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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day has a wonderful defense mechanism. You don’t dare kill it!

Published at: Oct. 20, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Alien is vying with The Empire Strikes Back as the most featured BtSPotD title. What can I say? There are just too many badass Alien images to ignore. And I’ve got at least a dozen more that are great shots! But I figured this one was simple and showcased the amazing work on the suit designed by the great HR Giger, especially the creepy skull under the dome, which was removed at this the time of this shot. So, cop a squat with the Alien! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is a posed shot, but a glorious one and in fitting with the season! See you then! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist


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  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    IF AN ALIEN SHITS IN SPACE...

    by Mullah Omar

    ...does it make a sound?

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    My favorite movie monster.

    by Nordling

    I still dream about Giger's A L I E N.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Use my damn Banditas PIC

    by Phategod2

    whats more Iconic then Penelope cruz getting a piggy back ride from Selma Hyek

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    why did they not use the skull?

    by vin_diggler

    that skull is great, does anyone know why they didn't use it?

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Alien on blu ray

    by PinkFloyd7

    Would love to buy it on blu ray if I didn't have to have Alien 3 and that POS Alien Resurrection.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I believe somewhere in our universe

    by UGG

    these things truly exist. Such a perfectly phallic design, Giger is a perverted genius.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    vin_diggler

    by UGG

    I think it was merely a design choice from Ridley. I'm not to keen on it to be honest, it's good and creepy but the one the used is so iconic.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    That skull is badass, but doesn't make much sense

    by SoylentMean

    People would be asking' "Is this a zombie alien?", in the theaters. Still, one of the all time great cinematic monsters! And you know it wasn't eating fruit to make it have to shit like that!

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Poor alien missed his set visit...

    by slickjohnny

    to the Footloose sequel/remake/whatever.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I had an action figure of the alien back in 1980

    by vin_diggler

    and it had a removable helmet that revealed this skull underneath. I never understood why, but now that I see this photo it makes sense. That's why I ask why it was not used. was the original concept for the alien to have a removable helmet? kind of like the predator?

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    oooooold

    by KilliK

    io9 had posted this a few months ago,along with a bunch of other bts stuff.i had post the link of the article here too.<br /> <p>cool bts pic nevertheless.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Alien fans should own this

    by UGG

    http://tinyurl.com/39ofu44 <p>Load's of cool stuff and most likely all these bts pic's.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    the skull is cool

    by Bobba Phat

    and I remember seeing it in other pictures/promo stuff (like vin_diggler's figure). I think the choice to remove it for the movie made it feel more organic and a little more mysterious. Of course, I might think that now decades after the fact because the Alien is so iconic and cherished now (even after mediocre sequels and AvP crap).

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Fucking awesome!

    by BarryConvex

    Hands down the coolest pic so far.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    The skull was there

    by ObiBen

    but under a semi-clear dome I believe.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    MadEyeMongo - Wow, on the same minute!

    by ObiBen

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    i think the skull was used in Aliens too

    by KilliK

    but you could not see it because it was covered with something.i ll try to find that article which explains it.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Yep, the skull was always there.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    Fucking Cool picture. That's goin' in the pool room.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Human looking skull...

    by Horned One

    I think the Alien is humanoid with a human-looking skull because the creature uses some of the host's DNA to model itself. Remember the Alien in the 3rd movie gestated in a dog, and so was a quadruped. I don't know if that was their original intent, but it kind of makes sense.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Just flicked through the book

    by UGG

    They had six head's for different scenes, Ridley wanted the whole Alien "transparent" but the suit kept tearing. And yea I think on the dvd extra's you see they just put the dome over the skull, but I think it was an option at one point because some of Giger's older drawing's look a bit like that. <p> "The eye section of the front view is too suggestive of motor-cyclists googles, it has to be replaced by a dark semi-transparent cranium, stretching back over the whole cranium and showing the eye holes in the skull, there is now room under this dome for a possible mass of brain which might consist of living maggots."

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    MadEyeMongo you have a point

    by UGG

    But I liked that idea as a kid. It aided with my MadEyeMongo for an Alien Zoo movie.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Fuck me but that is creepy

    by Geekgasm

    CREEPY, I says!

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    just to play devils advocate MadEye

    by vin_diggler

    the only host we ever saw was human until Alien 3. The alien does have many human characteristics. Who's to say that it is not just coincidence? maybe Alien 3 was correct all along?

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    It aided with my "fantasies" for an Alien Zoo movie.

    by UGG

    lol sorry about that copy pasted your name so I wouldn't spell it wrong.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Rhino Alien

    by UGG

    Just imagine that fucker comin at 'cha

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Plus there's the cut scene from Alien

    by UGG

    which show's Dallas turning into an Alien somehow. I never fully understood how that would have worked, makes sense though if the original Alien was alone and had no other way to reproduce, without the queen that Cameron introduced, kinda like them frog's/dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Penguin Alien

    by UGG

    I doodled one the other day. It looked amazing.....

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    so THATS the guy

    by KingusKong

    That was fucking with bale's lights.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Not use the skull?

    by ufoclub1977

    Like ObiBen said, The skull is in ALIEN under the dome, and clearly visible during some of the strobe lighting. They always planned to add the translucent dome over it. You all don't know much about Alien, or Giger's designs! Shocking.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Plus...

    by ufoclub1977

    The tranlucent dome over it makes it so much more scary and ALIEN in appearance. I always hated the obvious skull design used in Terminator. Schlock.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    he looks like sad Keanu

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    where's his sandwhich?

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    too human

    by BBSloth

    more Giger goodness... http://bit.ly/9hjQgU

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Awesome pic glad they changed the look though

    by _Venkman

    Still very cool

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    no need to be so snobby ufoclub

    by vin_diggler

    not all of us have done as much research as you claim to have. Hence the reason we ask questions.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Don't mind the Alien/DNA thing..

    by darthwaz1

    Technically there is no "pure" form of the creature, it needs DNA from whatever creature it gestates in. I think that's a cool idea and a little more creepy. the predalien was pretty badass too.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Looks like he's taking a shit

    by tatoosh

    Give the man some privacy!

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    The Skull

    by Horgy

    Although I always knew the skull was in there, from well-lit BTS shots of the Alien, I always liked that you couldn't see it. There's something extra terrifying about a creature without eyes. it's just very disconcerting, and very hard to make it sympathetic. That's why I hated the newborn in Alien Resurrection. You almost felt sorry for the thing when it looked at you with puppy dog eyes

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Alien, Prequel details are slipping out

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Apparently a section of the script for the prequel contains the space jockies brainwashing two male humans into having gay sex for their enjoyment...Yep Even with ridley at the helm, this is going to be gayer then AvP

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Great pic but why does he have eyesockets?

    by Tacom

    Those things don't have eyes!

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Prequel Details

    by Chief_Red_Crow

    RedBull_Werewolf is right. Just saw on slashfilm that an Australian website published spoilers after getting a copy of the script. I'd call bullshit, but the details were promptly "Removed at Request of the Studio." So, all indications are that they're legit. Personally, from what scant details I saw, it all seems very unnecessary, and not particularly in the vein of horror/suspense that I think we were all hoping for a return to. I just don't care about the space jockey. Great design, very foreboding, but why remove the mystery? And the whole 3D thing pisses me off. Alien is, however you cut it, a classic film. Alien 3, Resurrection and AVP don't dilute that. If Ridley returns, though, and the whole thing is a self-indulgent, overlit, under-financed studio product...well...that'll suck.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Alien Resurrection newborn

    by ObiBen

    looked like a sad ball of mozzarella.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    That "Brokeback Aliens" script has been around for a while

    by KarlKolchak

    I thought it had been debunked. It's utter bullshit. Really, do you think a summer tentpole with a PG-13 rating would have a plot element about aliens making dudes boofoo each other with mind control?

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    if i had to get a tattoo it would be a Giger weiner

    by strykebr

    I DL a few of his illustration collections books ages ago, great sutff

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    'aliens' alien heads---

    by dahauk--

    I have a head mask from Aliens, and it's just a silver/grey dome, not transparent at all. I'd always heard they didn't see with eyes, but other senses, kinda like Daredevil..

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Hey- I found the deleted scene this pic comes from

    by Bileranter

    Never knew it existed personally but it's got the squat, the canisters and the tail. Very glad they didn't use it as it looks stupid but interesting to see - here- http://tinyurl.com/2dt73gj

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I agree "Horned One" the alien inherits the hosts traits

    by cgih8r

    I thought that was an accepted fact. I like the skull, the alien needs eyes.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    The DOME was removed prior to this shot, NOT the skull you idiot

    by JediTray

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    idiots!

    by JediTray

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Karl_Kolchack and Turd

    by Chief_Red_Crow

    I know about Alien Harvest, too, but these are new reports from sites that also reported on Alien Harvest. There's also the whole cease-and-desist order coming down from Fox. Seems that some elements, at least, have remained present through the different polishes. Oh, and who's to say that the gay scene would be anything more than suggested, let alone graphic? Even if the flick ends up being 'R', which I'm willing to bet it will be, I don't think the scene will be central in any way. The film certainly won't "revolve around two gay main characters who shaft each other in graphic detail." Read the goddamn article, Turd. The main characters are the marines who encounter the Space Jockeys who happen to be holding two human males. Again, none of this sounds very compelling to me, but all indications are that this is information from a new version of the script that Ridley's prepping.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    Chief_Red_Crow

    by KarlKolchak

    Man, I hope you're wrong. That sounds really lame. That movie is gonna bomb.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Re: Skull/dome debate

    by lessthanmensa

    The dome has been removed, revealing the skull underneath. If anyone recalls from the original Alien action figure, there was indeed a skull inside the opaque headpiece.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    JediTray beat me to it

    by lessthanmensa

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    And Horgy, as well

    by lessthanmensa

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Hat trick!

    by lessthanmensa

    Cheers to all

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    ALIEN always had the skull.

    by DigitalBeachWar

    Anyone who really gives a shit about ALIEN would have seen countless production design illustrations by H.R. Giger. ALIEN has eye sockets because that's how H.R. fucking designed it.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Can we just all agree that there was a skull/dome combo

    by Bileranter

    and move on with our lives?

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Here.... This is a making of type deal.

    by DigitalBeachWar

    http://www.zen171398.zen.co.uk/Alien.html Notice all the skull and domes!

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Turd

    by Chief_Red_Crow

    Haha, I'd be surprised if they report it all. I mean, still nothing on this site about Hugh Jackman confirming Aronofsky for Wolverine 2. That's a big story. In any case, I haven't read "Harvest" myself, but did read some reviews and spoilers. In the draft that you read, was the buggery induced by mind-control from the Jockey's? This is allegedly the case in the script that Australian site got ahold of. Maybe you're right and it is just a case of them reading a six-month-old (or was it older?) script. That would be a huge failure of reporting by a number of sites, though. And I wonder why Fox would order them to take the info down if it was from a script that every film geek with internet access had read. Guess we'll find out in 2012. Seriously, though, AICN, Aronofsky!

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    imagine rounding a corner to see him just sitting there...

    by alienindisguise

    I like the skull way more than what we know the alien as looking like...the double mouth always struck me as cheesy more so than terrifying.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    I THOUGHT THAT WAS FROM ALIEN RESURRECTION AT FIRST

    by Meadowe

    which I aqtually like btw. perlman, Michael Wincott, Winona Ryder, and of course Sigourney Weaver all did pretty good with what they were given imo.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    The skull is lame.

    by TV's Frank

    Doesn't make biological sense. Why would the alien have eye and nose holes but to eyes or nose? Even if it picked up genes from the host that wouldn't make much sense. On an unrelated note, I always imagined that the aliens reproduced through an alternation of generations type cycle, like some plants. The facehuggers would be produced through sexual reproduction and would therefore be diploid, but the large alien form would be haploid. One thing that doesn't make sense though is how they are able to grow so quickly after leaving the host body without consuming massive amounts of food. Oh well.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    resurrection hybrid

    by TV's Frank

    By the way, I thought that the alien-human hybrid in Alien Resurrection was scary as fuck. The fact that it had expressive eyes made it all the more disturbing. The movie still sucked, though. Although that underwater scene was very intense, and that one chick was hot.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Alien is such a great film.

    by SoupBack

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    alien anthology blu-ray set

    by Billy_D_Williams

    that is all

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Would've made the Predalien make more sense...

    by jsarnold513

    If they'd showed the skull in the first couple of Alien movies, it would've at least established a principle for the Predalien with the four mandibles in AvP2. As it was, there was no indication that anything like this existed under the dome, or that "the dome" wasn't the alien's skull itself. I do think the Alien looks more menacing and, well, alien with the dome on, though.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Agreed

    by AugustusMacReady

    And that dude takin' a squat would kick a Predator's ass...mano a mano of course... the cheater.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    What bugged me

    by redshirt

    So, we see the chestburster, and then poof! it is full grown. We never saw the creature in various stages of it's growth. And how fast did it mature? In AVP it seemed to mature in a matter of minutes. I won't even get into how does it grow before it can even eat anything. where does the mass come from which allows it to grow? Whoops, I guess I did get into that.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Time's Up! Who won the submission contest?

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    I know my chances are slim, but I thought I found a couple pretty cool pics. When do we get the winners?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Freakin classic

    by disfigurehead

    Puts Aliens to shame. I love this movie

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Reminds me a little of a crystal skull from KOTCS

    by BenBraddock

    Now THAT was a horror movie!!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    The original is a great design

    by tomimt

    And I do believe, the skull is there the whole movie, the dome was just made darker and semi transparent.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    tomorrow's is the JC Penney portrait from CHRISTMAS VACATION?

    by Tigger Tales

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    "It's Kane's son".....

    by SubliminalJones

    ..as Ash intones gravely in the film. Although it's not hammered home in the film as a major plot point, the impression that the alien is imbued with human DNA and characteristics is there. The skull is indeed somewhat visible in several shots throughout the film.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    LOL

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    That's gotta be the funniest BTS pic I've ever seen... :-D

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    A skull but no eyes or nose. Sigh. No.

    by A G

    That wouldn't make sense at all, if anything, an effective parasite would take the best elements. I suppose it's creepy that a human skull ends up on the end of it though. Like something from The Thing.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Could everybody just chill -

    by Ghostball

    there aint gonna be no mano-o-mano rumpy pumpy, or any other kind of full-on ugly-bumping as long as Scott's at the helm. I love Cronenberg, but Scott knows he knows what we, the audience, want out of this prequel sumbitch even more than we do - and he knows what the fuck we defintely DON'T want to see. He knows this movie's gonna need immersion; suffocating, fuck-me-someone-please-wake-me-up-horror; no visible skull with eye sockets(for crying out loud - Ressurection anyone?); NO hybridisation... maybe not too much "action" in the first of the two-parter, but then crank up the guns and ammo with some NON-12 year-old looking marines getting their asses handed to them left and right (the Xenos, if they feature, should be impervious to virtually all weapons, as implied in the first movie). <p>PG-13 isn't exactly gonna be conucive to total balls-to-the-wall visceral bioshocks, but I don't think gore is what the mystery of the Space Jockey particularly alludes to. I think we're looking at some real twisted conspiracy, Ancient Astronaut, colonising-of-primeval Earth scenario. Maybe even kick-starting the evolution of nascent new lifeforms across the universe toward sentience - or at least new levels of badassery (not that I'm comparing sentience to badassery). A plot to establish some kind of Universal technocracy, enforced through a hrode of biological monstrocities (maybe Weyland-Yutani, in the ultimate scheme of things, are even - ulp - the GOOD guys...?! <P>... maybe... MAYBE there might even be a new creature design that'll make the Xenomorph species look like Barney, although it isn't gonna be thought up by the like of your average concept-art nerd - we need Giger at the drawing board on this, and for the production team to pay the fuck attention, while he's still young enough to remember which way up to hold a paintbrush. This could be the ANTI-Avatar, where the condescending "white man coming to save the spiritually-enlightened but dopey natives" wish-fulfilment is turned on its head, the overpoweringly predictable becoming the unexpected and unprecedented. Ridley... knock it out of the park, mate - we need this.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    I Recently Had To Admit To Myself That ALIEN > ALIENS

    by LaserPants

    But I still LOVE ALIENS. Either way, the prequel sounds unbelievably stupid, pointless, and creatively bankrupt.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Its a shame...

    by daglesj

    ...that subsequent revisions of the alien design have made it less and less scary. The details on that outfit just add to the creepyness. The CGI versions just look too slick and smooth. Oh and the skull is good!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Horned One

    by PTSDPete

    I think it was a cow.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Cameron's Aliens=no skull, right?

    by Monolith_Jones

    Wasn't the idea that Scott's Alien wasn't full matured, hence the semi-visible skull?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Alien Harvest script

    by Monolith_Jones

    The main guys are forced to have sex but one of them happens to be gay. After that they have conesnsual sex. I believe one of them may be an android. The xenos are ant like creatures. It's not very dramatic, it seems more like a character piece about these two gay farmers.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Alien and Aliens are two movies belonging in two

    by KilliK

    completely different genres.its like apples and oranges.pussy and tits.you like them both,but they are not the same.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    and whoever thinks that the prequels are going to be

    by KilliK

    masterpieces,he should be prepared for a big disappointment.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    And why is that?

    by Astronut

    You don't know that for a fact. The prequels could end up being amazing.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I agree with the "different genre"

    by Astronut

    thing. I've been saying that for years.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Not to nitpick

    by Abominable Snowcone

    but it was the facehugger that had a "wonderful defense mechanism," according to Ash.<p> I mean, sure, so does the Alien, but he was talking about the facehugger. Alien kicks ass. Ridley Scott got that right.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Self-correction

    by Abominable Snowcone

    It was Parker who said it, and yeah it was about the alien after the acidic blood drips through the medlab floor. My bad. Proceed.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    to be even more nitpicky

    by vin_diggler

    the facehugger may have been the only creature to have acid for blood. We never saw the full grown alien bleed so it might not have been acidic. It wasn't until Aliens that we saw the blood burn humans. Just something to ponder.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    AGREED, Snowcone.

    by Astronut

    Ridley got it right. It is, at least for me, the closest thing to perfection in sci-fi film ever. The vibe, the weathered "authentic" look of everything, the tension, the sense of wonder and fascination, the dialog, the acting, the plot, the score....... jesus. Just everything.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Dude, full-grown aliens DID bleed acid

    by Astronut

    Remember in Aliens when they were rolling away in the tank and they shot it point blank in the face... the acid sprayed and it started burning through the dude's vest. Right?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    that's what I was trying to say Astronut

    by vin_diggler

    In Aliens they showed us that the full grown Aliens bleed acid as well. But before Aliens came out, it was up in the air as to whether or not the full grown alien had acid for blood.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Re: dialog about facehugger blood...

    by Astronut

    As he was talking to Ripley, Ash did explain about the poly-silicones and other details. He also said that, bottom line, the facehugger was tough and that the biology was bad ass "...making him one tough little son of a bitch."

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Vin Dig

    by Astronut

    Right. Gotcha.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Right Does anyone read post's that aren't abusive

    by UGG

    I tried to answer the skull questions in a more civil manner than most others above, but obviously people only read posts with the words fucker cunt shit stabbers in.<p> Second, that prequal plot point sound's like it could go either way. And that's most likely why none of you cunt's are filmakers. <p> Why is everyone so scared about the gay thing? The Space Jockeys are Aliens, they will do Alien thing's, I'd prefer if they made them try and fuck each others nostrils or something, because it would be nut's. That's the only way to go in sci fi now. Bug Fucking Nut's. Has no one here read an Iain M Banks book? Now if it's a major theme of the movie it probably will be shit, but it could be something merely alluded to as they enter the ship. <p> Now as someone pointed out, look what happens when a fanboys makes these movies, AvP's and Predators, let's just wait until somethings been filmed, and we at least have a teaser to judge or something guy's.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Be honest

    by Astronut

    Have you ever seen anything, and I mean ANYTHING, that looked more authentic/chilling/amazing/fucking REAL than when the camera zoomed in on the facehugger's tail tightening around Kain's throat when he was laying on that table in the lab? To this day, I have not seen anything more real-looking in sci-fi. I'm serious.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    the tail is an awsome shot

    by vin_diggler

    I also think they did a nice job of showing the pod opening up when he breaks the fog line. its a small detail but very well done.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Hmm, Looks like the Alien is pondering on how lame..

    by Stalkeye

    ..the script for Alien 3 is.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    The Alien is also depressed about

    by Astronut

    the fact that spammers leave filthy shoes and apparels posts.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Right, Vin

    by Astronut

    The egg opening is amazing. I think my favorite moment in the orig film (and I've seen it probably 50, 60 times) is when the three space suits reach the top of the platform and see the mammoth Space Jockey in its chair. For me, the sound/music with its tick-tock echo thing going off as they witness this giant "thing" is mind altering. To this day.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Viz Comic Joke

    by Mutley26

    That pic puts me in mind of and old 'Letterbocks' gag featured in the U.K 'Viz' comic: Imagine my surprise the other day when I went around to my neighbours to warn them of the kangaroo in their garden, just to be told it was their greyhound taking a shit...

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    The Argon Laser was provided by The Who

    by UGG

    who were rehersing next door, if I remember correctly. The scariest scene, even including all the Alien scenes for me as a kid was Ash's breakdown. His look as he roles up the mag, chilled me as a kid, I couldn't wait to see the monster but that was always the bit I would cower.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    why does the egg open in the first place?

    by Monolith_Jones

    Does it sense someone approaching?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    although they don't explain how it works

    by vin_diggler

    the line of fog covering the eggs seems to be the triggering system. when something disrupts the fog, it makes the pod aware of a host being present.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Aliens sort of ruined Alien

    by reagon

    I loved Aliens as much as anyone, especially since I was too young to really understand Alien. But I now realize that Ridley Scott's movie is best when viewed alone with no other later mythology tacked on. Cameron's movie turned the creature into a bad guy - like Nazi's in an Indiana Jones movie. In Alien, we understood very little about this thing and what it wanted and how it was going to kill us. Everything about that movie made you feel lost and scared.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    The Argon Laser was the trigger

    by UGG

    Doesn't it make a little sound when he breaks the beam? I can't remember.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Reagon

    by Ghostball

    ...which is exactly what I'm hoping Scott will capitalize on with the prequels. Certainly his own musings on what we can expect lead me to feel he's back on the right wavelength...

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Scary

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    It's a frightening image, I daresay

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I'm glad they removed the skull.

    by Sailor Rip

    The fact that the alien has no eyes is one of its most frightening features.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Everything that was good about the Alien, then.

    by Keith Maniac

    The Alien itself has been steadily ruined over the course of the sequels. All the things which make it truly "Alien", the tubes on its back, the dome, these things which are inexplicable to us but make perfect sense in whatever enviroment the Alien comes from, are what made it so good in the first place. The argument always being on every behind the scenes thing i've seen "we cant explain or justify those things", THATS THE FUCKING POINT, ITS A FUCKING ALIEN, THE FACT YOU CANT EXPLAIN THOSE THINGS IS WHAT MAKES IT ALIEN to us ! heres the point and heres you, see how much you missed it by ?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Keith Maniac, so true

    by Astronut

    Never gave it much thought but damn. You're right.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    MadEyeMongo

    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer

    "If you accept that the thing was a "perfect organism" that was inherently adaptable to any environment (survives vacuum, acid for blood, etc.), why risk getting inferior genes from a host that you're only looking to gestate in? Makes no sense" IT'S A F*CKING MOVIE.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Alien > Aliens > Alien 3 > The rest

    by donkey_lasher

    I hope Scott brings us some new creepy weirdness with this prequel. <p> The Hive and Queen thing has been done to death since.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Donkey

    by Abominable Snowcone

    My sentiments ezzactly

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    awesome pic

    by FleshMachine

    yep

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Gotta shit mask

    by Abominable Snowcone

    There, I said it.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    reagon

    by Stalkeye

    on the contrare, it was Ridley's Alien who made it more than obvious that the creature is a bad guy moreso than cameron's take.remember what the creature did to poor ol' Lambert?<p>Now THAT was beyond just plain "bad" .

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Stalkeye is correct

    by KilliK

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Stalkeye

    by fitzcarraldo2

    I don't see how the Alien is necessarily "bad", it's just doing what it does to survive, as we would. Humans kill, dissect, eat, screw animals and we will do the same to any aliens we encounter if we get the chance. Its sexual curiousity about Lambert is the creepiest aspect for me. That horrifying gurgling scream we hear over the intercom haunts my dreams. The fact that everything is not spelled out for us makes this so effective, and Scott will dispel that magic with the new films.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    No Eyes on the Alien? Really?

    by ProfGriffin

    Wait a minute...the skull underneath is a simple leftover of it using a human host to gestate. This is established, but even as a 10-year old back in 1979 I knew the Alien had eyes. The Kenner toy was a great thing to have, because you could REALLY study it. The Alien's actual eyes are on the sides of it's head... I'll admit to not being an Alie 'expert' but I always thought the eyes were on the side of it's head.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Turd is spot on

    by UGG

    That's what I was trying to say earlier but you said it much better. <p>I could swear I heard this quote about the Alien of Ridley or Giger or someone connected, "You never knew if it was going to eat you or fuck you" I mean it's head basically shaped like a giant penis. <p> Now imagine if a better filmaker had made AvP2 and the hospital scene which in Ridley's hand's may have been shocking, disturbing, and horrific, something to remember. Hopefully Ridley will give us something for this new generation to be disturbed by, and sexual violence, seem's to be one of the only truly shocking things left in the world. Now that I can watch beheading's, murder, and horrific war crimes 3 clicks from Google. <p>I just hope it's not a PG13, because all the sexual/reproductive terror of the alien will not be there.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    geez...are you fuckers dense...bats don't have eyes...

    by moosetutters

    and they can catch flying insects in the dark, - so lets imagine that the aliense head, contains all kinds of ultra-organically sophisticated sensors - echo-location, ultrasound whatever.. moving on... Ridley, if you're reading this...I'm trusting on you for this, don't listen to half these wankers...I know you're gonna trump the first one, a new alien, well there has to be a new one, right, we need to see something entirely different, but somehow related, - oh, and the space jockey will only be a small cameo, right? and you're going to explore an entirely different look, because the one we know has already been done over and over to death... get Moebius on the payroll...and i know you'll trump the chestburster scene, .... this is obvious if you ask me, Ridley would not taint the legacy of his (arguably) best movie, unless (1) he has a better alien up his sleeve (2) there'll be more shocks and disturbing stuff (3) a really amazing and plausible script, he's Ridley fucking Scott

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    eyes

    by fitzcarraldo2

    It was using other senses located at the front of its head? Sonar, radar, electromagnetic sensing, whatever.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    btw i'm not sure Giger is still useful...

    by moosetutters

    ...after seeing the designs he did for Species....but,...its his baby.. in the absence of anyone else...maybe Wayne Barlowe.....his hell pictures are freaky as fuck

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Fitzcarraldo2

    by Stalkeye

    OK, The killing and ingestion of another species is understandable especially for a Monster i.e. the Alien, however that rape scene was a new low complete with Lambert's scream and the Alien "getting off" infuriated me, so imagine what would have happened if one of those bastards would have done with not just Ripley, but newt.The Aliens have no sense of honor (unlike Predators) or conscience ergo they cannot be compared to Humans.Human beings that would screw an Animal are few and far between. (I hope.)And for all I know, lambert's rape was a pregenitor for stuff like Humanoids from the deep to Urotsukidoji. (legend of the overfiend.)And the main reason why I loathed AVP2, had to be that horrific scene in which the alien was inside a nursery full of helpless babies.Fuck, that was just bad teaste but the director of that film made it more than obvious that the Alien species are fucking evil.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    come to think of it...

    by moosetutters

    ..RS gave us a scene of someone eating their own brain in Hannibal, so i can imagine he could go further, giving us a full on Alien rape scene, maybe like a preying mantis, i.e the male partner is consumed head first while delivering sperm... -I would bet Ridley has been gathering lots of juicy scenarios all these years just in case he felt duty bound to return to the franchise

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    THEY DIDN'T REMOVE THE SKULL- OK

    by EliteStance

    Jesus why does that keep getting posted? Read you idiots. The skull was there the whole time. That's the suit from the film. The skull was hidden under a partly see-through dome to make it something you half sensed and make the creature more unsettling. Okay, clear enough. The skull was always there, this shot simply shows the costume with the dome gone so the skull can be clearly seen. Also, nice pic.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Stalkeye

    by fitzcarraldo2

    Yeah, different films, different directors though. Scott left a lot ambiguous. Is the Alien sentient? Does it rape Lambert? Where did it come from? etc. I don't think the original is anymore eveil than a lion is evil to antelope. The hospital scene in AVP: Rectum was just vile bad taste I agree. I prefer to think that film never happened.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Wow. I've never seen it without its hat on.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    moosetutters - Bats do have eyes

    by ObiBen

    What the hell are you talking about?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    gay anal rape IN 3D.

    by KilliK

    also paper tissues will be given with the 3D glasses in the cinemas.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Killik - You're a tool...

    by Mennen

    ... who snuck onto the internet to post garbage.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Re:Adult alien having acid blood....

    by Rameses

    The adult does spray blood when Ripley fires the grappling hook/speargun weapon into it.Interestingly it doesn't seem to cause any damage around the lifeboats door/flooring.The acid blood idea was invented to explain why Ash or Dallas didn't just cut all the face huggers fingers off , to free Kane.So apparently only the facehugger had acid{thats how it cut thru Kanes space helmet} But...a scene was scripted that had the adult aliens arm or tail trapped in an airlock door and the resulting acid damage caused a decrompression that kills Lambert.Money problems forced that scene to be cut.In light of that Ridley's adult bled acid as well.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Re:Skulls on Aliens creatures...

    by Rameses

    Right up until late in production , the creatures in aliens were going to have the skull and clear dome, But James Cameron , worried about how fragile the domes were and likeing the added detail on the cranium , decided to leave it off.All the Winstone studios scultor did was sculpt/fill in the eye sockets and nostrils

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Bill Paxton & Lance Henriksen

    by KGB3317

    are the only two actors that have been "killed" by a Terminator, a Predator, & an Alien. now that's cool!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    there were a few pictures of the alien from 3

    by mynamesdan

    with it's dome duct-taped on.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    The Skull and Aliens using host's DNA

    by lv_426

    Sans the eye and nose sockets, I actually prefer the non-domed alien heads. If they would have just filled in the empty eye and nose cavities, I think the above picture could have been the final design of the alien in the first film. For some reason, the non dome seems more advantageous for a predatory creature like the alien. The dome just seems like something that would reflect light or blend in less successfully with the surroundings.<P>Plus, from a design standpoint, besides the big black eyes, it looks closer to Giger's Biomechanoid painting that Ridley Scott choose for the basis of the design in the first place.<P>As for the aliens using the host's DNA, I like that concept. It makes sense and allows for a massive variety of variations on the creature to be used in future films. That is something I think they haven't even begun to take advantage of in terms of doing an Earth War film. Think of all the different alien types that could be birthed by using different terrestrial animals as hosts. To me, this is a huge waste of potential for the sometimes excellent, sometimes infuriating alien films.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    The Alien raping Lambert? Are you guys serious?

    by lv_426

    That was merely implied by the imagery - the tail going up between her legs. It could very well just be the creature using its tail to secure its prey.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Some more thouguths on the DOME ALIEN head

    by lv_426

    Someone mentioned that maybe the dome is something that sheds or falls off after the alien fully matures. I think that works. So the creature in the first film didn't last long enough to shed its dome, while the ones in the second film were around a lot longer, thus no domed heads.<P>Also, the alien in Alien 3 was originally birthed from an ox. I always thought that the bigger the host, the bigger the alien would be. So if they are nearly seven feet tall if birthed from a normal sized human host (5-6 ft. tall), then would an ox or horse alien be quite large. Jeez, image a freaking horse alien? You'd never outrun that thing, and it would be huge.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    The Alien "skull" explained...

    by vettebro

    The alien takes on characteristics of it's host. A skull and humanoid appearance for human hosts, and a canine appearance as in Alien 3 when the host was a dog. Not hard to figure out if you use some imagination.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    KGB33

    by cgh123

    And they were both blood-thirsty vampires in "Near Dark." Legends!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    The Alien wasn't "getting off" with Lambert.

    by tritium

    Over the audio/com-link, Ripley hears Lambert's intial panicked pleas, then you here her terrified hyperventilation, followed by her final blood curdling scream.<p> The "huffing" breaths are Lamberts, not the friggin' Alien. You never hear the Alien during it's attack on Lambert<p>Jeez, how could anyone be confused on this issue????

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Keith Maniac...I agree about

    by tritium

    how the Alien creature has become "watered down" in the subsequent sequels<p>BTW, Cool Monty Python reference for your Username...are you from Guatemala :) ?<p>IMHO, James Cameron is mostly to blame for the "de-alienizing" the Alien. Effectively, he turned the Alien into a glorified insect...complete with a termite like life-cycle (e.g. the Queen and it's egg sac).<p>The original creature was a bio-mechanical organism that was uniquely "alien". Cameron turned them into killer bugs.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    That is a thing of beauty.

    by Psyclops

    30 years later and that damned creation can still scare the living shit out of me.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    The only sound the Alien makes

    by ObiBen

    is the one you make when the dentist puts the spit pump in your mouth. Funny some people think that Lambert's choked pleas and screams where the Alien's voice. I wonder if they mistoke the voice of the first swimmer for that of the great white in Jaws...

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    This TB is probably done...

    by SK229

    but can anyone point to another original looking creature in the last 20 years or so? If you go on deviantart and search alien... hell, if you GOOGLE alien and do an image search, all that comes back are a few generic shitty looking alien attempts and then SCORES of people's impressions of Giger's alien. It's like we had that alien and then nothing else since that even comes close. I love the Predator, but I don't think he comes anywhere near the vision of Giger... I call it a vision, because I don't know how else to explain something like that. Are there ANY other artists doing something a little 'off' or anywhere near as original as that was/still is?

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    It's odd seing an Alien taking a dump

    by orcus

    You would think the tail would be pointed in another direction

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    That is awesome.

    by moonlightdrive