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The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien' (2003)

This made-for-DVD documentary treats horror and science fiction film fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Alien, the terrifying classic about a spaceship crew trapped with a ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Bolaji Badejo ... Self (archive footage)
Martin Bower Martin Bower ... Self
Gordon Carroll Gordon Carroll ... Self
Veronica Cartwright ... Self
Roger Christian ... Self
Ron Cobb Ron Cobb ... Self
Jon Finch ... Self (archive footage)
H.R. Giger ... Self
David Giler ... Self
Jerry Goldsmith ... Self
Ian Holm ... Ash / Self (archive footage)
John Hurt ... Self
Brian Johnson ... Self
Yaphet Kotto ... Parker / Self (archive footage)
Alan Ladd Jr. ... Self
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This made-for-DVD documentary treats horror and science fiction film fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Alien, the terrifying classic about a spaceship crew trapped with a hideous monster that's hunting them one by one. Features interviews with director Ridley Scott and master designer H.R. Giger, as well as with star Sigourney Weaver and other members of the cast and crew, who share their experiences from working on the project and discuss the special efforts that went into bringing it all together. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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This feature-length documentary is featured in the DVD set 'The Alien Quadrilogy' and on the 2-disc edition of Alien (1979). See more »

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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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The Beast Within The Making of Alien: Actually manages to make the film look worse
3 April 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

I think Alien (1979) is overrated, there I said it. So good to get that off my chest.

Though it spawned an outstanding sequel I find it underwhelming and therefore I went into this documentary prepared to be unimpressed.

I did however expect a better constructed making off film than this. Somehow, someway The Beast Within manages to be incredibly boring and make a cult movie look really quite poor.

Featuring interviews with most of the cast, a few sfx explanations and lots of background on the film these 3hrs really drag as it's almost as if they just don't have much to say about the movie.

Hurt & Weaver don't get much of a spotlight and Kotto is entirely absent. Most of the interviews are with those behind the camera, especially Giger & Ridley.

Not being a fan of the film it was at a disadvantage from the outset, but regardless I can recognise a poorly contructed documentary when I see one.

The Good:

Few decent interviews

Couple of interesting stories

The Bad:

Remarkably boring

Very little content considering the run time

Things I Learnt From This Documentary:

Giger always made me feel very deeply uncomfortable


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USA

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English

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2 December 2003 (USA) See more »

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Зверь внутри: Создание «Чужого» See more »

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