Why we love Alien…

This Alien Day @officerjoek9 thought it would be a great idea for all of us to share why we love Alien. Here is a collection from the various Yutani Social Medias, Friends of Studio Yutani and those affiliated…

How I got into Alien is a bit of a long story….when I was kid I really loved Rareware games. They made things like Donkey Kong 64 and Banjo Kazooie. Well, they also made this one game called “Conker’s Bad Fur Day.” Very raunchy game, but the final boss of it was actually a Xenomorph. I didn’t know what it was back then, I was very young. But I never forgot how sleek and intriguing it looked. It was one of the coolest monsters I’d ever seen. A few years later, I saw a video of the 2010 Aliens vs Predator game and thinking the Alien campaign looked very interesting. Aliens vs Predator led me to Aliens and thus my interest in the franchise was born.

As for why I love the franchise….what is there not to love? The first film is one of the most intriguing. The symbolism of the creature, and the overall messages of the film itself, has spawned countless academic discussions and papers, even morseo than “The GodFather” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” iirc, “Alien” is the movie with the most academic papers about it. Either way, it’s a masterpiece. Aliens was a near-perfect sequel, barring how it portrayed the Xenomorphs themselves, imo. Great characterization, great expansion of universe.

But what I love most about the franchise, after all these years, is the creature itself. The Aliens are the perfect man-sized monster. Theoretically lethal in any capacity. When they aren’t cannon fodder, they’re elusive, mysterious, dominant and truly worthy of the title of ‘monster.’

Matt, Alien fan on LV426 Discord

Ever since I was a child, I’ve had strange fascinations with things that scared me. I would intentionally search up these things, whether they were actual concepts or fictional ones. Alien is no exception. I was introduced to Alien as a child, around 2nd or 3rd grade, while literally browsing for action figures on a site called ToyWiz. My first experience with these fellas was nearly jumping out of my chair at the AVP category’s banner, which showed a photo of the unmasked Predator – scared me shitless. This is where the fascination began. I would revisit the category, look at the figures, then I learned about the movies, and so on.  I was then properly introduced to the Predator and then the Alien later through the AVP films, which took weeks of begging to be able to watch. The AVP films will always have a special place in my heart for being my introduction into both of these universes, and making me scared to sleep at night, I’m sure I’m not the only one who slept with a pillow over his face after seeing the Facehuggers in action.

I think what really kept me interested in the Alien franchise was that I was always wondering what the origin of these creatures was. What dark corner of space did they come from? Were they created by someone or just a natural existing thing? Well, for the longest time, my custom LEGO minifigures told that story – then Prometheus came out. Actually, for a good while, I didn’t know that Prometheus was actually related to the Alien franchise. I was a dumb 10 year old, I didn’t know where to look for insane fan theories and everything like that. I can’t exactly recall the moment I put two and two together and realized it, but it was at least in early 2013. That moment was a game changer. I’d been coming up with my own origins playing with LEGO minifigs, and now I’ve got something concrete – well, kinda. It was fairly disappointing to know that my question wasn’t really answered, and that we were only really at the tip of the iceberg. The black goo alone was enough to keep me interested, though. It was a mystery to me, and terrified me to no end. Just imagining the agony of going through a horrible mutation because you happened to touch a little bit of goo was enough to keep me scared, and intrigued.

My intrigue with the franchise never died down, but it had its lulls. The several year wait between Prometheus and Covenant was especially one of the bigger ones, but you can be damn sure I was extremely excited for Covenant from the moment it was announced. Now, was the movie disappointing? I guess, not too sure. It answered some questions, kinda, but then raised a gazillion other ones. I like concrete answers in my stories, maybe I’m missing the point – I dunno. Not much I can do about that however, I’m always going to want that in a story. Back on track – David’s drawings is one of my favorite books, that artwork is beautiful, yet extremely haunting. I’m a pretty big fan of how the story is being spread across multiple bits of media, not sure how others feel about that. I enjoyed the concept of the drawings being sort of teased in the movie and then we got the full book later on. It’s neat, and makes the exposition a bit cleaner. This is becoming a review of Alien: Covenant the more I think about it, I’m going to move on to the next bit now.

Alien (and Predator) has been a constant source of terror and intrigue in my life since I was a child (I probably shouldn’t have been watching it that young, but hey, what can you do?). I’ll continue to stick with the franchise through thick and thin, hopefully we get a third movie in this prequel series. I’m not too sure how to end this honestly, conclusions are hard (probably why we’ve not gotten a 3rd one yet). Yeah, so – Alien has always been a pretty big part of my life, it’s inspired me to write my own stories, it’s kept me interested in the sci-fi genre, and all that good stuff.

Tucker, Alien fan on LV426 Discord

Aliens the movie made me feel brave. I was always a wimpy kid, afraid of a ton of things. I even went through a phase where flushing the toilet required opening the door beforehand so I could run out as soon as I pushed the handle. Any movie with a remotely scary theme was not an option…. Until Aliens. My father and I watched a lot of movies together and against his better judgment he let me attempt to sit through Aliens. Instead of the usual abject terror that accompanied anything scary, I was captivated. The Xenomorphs were unlike anything I’d seen, in an amazing and cool way! I loved the way they moved and the Queen was just incredible. Monstrous and terrifying but beautifully feminine as well. Ripley’s fierce devotion to Newt also struck a deep chord in me, as I felt a lack of that motherly protection in my own life. My relationship with my mother has always been complicated and I can completely see my young self yearning to feel sheltered and safeguarded the way Newt was. And Bishop was the first android, but not the last, that I would admire for their ability to be a better person than the actual humans.
As a 37-year-old woman who has four bookshelves full Alien figures, it’s not hard to see how I show my love for the franchise. I enjoy all the different colors and variations of the figures, many that I would have never known about if I hadn’t gotten into collecting. The comics alone provide some of my favorites. I’ve also discovered toy photography and nothing makes me smile more than someone’s creative picture of their Xeno out and about in public. For me, it’s a whole other way to enjoy my toys. It makes me feel young at heart. I guess I’ll always be a big kid but Aliens made me a more courageous one.

Emily, Admin at Origae-6 Facebook Group

I started watching the Alien and Predator movies when I was little.
When I was 7 or 8 I went on vacation to Florida. I had lots of fun like any kid would in Disney World. The one thing I remember the most, however, wasn’t the rides or the fireworks or any of that stuff, what I remember the most is the night I came back to my hotel and saw a mysterious yet intriguing 8 feet tall “man” with long dreadlocks and cool armor fighting The Terminator on TV, that moment changed my life. I was already a big Terminator fan but seeing The Terminator getting his butt kicked blew my mind, I simply did not know how that eas possible.
When we returned home there was nothing I wanted to do more than to find “the movie with the big guy fighting the Terminator”, I eventually found out what the movie was called, Predator.
I got the DVD a few days later and watched it again and again almost every day.
Soon enough I discovered through my sister’s boyfriend that there were even more of these movies and that he was a fan himself! (random fact his favorite is Alien³) he introduced me to the first AVP and gave me an extra copy of it he had lying around.
After watching Predator and AVP back to back for the millionth time I fell in love with the Alien and Predator universe.
Next thing you know I was drawing Aliens and Predators everywhere, like I said it changed everything. A few months later I went to Walmart to get groceries with Papa Luis (my grandpa). While he was at the checkout line, I went to the movie section of the store and saw a DVD with a black cover and a stripe of green light running through the middle of it with two weird hands coming out. After closer inspection I read the title and rushed back to the checkout line to show Papa Luis what I had found and ask him to buy it for me, I guess my first true Alien movie was Resurrection.
Like with the first Predator and AVP I watched it and watched it until it was so scratched you couldn’t tell what movie it was.
I eventually watched Alien Aliens Alien³ Blade Runner, Predator 2 and AVPR, I loved them all but Predator 2 and Aliens became my favorites.
Now we jump forward to the year 2010, I remember how hyped I was for the release of Predators, the movie came out and I saw it, it was alright.
In late 2011 or early 2012 I saw the first teaser trailer for Prometheus, at first I didn’t know what it was but after hearing the iconic Alien siren at the end of it I immediately knew what it meant, Alien was back.
Prometheus and Covenant made me really fall in love with and appreciate the original Alien, it became my new favorite of the bunch and I got really into it. The ambitious philosophical questions about our origins Prometheus asked intrigued me, and the highly artistic aesthetic of both prequels and Covenant’s exploration of AI made me love the Alien franchise even more, I truly believe this is what made me an Alien fan.

Ozymandias, Studio Yutani Facebook Page Admin

I first encountered ‘Alien’ through the atmospheric prose of Alan Dean Foster’s original novelisation, picked up by my father at a car boot sale in my middle school years. Although based on an earlier draft of the script and even creature designs, to this day, I can still picture what those words evoked within me, of mental images of a cyclopian facehugger and more.
I actually came to watch the sequel, ‘Aliens’, before Ridley Scott’s original. To this day, that proverbial world opened a whole new sense of realism to me. Ever since young, I’d enjoyed a fascination with natural history and this parasitical organism felt so much more convincing compared to much of what Hollywood had to offer, of the time. I suppose I have what might now be regarded as a more unique perspective, finding a lifelong admiration of this series in a time before the Internet and social media. I recall being utterly enthralled as I obtained a copy of the book, ‘Giger’s Alien’, from my local library. Later on came the comics, model kits and action figures, of course, though I could scarcely afford more than the former.
As I matured, so, too, did my appreciation of WHY these two films worked as well as they did. I began to pick up on more than just timing and subtext. I started to comprehend the subtle intricacies of lighting, dialogue, body language and so much more, which all contributed to the compelling nature of what I found so infinitely re-watchable. All long before DVD, with my VHS tapes somehow surviving all the rewinds and freeze-frames I put them through!
‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’, both, came to be perceived as the next logical step up from the science-fiction spectaculars of my youth. Something not pretentious, but certainly more adult in just about every sense. Even now, there’s something about them, something suggestive, yet almost intangible, which promises a glimpse of something which bridges Lovecraftian horror and brutal futuristic living. Characters who weren’t hopelessly optimistic or existed solely for the sake of exposition, but bitched about their hardships and hoped for the pragmatic best, just as real people do.
It wasn’t something (‘fandom’ was pretty much an unknown term, back then) which was mocked, either. It wasn’t about snazzy special effects and cheap robots. It represented blue collar personalities you might meet in real life, who loved and breathed an environment which engineers, art-lovers and feminists, alike, could find something mutual to admire and bond over. People who cared nothing for X-Wings, Battlestars and Buck Rogers… They didn’t regard this as on the same level. It was bigger. Something they thought of as part of the adult world, perhaps precisely because children shouldn’t BE watching it.
Things are different now. These days, parents look forward, excitedly to a time when their children can watch it with them, rather than being aghast of such an eventuality. But to me, that glimpse of something extraordinary, that hint of the nightmarish and grand in scale… That magic in a cinematic bottle is still there. Still waiting to be revisited.
Still waiting to hatch.
Still waiting to smother… In the best possible way.

Eric Adams, Xenomorphine on AvP Galaxy and @fangsome on Yutani