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  1. The Giger Monster

    This Alien first appeared in the movie Alien (1979). It was the first original design that made the Xenomorph famous. It has a skull located within its cranial carapace and stands above seven feet. It managed to devour most of the crew of the Nostromo save for Ellen Ripley. This Alien was revised and brought back in the film, Alien: Covenant (2017). It stands as a plantigrade creature and originally was birthed from Kane after he peered through an egg. The Giger Monster also goes by the name "Old Chap" for its history in the Alien franchise.

    The Queen

                     In Aliens (1986), the Queen was the Alien that laid eggs throughout the Hadley's Hope colony. It is yet to be confirmed how she got there, if a standard Alien molted or if a specific egg was needed, regardless it was through her that most of the colony was incubated. She managed to get on board the dropship piloted by Bishop when he was trying to rescue Newt, Hicks, and Ripley. The Queen Alien is the largest Alien, standing at about 10 to 12 feet tall, it towers above all the other Xenomorphs. She reappeared in Alien: Resurrection (1997).

    Dog Alien

    This Alien first appeared in the film, Alien 3 (1992), where it gestated within a dog (or cow depending if we go by the special edition of the film). It is smaller than the traditional Xenomorph and has a digitigrade structure. Sometimes called The Runner, it moves a lot faster than the traditional Xenomorph. This Alien hunted the prisoners found on Fiorina 161 and is said that it captured some of them for incubation based on some of the behind-the-scenes content found with the film. It was destroyed when it was poured in boiling lead and had cold water applied to it.

    The Newborn

                                  The special Alien that premiered in Alien: Resurrection (1997). This Alien looks unique when compared to the other Xenomorphs seen so far. It has a human-like facial structure and is colored in a very dirty ivory shade. It was not birthed through the traditional lifecycle but rather directly from an egg. It eventually turned on the Queen and killed it as it pursued Ripley and the survivors through the Auriga. It seems to have a special maternal bond with the cloned version of Ripley.

    The Deacon

    Considered a prototype of sorts, this Alien appeared in Prometheus (2012) in the final scene of the film. It emerged from an engineer after it was incubated by a prototype Facehugger. The Deacon does not possess an internal jaw but can eject its jaw outwards almost as if it was an internal jaw. This Alien is also a lot smaller than the previous Xenomorphs seen in films prior to Prometheus (2012). This could be based on the fact that it has yet to fully mature and grow into an adult stage Xenomorph.

    Old Chap (Revisited)

                   Engineered by David, this Alien made its debut in Alien: Covenant (2017). Ridley Scott's creature effects team used a combination of the digitigrade Alien along with the original Alien from Alien (1979). The Alien was made by David after using the accelerant on an assortment of wildlife. Unlike previous Chestbursters that take the form of a worm, we see Old Chap being birthed with its original body shape, albeit at the same size as a regular Chestburster. It is still yet to be confirmed if this Alien is a prototype that needs improvement in order to be like the Xenomorph from Alien (1979)
  2. Space

    Since the first Alien movie, the setting has always taken place in space either on a planet or in a spacecraft. The Xenomorph prefers confined and isolated space so that it may lurk through the shadows. In most of the films, we see that the atmosphere is immersed completely in darkness giving it an ominous vibe which captivates its audience. The first film took place both on the planet known as LV 246 and the spaceship called The Nostromo. In the Nostromo, the Alien successfully managed to eliminate most of the crew within 24 hours.

    Hadley's Hope (LV-246)

                   In Aliens (1986), the planet LV 246 is revisited by Ripley with a team of Colonial Space Marines. They arrive on a colony called Hadley's Hope where most of its inhabitants have gone missing. It is later revealed that the colonists have been completely cocooned inside a hive located below the colony itself. The Marines descend into the hive and engage in a battle with the Xenomorphs where most of their team is either killed or taken alive for incubation. The colony's atmospheric stabilizer becomes unstable and ends up exploding taking the hive with it. Fortunately, Ripley escapes along with Hicks, Newt, and Bishop.

    Fiorina "Fury" 161

    The planet that was seen on Alien 3 (1992) was a prison planet that hosted violent and religious criminals. Originally scripted to be a planet for monks, Fiorina is barren and mostly covered in industrial architecture. When Ripley's ship crashed on the planet, she brought with her an Alien that incubated a dog (a cow in the special edition). The prison planet lacks weapons forcing the prisoners to create an elaborate trap that caused an explosion killing a large sum of them off. It was on this planet where Ripley sacrifices herself to kill off the Alien Queen gestating inside her.

    USM Auriga

                   The Auriga was a research vessel that first appeared in Alien: Resurrection (1997). It was on this ship that Ripley was resurrected as a clone so that the Queen Alien could be extracted from her chest cavity. The ship is eventually infiltrated by space pirates that end up causing a distraction that allowed the Aliens to escape. The Auriga is a throwback to the Nostromo since it is within this film that we see Aliens back on a spacecraft. The Auriga contained a military crew which was ineffective in preventing the infestation. Eventually, the Auriga was set for self-destruction to prevent it from returning to Earth with the Aliens on board.


    A barren and hostile planet that first appeared in the film, Prometheus (2012). The planet was visited by an expeditionary team hired by Weyland Yutani. LV 223 contained a derelict spacecraft similar to the one found in Alien (1979). The derelict was found to be completely empty as most of its crew died from what seemed at first to be an unknown attack. Eventually, the expedition activates a DNA accelerant that causes mutations as seen with Fifield. It soon is revealed that the planet was being used for weapon testing, most likely for the accelerant. 

    Planet 4

                   This planet first appeared in the movie, Alien: Covenant (2017). It was the homeworld of the engineers before they had all been eliminated by David releasing the accelerant from a highjacked derelict spacecraft. Most of the architecture seems gothic and is populated with mutilated corpses from the accelerant attack. The crew of the Covenant land on it after receiving a distress signal from Shaw. Its environment is similar to Earth's in that it is rich with similar flora and possesses an atmosphere that contains oxygen. Its only inhabitants after the arrival of the Covenant was the android, David.
  3. Premier

    The Alien first came to the big screen on May 25th, 1979 in the movie Alien (1979)

    The film's budget was between $9-11 million. In its initial release in America, it grossed $78,900,000 while in the UK it grossed £7,886,000.  Collectively, the film grossed between $104,931,801 to $203,630,630 worldwide at the box office. The remaining amount came from the $24,000,000 to $122,700,000 that was made overseas 

    The critical reception for the movie started off mixed at the time with the execution of the film being said to have been fairly dry. Other critics not familiar with the Sci-Fi genre had said that they enjoyed the film. The film had been attributed as a Haunted House in Space by the famous critic, Roger Ebert.

    The film starred Sigourney Weaver along with a strong supporting cast of talented actors. Sigourney's character, Ellen Ripley, is a space officer for a supply ship that is transporting crude mineral resources. The ship responds to a distress signal that changed its course and inevitably wakes up its crew. Upon hearing the distress signal, the crew decides to visit the planet where it's coming from. Upon entrance, they see a large unknown spacecraft that seems to be abandoned and void of life. As they descend deeper into the corridors of the ship, one of them (Kane), sees a chamber full of eggs and goes further to inspect them. As he brings his head close to one of them, a Facehugger emerges and latches onto him. The expedition is cut short as the crew brings the infected astronaut onto the ship for medical assistance. 

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  4. Summary​​

    The "Alien" is a parasitic species of unknown origins. The Alien debuted in the film Alien (1979) and would return in the following films: Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) and Alien: Covenant (2017). A creature of a similar design makes a brief appearance in Prometheus (2012) as well.

    The Alien is best recognized for its complicated and surreal life-cycle as well as its intuitive predatory traits.

    The Alien design was created by the artist; H.R Giger, and was first introduced in the Necronom IV lithograph.


    Aliens are social creatures that bond together to form a sort of hive. It is shown in Aliens (1986), Alien Resurrection (1997) and Alien vs Predator (2004) that they have a collective mentality and that they receive directions from their queen. Their purpose is to protect their matriarch so that they can further propagate their species.
    One of the strongest characteristics of Alien is its life-cycle. The life cycle starts off with the egg. Usually, the egg is created either by egg morphing (first appeared in Alien 1979 director's cut) or by being laid by a Queen.

    An alien then begins life as a parasitic life form known as the Facehugger. The Facehugger emerges from an egg either optionally or when a possible host is within the vicinity of the egg. The Facehugger latches on to the face of its host and begins incubation. In Aliens vs Predator: Requiem(2007); it is shown that incubation could also be done orally through regurgitation of an adult alien to a host.

    Once a host is incubated, a larvae-like stage of the Alien known as the Chestburster ensues. The Chestburster gestates within its host, taking the time and nourishment it needs before it emerges violently from the host's chest cavity. Once it emerges, it roams independently searching for a safe area to proceed to transform to its next and final stage. 

    Aliens are said to adopt DNA from their host to help develop some of their appearances. This could be seen in Alien 3 (1992) where the alien has a quadrupedal stance and Aliens vs Predator: Requiem (2007) where the Alien has some characteristics associated with the Predator species. Sometimes they appear as either plantigrade or digitigrade as a result. The digitigrade design would follow from Alien 3 (1992) to Alien Resurrection (1997) despite the Alien being born from a human host. This discrepancy would be fixed in Alien vs Predator (2004) and the Slien would revert back to its plantigrade posture when born from a human host.

    Aliens have blade-tipped, barb-like tails powerful enough to puncture through living matter and lift a large amount of weight. The shape of the tail's tip was seen as fairly small in the first two films but the size increased from Alien 3 onward. In Alien: Resurrection and the Aliens vs Predator installments, the tails have a flat ridge of spines at the base of the blade.

    Their heads are elongated, almost cylindrical and lack eyes. In the original Alien film, however; top of the creature's head was translucent, with empty, human-looking eye sockets within. It is said that the head begins to develop more texture in time resulting in it appearing to have more ridges than the smooth looking carapace of the ones found in Alien (1979), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Alien vs. Predator (2004). Aliens also possess an inner set of jaws powerful enough to smash through thick material.

    Aliens have been shown to have different numbers of fingers throughout the crossovers and sequels. In Alien (1979), the fingers appear to be webbed with six digits. In Aliens (1986), the fingers would become longer and 2 digits would pair as one and the alien would now have a thumb making it have a total of three digits on each hand. In Alien: Resurrection (1997), the number of digits is increased to four, with a sort of "little finger" on the side of its hand and the two middle fingers being even longer than previously. This appearance is kept but made bulkier in the Aliens vs. Predator crossovers so that the alien can appear to be a match towards the Predator.

    Aliens have a highly potent acid for blood, capable of melting through a various amount of elements. However, this acid seems ineffective on certain weapons and armors possessed by Predators as well as other Aliens. They also have the ability to utilize this acid, as seen by the Facehugger trying to reach its host by melting through their astronaut helmet in Alien (1979); the Chestburster spitting into the face of a prisoner peering through an opening trying to catch a glimpse of it in Alien 3 (1992); and an adult alien using it as a projectile to fight back against an aggressive threat in Alien Resurrection (1997). They sometimes use their blood as a means of escaping confinement, this behavior is seen in Alien Resurrection (1997) when a couple of aliens kills one of their kin to escape the cell they are imprisoned in and in Alien vs Predator (2004) when the Queen directs its underlings to attack her so that it can bleed and melt the chains holding her in place.

    They also secrete a slime that is shown as a sort of foreshadowing to its appearance in the films and now serves as their staple. They also form a type of resin which they use to cocoon their hosts. This type of resin is also the same material that forms their hive.

    Their intelligence is also relatively higher than average when compared to animals in the metazoa. Capable of cutting power sources like in Aliens (1986) and being able to plan and identify their resources.
  5. Legend

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    Artwork Created By David Benzal