The Chestburster Scene in Alien

Memorable Movie Moments

The original ‘Alien’ from 1979 is an exercise in quiet tension and measured intensity, and Ridley Scott’s film has the distinct advantage of being the first.

Scott’s film is just about as close to perfect as a science-fiction thriller can be, and has ever been. While it borrows from sci-fi stories of the past (The Thing From Another World, Invasion of The Body Snatchers). The film written by Dan O’Bannon takes those influences and carves its own path of horror.

The idea for Alien came about when writer Dan O’Bannon was studying cinema at university and he made a science fiction film with director John Carpenter and concept artist Ron Cobb called Dark Star. The whole experience left O’Bannon wanting to do a story more focused on horror with an alien…

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