The wildly popular Alien film franchise is beloved by fans and a commonly held cultural icon, but what behind-the-scenes facts and Alien trivia might you not know? If you love the Alien movies, then you remember when the first Alien movie came out, way back in 1979, and did the near-impossible: it redefined both horror and space films in one movie. "In space no one can hear you scream," was instantly memorable and the film is generation-defining.
Then along came Aliens in 1982 and accomplished another near-impossible feat: it changed genres entirely and was still an amazing movie. Somehow the action movie sequel to a horror/space thriller was as good (some say better) than its predecessor! The franchise continued in 1992 with Alien 3, a widely contested film that fell apart for a whole host of reasons but still brought fans David Fincher. His "Assembly Cut" is bold, dark, nihilistic, and shows the glory of Fincher starting to peek through. In 1997 there was Alien Resurrection, which was just a weird movie. It's hard to say whether it was good or bad but it was certainly different.
Alien is one of the most successful, fan-favorite, and all-around best movie franchises of all time. To celebrate these great films, let's take a look back at the franchise and learn some fun facts about the Alien movies! From how they got Jones the cat to turn in a stellar performance, to Sigourney Weaver's basketball skills, check out the Alien trivia below and upvote the most interesting BTS facts, straight from the sets of these great films.
The First Alien Was A Graphic ArtistPhoto: Alien / 20th Century Fox
'Aliens' Set The Bar For Action Movies With The Academy
The Marine Sergeant In 'Aliens' Was A Real (And Noteworthy) Marine Sergeant
They Scheduled 'Aliens' Around The Marines' On-Screen Relationship
'Alien' Was Written With Unisex Characters, But Ripley Wasn't Originally Thought Of As Female
The Iconic Chest-Burster Scene Was Actually TerrifyingPhoto: Alien / 20th Century Fox