8 Legs 1000 Eggs
Sigourney Weaver instantly became my hero.
Every detail of this world amazed me.
I appreciate the fourth one, the third ticked me off a little
but the first two are just out of this world.
The creepiest creature in the whole Alien Quadrilogy are those kin to arachnids, space horseshoe crab like brutes, the Facehugger.
The Facehugger was conceived by writers, Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett came up with ideas for the Facehugger when trying to find a plausible way for the Alien to get aboard the ship. Shusett thought of the idea of having one of the crew impregnated with the alien and the idea grew from there.
It all boiled down to “male rape” and “impregnation”.
There were three reasons why they chose Kane’s character to be attacked.
- They felt that it would have been a horror movie cliché to have a woman be the weakened victim aka damsel in distress.
- It would have been inappropriate for a woman to be the victim of such a symbolic rape.
- They liked the idea of reversing the gender roles and felt that it would make male viewers more uncomfortable.
In the original script the Facehugger was going to immediately decompose after it died, resulting in them turning into acid and thus eating away more of the ship. Which would have made them more dangerous dead than alive.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T WATCHED
THE FULL SERIES
In Alien³ Ripley is impregnated with a Queen embryo.
The Facehugger is a special one known as a Royal Facehugger or Super Facehugger. It’s said that this special Facehugger can impregnate twice. One would be the Queen while the other would be a normal Xenomorph which would act as a guard.
A Royal Facehugger was created for the film but was cut from the theatrical release. But you can find it in the extended Assembly Cut.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going back to the amc Alien marathon.
Thank you for Reading!