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  •  Lost a girlfriend over it...but then NO-ONE KNEW (11+ / 0-)

    In those pre-internet day, on opening night, no-one knew what was about to happen - not even hard-core SF fans who'd been digging for spoilers.  My date that night never spoke to me again.  Never looked at me, took a bus home by herself, hung up when I called her.

    Wow.

    More Alien tid-bits:  The screenplay was written by Dan O'Bannon, whose first film (and film-school co-production w/ John Carpenter) was Dark Star - a fun-house-in-space kinda film;  when it got tied up and un-distributable, he decided to invert it & go haunted-house-in-space...et voila!  He later said the script was written with Ripley in mind as a woman, but he kept that secret to avoid "issues".

    The famous chest-bursting scene was sprung on the cast the same way the film itself was sprung on the public:  ensemble scene, the directorial instructions amounted to:  something will happen during the meal;  just go with it, act natural...

    Wow.  BEST.  CREATURE.  FEATURE.  EVER

    trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

    by chmood on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 10:52:03 AM PDT

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