It was a classic movie tag-line - "In space no one can hear you scream." Forty years ago the film that birthed the wildly successful ALIEN franchise introduced the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo, awakened from stasis during a voyage home to Earth when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from the desolate nearby moon, LV-426.
The name of that moon has given the date to ALIEN DAY on April 26th, while on April 24 the all-new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the original ALIEN will be available in Australia.
We have FIVE copies to give away, and you can enter by clicking HERE, or on the pack shot to the right.
Even in that first movie there was not one single alien design. Director Ridley Scott and Swiss painter Hans Ruedi Giger envisioned an evolution of alien forms in that first movie, and on into subsequent adventures.
Let's check out six key stages. Just don't lean in too closely to that egg...
The Facehugger, Alien 1979
The Facehugger was the world's first exposure to xenomorphs. With a scorpion like appearance, the Facehugger was originally meant to be much larger and possess eyes (much like an octopus with tentacles). As its name suggests the alien attempts to attach itself to people’s faces. With one of these wrapped around and inside your throat, you're going to need a lie down. Cut it off? Nope, acidic blood strong enough to boil through a ship's hull. Oops.
The Chestburster, Alien, 1979
This creature finds life by bursting through its host's ribcage, regardless of whether it’s in its final form or not, an act supposedly inspired by Francis Bacon’s painting ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of Crucifixion’. And have you ever wondered why everyone looks terrified as the scene unfolds? It wasn't entirely acting - the director withheld the exact details of the scene in order to elicit genuine terror. Nice chaps, directors.
The Xenomorph, Alien, 1979
This alien was portrayed by Bolaji Badejo, a 6’10” visual artist/actor of Massai descent, who was discovered in a Soho pub (of course) by a member of Scott's casting team. Presented as the ‘perfect organism’, the Xenomorph is agile, intelligent, sometimes even aquatic - and if you do meet one in a pub, best not to spill its pint.
The Queen, Aliens, 1986
In Aliens it’s uncovered that Xenomorphs come from bee-like hives, with their sole imperatives being to impregnate new hosts, and protect their queen. The Queen's most awe-inspiring feat? Impaling Bishop with her tail, before tearing him in half. Who's Queen?
The Doggomorph, Alien 3, 1992
The slightly silly Doggomorph proved that aliens really do take on characteristics of their hosts, when an alien impregnated a Rottweiler instead of a human. It scared the hair clean off off Ripley...
The Newborn, Alien: Resurrection, 1997
The Newborn is a test-tube baby of sorts, created from both human and alien DNA. In this case, the DNA was extracted from Ripley after her death on Fury 161, because you know, why wouldn't you? The animatronic model was hugely complex and required nine puppeteers to operate.
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