It's been over 40 years since we all found that in space, no one can hear you scream. Well, that's not entirely true. Scientists that studying outer space knew that sound couldn't really travel in it. But in terms of the movie Alien, the public found out what the perfect mix of science-fiction and horror could look like.

Ellen Ripley is now a pop culture icon, becoming a feminist icon and hero to many. The horrific xenomorphs have become popular horror designs, often mimicked but never quite duplicated. In spite of the film's age, it still engages audiences with wonder, horror, and a combination of the two feelings dubbed “wondorror.”

It's amazing to think of all the odd stuff behind the scenes that went into the making of these movies. Ultimately, Alien is a movie that required a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. And milk. Lots and lots of milk.

Here are 16 facts about the making of Alien from behind the scenes.

Roger Daltrey from The Who helped with the lightning. The singer and his crew were experimenting with laser beams pretty close to the studio where Alien was filmed, SO Ridley Scott borrowed their equipment to create the electric blue lighting in the resting place of the facehuggers.


Ridley Scott was. fifth in line to direct Alien. Scott waS about to start working on Tristan and Isolde, but after seeing George Lucas's Star Wars, he felt he needed to do something different. Then the script of Alienlanded on his table.


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