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Check out these early Xenomorph concepts for Ridley Scott’s Alien

27 April 2017 11:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The original Xenomorph in Ridley Scott’s Alien remains one of the most iconic monsters in movie history. Coming from the twisted mind of Swiss artist H.R. Giger, the Xenomorph was at once terrifying, and eerily familiar. However, what if the Xenomorph looked a bit… different. What if it was less H.R. Giger, and more David Cronenberg? What if it just looked plain ridiculous? Producer Walter Hill was recently on an episode of the podcast Wtf with Marc Maron, and he talks about then-Alien director Robert Aldrich’s original pitch for the look of the now-infamous Xenomorph:

“[Aldrich] said the movie will succeed or fail on the conception of the beast. He said, ‘we’ve gotta come up with something really unique.’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, just off the top of my head…. this may not be a good idea but… maybe we could get, like, an orangutan… »

- Jordan Jones

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‘Alien’ Evolution: Explore Every Stage in the Xenomorph’s Gruesome Life Cycle

25 April 2017 7:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Alien” and its many sequels and prequels have always been about transformation. The creature itself is constantly changing, as are those unfortunate enough to encounter it. As you celebrate Alien Day — celebrated on April 26 because the original film is set on the planet Lv-426 — take a moment to revisit the many forms Sigourney Weaver’s greatest screen partner has taken on in the nearly 40 years since H.R. Giger and Ridley Scott first introduced us to it.

The facehugger (“Alien”)

Our first exposure to the otherworldly creature known among fans as the xenomorph remains the most quietly unsettling. “It’s got a wonderful defense mechanism,” Parker (Yaphet Kotto) says after noticing the facehugger’s acidic blood: “You don’t dare kill it.”

Almost reminiscent of a scorpion in its appearance, the facehugger was initially intended by Giger to be larger and possess eyes; screenwriter Dan O’Bannon had imagined it as an octopus-like being with tentacles. »

- Michael Nordine

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