alienripoffThere’s no point in going into detail about just how great Alien was, and still is in the eyes of horror and sci-fi fans alike. With it’s stylistic direction, the feeling of loneliness in space, and the fear of the “perfect” being stalking it’s prey; it’s still pretty damn scary in it’s own right. But of course, among Alien‘s perfect and dynamic cast [Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, and Ian Holm – just to name a few] giving life to the script, it was none other than the late artist H.R. Giger, and his animal-humanoid monsters: the Xenomorph who gave Alien that edge: their design and their dripping world that the species calls home really struck a chord with audiences in the early 1980s.

After it’s release, Alien was a huge international success and would spawn three official sequels, a prequel [Prometheus], a sequel to the prequel [the upcoming Alien: Covenant], a ton of video game spinoffs, a comic book series, and even some double franchise features [see Alien Vs. Predator] It’s influence is literally everywhere and its reputation as one of the greatest dark fantasy movies ever made is well-earned and deserved! Of course, with great success comes rip-offs: exploiting what was selling well in Hollywood, and making their own “versions”; hoping to make some extra money off the unsuspecting movie-goer who accidentally walked into the wrong theater. Oh yes, there was many of these shameless Alien rip-offs running free in the ’80s, they were tasteless, strange, and most of all: cheesy.
Naturally, being a huge fan of the original Alien film[s], I took my cue from these copycats [some of which are on Netflix!] and have complied my top 05 Alien rip-off films, complete with their plot! Can you tell why these were considered Alien rip-offs? : ENJOY!

“A former astronaut helps a government agent track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.”
Fun Fact: this movie was sold as “Alien: Contamination” in the USA as a way to try and sell as part of the Ridley films!

“In the distant future, a federation marshal arrives at a research lab on a remote planet where a genetic experiment has gotten lose and begins feeding on the dwindling scientific group.”
You can’t tell me that the “mutant” in the poster isn’t a Xenomorph..

“A crew of scientists arrives on a far, cold planet to examine archaic artifacts of unknown origin. They discover that their German enemies already have a ship there. When they seek their help after a failed landing, they only find the Germans’ bodies, obviously slaughtered by one of the creatures. Now the alien is after them.”
Sound familiar? I swear I’ve seen this one before, maybe on late night television..

“A spacecraft travels to a distant planet to rescue the crew of another spaceship that crashed, but their own craft, damaged in the landing, needs repair. While one by one, rescue team members are killed in weird situations materialized from their own fears by an ancient alien pyramid.”
The movie’s poster even mentions Alien! Also, Robert Englund is in this film!

“Two campers in the New Jersey woods have their outdoor fun interrupted by the arrival of a meteorite crashing nearby. They go to investigate the crater, but are suddenly attacked and devoured by alien parasites who have hitched a ride to Earth.”
The aliens in The Deadly Spawn look like the Xenomorph‘s cousin or something..

As you can see from the list above, there has been many rip-off Alien films, and they still continue to be released to this day! While the above films aren’t necessarily “good”, I wouldn’t put them in the “bad” category either; they’re just obscure. The Directors of these films were trying to cash in on what was relevant at the time, and for that; I understand. It’s kind of like those “The Haunting Of..” films you see at HMV. There’s a ton of those, but people like haunting films; so they keep coming out with more. Same plot, different person being possessed. You have to give the above movies credit, they’ve definitely become “cult classic” cinema! [Some are even approved by Roger Corman!]

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[wrong XENOMORPH..]


FRIDAY FUN FACT: Alien [1979]

Taking a small turn away from strictly horror toward sci-fi, comes today’s FRIDAY FUN FACT. The movie in question revolves around the Nostromo: a cargo ship that receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. When the people on board the Nostromo start looking for survivors on the planet, they realize that they are in serious trouble. That’s right everyone, today we’re talking about a film that has sex, aliens, and Sigourney Weaver: Alien. Taking place in the future, Alien was a film that took the concept of monsters lurking in the shadows, and completely turned that idea on it’s head. It gave us a reason to be afraid of what could be in space, and in space – no one can hear you scream!

It even still ranks high on the list of genuine scares, [those Xenomorphs though] and rightfully so! Even after all the years since it’s release, the movie still holds up today. Not to mention Ripley, who is still a hardcore chick, being one of the most important female leads in a movie; let alone in a movie following Aliens – see what I did there? [because “Aliens” is the sequel to “Alien”.. just forget it!]

but did you know?

Remember how fucking scared you were when you’d just uncover your face, and see this face? If it helps you relax a little, it was actually shredded condoms that were used to create the tendons inside of the Xenomorph‘s ferocious jaw[s]. Weird, I know! Just goes to show a little goes a long way! [no pun intended? guys? you guys aren’t any fun!]

Another piece of trivia you may be unaware of is that during the hyper-sleep segment, Veronica Cartwright and Sigourney Weaver both had to wear white surgical tape over their nipples, because the director was worried they might offend certain countries. The scene I’m talking about can be seen below – just don’t expect to see nipples [if you want those, check out last week’s Friday Fun Fact!]

Probably one of [if not] the most recognizable scenes in the entire film is the famous chest bursting scene. But were you aware that Bravo‘s list of the 100 scariest movie moments [which was released in 2004] called the chest bursting scene the second scariest movie moment ever. [be sure to see the scene in all it’s glory here!] this last bit of trivia involves the director, Ridley Scott: In an interview, Scott had said that he wanted originally planned a much darker ending, which included having the alien bite off Ripley‘s head in the escape shuttle. After which the Alien would sit in her chair, and then start speaking with her voice to send a message to Earth. Apparently, 20th Century Fox was far from pleased with such an ending.. Too bad, cause that sounds insanely awesome. Sadly, it’s not even a deleted scene! talk about lame!

So what have we learned today? besides that Xenomorphs are fucking dangerous creatures, and that Ripley was supposed to be decapitated by the end of the film! Alien is a great film, and should be experienced at least once. It deserves it’s large fan base, even if it did become a sci-fi-circlejerk after a while. Oh well, I still circlejerk The Cabin In The Woods, so who am I to judge? Everyone has their preferences, right?

I don’t even care guys, Ripley is such a babe.