Top 10 CRAZY Facts About the ALIEN MOVIE Franchise

Top 10 CRAZY Facts About the ALIEN MOVIE Franchise


Top 10 CRAZY Facts About the ALIEN MOVIE Franchise 10. The Pitch for Aliens Took About 8 Seconds Aliens is the sequel to Alien. An easy way to remember this is that there
are more aliens in the second Alien movie than there are in Alien. Are you following so far? Because we’re going to be saying the word
“Alien” a lot in this article and it’s not going to get any easier. Famously one of the few sequels thought to
surpass the original in most every single way, Aliens is one of James Cameron’s best
movies. But initially, nobody really wanted him to
direct it. Reasons ranged from Cameron being, at the
time, a young and unproven director (he’d just finished directing Terminator but it
hadn’t been released yet), and the fact Alien hadn’t made all that much money at
the box office. Not one to give up, Cameron arranged a meeting
with Fox executives to pitch his idea for a sequel anyway. According to people present that day, Cameron’s
pitch for the sequel was no more than a few seconds long and consisted of him walking
into the room, writing the word Alien on a big whiteboard, adding an “S” to the end…
and then drawing lines through it to turn it into a dollar sign. Without exchanging a word, the executives
greenlit the movie and awarded Cameron an $18 million budget. 9. Weyland-Yutani was Bought Out by Walmart Weyland- Yutani is the massive, monolithic
corporation behind much of the Alien franchise. Frequently mentioned in both the mainstream
films and the extended universe of comics and books, Weyland-Yutani is described as
being so ubiquitous in the future of the Alien universe it is said to own “pretty much
everything.” Which makes it kind of weird that at no point
is it ever mentioned in Alien: Resurrection, right? Sure, that movie is set a few hundred years
after the previous movie, but come on – Weyland-Yutani was a company that wrote off an entire planet
of workers dying from xenomorph bite wounds as a minor expense in one movie. A company that big wouldn’t just disappear. Well, according to a deleted scene in the
movie, Weyland-Yutani was still a thing up until a few decades before the film began,
at which point it was bought out by Walmart. While obviously intended as a joke, think
about what this means for a second. In the Alien universe, a company that, remember,
“OWNED EVERYTHING,” and invested billions into trying to weaponize face-raping aliens,
was bought out by the same place half the people reading this buy soda. 8. There are Giant 1,000 Year Old Aliens Somewhere
in the Universe The alien, or Xenomorph as it’s usually
described in expanded universe content, is a mysterious creature that, even with the
wealth of content available discussing it, we still know remarkably little about. For example, it is never established in any
piece of Alien media just how long the lifespan of a typical Xenomorph is, with some examples
of the species being capable of living for thousands of years. You see, Alien comics and books note that
there are levels of Xenomorph above that of the Queen aliens seen in the movies, with
the most powerful of them all being the Queen Mother. This Xenomorph is not only incredibly large,
being described as several hundred feet tall in one book, but also possesses nebulous psychic
powers. So as if being able to punch clean through
starship hulls, having acidic blood, and an indefinite lifespan isn’t bad enough, the
Xenomorph has a grandma with the ability to invade your dreams and make you poop your
pants, too. 7. Sigourney Weaver Really Performed That Basketball
Shot Moving back to the films for a moment, we
feel it’s important to mention the one redeeming feature of the cinematic turd that was Alien:
Resurrection. Sigourney Weaver actually nailed that overhead
basketball shot. According to those who were present on the
day, the director wanted to accomplish the shot with CGI. That annoyed Weaver, who’d been practicing
how to do it for real all day. After a brief argument, the pair came to a
compromise. Weaver would have six attempts to sink the
shot before the director would yell cut, and they’d just finish the scene with camera
trickery (this is why the shot is framed so you can’t see the ball throughout its entire
arc). Weaver agreed to these terms and nailed the
shot on, depending on which source you consult, her third or sixth attempt. Despite being fairly confident she could do
it, other members of the cast weren’t so sure. In fact if you watch the scene, you’ll notice
that it cuts away the second the ball goes in. This is because when Weaver made the basket,
every member of the cast (except Weaver) broke character to celebrate, which almost ruined
the take. Thankfully they were able to use it, and that’s
the shot that made it into the final film. 6. The Xenomorph Doesn’t Have Eyes, for a Fairly
Terrifying Reason The physical appearance of the Xenomorph varies
greatly throughout the films, a fact that is hand-waved away with a piece of dialogue
explaining that an individual Xenomorph will take on the physical characteristics of the
host it’s birthed from, due to its fluid genetic make-up. Xenomorphs birthed from human hosts in the
films vary in size and even have different numbers of fingers on each hand, if you look
closely enough. This is largely the result of different designers
taking artistic liberties with the original design from the first film by HR Giger. One thing that has remained consistent throughout
all Alien media, though, is that the Xenomorph doesn’t have eyes. Well, one specific Xenomorph does, but we’ll
talk about that in a minute. The reasoning why is fairly simple. Giger didn’t want anyone coming face to
face with the creature to be able to tell when it’s looking at them. The idea was the the Xenomorph would be more
unsettling to a viewer if, rather than looking at you, it just knew where you were… somehow. True to Giger’s original vision, while the
extended universe has revealed a lot about the Xenomorph species, how it observes its
surroundings is still a total mystery. 5. Ripley Died in the Original Ending to the
First Film Yep, according to director Ridley Scott, in
his first treatment of Alien the film’s climax was going to have Ellen Ripley getting
her head ripped off by the alien. That’s a move that would have killed the
entire franchise, and resulted in a complete lack of footage of Sigourney Weaver sinking
effortless three pointers from 25 feet away. In a rare example of corporate meddling to
sully artistic vision actually going right, Fox sent an executive to the studio the second
news of this ending reached them and told Scott to change it or he’d be fired on the
spot. He complied, and as a result, we got the Alien
movie we all know and love, including the now-classic climax up in the clip above, in
which Ripley takes down the xenomorph. Speaking of which… 4. The Alien From the First Movie Knows Tai Chi… Sort of The Xenomorph in Alien was famously portrayed
by a 6-foot-10 Nigerian student named Bolaji Badejo, who one of the production crew met
in a bar. Badejo was hired due to a combination of his
massive size and his almost unnaturally long limbs, which Giger praised as being perfect
to portray his creature. Despite having no background in film and no
apparent desire to be an actor (Alien was the only film he ever did), Badejo was committed
to being the best alien he could be. To this end, he deliberately distanced himself
from the crew so that his size would be more intimidating in costume, and he took tai chi
classes to help create the gliding, deliberate movements of the creature. So if you go back and watch any scenes from
that movie, you can ruin it for yourself by remembering that when the Xenomorph is waving
its hands around to be all scary, it’s actually just showing off its sick tai chi moves. 3. The Alien Only Has One Natural Predator, and
its Not the One You Think The Alien and Predator franchises have been
closely linked for many years now, and the two creatures have faced off in everything
from movies to board games. With this in mind, you’d think that if any
creature could consider itself to be the natural predator of the Xenomorph, it would be something
literally called the Predator. As it turns out, the Xenomorph has only one
known natural predator, and there’s probably a reason it’s never appeared in a film. It looks all kinds of stupid. Mentioned briefly in a single comic and said
to live on the supposed homeworld of the Xenomorph species, Xenomorph Prime, the only creature
in the entire Alien universe known to prey on the Xenomorph doesn’t even have a name,
only being identified by the admittedly a badass moniker of “Unnamed Predatory Species.” Roughly the same size as an adult Xenomorph,
with weird pinkish skin reminiscent of an old person’s elbows, the unnamed predators
are lizard-like in appearance and are seemingly immune to the acidic effect of Xenomorph blood,
allowing them to just bite their heads off like it isn’t a big deal. 2. The Newborn had a Big Ol’ Wang (at first) “The Newborn” is the canon name of the
god-awful Xenomorph-human hybrid seen at the climax of Alien: Resurrection. It looks stupid, every fan of the series hates
it, and it almost had a huge, pendulous dong swinging around between its legs. According to a documentary about the film’s
production, during the design process that created the Newborn, director Jean-Pierre
Jeunet insisted that it have both a penis and a vagina. The effects crew resisted against adding the
penis for as long as the could, but eventually gave in and crafted it right onto the animatronic
model. Thankfully, when Jeunet saw it he kind of
changed his mind about slapping a penis onto a creature that was already a giant penis
metaphor, famously saying “even for a Frenchman, it’s too much.” They then used CGI to remove the genitals,
a sentence we can’t believe we get to type without it being a joke. 1. Sigourney Weaver’s Audition to Play Ripley
was About 3 Seconds Long We started with a story about an amazing first
impression, so let’s end with one. Specifically, the one Sigourney Weaver made
on Ridley Scott when she auditioned to play the incredibly badass hero of the Alien franchise,
Ellen Ripley. Now, Sigourney Weaver is a tall woman, standing
just shy of 6-feet, with a particular fondness for high heels. According to Weaver, this fact often resulted
in her being passed over for roles early in her career when male co-stars reported feeling
uncomfortable standing next to her. Weaver, to her credit, has never let this
get her down and would frequently respond to requests to not be so tall early in her
career by sarcastically offering to paint her feet to look like shoes, if it was such
a big deal to the tiny baby man complaining about it. When Weaver went to audition for the role
of Ripley, she was similarly advised by well-meaning friends to not wear heels and dress conservatively,
so as to not intimidate the director with her womanly wiles and statuesque physique. Weaver responded by putting on the the tightest
pair of hotpants she could, a pair of thigh high leather boots with 3-inch heels, and
strutting straight into the audition. Ridley Scott took one look at Weaver and hired
her immediately because, to quote Weaver, “He’s a real secure guy” who didn’t
feel intimidated, or like less of a man because a woman was taller than him. When asked what she thought the director’s
first impression of her was in an interview, Weaver thought for a moment and simply responded,
“He loved it. I think he was quite impressed, really.” As anyone would be with a person having the
confidence to do that. Hell, we wouldn’t be surprised if that’s
how Michael Fassbender got his role in Prometheus.

74 thoughts on “Top 10 CRAZY Facts About the ALIEN MOVIE Franchise”

  1. All Alien 5 Supporters, there is a petition online now! Please sign and share the link wherever you can to show and tell Fox what we really wanted! A Sequel!!!
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    We want Alien 5 (Alien 3.2) with Ripley, Newt and Hicks!!!
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  2. Of all the "scary movies" I saw as a kid, Alien is the one that actually scared the bejesus out of me. The weird thing is I have never been able to pin down exactly why or what was so scary.

    Thank you for the great video, and happy 30th Predator anniversary!

  3. Technically the first Alien did have eyes…well, sockets anyway. You can just barely seem them through top of its head.

  4. 5:10 behind the skull capping they actually have eye sockets and therefor most likely eyeballs of some kind

  5. Why dose he dress smart and use a blue screen for this guff, but goes for Hawaiian Shirts in his office when talking about politics?

  6. The basketball shot where she actually nailed it wasnt used… because ron pearlman broke character and ruined that shot as soon as she got it. She was given a few chances though and the camera was at an angle where the slam dunk would have been visible. Think about it… why would they keep the camera at an angle that wouldnt show the ball actually going in if they gave her a few chances to try anyway. They would have kept the camera focused on the shot for those 6 tries and Then they would have lowered the camera so trickery could be implemented if the 6 shots failed. So… HA! Gotcha! I read about this years ago…

  7. aliens doesn't take place hundreds of years after the 1st only 57 so pleas get your facts straight before u make a too 10

  8. Wanna hear something cool, Newts stunt double in the film, Louise Head was my girlfriend (we were kids at the time). We are still in contact today, she ended up doing a few more movies and then becoming cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic.

  9. I am always reminded of my friend coming over after seeing the first ALIEN movie. He recreated it scene by scene in the backyard, waving his arms, making noises, screaming, until my mother came out to see who was being murdered! He actually did such a great job that I loved the film even before I saw it. Thanks, Alan Ganshaw!!! I'll never forget that!!

  10. Haha. I watched Alien last night and thought that it would have been appropriate/expected for Ripley to die. I love Aliens but it would have made Alien just that much more great. I mean, with what Ash said about the xenomorph it makes sense that it would have killed everyone..

    Cool video, guys.

  11. I loved the character of Hudson. R.I.P Bill Paxton. I'll see you every once in a while in "Aliens" and "Tombstone" re-watches.

  12. Simon Whistler and whoever did the research for this . . . THANK YOU for producing one of the few an accurate, informative and entertaining YouTube vids on the franchise! MORE!!!!!!

  13. after Prometheus (not to mention covenant) we know how was the alien created.
    witch clashes with alien vs predator that says aliens were a thing a long time before that

  14. Sigourney Weaver didn't audition for Ripley! The roles were switched right when shooting for the movie began.

  15. There's another natural predator of the aliens described in one of the books (wish I could remember which title) that was said to be something like a bat crossed with a dragon. It had a wingspan around 25 feet, would dive down from high above, spear a xenomorph with its tail, and climb back into the sky. It would drain the alien of its delicious juices (through its tail somehow) and either drop it or toss the body to another member of its flock.

  16. Another thing is that almost all android characters are named in alphabetical order: Ash, Bishop, Call, David, Elden (if you count the comics)…….and Warren.

  17. I heard Weaver was originally cast to play Lambert and Victoria Cartwright was hired to play Ripley. It wasn't until the last minute that Ridley Scott switched them. What have you heard about this?

  18. This is the nicеist movie i ever seе!!! I advise eveeeerybody to watch it 🙂 https://twitter.com/88acf5f1fa31266bf/status/872635600913932288

  19. thank you all for liking my slightly offensive post , I have never got so many likes before , thank you for being so polite

  20. I love tall girls! Mainly, I'm 6'4, so, any tall woman usually has never been with a man taller than her, gives me a distinct advantage. Also, I like not having to bend my knees, back, and neck, just to have a kiss (which goes both ways, naturally)

  21. The whole original design was from an artist who drew weird erotic art. Things with penises for heads and the like. That’s why their heads are shaped like they are.

  22. Maybe this is mentioned somewhere in the comments, you missed the truly batshit crazy ending Scott initially wanted for Alien. After the xeno bites off Ripley's head, the alien then goes on to record a Star Trek style log entry for the Narcissus' flight recorder in…wait for it…Ripley's voice. Just to be clear, this meant the xeno was technologically proficient, understood English, could construct some sort of coherent oral narrative, AND was an Oscar-worthy vocal mimic.

    I really wish I knew what sort of drug Scott was on at the time. Must've been incredible.

  23. it's not "FACTS" but farts of pimply lunatics, creating those wretched "extended universe" comics, which do not have anything to do with alien MOVIEs

  24. I thought Resurrection as well as Prometheus and Covenant were great. For those of you that make pop culture your entire reason for living and hate on movies that don't live up to your standards, I suggest you seek psychiatric help or get a hobby.

  25. I seem to remember, perhaps from something to do with the A v P games, that the xeno head was covered in light and pressure sensing cells, giving them a sort of Daredevil radar sense. Or maybe I just made that up…

  26. Alien was on TV whilst I was being born (ironically a c section too). She remembers the scene where Brett is looking for jonsey so vividly that even 34 years later she still calls me jonsey if she's looking for me.

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