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Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror, Sci-Fi | 4 October 2019 (USA)
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The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's Alien - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Bijan Aalam Bijan Aalam ... Self
Tim Boxell Tim Boxell ... Self
Axelle Carolyn ... Self
Veronica Cartwright ... Self
Roger Christian ... Self
Roger Corman ... Self
Mickey Faerch ... Greek-speaking Furie
Henry Jenkins Henry Jenkins ... Self
William Linn ... Self
Ben Mankiewicz ... Self
Adam Egypt Mortimer Adam Egypt Mortimer ... Self
Shannon Muchow ... Clytemnestra (voice)
Diane O'Bannon Diane O'Bannon ... Self
Rhoda Pell ... Furies
Ivor Powell ... Self
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The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's Alien - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. Giger. A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious. Written by Production

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Before Alien, there was Starbeast. Before Starbeast, there was... Memory.


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Purchased by fan owned entertainment company, Legion M, at Sundance Film Festival in 2019. It's the first time a film has been chosen using the Legion M exclusive program, Film Scout. See more »

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References Alien (1979) See more »

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Nice insight into the creation of Alien. Only suited for Alien fans and even I (true Alien fan) got bored by the many talking heads....
8 May 2020 | by imseegSee all my reviews

A documentary about a classic science fiction movie, which I personally judge as one of the best ever. This documentary is rather interesting, because it depicts how Alien got created from the very beginning. Lots of fun facts, lots of interesting ideas, but unfortunately also a lot of talking heads, who didnt have anything to do with the actual creation of the film themselves. From the actual creators (Giger, Bannon, Scott) we only get to see a few archive footage scenes and short interviews, which is rather disappointing.

There is also too much emphasis on the special effects the last half hour. AS IF the classic movie Alien only got famous for the chest bursting scene. What is firstmost the attraction and thrill of Alien is that we DO NOT get to see the Alien very often at all. It's the continuous suspense (without seeing the alien) that makes Alien such a thrill to watch.

This documentary is NOT interesting for the casual viewer, who has never before seen the classic Alien (1979). Better watch the brilliant movie "Alien" instead of watching this unfulfilling documentary about it...


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4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,704, 6 October 2019

Gross USA:

$31,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,272
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