History NightmareFuel / Alien

15th Mar '16 1:13:35 AM quirkygenius
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** However, one detail adds disturbing subtext to [[spoiler:Lambert's death]]. [[spoiler: She]] is wearing thick-looking pants when the alien's tail [[spoiler:moves between her legs]], but when Ripley finds [[spoiler: her]] body, [[spoiler: she]] appears to be no longer wearing pants. FridgeHorror kicks in when you remember the filmakers stated the Alien is designed to be the embodiment of the fear of rape.

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** However, one detail adds a more disturbing subtext to [[spoiler:Lambert's death]]. [[spoiler: She]] is wearing thick-looking pants and boots when the alien's tail [[spoiler:moves alien's [[spoiler:tail is seen moving between her legs]], but when Ripley finds [[spoiler: her]] body, [[spoiler: she]] is barefoot and appears to be no longer wearing pants. FridgeHorror kicks in when you remember the filmakers filmmakers stated the Alien is designed to be the embodiment of the fear of rape.
15th Mar '16 1:09:19 AM quirkygenius
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** However, one detail adds disturbing subtext to [[spoiler:Lambert's death]]. [[spoiler: She]] is wearing thick-looking pants when the alien's tail [[spoiler:moves between her legs]], but when Ripley finds [[spoiler: her]] body, [[spoiler: she]] appears to be no longer wearing pants. FridgeHorror kicks in when you remember the filmakers stated the Alien is designed to be the embodiment of the fear of rape.
9th Feb '16 4:07:57 PM ErikModi
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* When Kane wakes up after the facehugger releases him, someone asks him what he remembers, and he says "Just some horrible dream about. . . smothering." ''He doesn't remember the facehugger grabbing him.'' A perfectly logical defense mechanism for the alien, preventing someone who's been grabbed from alerting others to their condition and threatening the embryo, but it also means [[ParanoiaFuel a person could be gestating an alien and have no idea until the pain starts.]]
23rd Dec '15 7:18:06 AM crazysamaritan
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* For some reason the Aliens never managed to stick with a specific sound effect for their squeals and screeches throughout the movies, but the voices they've had over the years have always been unnerving and their screams in the second movie were arguably the scariest and most well known. For context, there's a shot during the hive attack where we see Hicks shooting something off-screen, and a Xenomorph lets out a [[UncannyValley human-like]] [[HellIsThatNoise squeal.]] [[http://youtu.be/A7n3TFDF-mo?t=13s Listen here.]] Tellingly, their vocals in the second have been reused for most of their video game appearances and the second AVP movie.

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* For some reason the Aliens never managed to stick with a specific sound effect for their squeals and screeches throughout the movies, but the voices they've had over the years have always been unnerving and their screams in the second movie were arguably the scariest and most well known. For context, there's a shot during the hive attack where we see Hicks shooting something off-screen, and a Xenomorph lets out a [[UncannyValley human-like]] [[HellIsThatNoise squeal.]] squeal. [[http://youtu.be/A7n3TFDF-mo?t=13s Listen here.]] Tellingly, their vocals in the second have been reused for most of their video game appearances and the second AVP movie.
25th Nov '15 3:25:51 PM blackravenclaw
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**During the entire movie, Ripley manages to take nearly everything pretty well, including [[spoiler:fininding Parker and Lambert's mutilated corpses and finding Dallas and Brett half-transformed into eggs]], so seeing her lose her cool and almost break down while running through the Nostromo's claustrophobic hallways inspires a deep feeling of terror in one's heart.




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* As noted above, there are several times throughout the film where the Xenomorph is so well camouflaged that it can be placed right in the plain sight in the frame and still not be seen until a second viewing [[spoiler:like with Brett and Dallas's "death" scenes and the last jump scare in the escape pod]]. Even on a first watch, the audience eventually catches on to this, and it makes the dark, flashing corridors of the Nostromo even more terrifying: every single pipe, tube, or wall could be the Xenomorph.
29th Oct '15 5:17:09 PM KarMann
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* For some reason the Aliens never managed to stick with a specific sound effect for their squeals and screeches throughout the movies, but the voices they've had over the years have always been unnerving and their screams in the second movie were arguably the scariest and most well known. For context, there's a shot during the hive attack where we see Hicks shooting something offscreen, and a Xenomorph lets out a [[UncannyValley human-like]] [[HellIsThatNoise squeal.]] [[http://youtu.be/A7n3TFDF-mo?t=13s Listen here.]] Tellingly, their vocals in the second have been reused for most of their video game appearances and the second AVP movie.

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* For some reason the Aliens never managed to stick with a specific sound effect for their squeals and screeches throughout the movies, but the voices they've had over the years have always been unnerving and their screams in the second movie were arguably the scariest and most well known. For context, there's a shot during the hive attack where we see Hicks shooting something offscreen, off-screen, and a Xenomorph lets out a [[UncannyValley human-like]] [[HellIsThatNoise squeal.]] [[http://youtu.be/A7n3TFDF-mo?t=13s Listen here.]] Tellingly, their vocals in the second have been reused for most of their video game appearances and the second AVP movie.



* In-universe, Ellen Ripley herself... before and After she was cloned. Feared by both Aliens and some humans.

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* In-universe, Ellen Ripley herself... before and After after she was cloned. Feared by both Aliens and some humans.



** The absolute ''worst'' part, which is a lot more obvious in the director's cut, is that Kane doesn't immediately die once the Chestburster emerges. He's still moving and twitching even after its run off.

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** The absolute ''worst'' part, which is a lot more obvious in the director's cut, is that Kane doesn't immediately die once the Chestburster emerges. He's still moving and twitching even after its it's run off. off.



** Ron Cobb, one of the film's artists, sat down and saw the dailies for the chestburster scene. After sitting through the footage from all the cameras, he was so shook up that he tried leaving the studio in a car that not only wasn't his, but it wasn't even the ''same color!'' Not to mention that he was blankly stammering and mumbling the entire time.

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** Ron Cobb, one of the film's artists, sat down and saw the dailies for the chestburster scene. After sitting through the footage from all the cameras, he was so shook shaken up that he tried leaving the studio in a car that not only wasn't his, but it wasn't even the ''same color!'' Not to mention that he was blankly stammering and mumbling the entire time.



* The incredibly eerie exploration of the derelict spacecraft, including a strange alien skeleton in a chair, with no explanation of what the ship is or who it belonged to given.
* There is a long, slow scene of Brett looking for Jonesy, finding him in a room with water dripping from the ceiling and chains hanging from the vents. This is before the adult alien has been seen at all and audiences are expecting it to still be tiny. In one brief shot of the ceiling, the alien is fully seen hanging from the chain above Brett, but from it blending in with the scenery the audience does not even notice it. They only realize they were looking right at it on a second watch, [[spoiler:after it has lowered down to snatch Brett.]]
* The scene with Dallas in the air vents, featuring one of the biggest JumpScare moments in film history. Dallas appears to have climbed down a ladder to safety from the approaching alien, only [[spoiler:to turn around and find the alien ''right in front of him'', screeching and reaching out for him before the camera shorts out.]]
* The absolutely nightmarish scene of [[spoiler:Parker and Lambert's deaths, seeing Parker killed by the alien's "second mouth", and not even [[NothingIsScarier seeing]] what it did to Lambert (apart from moving its bladed tail [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything up between her legs]]), only hearing her anguished death cries over the radio.]]

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* The incredibly eerie exploration of the derelict spacecraft, including a strange alien skeleton in a chair, with no explanation of what the ship is or who to whom it belonged to given.
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* There is a long, slow scene of Brett looking for Jonesy, finding him in a room with water dripping from the ceiling and chains hanging from the vents. This is before the adult alien has been seen at all and audiences are expecting it to still be tiny. In one brief shot of the ceiling, the alien is fully seen hanging from the chain above Brett, but from it blending in with the scenery the audience does not even notice it. They only realize they were looking right at it on a second watch, [[spoiler:after it has lowered down to snatch Brett.]]
Brett]].
* The scene with Dallas in the air vents, featuring one of the biggest JumpScare moments in film history. Dallas appears to have climbed down a ladder to safety from the approaching alien, only [[spoiler:to turn around and find the alien ''right in front of him'', screeching and reaching out for him before the camera shorts out.]]
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* The absolutely nightmarish scene of [[spoiler:Parker and Lambert's deaths, seeing Parker killed by the alien's "second mouth", and not even [[NothingIsScarier seeing]] what it did to Lambert (apart from moving its bladed tail [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything up between her legs]]), only hearing her anguished death cries over the radio.]]radio]].



* The climax of the movie, following Ripley as she belines for the escape pod, is one of the most intense chase scenes in film history.

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* The climax of the movie, following Ripley as she belines beelines for the escape pod, is one of the most intense chase scenes in film history.



* In the director's cut of Alien, there is also the scene where Ripley finds [[spoiler:Dallas and Brett in the process of being changed into alien eggs.]] It is not only revolting, but it's also UncannyValley.

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* In the director's cut of Alien, there is also the scene where Ripley finds [[spoiler:Dallas and Brett in the process of being changed into alien eggs.]] eggs]]. It is not only revolting, but it's also UncannyValley.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGAHtWV7Ua8 The original trailer]] for the film is 120 seconds of condensed and highly efficient Nightmare Fuel. No bombastic score, no booming voiceovers, no star's names blasting onto the screen; just quick flashes of the most disturbing scenes in the movie punctuated with a rapid HeartbeatSoundtrack and the intermittent sound of a frighteningly inhuman wail before the iconic tagline appears:

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGAHtWV7Ua8 The original trailer]] for the film is 120 seconds of condensed and highly efficient Nightmare Fuel. No bombastic score, no booming voiceovers, no star's stars' names blasting onto the screen; just quick flashes of the most disturbing scenes in the movie punctuated with a rapid HeartbeatSoundtrack and the intermittent sound of a frighteningly inhuman wail before the iconic tagline appears:



* In 1984, Argus Press Software released an Alien game for the C64, Amstrad, and ZX Spectrum. The crew of the Nostromo, following the gory birth of the Alien, must track it down and either kill it or space it (or activate the self-destruct sequence and abandon ship). Naturally, trailing the Alien puts you at risk of an encounter that you are unlikely to survive. Oh, and the poor sod who gets a facehugger clamped to their face isn't always Kane, [[spoiler: nor is the traitorous android always Ash.]]

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* In 1984, Argus Press Software released an Alien game for the C64, Amstrad, and ZX Spectrum. The crew of the Nostromo, ''Nostromo'', following the gory birth of the Alien, must track it down and either kill it or space it (or activate the self-destruct sequence and abandon ship). Naturally, trailing the Alien puts you at risk of an encounter that you are unlikely to survive. Oh, and the poor sod who gets a facehugger clamped to their face isn't always Kane, [[spoiler: nor is the traitorous android always Ash.]]
Ash]].
4th Sep '15 6:39:03 PM RADIX
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* In 1984, Argus Press Software released an Alien game for the C64, Amstrad, and ZX Spectrum. The crew of the Nostromo, following the gory birth of the Alien, must track it down and either kill it or space it (or activate the self-destruct sequence and abandon ship). Naturally, trailing the Alien puts you at risk of an encounter that you are unlikely to survive. Oh, and the poor sod who gets a facehugger clamped to their face isn't always Kane, [[spoiler: nor is the traitorous android always Ash.]]
3rd Jul '15 8:16:54 AM chaochan
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** Something to keep in mind is the historical context of the film and its impact on the genre. Until ''Alien'', most extraterrestrial films were low-budget scifi or less serious in nature. This film combined horror with special effects in a way that was completely new to EVERYONE, whether cast member or audience viewer. With that thought, it's not hard to understand why everyone was so shaken up by it. It was literally unlike anything seem before.

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** Something to keep in mind is the historical context of the film and its impact on the genre. Until ''Alien'', most extraterrestrial films were low-budget scifi or less serious in nature. This film combined horror with special effects in a way that was completely new to EVERYONE, whether cast member or audience viewer. With that thought, it's It's not hard to understand why everyone was so shaken up by it. It was literally unlike anything seem seen before.
3rd Jul '15 8:15:44 AM chaochan
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**Something to keep in mind is the historical context of the film and its impact on the genre. Until ''Alien'', most extraterrestrial films were low-budget scifi or less serious in nature. This film combined horror with special effects in a way that was completely new to EVERYONE, whether cast member or audience viewer. With that thought, it's not hard to understand why everyone was so shaken up by it. It was literally unlike anything seem before.
6th Jun '15 11:54:23 PM Sullytofu
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* The climax of the movie, following Ripley as she belines for the escape pod, is one of the most intense chase scenes in film history.
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