45 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Alien Franchise

45 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Alien Franchise

Alien and Aliens are two of the most lauded films in the history of science fiction. The others? Well, your mileage may vary. The franchise overall has a giant dedicated fanbase that has gone to bat for it since 1979. For decades, cosplayers have gone to sci-fi and comic book conventions dressed as xenomorphs, Colonial Marines, or Ellen Ripley herself. The franchise is older than most of the people that read Cracked… for now.

However, even the most hardcore Alien fan can be surprised with a new behind-the-scenes fact about the film franchise. Like how a pair of contact lenses almost made Bishop look scarier than the xenomorphs. Or how Renny Harlin was supposed to direct the third movie. Or how James Cameron was the “voice” of the Alien Queen.

Read on about those and 42 other factoids about the making of the Alien films (and not all of them are about the phallic design choices):

Alien3 (1992) Director David Fincher clashed with producers, thanks to his on-set perfectionism and the studio's constant meddling. Fincher insisted on shooting in certain light and weather conditions exclusively, and rebelled against the studio's rushed schedule by saying they should shoot a large number of takes of a head exploding Producer Ezra Swerdlow once said: I'll never forget Dave's complete devotion to the color of blood. CRACKED.COM


Aliens (1986) The Alien Queen was based on one of James Cameron's paintings. The director says he took inspiration from H.R. Giger's work. I took the biomechanoid concept, which was very phallic in the creature created for Alien, and turned it around and tried to make it female. So, I gave her very long, elegant tapering legs and almost a kind of high-heel look, and then she turned into this creature that was hideous and yet somehow beautiful. CRACKED.COM


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