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Shots of the Alien inside the vents also did not feature Badejo, as he simply could not fit inside the restrictive set. Scott chose not to show the Alien in full through most of the film, showing only pieces of it while keeping most of its body in shadow in order to heighten the sense of terror and suspense. The audience could thus project their own fears into imagining what the rest of the creature might look like: "Every movement is going to be very slow, very graceful, and the Alien will alter shape so you never really know exactly what he looks like.
Roger Ebert has remarked that " Alien uses a tricky device to keep the alien fresh throughout the movie: It evolves the nature and appearance of the creature, so we never know quite what it looks like or what it can do The first time we get a good look at the alien, as it bursts from the chest of poor Kane John Hurt. It is unmistakably phallic in shape, and the critic Tim Dirks mentions its 'open, dripping vaginal mouth. Alien' s iconic opening titles, in which the letters of the word A L I E N gradually appear on the screen one piece at a time, was created by the graphic designers Richard Greenberg, who had created the distinctive "flypast" opening credits for Richard Donner's Superman the previous year.
The slowly-assembled title was in fact only intended to appear in the film's minimalistic teaser trailer, but Scott was so impressed with the design that he incorporated it into the opening credits of the film as well, while the simplistic typeface was utilized on virtually all of the movie's posters. Editing and post-production work on Alien took roughly twenty weeks to complete. Terry Rawlings served as editor, having previously worked with Scott on editing sound for The Duellists Scott and Rawlings edited much of the film to have a slow pace to build suspense for the more tense and frightening moments.
According to Rawlings, "I think the way we did get it right was by keeping it slow, funny enough, which is completely different from what they do today. And I think the slowness of it made the moments that you wanted people to be sort of scared And I think that's how it worked.
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One famous scene that was cut from the film occurred during Ripley's final escape from the Nostromo : she encounters Dallas and Brett who have been partially cocooned by the Alien. O'Bannon had intended the scene to indicate that the captured crew were be transformed into new Eggs by the Alien, thus completing the creature's life cycle. Production designer Michael Seymour later suggested that Dallas had "become sort of food for the alien creature", while Ivor Powell explained that, "Dallas is found in the ship as an egg, still alive.
Tom Skerritt remarked that, "The picture had to have that pace. Her trying to get the hell out of there, we're all rooting for her to get out of there, and for her to slow up and have a conversation with Dallas was not appropriate. An initial screening of Alien for 20th Century Fox representatives in St. Louis suffered from poor sound in the theater.
A subsequent screening in a newer theater in Dallas went significantly better, eliciting genuine fright from the audience. Two theatrical trailers were shown to the public.
The first consisted of rapidly changing still images set to some of Jerry Goldsmith 's electronic music from Logan's Run. The second, more famous trailer began with test footage of the Xenomorph Egg — in fact a decorated hen's egg — followed by silent clips of the movie set to haunting, alien "wailing" music, composed especially by Jonathan Elias. The music from this trailer has subsequently been used in other Alien media, including documentaries and the trailer for Prometheus.
The film was previewed in various American cities in the spring of and was promoted by the now-iconic tagline "In space no one can hear you scream". Alien opened in theaters on May 25, The film had no official premier in the United States, yet moviegoers lined up for blocks to see it at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood where a number of models, sets and props were displayed outside to promote it during its first run — religious zealots set fire to the model of the "space jockey", believing it to be the work of the devil.
Critical reaction to the film was initially mixed. Some critics who were not usually favorable towards science fiction, such as Barry Norman of the BBC's Film series, were positive about the film's merits.
A review by Time Out said the film was an "empty bag of tricks whose production values and expensive trickery cannot disguise imaginative poverty". Giger later commented that Alien was a third-rate film, and said that he was secretly glad that he didn't "get a fair mention in the screen credits. Alien has been released numerous times in multiple home video formats over the years. The first of these was a drastically edited seventeen-minute Super-8 version for home projectionists. Several VHS releases were subsequently sold both singly and as boxed sets. LaserDisc and Videodisc versions followed, including the Alien: Special Collectors Edition , which notably included deleted scenes and details on the making of the film.
To coincide with the release of Alien Resurrection in theaters in , Fox released the Alien Saga VHS box set, containing the first three films along with a bonus Making of Alien Resurrection cassette. A few months later the set was re-released with Alien Resurrection taking the place of the making-of video. Alien was released on DVD in , both singly and packaged with the other three films as The Alien Legacy , which additionally included a commentary track by Ridley Scott and a bonus DVD featuring an exclusive making-of, also titled The Alien Legacy.
The set was also released in a VHS version. On December 2, , Alien was released as part of the Alien Quadrilogy DVD box set, which featured both the theatrical release and a new alternate cut of each of the four films in the series, along with a host of bonus features. The Director's Cut of the film was specially created for the set, along with a new commentary track featuring many of the film's actors, writers, and production staff, and a feature-length documentary entitled The Beast Within: Making Alien.
Each film was also released separately as a stand-alone DVD, again featuring two versions of each movie. The Alien Quadrilogy set earned Alien a number of new awards and nominations. In , as part of the 40th anniversary of the film's original theatrical release, Alien will make its debut in 4K ultra high definition, both on 4K Blu-ray and as part of a limited theatrical re-release. A wide range of merchandise items were produced to coincide with Alien' s release.
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Adaptations of the movie included a novelization by Alan Dean Foster in both adult and "junior" versions , a coffee table photonovel produced by Avon Publications , and a comic strip adaptation of the film by Heavy Metal magazine entitled Alien: The Illustrated Story. Two behind-the-scenes books were released to accompany the film — the first, entitled The Book of Alien , contained many concept sketches and production photographs, as well as details on the making of the movie, while the second, Giger's Alien , focused on the design of the titular creature and the artwork of H.
Several tie-in magazines were also produced, including The Officially Authorized Magazine of the Movie Alien , which included a range of behind the scenes articles on the production, and two poster magazines from Paradise Press. Topps released a set of trading cards based on the film. A soundtrack album was also released on vinyl featuring selections of Goldsmith's score; a remixed version of the main theme was even released as a single in Heavy Metal also produced an Alien calendar for the year.
Kenner Products also produced an 18" Alien action figure , as well as a board game in which players raced to be first to reach the shuttle pod while Aliens roamed the Nostromo' s corridors and air shafts. Despite the popularity of the Kenner merchandise, the company recalled all of its products due to complaints from parents that the toys were "too scary" and criticism over selling children merchandise for an R-rated film. As a result, the 18" figure in particular has become an incredibly sought-after item.
Several computer games based on the film were released, but not until several years after its theatrical run. Alien had both an immediate and long-term impact on the science fiction and horror genres. Shortly after its debut, Dan O'Bannon was sued by another writer named Jack Hammer for allegedly plagiarising a script entitled Black Space. However, O'Bannon was able to prove that he had written his Alien script first.
In the wake of Alien' s success, a number of other filmmakers imitated or adapted some of its elements in their own movies, sometimes even copying its title. One of the first was The Alien Dead , which was renamed at the last minute to cash in on Alien' s popularity. Despite the altered title, the film still built on press coverage of Alien' s Chestburster scene by having many similar creatures, which originated from large, slimy eggs, bursting from characters' chests. An unauthorized Italian sequel to Alien , titled Alien 2: On Earth , was released in and included alien creatures which incubate inside human hosts.
Another unauthorized Italian-made sequel from the period, Bruno Mattei's Terminator II , included numerous aspects lifted from Alien and its sequel Aliens. Other notable science fiction films of the era that exploited elements of Alien include Inseminoid , Galaxy of Terror , Forbidden World , Xtro and Creature In the decades since its original release critics have analyzed and acknowledged Alien's roots in earlier works of fiction.
It has been noted as sharing thematic similarities with earlier science fiction films such as The Thing from Another World and It! The Terror from Beyond Space , as well as a kinship with other s horror films such as Jaws and Halloween Literary connections have also been suggested, including thematic comparisons to And Then There Were None Many critics have also suggested that the film derives in part from A.
O'Bannon, however, denies that this was a source of his inspiration for Alien' s story. Van Vogt actually initiated a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox over the similarities, but Fox settled out of court. Writer David McIntee has also noted similarities to the Doctor Who episode " The Ark in Space " , in which an insectoid queen alien lays larvae inside humans which later eat their way out, a life cycle inspired by that of the ichneumons wasp. He has also noted similarities between the first half of the film, particularly in early versions of the script, to H.
Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness , "not in storyline, but in dread-building mystery", and calls the finished film "the best Lovecraftian movie ever made, without being a Lovecraft adaptation", due to its similarities in tone and atmosphere to Lovecraft's works. Alien has continued to receive critical praise over the years, particularly for its realism and unique environment. Critical interest in the film was re-ignited in part by the theatrical release of the "Director's Cut" in In his "Great Movies" column that year, critic Roger Ebert ranked it among "the most influential of modern action pictures", praising its pacing, atmosphere, and settings:.
McIntee praises Alien as "possibly the definitive combination of horror thriller with [science fiction] trappings. Alien , on the other hand, focuses on the plight of people being attacked by a monster: "It's set on a spaceship in the future, but it's about people trying not to get eaten by a drooling monstrous animal.
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Worse, it's about them trying not to get raped by said drooling monstrous animal. Gorehounds like it for the chest-burster. Men love the battle-for-survival element, and women love not being cast as the helpless victim. It's a cynical '70s-leftist vision of the future in which none of the problems plaguing 20th century Earth—class divisions, capitalist exploitation, the subjugation of humanity to technology—have been improved in the slightest by mankind's forays into outer space.
In the American Film Institute ranked Alien as the seventh-best film in the science fiction genre as part of AFI's 10 Top 10, a CBS television special ranking the ten greatest movies in ten classic American film genres.
The ranks were based on a poll of over 1, film artists, critics, and historians, with Alien ranking just above Terminator 2: Judgment Day and just below Ridley Scott's other science fiction film Blade Runner The same year, Empire magazine ranked it thirty-third on its list of the five hundred greatest movies of all time, based on a poll of 10, readers, critics, and members of the film industry. Critics have also analyzed Alien' s sexual overtones.
Adrian Mackinder compares the facehugger's attack on Kane to a male rape and the chestburster scene to a form of violent birth, noting that the Alien's phallic head and method of killing the crew members add to the sexual imagery. Dan O'Bannon has argued that the scene is a metaphor for the male fear of penetration, and that the "oral invasion" of Kane by the facehugger functions as "payback" for the many horror films in which sexually vulnerable women are attacked by male monsters.