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Xenomorph from Alien (1979), prequel, sequels, spinoffs

5. Xenomorph from Alien (1979), prequel, sequels, spinoffs

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The tagline for Ridley Scott’s 1979 coming out part was, “In space, no one can hear you scream.”  Such a phrase chills the bones on its own, never mind the acid-bleeding, murder machine with a natural talent for brutally killing its prey sneaking aboard a space ship for three acts.  Scott’s 2012 prequel Prometheus took the audience to the xenomorph’s inception as some sort of bizarre human being/ mysterious black liquid/ original quadruped-creator hybrid.  The scariest moments in the Alien franchise are in the waiting.  Just knowing those slimy extraterrestrials slither, hide, and hunt about the ship with a taste for blood builds enough tension in a scene before they’re even shown.

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