Tag Archives: Dan O’Bannon

Film Imitating Film? Nicholas Winding Refn Compares Alien To Planet of the Vampires

Is Alien a rip off of the Mario Bava flick Planet of Vampires?

They say that life imitates art, but what happens when art imitates art? Well, sometimes lawsuits, but most of the time we see great homages to movie scenes taken from classic (and not so classic) films. This often gives the scenes new life in someone else’s vision.

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Countdown to Halloween #12: Alien Xenomorph

The one creature in the universe that could discourage me from being an astronaut is strangely enough one of my favorite horror creatures.  The Xenomorph or Alien was first introduced in the 1979 film of the same name, and although the film came out before my time, it stills bring in the scares. The concept of Alien was brought forward by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, who wrote the script for the 1979 film. However the Xenomorphs design was the brain child of H. R. Giger. The creature is truly alien in the way it looks, sounds and even evolves (I’ll discuss that later on). The Xenomorph has been in a grand total of seven films over its impressive lifetime, and although not all the films were perfect, the majority were some of the best Sci-Fi/Horror films ever made.

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