The Origins of Alien

Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary focuses on the age-old mythologies which, directly or indirectly, led to the creation of Alien

The documentary starts with mythology, then focuses on the stories which inspired Dan O’Bannon and H. R. Giger, then moves to the most iconic and shocking scene of Alien (the “chestburster”) to show how these are all linked, from fear of the unknown, to guilt, to body horror. The philosophising gets a bit preachy and sounds overly self-important at times, but Alexandre O. Philippe never lets it digress into drivel, and he is smart enough to put plenty of incredibly funny anecdotes and behind-the-scenes bits in. There are plenty of never-published-before snippets in it, and many of the ideas and inspirations are interesting.

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