Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty + Chest Birth

As I cram to get something Cal Poly-ish accomplished before a deadline tomorrow I am being kept company by the Alien Quadrilogy. I'm specifically watching all four Director's Cuts which are long and better than the Theatrical Releases as good as they were albeit too long for movie audiences. Below is one of the five most famous science fiction movie scenes of all time and appears in Alien, the first movie in the franchise. Unfortunately, I could not find a version that includes the build-up to this climax. Also, some elements of this scene were neither in the Theatrical Release nor the Director's Cut.
The single most famous such scene in ANY science fiction movie is in the same movie and located below it and did irreparable harm to the popularity of the Heimlich Maneuver.

1 comment:

  1. One of my favorite bits of trivia concerning the chestburster scene is that it was a one shot take and no one knew where the blood would go coming out of John Hurt's chest or how realistic the scene would be. The reactions around the table were all genuine and spur-of-the-moment, which included the dialogue. Veronica Cartwright's reaction of "Aieeee God!" was truly one of those magic moments that a script could never recreate.