Drawlloween Day 8 : “This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”

8 Legs 1000 Eggs

I started watching hardcore horror films when I was in High School…and when I say hardcore let me clarify that I was watching more classic horror.
Poltergeist, The Exorcist and Alien.

Alien really opened my eyes to a whole different world.
I immediately got my hands on the other three films,
Aliens, Alien³ and Alien: Resurrection.

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.

Facehuggers are the second stage of a Xenomorph’s life cycle.
Having been hatched from a Ovomorph (egg) which the Queen has laid,
and from there it grows into a Chestburster to Xenomorph.

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.

  1. They felt that it would have been a horror movie cliché to have a woman be the weakened victim aka damsel in distress.

  2. It would have been inappropriate for a woman to be the victim of such a symbolic rape.
  3. 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.

SPOILERS AHEAD
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!

Don’t forget to Check out my Facehugger

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