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A fan-edit of the film ALIEN which interpolates all exisiting deleted scenes and
a variety of unseen footage and unused score cues to create a version that runs
considerably longer than both the 1979 theatrical release and the 2003
While returning from a deep-space mission, the crew of the commercial spaceship
Nostromo is awakened by a supposed SOS call from a system they are passing
through. Descending to the planet's surface, they discover a strange derelict
spaceship - the apparent source of the transmission - and one of the crew
descends into the hold. What he finds are thousands of strange alien eggs. While
examining one of the eggs, it hatches and the parasite inside attacks him. After
returning to the Nostromo the crew takes off again to head for Earth. The alien
parasite subsequently dies and all seems well again. But what no one knows is
that another alien is quietly forming within its host - and when it emerges, the
crew finds itself in serious trouble... Written by Derek O'Cain.
* Originally to be directed by Walter Hill, but he pulled out and gave the
job to Ridley Scott.
* Veronica Cartwright was originally to play Ripley, but producers opted for
* An early draft of the script had a male Ripley.
* All of the names of the main characters were changed by Walter Hill and
David Giler during the revision of the original script by 'Dan O'Bannon' and
Ronald Shusett. The script by O'Bannon and Shusett also had a clause indicating
that all of the characters are "unisex", meaning they could be cast with male or
female actors. However, Shusett and O'Bannon never thought of casting Ripley as
a female character.
* Conceptual artist H.R. Giger's designs were changed several times because
of their blatant sexuality.
* Much of the dialogue was developed through improvisation.
* The front (face) part of the alien costume's head is made from a cast of a
real human skull.
* Ridley Scott is reportedly quoted as saying that originally he wanted a
much darker ending. He planned on having the alien bite off Ripley's head in the
escape shuttle, sit in her chair, and then start speaking with her voice in a
message to Earth. Apparently, 20th Century Fox wasn't too pleased with such a
* During production an attempt was made to make the alien character
transparent or at least translucent.
* Three aliens were made: a model and two suits. One of the suits was for
the seven foot tall Masai tribesman Bolaji Badejo, and the other was for a
trained stunt man.
* The models had to be repainted every evening of the shoot because the
slime used on-set removed the acrylic paint from their surfaces.
* The rumor that the cast, except for John Hurt, did not know what would
happen during the "chestburster" scene is partly true. The scene had been
explained for them, but they did not know specifics. For example, Veronica
Cartwright did not expect to be sprayed with blood.
* "Nostromo" is the title of a Joseph Conrad book. The shuttle that Ripley
escapes on is called the "Narcissus", a reference to another Joseph Conrad book.
See also Aliens (1986).
* The vector graphics that appear on Ripley's screen showing the undocking
sequence for the Nostromo were also used for the aircar launch sequence in Blade
* Extra scenes filmed but not included, due to pacing problems:
o Ripley finds Dallas and Brett cocooned. Dallas is covered in maggots
and begs Ripley to kill him. She does so with a flame thrower.
o Ripley and Lambert discuss whether Ash has sex or not.
o Alternative death scene for Brett: Ripley and Parker come across an
alive Brett being lifted from the ground.
* Many of the non-English versions of the film's title translate as
something similar to "Alien: The 8th Passenger".
* The alien's habit of laying eggs in the stomach (which then burst out) was
inspired by spider wasps, which are said to lay their eggs "in the abdomen of
spiders." This image gave 'Dan O'Bannon' nightmares, which he used to create the
story. But spider wasps (pompilidae) lay eggs on their prey, not inside them,
after which the wasp maggots simply snack on the sting-paralyzed spiders.
O'Bannon may instead have been thinking of either ichneumon wasps or braconid
wasps. The ichneumon drills a single egg into a wood-boring beetle larva,
whereas braconids inject eggs inside certain caterpillars. Both result in fatal
hatch-outs more alike to O'Bannon's alien.
* 130 alien eggs were made for the egg chamber inside the downed spacecraft.
* Conceptual artist H.R. Giger would successfully sue 20th Century Fox 18
years later over his lack of screen credit on Alien: Resurrection (1997).
* Ridley Scott's 2003 director's cut largely came about when over 100 boxes
of footage of his 1979 original were discovered in a London vault.
* Many of the interior features of the Nostromo came from airplane
* For the awakening from hypersleep segment, Veronica Cartwright and
Sigourney Weaver had to wear white surgical tape over their nipples so as not to
offend certain countries.
* Jon Finch was originally cast as Kane but on the first day of shooting, he
looked extremely ill. Medics were called and Jon Finch was immediately taken to
hospital where it was discovered that he had an extreme case of diabetes. Ridley
Scott knew that John Hurt was in town, so he approached him that night about
playing Kane. John Hurt was on set the following day.
* To simulate the thrust of engines on the Nostromo, Ridley Scott had crew
members shake and wobble the seats the actors were sitting in.
* H.R. Giger's initial designs for the face-hugger were held by US Customs
who were alarmed at what they saw. Writer 'Dan O'Bannon' had to go to LAX to
explain to them that they were designs for a horror movie.
* The chestbursting scene was filmed in one take with four cameras.
* To get Jones the cat react fearfully to the descending Alien, a German
Shepherd was placed in front of him with a screen between the two, so the cat
wouldn't see it at first, and came over. The screen was then suddenly removed to
make Jones stop, and start hissing.
* Dallas' pursuit of the alien down the ventilator shafts, and the intercut
scenes of the rest of the crew urging him on, was shot in one day.
* It was conceptual artist Ron Cobb who came up with the idea that the Alien
should bleed acid. This came about when 'Dan O'Bannon' couldn't find a reason
why the Nostromo crew just wouldn't shoot the Alien with a gun.
* Ridley Scott did all the hand-held camera-work himself.
* According to Ridley Scott, the mechanism that was used to make the alien
egg open was so strong, that it could tear off a hand.
* Jerry Goldsmith was most aggrieved by the changes that Ridley Scott and
his editor Terry Rawlings wrought upon his score. Scott felt that Goldsmith's
first attempt at the score was far too lush and needed to be a bit more
minimalist. Even then, Goldsmith was horrified to discover that his amended
score had been dropped in places by Rawlings who inserted segments from
Goldsmith's score to Freud (1962) instead. (Rawlings had initially used these as
a guide track only, and ended up preferring them to Goldsmith's revised work.)
Goldsmith harbored a grudge against the two right up to his death in 2004.
* The character of Ash did not appear in 'Dan O'Bannon' 's original script.
* Ash's blood is colored water. Milk was not used as it would have gotten
very smelly very quickly under the hot studio lights. Milk was used though for
the close-up of his innards, along with pasta and glass marbles.
* 'Dan O'Bannon' first encountered H.R. Giger's unique style when the two
were briefly working on Alejandro Jodorowsky's ill-fated attempt at making
* The screen test that bagged Sigourney Weaver the role of Ripley was her
closing off speech aboard the Nostromo's shuttle at the end of the film.
* The genesis of the film arose out of 'Dan O'Bannon' 's dissatisfaction
with his first feature, Dark Star (1974) which John Carpenter directed in 1974.
Because of that film's severe low budget, the alien was quite patently a beach
ball. For his second attempt, O'Bannon wanted to craft an altogether more
convincing specimen. The goofiness of Dark Star (1974) also led him in the
direction of an intense horror movie.
* The writing partnership between 'Dan O'Bannon' and Ronald Shusett came
about when Shusett approached O'Bannon about helping him adapt a Philip K. Dick
story that he had acquired the rights to. That was "We Can Remember It for You
Wholesale" which later became Total Recall (1990). O'Bannon then said that he
had an idea that he was stuck on about an alien aboard a spaceship and that he
needed some assistance. Shusett agreed to help out and they tackled the alien
movie first as they felt it would have been the cheaper of the two to make.
* The original title was "Star Beast".
* Walter Hill and David Giler's contribution to the script was to make Ash a
* There is no dialog for the first 6 minutes.
* The word "fuck" is used five times in the film, four of them by Ripley.
* 20th Century Fox doubled the budget from $4.2 million to $8.4 million on
the strength of seeing Ridley Scott's storyboards.
* Ridley Scott was keen to take on the project as the one that he had been
previously working on at Paramount, Tristan + Isolde (2006), was stuck in
* Three Nostromos were built for the production: a 12" version for long
shots, a 48" version for the landing sequence and a seven ton rig for showing
the ship at rest on the planet's surface.
* The producers of the 1950s potboiler It! The Terror from Beyond Space
(1958) considered suing for plagiarism but didn't.
* The original name for the spaceship was Snark. This was later changed to
Leviathan before they finally settled for Nostromo.
* The Nostromo's computer is called Mother. In the third sequel, Alien:
Resurrection (1997), the spaceship's computer is called Father.
* Mother's two 30 second countdowns take 36 and 37 seconds respectively.
* According to John Hurt in the DVD Documentary, he was considered at the
beginning of casting to play Kane but had already committed to another film that
was set to take place in South Africa, so John Finch got the role instead.
However, two separate incidents occurred which got Hurt the role. First was the
fact that he was banned from South Africa because the country mistook him for
actor John Herd who strongly opposed the Apartied (Hurt points out that he was
opposed to it too, but was lucky enough not to get blacklisted) so he was unable
to do the other film. Second, actor John Finch became seriously ill from
diabetes and had to pull out. Ridley Scott immediately contacted Hurt, pitched
him the script over a weekend and John Hurt arrived on the set Monday morning
with little to no sleep to begin filming.
* The blue laser lights that were used in the alien ship's egg chamber were
borrowed from The Who. The band was testing out the lasers for their stage show
in the soundstage next door.
* The stylized artwork that Ridley Scott used to create the storyboards that
got Fox to double the budget were inspired by the artwork of famed comic book
* The screech of the alien as it bursts from the stomach of John Hurt was
actually voiced by animal impersonator Percy Edwards. He was personally
requested by director Ridley Scott to do the sound effect and it was recorded in
* Veronica Cartwright only found out that she wasn't playing the part of
Ripley when she was first called in to do some costume tests for the character
* The Nostromo is supposed to be 800 feet long, while the craft she is
towing is a mile and a half long.
* The spacesuits worn by Tom Skerritt, John Hurt and Veronica Cartwright
were huge, bulky items lined with nylon and with no outlets for breath or
condensation. As the actors were working under hot studio lights in conditions
in excess of 100 degrees, they spent most of their time passing out. A nurse had
to be on hand at all times to keep supplying them with oxygen. It was only after
Ridley Scott's and cinematographer Derek Vanlint's children were used in the
suits for long-shots and they passed out too, that some modifications were made
to the costumes.
* At the start of production, Ridley Scott had to contend with 9 producers
being onset at all times, querying the length of time he was taking over each
* The first day that she shot a scene involving Jones the cat, Sigourney
Weaver's skin started reacting badly. Horrified, the young actress immediately
thought that she might be allergic to cats, and that it would be easier for the
production to recast her instead of trying to find 4 more identical cats. As it
transpired, Weaver was reacting to glycerin sprayed on her skin to make her look
hot and sweaty.
* After the first week of shooting, 'Dan O'Bannon' asked if he could attend
the viewing of the dailies, and was somewhat staggered when Gordon Carroll
refused him. To get past that ban, 'Dan O'Bannon' viewed the dailies by standing
beside the projectionist whilst he screened them for everyone else.
* For the chestburster sequence, John Hurt stuck his head, shoulders and
arms through a hole in the mess table, linking up with a mechanical torso that
was packed with compressed air (to create the forceful exit of the alien) and
lots of animal guts. The rest of the cast were not told that real guts were
being used so as to provoke genuine reactions of shock and disgust.
* The "Company" referred to in the film is Weylan-Yutani. It would become
Weyland-Yutani in James Cameron's sequel 7 years later.
* Among some of the ingredients of the alien costume are Plasticine and
Rolls Royce motor parts.
* While he was working on the visual effects for this film, Brian Johnson
was simultaneously working in the same capacity on Star Wars: Episode V - The
Empire Strikes Back (1980).
* The space jockey prop was 26 feet tall.
* In the wide shots of the Space Jockey prop, Ridley Scott used his two sons
to make the prop seem bigger.
* For Parker's death, a fiberglass cast of Yaphet Kotto's head was made, and
then filled with pigs' brains. The forehead was made of wax so that the alien's
teeth could penetrate it easily. Indeed barbed hooks were fastened to the end of
the teeth to make sure it broke the wax surface effectively.
* For the alien's appearance in the shuttle, the set was built around Bolaji
Badejo, giving him an effective hiding place. However, extricating himself from
the hiding place proved more difficult than anticipated. The alien suit tore
several times, and, in one instance, the whole tail came off.
* A sex scene between Dallas and Ripley was in the script, but was not
* A scene originally cut, but re-inserted for the Director's Cut shows
Lambert slapping Ripley in retaliation for Ripley's refusal to let her, Dallas,
and Kane back on the ship. According to both Ridley Scott and Veronica
Cartwright, every time she went to slap Sigourney Weaver, Sigourney would shy
away. After about three or four takes of this, Scott finally told Cartwright
"Not to hold back. Really hit her." Thus the very real shocked reactions of
Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, and Harry Dean Stanton.
* The face hugger carcass that Ash autopsies was made using fresh shellfish,
four oysters and a sheep kidney to recreate the internal organs.
* The Nostromo was built to then-current NASA specifications for spacecraft.
Some of the displays from the Nostromo are reused in Blade Runner (1982).
* The decal on the door of the Nostromo is a "checkerboard square", the
symbol on Purina's pet food label; it designated Alien Chow.
* According to a quote from Veronica Cartwright in a film magazine, in the
scene where the alien's tail wraps around her legs, they are actually Harry Dean
Stanton's legs, in a shot originally filmed for another scene entirely.
* The embryonic movements of the "face hugger" (prior to bursting out of its
egg) were created by Ridley Scott using both his rubber-gloved hands.
* In the space jockey scene, the three crew members Lambert, Dallas, and
Kane are portrayed by Ridley Scott's two children and another child; this was
done to make the model appear larger.
* In "The Blue Planet" (2001), David Attenborough said the 'Alien' monster
was modeled after the Phronima, a creature spotted by submersibles at great
depths. However there is little evidence to support this claim - the original
Alien design was based on a previous painting by Giger, Necronom IV, which bears
little resemblance to the Phronima. Giger's agent, Bijan Aalam, claims "He never
inspired himself by any animals, terrestrial or marine".
* The computer screen displaying Nostromo's orbit around the planet contains
a hidden credit to Dr. Brian Wyvill, one of the programmers for the animation.
Within the top frame entitled Deorbital Descent, it is possible to isolate the
letters "BLOB", Dr. Brian Wyvill's common nickname.
* The words "Weyland-Yutani" (the name of The Company) appear at the bottom
of one of the computer screens during the landing sequence (in green).
* The background sound that is heard in the laboratory where Kane has the
face hugger "on", is heard also in Deckard's room in Blade Runner (1982).
* The grid-like flooring on the Nostromo was achieved using upturned milk
crates, painted over.
* In an interview for M?tal Hurlant, Ridley Scott revealed that to make the
action more realistic, the flight deck was wired so that flipping a switch in at
one console would trigger lights somewhere else. The cast then developed "work
routines" for themselves where one would trip a switch, leading another to
respond to the changes at his work station and so on.
* The original design for the Alien by H.R. Giger had eyes, which were
eliminated to make the creature look even more menacing.
* Originally, no film companies wanted to make this film, 20th Century-Fox
had even passed on it. They stated various reasons, most being that it was too
bloody. The only producer who wanted to make the film was Roger Corman, and it
was not until Walter Hill came on board that it all changed. 20th Century-Fox
agreed to make the film as long as the violence was toned down; even after that
they still rejected the first cut for being "too bloody".
* The original cut of the film ran 3 hours and 12 minutes.
* Despite releasing a new version of the film titled "Alien: The Director's
Cut", Ridley Scott wrote in a statement in the film's packaging that he still
feels the original Alien was his perfect vision of the film. The newer version
is titled "The Director's Cut" for marketing purposes, featuring deleted scenes
many fans wanted to see incorporated into the film (such as the scene where
Lambert and Ripley discuss whether or not they've slept with Ash, suggesting
there's something not quite right about Ash).
* Director Ridley Scott and composer Jerry Goldsmith were at odds with each
other on the usage of the original music score. As a result, many crucial cues
were either rescored, ill-placed, or deleted altogether, and the intended end
title replaced with Howard Hanson's "Symphony No. 2 (Romantic)". The original
intended score was featured as an isolated track on the now out-of-print 20th
* The vapor released from the top of the spacesuit helmets (presumably
exhausted air from the breathing apparatus) was actually aerosol sprayed from
inside the helmets. In one case, the mechanism broke and started spraying inside
* A closer look at the alien eggs in the scene right before the facehugger
reveals that slime on the eggs is dripping from bottom to top. Ridley Scott did
this intentionally by shooting with the camera upside down.
* The engine plasma that blasts the alien away from the shuttle at the end
of the movie is actually just tons of water pouring over the camera.
* 20th Century Fox Studios almost did not allow the "space jockey", or the
giant alien pilot, to be in the film. This was because, at the time, props for
movies weren't so large.
* According to 'Ian Holm' , Ash's head contained spaghetti, cheap caviar and
* Yaphet Kotto (Parker) actually picked fights with Bolaji Badejo who played
the Alien, in order to help his onscreen hatred of the creature.
* Bolaji Badejo beat Peter Mayhew to the part of the alien.
* Copywriter Barbara Gips came up with the famed tagline: "In space, no one
can hear you scream."
* The engines of the Narcissus coming to life was created by having water
pour out of showers with strong arc lights around it. This gave the illusion
that it was plasma.
* Bolaji Badejo who plays the Alien in the movie was a graphic artist who
was discovered at a pub by one of the casting directors. Being a Masai he was
about 7 feet tall with thin arms - just what they needed to fit into the Alien
costume. He was sent for Tai Chi and Mime classes to learn how to slow down his
movements. A special swing had to be constructed for him to sit down during
filming as he could not sit down on a regular chair once he was suited up
because of the Alien's tail.
* The slime used on the Alien was K-Y jelly.
* Director Trademark: [Ridley Scott] [mothers] The Nostromo's computer is
named "Mother". The incubation of the alien has also been interpreted as a
metaphor for pregnancy.
* During the opening sequence, as the camera wanders around the corridors of
the Nostromo, we can clearly see a Krups coffee grinder mounted to a wall; this
is the same model that became the "Mr. Fusion" in Back to the Future (1985).
* Many producers have professional "readers" that read and summarize scripts
for them. The reader in this case summarized it as "It's like Jaws (1975), but
* Roger Dicken, who designed and operated the "face hugger" and the "chest
burster," had originally wanted the latter to pull itself out of Kane's torso
with its own little hands, a sequence he felt would have produced a much more
horrifying effect than the gratuitous blood and guts in the release print.
* The thin layer of mist that "notified the eggs" was made possible using a
pulsating laser and smoke, borrowed from the band The Who.
* A lawsuit by A.E. van Vogt, claiming plagiarism of his 1939 story "Discord
in Scarlet" (which he had also incorporated in the 1950 novel "Voyage of the
Space Beagle"), was settled out of court.
* Potential directors, who either were considered by the studio or wanted to
direct, included Robert Aldrich, Peter Yates, Jack Clayton, 'Dan O'Bannon' and
* The inside of the "eggs" as seen by Kane was composed of real organic
material. Director Ridley Scott used cattle hearts and stomachs. The tail of the
"face hugger" was sheep intestine.
* Bill Paterson turned down a part.
* When casting the role of Ripley, Ridley Scott invited several women from
the production office to watch screen tests, and thus gain a female perspective.
The women were unanimously impressed with then-unknown actress Sigourney Weaver,
whose screen presence they compared to Jane Fonda's.
* Ridley Scott cites three films as the shaping influences on his movie:
Star Wars (1977) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) for their depiction of outer
space, and Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) (1974) for its
treatment of horror.
* Shredded condoms were used to create tendons of the beast's ferocious jaws
* Entertainment Weekly voted this as the third scariest film of all time.
* While the crew is eating, if you freeze the frame, you can clearly see the
"Weyland-Yutani" brand on the can Kane is drinking from.
* The chest bursting scene was considered the second scariest movie moment
of all time on Bravo's _"100 Scariest Movie Moments, The" (2004)_ .
* A green monitor visible behind Ripley while the crew discusses Kane's
condition outside the kitchen shows nonsense characters as well as the word
"Giler"--obviously a nod to producer David Giler.
* Ridley Scott stated that in casting the role of Ripley, it ultimately came
down to Sigourney Weaver and Meryl Streep. The two actresses had been
schoolmates at Yale.
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