, is a handheld device commonly used to make cattle or other livestock move by striking or poking them, or (in the case of a hotshot) through a (relatively) high voltage, low current electric shock. ... Prince Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15, 1937) is an American actor. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ...


The crew realizes that the alien has used the air-shafts to move through the ship. Dallas enters the network of air-shafts with a flamethrower, intending to drive the alien into an airlock in order to blow it out into space. Using the trackers, the crew picks up the alien's signal moving toward Dallas. As Dallas attempts to escape, the creature ambushes him, and he disappears. Ripley asks Mother for advice on destroying the alien, and in the process discovers that "The Company"[5] had already detected the alien transmission, had decoded the signal as a warning and wanted one of the alien lifeforms brought back — ostensibly for weapons-development — even at the expense of the crew. Ash, the Company's agent on board, attacks Ripley after she learns of the "Special Order 937", but Parker and Lambert arrive before he can kill her. Parker dislodges Ash's head with a fire-extinguisher, revealing Ash as an android. Riverboat of the U.S. Brownwater Navy shooting ignited napalm from its mounted flamethrower during the Vietnam war. ... Weyland-Yutani is a fictional corporation in the motion picture Alien and its sequels, often referred to simply as The Company. It is one of the corporations that runs the human colonies outside the solar system through the Extrasolar Colonization Administration, has a seat in the Interstellar Commerce Commissions... For other uses, see Android (disambiguation). ...


The three remaining crew members decide to destroy the Nostromo and escape in the shuttle Narcissus. While Ripley preps the Narcissus for launch, Parker and Lambert go to gather coolant for the shuttle's life-support system. Ripley hears the screams of her colleagues over the ship's communication system and runs off to investigate. She arrives too late, discovering the alien has killed Parker and Lambert. Ripley activates the ship's self-destruct sequence and races to the shuttle, but sees the alien near the shuttle entrance. After an unsuccessful attempt at aborting the self-destruct sequence, Ripley escapes with Jones to the shuttle again, with the alien nowhere in sight this time. Ripley takes off in the Narcissus, and the Nostromo explodes. While preparing for hypersleep Ripley discovers that the alien has hidden itself inside the shuttle. Ripley manages to slip on a space-suit. As the alien stands over her, about to attack, she hits the button for the airlock. Explosive decompression blasts the alien outwards, but it grabs the sides of the airlock opening and starts to crawl back into the shuttle. Ripley then shoots the alien with a grappling-gun, which gets pulled out of her hand but caught by the closing doors of the airlock. When the Alien (still tethered to the grappling hook and the gun inside) climbs into one of the shuttle's engine nacelles, Ripley activates the engine and blasts it into space. The film ends as Ripley and the cat enter hypersleep.[6] A coolant, or heat transfer fluid, is a fluid which flows through a device in order to prevent its overheating, transferring the heat produced by the device to other devices that utilize or dissipate it. ... A self-destruct is a mechanism which causes a device to destroy itself under a predefined set of circumstances. ... Apollo 15 space suit A spacesuit is a complex system of garments, equipment, and environmental systems designed to keep a person alive and comfortable in the harsh environment of outer space. ... Explosive decompression (ED) is a sudden drop in pressure that occurs in 0. ...


Cast

  • Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley. Ripley serves as the Warrant Officer onboard the Nostromo and as the chief protagonist of the film. The part of Ripley provided Weaver's first leading role in a motion picture.
  • Tom Skerritt as Dallas. Dallas, the Captain of the Nostromo, leads the landing-party to investigate the distress signal on LV-426 and subsequently leads the crew in dealing with the hostile Alien on board the Nostromo.
  • John Hurt as Kane, the Nostromo's Executive Officer. He becomes the first of the crew to encounter the alien lifeform on LV-426, and serves as host for the Alien — which then stalks the crew.
  • Veronica Cartwright as Lambert. Lambert, the Nostromo's navigator, proves the most emotionally vulnerable member of the crew and the first to lose her cool when the Alien attacks them.
  • Ian Holm as Ash, the Nostromo's Science Officer. He performs tests on the alien lifeform which attaches itself to Kane and communicates his findings to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. His crewmates later reveal him as an android who betrays them.
  • Harry Dean Stanton as Brett. Brett, the Nostromo's Engineering Technician, cares for Jones, the ship's cat. He and Parker view themselves as the "grunts" of the crew and argue with the others for larger shares of the crew's profits.
  • Yaphet Kotto as Parker, the Nostromo's Chief Engineer. He shares the closest relationship with Brett and works with him to repair damage to the ship. The two characters argue with the other crew members over their shares in the ship's profits.
  • Bolaji Badejo as the Alien, the antagonist of the film. It stalks the Nostromo's crew members. Percy Edwards provided the creature's vocalizations while Eddie Powell stood in for Badejo for performing stuntwork.
Kane examines an egg, unaware of the coming danger

Actor Jon Finch originally played the role of Kane, but as principal photography on Alien commenced, the crew soon noticed that he looked ill and rushed him to hospital, where doctors diagnosed a severe case of diabetes. John Hurt, in London and available at that time, subsequently replaced Finch. Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, is the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ... For Warrant Officers in the United States military, see Warrant Officer (United States). ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... Thomas Alderton Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an Emmy Award-Winning American actor who has appeared in over 40 films and more than 200 television episodes (half Picket Fences). ... // The following is a list of characters from the Alien film series. ... For the singer, see Mississippi John Hurt. ... // The following is a list of characters from the Alien film series. ... While Executive officer literally refers to a person responsible for the performance of duties involved in running an organization, the exact meaning of the role is highly variable, depending on the organization. ... Veronica Cartwright (born April 20, 1950 in Bristol, England) is an actress. ... // The following is a list of characters from the Alien film series. ... Sir Ian Holm Sir Ian Holm CBE (born 12 September 1931), born as Ian Holm Cuthbert, is an English actor. ... // The following is a list of characters from the Alien film series. ... Weyland-Yutani is a fictional corporation in the motion picture Alien and its sequels, often referred to simply as The Company. It is one of the corporations that runs the human colonies outside the solar system through the Extrasolar Colonization Administration, has a seat in the Interstellar Commerce Commissions... For other uses, see Android (disambiguation). ... Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ... // The following is a list of characters from the Alien film series. ... Prince Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15, 1937) is an American actor. ... // The following is a list of characters from the Alien film series. ... Bolaji Badejo is a former design student and one-time actor known for his portrayal as The Alien in the acclaimed science fiction movie Alien. ... The xenomorph as it appears in Alien vs. ... Percy Edwards (June 1, 1908, Ipswich, Suffolk - June 7, 1996, Hintlesham, Suffolk), was an English Ornithologist and entertainer. ... Eddie Powell (1927-2000) was a British stuntman. ... Image File history File links Bye_bye. ... Image File history File links Bye_bye. ... Jon Finch (born March 2, 1941 in Caterham, Surrey) is an English actor noted for many Shakespearean roles. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... For the singer, see Mississippi John Hurt. ...


Inspirations

Some reviewers have noted that the basic plot of Alien, the pitting of a small group of humans against a relentless alien creature in a remote location, derives from earlier science-fiction horror films.[7][8][9] Dan O'Bannon has over the years expressed clear views on the exact sources.[10] He has even gone as far as saying: "A lot of people speculated as to where I stole it from. The truth is I stole it from everywhere."[11]


Admitted inspirations include:

  • The works of Joseph Conrad[citation needed]
  • The Thing from Another World (1951), featuring the hunting of professional men (soldiers in this case) through closely confined areas.
  • Forbidden Planet (1956) in which a ship lands despite warnings and an invisible creature hunts them down one by one.
  • It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) where a spaceship crew bring a murderous alien onboard who then hunts them down. Ivor Powell, the associate producer, has also highlighted the influences. Representatives of It! sued the makers of Alien, claiming that its storyline plagiarized that of It!.
  • Planet of the Vampires (1965), in which humans discover the remains of a large alien sitting at the controls of its spaceship.
  • "Junkyard", a short-story by Clifford D. Simak: humans find deserted spaceships on an asteroid and the crew stumble across an egg-chamber.
  • Strange Relations by Philip José Farmer which deals with extraterrestrial reproduction.
  • Various stories from Weird Tales in which monsters eat people from the inside.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey which inspired some scenes in Aliens. Note the similarities between HAL 9000 "HAL" and MU-TH-R 182 "MOTHER" as the ships' central computers that make the decisions for humans when they languish in cryogenic hibernation; the computers also hide ulterior motives not known to the crew.

O'Bannon denies influence on the part of The Voyage of the Space Beagle, which features aliens laying eggs in people which then hatch and eat their way out. However, a lawsuit brought by A. E. van Vogt ended with a settlement out of court.[12] Philip French suggests another non-science-fiction parallel: Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.[13] // Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski; 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish-born English novelist. ... The Thing from Another World is a 1951 science fiction film which tells the story of an Air Force crew and scientists at a remote Arctic research outpost who fight a malevolent alien being. ... See also: 1950 in film 1951 1952 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati Top grossing films North America David and Bathsheba Show Boat tie The Great Caruso and An... This article is about the 1956 film. ... The year 1956 in film involved some significant events. ... It! The Terror from Beyond Space is a 1958 black and white science fiction film directed by Edward L. Cahn. ... The year 1958 in film involved some significant events. ... Planet of the Vampires (Italian title: Terrore nello spazio) is a 1965 science fiction/horror film directed by Mario Bava. ... // Events Top grossing films North America Mary Poppins The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews Goldfinger My Fair Lady Whats New Pussycat? Shenandoah The Sandpiper Father Goose Academy Awards Best Picture: The Sound of Music - Argyle, Twentieth Century-Fox Best Actor: Lee Marvin - Cat Ballou Best Actress: Julie Christie... Clifford Donald Simak ( August 3, 1904 - April 25, 1988) was an American science fiction author. ... Philip José Farmer (born January 26, 1918) is an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. ... This page is about the fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine and its heirs. ... Cover of The Voyage of the Space Beagle (Granada Publishing 1977) The Voyage of the Space Beagle (1950, Canada) is a classic novel of science fiction by A. E. van Vogt in the space opera subgenre. ... Alfred Elton van Vogt (April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author who was one of the most prolific, yet complex, writers of the mid-twentieth century Golden Age of the genre. ... For the video game, see Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None. ...


Production

History and early versions

According to the book "The Book of Alien" (Titan Books © 1979), a very early draft of the script envisaged the eggs housed in a completely separate architectural structure, shaped in the form of a massive pyramid. The British illustrator and science-fiction artist Chris Foss drew these illustrations of the discarded sequence.
According to the book "The Book of Alien" (Titan Books © 1979), a very early draft of the script envisaged the eggs housed in a completely separate architectural structure, shaped in the form of a massive pyramid. The British illustrator and science-fiction artist Chris Foss drew these illustrations of the discarded sequence.

After completing Dark Star (1974), Dan O'Bannon wanted to take some of the ideas (such as where an alien hunts a crew through a ship) and make them into a science-fiction horror film, at that time provisionally called Memory. He also worked on a script entitled Gremlins (not the unrelated 1984 film of the same name), about gremlins getting loose aboard a World War II bomber and wreaking havoc with the crew (the B-17 segment of the film Heavy Metal (1981) used a significantly altered version of this original story). Screenwriter Ronald Shusett contacted O'Bannon about collaborating on projects. Although Shusett wanted input on a script that would later become Total Recall, they decided to focus on the lower-budget Memory. However, O'Bannon got drafted in to work on Alejandro Jodorowsky's adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. Although this came to nothing, he did meet H.R. Giger, Chris Foss and Moebius on set and a lot of their work together led to later developments when production of Alien started in earnest.[10] For Giger's well-recognized influence see below. Foss' spaceship designs remained unused (some later appeared in some of his books) but Mœbius's designs for the Nostromo spacesuits made it into the final film.[10] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (981x609, 123 KB) According to the book The Book of Alien (Titan Books © 1979), in a very early draft of the script, the eggs were originally meant to be housed in a completely separate architectural structure, shaped in the form of... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (981x609, 123 KB) According to the book The Book of Alien (Titan Books © 1979), in a very early draft of the script, the eggs were originally meant to be housed in a completely separate architectural structure, shaped in the form of... An illustrator is a graphic artist who specializes in enhancing written text by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text. ... Christopher Foss (born 1946) is a British illustrator and science fiction artist, best known for his science fiction book covers and the illustrations for the original editions of The Joy of Sex. ... Dark Star is a 1973 motion picture directed by John Carpenter and co-written with Dan OBannon. ... Dan OBannon (born Daniel Thomas OBannon on September 30, 1946 in St. ... A gremlin is a folkloric creature, commonly depicted as mischievous and mechanically oriented with a specific interest in aircraft. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For other uses, see Bomber (disambiguation). ... This article is about the 1981 Canadian film. ... Ronald Shusset is an artist who is best known for this creation of the alien design in the film Alien along with Dan OBannon. ... For other uses, see Total recall (disambiguation). ... Alejandro Jodorowsky (IPA: ) (born February 17, 1929, in Tocopilla, Chile) is an amateur scholar in comparative religion, playwright, director, producer, composer, actor, mime, comic book writer, tarot card reader and historian, and psychotherapist. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... Birth machine Hans Ruedi Giger (pronounced: GEE-ger) (born at Chur, Grisons canton, February 5, 1940) is a Swiss painter best known for his design work on the film Alien. ... Christopher Foss (born 1946) is a British illustrator and science fiction artist, best known for his science fiction book covers and the illustrations for the original editions of The Joy of Sex. ... Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (born May 8, 1938) is a French comics artist. ...


When O'Bannon returned to America, broke, after the Dune film-project collapsed, he ended up sharing a flat with Shusett. Shusett suggested mixing in elements of Gremlins and how the alien got on board. He said: "It screws one of the crew. Something jumps up at his face, grabs hold of him and shoves its seed down his throat, then later it bursts out." Ron Cobb had worked on the designs for Dark Star (and would later provide the bulk of the designs for Alien); he offered the idea of the creature's acid blood stopping the crew from using "conventional" weapons (like guns) against it. These various ideas came together in the O'Bannon and Shusett script Star Beast.[10] At this stage the title loomed as the main problem. Casting around for a better name, O'Bannon noticed the number of times the word "alien" occurred in the script, and so he adopted this for the film's title.[10] Ron Cobb is a cartoonist, artist, writer, film designer, and film director. ...


The original script bears many resemblances to the film as actually produced, yet with significant differences. The spaceship — designed with a low-budget production in mind — originated as a small craft, initially a galactic coastguard-like ship and then a commercial vessel, called the Snark.[10] In the original script, the ship has an all-male crew, including the Ripley character (though the script's "Cast of Characters" section explicitly states that "The crew is unisex and all parts are interchangeable for men or women").[10] Actor Tom Skerritt originally won the role of Ripley, but later, in the course of developing the script, character re-casting made Ripley a woman, because producer Alan Ladd, Jr., and script-doctors Walter Hill and David Giler had heard rumors of Fox working on other titles with strong female leads.[10] Thomas Alderton Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an Emmy Award-Winning American actor who has appeared in over 40 films and more than 200 television episodes (half Picket Fences). ... Alan Ladd Jr. ... A script doctor is a skilled screenwriter called in to assist a film project by rewriting parts of the screenplay to improve dialogue, pacing and other elements. ...


The script recounted how, after responding to the intercepted alien message, the crew discover the derelict alien craft and its dead pilot. Ominously, the pilot in its death-throes had scratched a triangle on its control-console. The crew members go outside and see the remains of an ancient pyramid. They lower Kane into the structure, where he finds a chamber with a breathable atmosphere. An altar-like structure houses the alien embryo-eggs, and a hieroglyph depicts the alien's life-cycle.[10] This concept survived for a long time, and preliminary H.R. Giger pyramid-drawings intended for Alien exist, but eventually the producers went with the idea of combining the wrecked derelict ship with the egg-chamber (also designed by Giger), although the ideas of the pyramid, the altar and the hieroglyphs re-surfaced in the Aliens vs. Predator computer game and in the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator. For other meanings, see pyramid (disambiguation). ... Look up Altar in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... To date (Autumn 2004) there have been two Aliens versus Predator games released for the PC and Mac. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... Alien vs. ...


Apart from the disappearance of the pyramid, the final script changed the story's pacing. The impregnation occurred around the mid-point in the film, with a long, slow build up of tension reminiscent of the atmosphere generated in At the Mountains of Madness. It also ended with an Alien egg seen clinging to the bottom of the escaping shuttle, a detail that survived various drafts and disappeared only in the final version dated June 1978.[10] For the Simpsons episode, see Mountain of Madness. ...


The original cut of the film also included a scene where, after the attacks on all her fellow crew-members, Ripley heads towards the shuttle, then stumbles across a room where she finds Dallas — barely alive — and Brett (Dallas and Brett, the first two crew-members to fall victim to the Alien, had disappeared). Dallas ends up immobilized in a cocoon and Brett appears part-way through a process of mutating into an Alien egg. Dallas begs Ripley to kill him, and she does so by using her flamethrower device. (The egg-mutation process comprises the only form of reproduction shown by the Alien until the later films' depiction of an Alien Queen as a source for the eggs.)


Pre-production

O'Bannon and Shusett almost completed the sale of the film to Roger Corman. However, at the last minute, their friend Michael Haggerty said he could get them a better deal; and thus they sold the script to the Brandywine company of David Giler, Gordon Carroll, and Walter Hill, who had a production-deal with Twentieth Century Fox with Hill attached to direct.[10] A single tagline promoted the script to studio executives: "Jaws in space".[14] Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926), sometimes nicknamed King of the Bs for his output of B-movies (though he himself rejects this appellation as inaccurate), is a prolific American producer and director of low-budget exploitation movies, many of which are some of the most influential movies made. ... Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in marketing materials and advertising. ... A film studio is a controlled environment for the making of a film. ... Jaws is a 1975 thriller/horror film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter Benchleys best-selling novel inspired by the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916. ...


Hill and Giler re-wrote the script, making it more action-oriented, adding the character of Ash, and rewriting much of the dialogue. They also introduced a motherhood theme, though the detail of Ripley going back for the cat originated in the period of the male Ripley-character.[10] These changes caused tension between O'Bannon and the other production members that lasted through the making of the film. Parts of O'Bannon's scripts appear on various DVD releases, with the full early version presented on the Alien Quadrilogy. The Alien Quadrilogy collection is a nine-disc box set. ...


At this stage, a hiatus occurred in the production, as the studio expressed alarm at the prospect of committing to a new science-fiction film in the pre-Star Wars era when such films remained a rarity.[15]


When Star Wars became a box-office hit, Fox gave the film the go-ahead with an $8 million budget — much higher than the writers had originally hoped. During the production hiatus, Ridley Scott replaced and revised many of the design-elements before principal photography started at Shepperton Studios in England. Giger, brought in from Zürich (Switzerland), set up at the studios along with Ron Cobb as a type of artist-in-residence. (Giger kept a diary through the production which became the basis for his book Giger's Alien).[16] Shepperton Studios, located in Shepperton, Middlesex, England is a film studio with a long history of film making. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The Canton of Zürich (German: Kanton ) has a population of about 1. ... Artist-in-residence programs and other residency opportunities allow artists to stay and work elsewhere for arts sake. They offer conditions that are conducive to creativity and they provide for working facilities, ready to be used by individual artists. ...


The alien

For more details on this character, see Alien (Alien).
H.R. Giger's original design for the Alien, based on his earlier work, Necronom IV

Swiss painter and sculptor H. R. Giger designed the alien creature's adult form and the alien architecture. The designs feature the use of bones in the architecture.[1] Giger received an Academy Award for his work on the original film. The design of the creature with strong Freudian sexual undertones and multiple phallic symbols, while simultaneously presenting an overall feminine figure, provided a compelling androgynous image, conforming to archetypal mappings and imageries in horror films that often redraw gender lines.[17] Image File history File links Hrgigeralien. ... Image File history File links Hrgigeralien. ... Necronom IV Necronom IV is a 1976 airbrush print by Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger. ... Birth machine Hans Ruedi Giger (IPA: ) (born at Chur, Grisons canton, February 5, 1940) is an Academy Award-winning Swiss painter, sculptor, and set designer best known for his design work on the film Alien. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


The adult alien appears predominantly black in color, similar in cast to heavily tarnished silver. In keeping with Giger's blending of biological and mechanical life-forms, some shots reveal a metallic patina. It has an elongated shiny head with no eyes. (Some production stills reveal a human skull used in the sculpture beneath its translucent anterior shell). Below, the jaw holds the razor-sharp metal teeth. The mouth houses a tongue-like body part with a second mouth on the end. On the alien's back stand four curved black pipes (Giger designed these for the purpose of breaking up the back). Apart from this, the alien has an anthropomorphic form, with two legs and two arms, its hands each armed with six long, black, razor-sharp claws. The "blood" of the creature, a powerful acid, also serves as a natural defense mechanism.


Set-design and construction

Michael Seymour worked as the film's production designer. John Mollo supervised the costumes, including the distinctive spacesuits, and Carlo Rambaldi produced the crucial mechanical effects for the title-alien's head. The team of Brian Johnson and Nick Allder — who had worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey and Space 1999 — headed up special effects. Scott turned to a computer-animation pioneer, Bernard Lodge, from his old college — the Royal College of Art in London — to produce the film's green-line computer displays. The thin layer of mist that "notified the eggs" came from smoke and a pulsating laser, which the film crew borrowed from the band The Who. Carlo Rambaldi is an Italian-born special effects artist who is most famous for designing title character of the 1982 super-smash hit E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. ... Left to right: Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell and Martin Landau from Space:1999s second season. ... Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Darwin Building at Kensington Gore The Royal College of Art (RCA) is a university in London, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Who are a British rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ...


According to the behind-the-scenes documentary The Beast Within: The Making of "Alien", the film crew built the Nostromo spaceship set in one piece. To move around the set, actors had to navigate through the hallways of the ship. Toward the end of the shoot, many members of the cast and crew recalled walking inside the set alone as a very unnerving experience. Some maintain that such emotions come across on the screen.


Some shots on the planet's surface outside the Nostromo and on the "Space Jockey's" dais used children in spacesuits (specifically Ridley Scott's and the cameraman's children) as stand-ins in order to make the spaceship's landing-legs seem larger. Ridley Scott said in the director's commentary on the DVD, "This shot here, actually is three children made in miniature spacesuits...who were my two sons and the cameraman's son.... I had small costumes made for them so the landing legs looked bigger..."[18] For other uses, see Space Jockey (disambiguation). ...


Ridley Scott also mentions in the DVD commentary that the graphics used on computer screens featured on the Nostromo looked basic by design; Scott describing them as "raw" and adding to the gritty nature of the film.


Ridley Scott re-used the Nostromo's and the shuttle's computer-graphics, specifically the PURGE-screen, for the computer-screens inside the Spinner hover-cars in his film Blade Runner. Police spinner flying over industrial sprawl. ... This article is about the 1982 film. ...


Other filming has re-used the set. In particular, the BBC One series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy re-used some of the Nostromo hallways, as well as other parts of the set. These appear most prominently in the scenes set onboard the Vogon Constructor Fleet.[10] When the BBC science-fiction sitcom Red Dwarf moved production to Shepperton Studios it used some surviving Nostromo hallway sets from Alien in Series 4, most notably in the episode "DNA" (as revealed on the DVD commentary). For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,[1] was a BBC television adaptation of Douglas Adamss The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy broadcast in January and February 1981 on BBC Two. ... Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, a Vogon from the BBC television series. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... This article is about the British sitcom. ...


Music

Main article: Alien (score)

Ridley Scott's vision of the film came under the influence of Isao Tomita's synthesizer-arrangement of Holst's The Planets, especially of the movement "Mars: Bringer of War", and at one point in pre-production Tomita appeared a serious candidate to write the original score for the film.[19] With the dropping of these plans, however, Jerry Goldsmith came to compose the film music. Instead of aiming at a typical 1970s science-fiction score utilizing synthesizers,[20] the composer's music reflects the film's underlying horror-film genre with its use of bleak orchestrations, most notably in the higher woodwinds, oscillating string-textures and bizarre, sometimes savage sounds, especially from the brass-section, which his orchestrator Arthur Morton built from the orchestral palette with various modern compositional techniques. Goldsmith also composed a main theme in the romantic style that barely appears in the finished film. A short passage from Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart also plays as "source music" during the scene in which Dallas spends some time alone relaxing in the shuttle Narcissus. Isao Tomita , born April 22, 1932), is a renowned Japanese electronic music composer. ... Gustav Holst Gustav Holst (September 21, 1874, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire - May 25, 1934, London) [1] [2] was an English composer and was a music teacher for over 20 years. ... This page is about the orchestral suite by Gustav Holst. ... Jerrald King Jerry Goldsmith (February 10, 1929 – July 21, 2004) was an American film score composer from Los Angeles, California. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... The Serenade for strings in G major, better known as Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A little night music or less literally, A little serenade), is one of the most popular compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ... “Mozart” redirects here. ...


Director Ridley Scott and editor Terry Rawlings became quite attached to several of the pre-existing cues that they had used for the temporary score while editing the film. As a result Scott and music editor Robert Hathaway moved around much of Goldsmith's score, re-edited cues and re-scored several sequences. In some parts of the film the temp score remained in place:[21] segments of four monaural cues from Goldsmith's 1962 score for Freud – The Secret Passion appear in the film,[22] and the final minutes of the first movement of Howard Hanson's Symphony No. 2 "Romantic" replaced Goldsmith's music for the concluding moments of the film's showdown, as well as the complete music for the end credits. As a result, Goldsmith's original soundtrack LP represented more the original score he wrote than what ended up appearing in the film. A theatrical cue is the trigger for an action to be carried out at a specific time. ... Label for 1. ... Freud the Secret Passion also known as Freud (1962) is a American biographical film drama based on the life Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, directed by John Huston. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


As an additional feature the initial 20th Anniversary Edition DVD of Alien included both an isolated music-only soundtrack that restored the cue-order originally envisioned by the composer, resynchronizing the cues to their appropriate places, as well as a second isolated film-music soundtrack with the re-scored and re-arranged cues from the official 20th Century Fox release of the film, while the full production soundtrack played between music cues. In the final DVD release most of the scenes showing the Nostromo exterior and all of the sequences from Howard Hanson's second symphony ("Romantic"), some of which went along with them, have disappeared for reasons unknown. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The original film score by Jerry Goldsmith played under the conductor's baton of Lionel Newman, who also received main-title credits, a practice that had become unusual by the time of the film's release. The National Philharmonic Orchestra played the music. The soundtrack CD of Alien has now gone out-of-print. Over the years several bootlegged copies of Goldsmith's score appeared on the market, among them a Spanish two-CD release with all used and unused cues, including the retained temp score, and an archive bootleg that also included alternate takes from the recording sessions. Born in New Haven, Conn. ... The National Philharmonic Orchestra is a British orchestra created exclusively for recording purposes. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On November 15, 2007, Intrada Records released the complete score to the film with additional alternate score tracks and the original LP-program in a 2-CD set. This release first published Jerry Goldsmith's complete score remixed and remastered from the original 1" master tapes. is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


In 1980 Jerry Goldsmith's film music for Alien received nominations for the Golden Globe Award (Best Original Film Score), the Grammy Awards (Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special) and the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music. The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Official soundtrack releases

  1. Original soundtrack (Fox Music, 1979; LP; 10 tracks)
  2. Re-issue of the original soundtrack (Silva Screen Records, 1987; CD; 10 tracks)
  3. The Alien Trilogy (Colosseum, 1996; CD; 13 tracks, incl. 7 tracks from the original Alien soundtrack)
  4. 20th Anniversary Edition DVD containing two isolated music tracks: a) the original score and b) the alternate music track (Fox Home Entertainment, 2000)
  5. Alien Complete Score 2-CD set, released on Intrada Records, November 15, 2007 with complete score with several alternate tracks and the original LP program.

In addition several compilation re-issues and re-recordings of some of Goldsmith's music for Alien have appeared.[23] is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Bootleg releases

  1. "Limited library archival pressing" (Soundtrack Library, 1999; CD-R; 32 tracks; allegedly including alternate takes from the recording sessions)
  2. Alien: First Release of the Complete Score from the Stereo Master Tapes (Total Sound, 2000; CD-R; 21 tracks; assembled from the production of the 20th Anniversary Edition DVD)
  3. Alien: Banda Sonora Original del Film y Temas Rechazados (Memory Records, 2001; 2-CD release; 25 + 21 tracks; including rejected cues, temp score cues and bonus material)
  4. "Director's Cut bootleg" (Nostromo Enterprises, 2006; 2-CD release; 30 + 25 tracks; in most parts a re-assembly of preceding bootlegs and official releases and compilations, including re-masters from the production of the Alien special edition DVD and the soundtrack for Iwerk's Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright by composer Richard Band)

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Influence

Roger Ebert called Alien (and John Carpenter's Halloween) "the most influential of modern action pictures". He went on to say that many of "the films it influenced studied its thrills but not its thinking", including the re-make of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.[9] Andrew O'Hehir wrote, "almost every horror film since Alien has ripped it off in some way, but most of the imitations have focused on details."[24] Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Halloween (film) redirects here. ... The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a horror film, and a re-imagining of the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. ...


Analysts have examined the film's gender-politics and its influence on the subsequent development of the leading heroine in Hollywood film,[25] also noting that the film's narrative broke with the prominent custom of repressing female roles in science-fiction films, since the woman, representing nature, biology and sexuality, normally functioned as an antagonistic, ridiculing signifier of science and technology.[26] Some critics see the non-traditional re-interpretation of the female lead in Alien as a necessity, since only a female, (i.e. "natural") entity can successfully fight the anti-technological, biologically reproducing and overly sexualized xenomorph in a science-fiction environment.


The film received some academic attention and commentators linked it to wider cultural idioms, especially those popular in the 1970s and 1980s such as abjection.[27] James Kavanaugh criticized the film's "internally overdetermined and contradictory construction" in disguising humanist ideologies as feminism.[28] Film-critic Kathleen Murphy called Kavanaugh's analysis an assaulting, "academically approved gobbledygook".[29] Several academic theses on the film, which matured over the following years, appeared in print in the book Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema.[30] The term Abjection literally means the state of being cast off. ...


Alien became the first R-rated film to have a merchandising line aimed at children. The children's products released included various toys and models based on the creature and on its egg, jigsaw puzzles, a board game, a Viewmaster-style movie reel, and a storybook. Kenner Products released an 18-inch Alien figure with articulated parts including the retractable jaw and glow-in-the-dark cranium. However, the toy did not sell well.[31] For the Rolling Stones song, see Jigsaw Puzzle A jigsaw puzzle is a tiling puzzle that requires the assembly of numerous small, often oddly shaped, interlocking and tessellating pieces. ... A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... View-Master reels from a German Karl May-movie. ... Kenner Products was a toy company founded in 1947 by three brothers, Albert, Phillip, and Joseph L. Steiner, in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, and was named after the street where the original corporate offices were located. ...


Awards and accolades

Alien won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and also received a nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration.[32] The film also won the 1979 BAFTA awards for Sound and Production Design and for Music Score (Jerry Goldsmith, and earned nominations for best Supporting Actor (John Hurt), for Editing, for Costume Design and for Best Newcomer to a Leading Role (Sigourney Weaver). The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA named it the Best Science Fiction Film of the year and Ridley Scott Best Director, and it won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.[33] In 2002, the United States National Film Registry deemed the film "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and inducted it into its collection.[34] Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Visual Effects is an Oscar given to one film each year that shows highest achievement in visual effects. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. ... The following are a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Science Fiction Film: See also Science fiction film Categories: | ... The Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is one of the annual Hugo Award categories, presented by members of the World Science Fiction Convention. ... The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


In 2007 Empire Magazine named the "chestburster" scene in Alien the greatest 18-rated movie moment ever as part of its 18th birthday issue.[35] Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Emap Consumer Media since July 1989. ...


The chestburster scene made second position on Bravo's "The 100 Scariest Movie Moments".


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Special Edition (2003)

October 29, 2003 saw the re-release of Alien in cinemas as a Ridley Scott Director's Cut. This release restored many but not all of the deleted scenes, which had already appeared as bonus materials on previous VHS, laserdisc and DVD releases of the film, and made unobtrusive deletions to the original. The new release also added some minor visual effects to the film: a shot of the sunrise on the moon, lights on the helmets of Dallas, Lambert and Kane moving under a natural arc on the alien moon as well as a field of stars in the background, when the Nostromo synchronizes its orbit around the moon. is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Not to be confused with disk laser, a type of solid-state laser in a flat configuration. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Ridley Scott stated that Alien didn't require this tweaking and drew attention to the use of the term "Director's Cut" for marketing reasons only (and inconsistently as well). In the Alien Quadrilogy DVD materials, he goes out of his way to state his preference for the original: "Rest easy, the original 1979 theatrical version isn't going anywhere." He re-edited the film himself, but only after viewing the studio's attempt to do so. He has characterized the studio's initial version as "too long" and felt that it ruined the film's pacing.


The Alien Quadrilogy boxed set released on December 2, 2003 includes both the Special Edition and the original theatrical version. Because the new version slightly shortened many of the scenes and shots from the original release and edited them with discreet acceleration to pander to modern film-audiences' viewing habits,[36] the Special Edition actually runs forty seconds shorter than the original 1979 theatrical release,[37] despite the addition of almost six minutes of new material.[38] is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Spin-offs

The novelization by Alan Dean Foster appeared in 1979. It includes dramatizations of most scenes, also the scenes found in the Special Edition (but notably excluding the "Space Jockey" scene) as well as scenes scripted but never filmed, or filmed but never included in any release version of the film. Notably, the novelization includes the discovery of the radio-transmitter aboard the derelict, a moment when the surviving crew-members contemplate taking suicide pills and the detection of the alien as it searches for food in one of the Nostromo's storage-chambers. One of the most infamous episodes however, and one which the crew only partially filmed, involved a failed attempt to blow the alien out of an airlock, which does not succeed because — as Foster implies — the character Ash intervenes by sounding the ship's alarm to scare the alien away from the airlock. In addition, the characters Ripley and Dallas become suspicious of Ash's intentions after this incident. For many years Foster's novelization provided fans and others with the only known source for the "missing cocoon scene from Alien" (see also above). A novelization (or novelisation in British English) is a work of fiction that is written based on some other media story form rather than as an original work. ... Alan Dean Foster (born November 18, 1946) is a prolific American writer of science fiction and fantasy novels and movie novelizations. ... A suicide pill (also known as an L-pill or lethal pill) is a pill, capsule, ampoule or tablet containing a fatally poisonous substance that a person ingests deliberately in order to quickly cause their own death. ...


Subsequent spin-offs include comics, novels, and computer games. Alien itself received a comic-book adaptation by writer Archie Goodwin and artist Walter Simonson called Alien: The Illustrated Story, published by the Heavy Metal magazine, promptly followed by Alien: The Movie Novel, a photographic film-novel as well as a miscellaneous behind-the-scenes book called The Book of Alien. However, the franchise failed to soar before the release of Cameron's sequel and the subsequent adaptations by Dark Horse Comics in the late 1980s. The Aliens have since also appeared in numerous comic-book crossovers featuring Predators, Superman, Batman, WildC.A.T.s, Green Lantern, Judge Dredd and others. A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... For other uses, see Novel (disambiguation). ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... The name Archie Goodwin can refer to: Archie Goodwin, the fictional detective character created by Rex Stout. ... Walter or, usually, Walt Simonson is a comic book writer and artist. ... Jean-Michel Nicollets cover for the first issue. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In comic books, an intercompany crossover (also called cross-company or company crossover) is a comic or series of comics where characters published by one company meet those published by another (for example, DC Comics Superman meeting Marvels Spider-Man). ... The creature as seen in Predator (1987) Predators (known in the fictional expanded universe as Yautja) are a fictional species featured in the films Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Alien vs. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Wildcats is the name of multiple incarnations of the Wildstorm comics superhero comic book. ... The Green Lantern redirects here. ... For the 1995 film, see Judge Dredd (film). ...


References

Footnotes

  1. ^ Most notably Shivers, Rabid and The Brood
  2. ^ Mark Jancovich, Horror, the Film Reader, Routledge 2002, p. 5; for a general overview including further sources, compare also Daniel Pimley, "Representations Of The Body In Alien: How can science fiction be seen as an expression of contemporary attitudes and anxieties about human biology?", 2003
  3. ^ Paul Davidson. "AVP Killed Alien 5", IGN Entertainment (with further reference to AICN), 2006-02-08. Retrieved on 2007-09-17. 
  4. ^ Later Alien-series films identified the moon as LV-426 "Acheron", located in the Zeta II Reticuli system.
  5. ^ The film does not name the company. However, some film-props like beer-cans had the name Weylan-Yutani printed on them. It also appeared on two computer screens. Although the name remained almost invisible on-screen, James Cameron used it for the 1986 sequel, changing it to Weyland-Yutani.
  6. ^ In a congenial nod toward Alien, director David Fincher chose to cite Ripley's final words in Alien at the end of his film Alien³ (1992) as an incoming transmission after the shutdown of the colony on Fiorina 161, decades after the events in Alien occurred.
  7. ^ Adrian Mackinder. FutureMovie's review of Alien. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.
  8. ^ Todd Wardrope. A Voyage Interrupted: Alien and Science-Fiction Film. Retrieved on 2006-09-04.
  9. ^ a b Roger Ebert. Chicago Sun-Times Review of Alien. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m David A. McIntee, "Beautiful Monsters: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Alien and Predator Films", Telos 2005, pp. 19-28 & p. 39.9
  11. ^ Interview with Dan O'Bannon in the documentary Alien Evolution (Channel 4, 13th October 2000)
  12. ^ BBC - My Science Fiction Life - The Voyage of the Space Beagle
  13. ^ Philip French. Guardian Review of Alien. Retrieved on 2006-08-30.
  14. ^ "A space odyssey — Sir Ridley Scott looks back on his classic Alien"
  15. ^ Alien Quadrilogy DVD set
  16. ^ Robert Sutton. R0BTRAIN's Bad Ass Cinema: Alien. Retrieved on 2006-09-04.
  17. ^ Lina Badley, Film, Horror, and the Body Fantastic: Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture, Greenwood Press 1995
  18. ^ Ridley Scott. Alien: 20th Anniversary Edition director's commentary (DVD).
  19. ^ David Stoner, Booklet commentary for the original Alien soundtrack CD release, Silva Screen Records, 1987
  20. ^ Compare for example some cues from Goldsmith's 1976 score for Logan's Run
  21. ^ Interviews on the "Quadrilogy" DVD release of this film document the viewpoints of Goldsmith, Rawlings and Scott in regard to this situation and why it occurred.
  22. ^ Excerpts from Charcot's Show and large parts of the cue Desperate Case play during the airduct sequence. Editing also preserved excerpts from Main Title during the acid-spill laboratory sequence and from the cue The First Step as Ripley searches for the cat on the Nostromo's bridge.
  23. ^ See www.soundtrackcollector.com for an almost complete listing.
  24. ^ Andrew O'Hehir. Alien review on Salon.com. Retrieved on 2006-09-06.
  25. ^ For example: Carol J. Clover, Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, British Film Institute 1992
  26. ^ Daniel Pimley, "Representations of the Body in Alien", 2003, p. 7
  27. ^ Barbara Creed, "Horror and the Monstrous Feminine — An Imaginary Abjection", in Screen, Vol. 27, No. 1, 1986
  28. ^ James H. Kavanaugh, "'Son of a Bitch': Feminism, Humanism and Science in Alien", in October, Vol. 13, 1980, pp. 90-100
  29. ^ Kathleen Murphy, "The Last Temptation of Sigourney Weaver", in Richard T. Jameson (ed.), Film Comment, Film Society of Lincoln Center (publ.), Vol. 28, No. 4, July–August 1992, p. 17
  30. ^ Annette Kuhn (ed.), London 1990; a second book with further analyses came out under the title: Alien Zone 2: The Spaces of Science-Fiction Cinema (Annette Kuhn, ed.; London 1999); for a partial overview of available sources see also here.
  31. ^ Marc H. Cawiezel. The History of Unproduced Alien and Predator Toy. Retrieved on 2006-09-04.
  32. ^ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Alien search results. Retrieved on 2006-12-18.
  33. ^ Saturn Award: Past Award Winners. Retrieved on 2006-12-18.
  34. ^ Films Selected to The National Film Registry, Library of Congress 1989-2005. Retrieved on 2006-12-18.
  35. ^ Alien named as top 18-rated scene. Retrieved on 2007-04-28.
  36. ^ "Alien – Director's Cut", in Moviestar, Vol. 82 (VI. 2003 / November/December), p. 45 sqq (incl. interview with Ridley Scott)
  37. ^ Marco Schmidt, "Der Film war schon damals verdammt gut: Interview with Ridley Scott on Alien - Director's Cut", Hamburger Morgenpost, 10-23-2003
  38. ^ 20th Century Fox, Official interview with Ridley Scott

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General references

  • Annette Kuhn (ed.), Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema, New York / London 1990, ISBN 0-860919-93-5
  • Annette Kuhn (ed.), Alien Zone 2: The Spaces of Science-Fiction Cinema, London 1999, ISBN 1-859847-46-3
  • David A. McIntee, Beautiful Monsters: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Alien and Predator Films, Telos Publishing, 2005, ISBN 1-903889-94-4
  • Paul Scanlon & Michael Gross, The Book of "Alien", Titan Books, 1979/2003, ISBN 1-852864-83-4

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