In 1979, Ridley Scott brought to life one of the most important and acclaimed films of all time: the classic sci-fi thriller “Alien – The 8th Passenger”. Set in the dark vastness of the cosmos, the story immortalized Sigourney Weaver as Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and opened a new chapter for the genre in question – which is why it has given countless sequels and derivative works.
Seven years later, James Cameron would assume the presidency of the next “Aliens the Rescue”, which continues Ripley’s story (especially since he was the sole survivor of the xenomorph attack). Contrary to what we might imagine, the feature film was such a success that the opening chapter of the critically acclaimed saga won two Oscar statuettes (Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects), in addition to secure the Weaver a nomination in the Best Actress Category.
Raising over $ 180 million at the global box office, the storyline sees Ripley waking up 57 years after the tragic events of the Nostromo spacecraft – only to find that the place where it all happened has been colonized and, despite the pressure, decides to return to save the 70 families that exist there. But even with all the weapons, they are no match for the hundreds of aliens who have invaded the colony.
To celebrate its recent 35th anniversary, CinePOP has compiled a list of ten behind-the-scenes trivia, which you can check out below:
Like most films, “Aliens the Rescue” was not shot in sequence. To add a touch of realism, however, Cameron shot the sequence where we meet the Marines (one of the opening scenes) last. The idea was to increase the camaraderie between the officers and make it more believable, given that they had already spent months working together. Weaver took several notes to Cameron after reading the script for the first time. While he couldn’t meet all of the requests, the director and screenwriter was grateful that the actress had no issues with the direction she wanted to take with the story. His notes were about how he thought Ripley should react to descriptor situations, something he was happy to adjust.
According to Bill Paxton, who played Private W. Hudson, he improvised a lot of his lines, including “Game over, man! Endgame! “. The famous line” we are in an express elevator to hell “was probably improvised too, since it did not appear in the script for the shoot. Weaver’s nomination for Best Actress in 1987 was the premiere for an actress in a sci-fi feature film Unfortunately, the award went to Marlee Matlin for “Sons of the Silence”.
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The xenomorph queen was too tall to fit in the elevator. For the sequence in which she is seen there, her tail was pulled out and the technicians still had to open the back of the elevator to greet her; smoke effects, a darker light and a black curtain were used to prevent the audience from seeing what was going on. “Aliens the Rescue” was never shown in a test screening, as the editing and soundtrack were only completed the week before the official release. Only one studio audition was organized for the executives of 20th Century Fox, to a very enthusiastic reception. Marketing experts said the film likely helped save the desperately needed studio success.
None of Narcissus’ original models, Nostromo’s escape ships, have been found. Therefore, the scenographers and model makers had to reconstruct the model of these ships by simply looking at “Alien – The 8th Passenger”. The production design budget was almost exhausted when it came time to shoot the hypersleep chamber footage onboard Sulaco. Each room cost around $ 4,300, meaning they could only build four. Peter Lamont, the designer at the time, had the difficult task of telling Cameron, but he found a clever trick: a set of mirrors and camera angles made it look like there were 12 cameras. in place instead of just four.
Cameron was not at all impressed with Ray Lovejoy’s editing of the film and even considered firing him and replacing him with Mark Goldblatt, who he had worked with on “The Terminator”. Hearing this, Lovejoy locked himself in the editing studio for a weekend and re-edited the entire film, presenting the final version to the director – who was quite happy with the outcome. Eventually, Lovejoy would be nominated for an Oscar for Best Editing for his work. Weaver declined to have any information about the queen building process, to keep the character real in his mind.
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