CHECK OUT THIS BEHIND THE SCENES CREATION VIDEO OF THE CHESTBURSTER FROM ALIEN

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From Amanda Kooser at CNet:

Few images in film are as startling as that moment in “Alien” when the baby chestburster comes crawling out of of John Hurt’s torso in a spray of gore. It was so gripping, the slimy little parasite was brought back for the sequel, “Aliens.” Even better, it was created without the assistance of CGI.

A video shared by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts lets us all in on how that nasty little surprise was created. The video is narrated by Stephen Norrington, the special-effects wiz who built the device. He started with dental acrylic poured into a mold of the monster, cut it into pieces using a bandsaw, and held it all together with a cable-housing spine.

CONTINUE READING FOR A BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO ON THE CREATION OF THE INFAMOUS CHESTBURSTER!

ITALIAN SPECIAL EFFECTS MASTER CARLO RAMBALDI DEAD AT 86

MILAN — Carlo Rambaldi, a special effects master and three-time Oscar winner known as the father of E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, died Friday in southern Italy after a long illness, Italian news media reported. He was 86.

Rambaldi, a wizard of a discipline known as mechatronics — which combines disciplines including mechanical, electronic and system design engineering — did not hide a disdain for computerized effects.

“Digital costs around eight times as much as mechatronics,” Rambaldi was quoted by the Rome daily La Repubblica as having once said. “E.T. cost a million dollars and we created it in three months. If we wanted to do the same thing with computers, it would take at least 200 people a minimum of five months.”

Rambaldi won visual effects Oscars for Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster E.T., Ridley Scott’s film ALIEN in 1979, and John Guillermin’s KING KONG in 1976. Rambaldi was born in 1925 in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna in 1951. While he dreamed of becoming an artist, he was drawn into the world of cinema when he was asked to create a dragon for a low-budget science fiction movie in 1956.

He’ll be forever known to the entire world as the man who fathered the alien in Steven Spielberg’s E.T., but we horror fans will also remember him for creating the Alien head in ALIEN, creating the werewolf suit in Stephen King’s SILVER BULLET, the gooey demon from 1982’s POSSESSION, the aliens from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, the gore effects for Argento’s DEEP RED, the hand from THE HAND. His credits are many and varied, and he will be missed…

CREEPY TEST FOOTAGE FROM RIDLEY SCOTT’S ORIGINAL ‘ALIEN’

Source: GeekTyrant

Here’s some creepy test footage from Ridley Scott’s ALIEN featuring Bolaji Badejo, who played the Xenomorph Alien in the classically badass 1979 sci-fi horror masterpiece. In the footage you see the actor practicing his alien movement skills without the full costume.

Badejo had to say this about the costume he wore in the film in 1979 in an interview with Cinefantastique magazine:

[The special-effects helmet] was all manual, remote controlled […] There’s still a space in it for my head. I had it on just to make sure nothing goes wrong with the posture of the head or how tall it is in comparison to the other sequences. They must have had about 2000 tubes of K-Y Jelly […] just to get the effect of that slime coming out of his mouth. A lot of it was spread around on the face. I could barely see what was going on around me, except when I was in a stationary position, while they were filming. Then there were a few holes I could look through.

NOTHING SAYS CUDDLY LOVE LIKE A PLUSH ALIEN CHEST BURSTER!

Source: Think Geek

 From the demented fiends over at THINK GEEK:

“Yes, Newt. Mommy was wrong. There really are monsters, and here’s one you can cuddle up with!”

Straight from your friends at Better Worlds Toys(TM), a division of the Weyland-Yutani corporation, comes the rebirth of a classic plush replica. That’s right, once more you can know the pleasure of owning your very own Aliens Chestburster without the parasitic infestation or the resulting xenomorphic carnage!

Ok, so maybe there isn’t a Better Worlds Toys(TM) but if Weyland-Yutani had a toy division we’re betting that’s what it would be called. However, the Chestburster Plush is 100% real and ready to cuddle up with you!

The Chestburster Plush is an officially licensed 20th Century Fox 1:1 scale replica of the original nymph-stage Xenomorph. Constructed of smooth velour that matches the color of the original design, the plush measures 48″ in length. Inside, a wire runs from the head to the tail, allowing you to pose the Chestbuster just the way you want it. It can even stand up on its own! Arms, teeth and inner jaws are all finely detailed. You’ll feel like you have an actual film prop.

Product Specifications

  • 1:1 scale plush replica of the original Aliens Chestburster
  • Officially licensed by 20th Century Fox
  • 48″ long from head to tail
  • Wire channel inside allows for lifelike posing

Behold: THE MAYHEM!

BRAND NEW TV SPOT FOR RIDLEY SCOTT’S ‘PROMETHEUS’

PROMETHEUS, Directed by Ridley Scott, opens June 8, 2012 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters, and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, and Patrick Wilson.

Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

RIDLEY SCOTT GIVES MORE DETAIL IN NEWEST PROMETHEUS FEATURETTE

In the latest behind-the-scenes featurette for PROMETHEUS (yeah, yeah, I know, another one), Ridley Scott discusses his vision for the film, stating that he’s thrilled to be directing another sci-fi feature and he can’t wait to “scare the shit out of you.” In addition to scenes of Scott shooting behind the scenes, we’re privy to a few new scenes from the movie due out in just a few weeks. Check out the featurette above.

The film opens June 8, 2012 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters, the anticipated film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, and Patrick Wilson.

SYNOPSIS:

Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

NEW INTERNATIONAL ONE SHEET FOR PROMETHEUS

Another day, another bit of marketing from the PROMETHEUS camp. This time it’s an international one-sheet depicting what looks to be the ship Prometheus colliding with an alien craft, potentially stranding the frightened cast upon some distant, hostile planet. Spoiler? Perhaps, or merely clever marketing because it makes one wonder just what happens next. To find out, check out Prometheus in theaters June 8 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters, the anticipated film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron.

Synopsis:

Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

NEW PROMETHEUS TV SPOT GIVES A GLIMPSE AT MONSTER MENACE

I’ve already seen quite a bit of rumbling on the ‘net about this television spot for Ridley Scott’s upcoming PROMETHEUS, so if you’re offended by spoilers (even teeny, tiny spoilers), DO NOT WATCH THIS TEASER! I, however, have no qualms about spoilers so long as they don’t give away too terribly much about the film. In this case, we get just a slight glimpse of some of the creatures we can expect to see in the ALIEN prequel, along with half a second of body horror reminiscent of the chest-burster scene in ALIEN.

Opening on June 8 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters, the anticipated film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron.

Synopsis:

Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

 

DAN O’BANNON DEAD AT 63

I missed a few big deaths, it’d seem.  Dan O’Bannon, genius creator of one of my favorite zombie flicks of all time and the creator of the ZOM-COM at the same time: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, died on Dec. 17th, 2009.  Below you’ll find an obituary from REUTERS.
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O’Bannon, who also co-wrote the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action film “Total Recall,” died Thursday, the Writers Guild of America confirmed on Friday. Online media reports said he had suffered a brief, undisclosed illness.

A St. Louis native who grew up on horror films and monster comics like “Tales from the Crypt,” O’Bannon got his start collaborating with director John Carpenter on the screenplay for the 1974 sci-fi cult parody “Dark Star.”

O’Bannon also co-starred in the low-budget movie about four astronauts on a lengthy mission to clear a path through space by destroying planets that posed a navigation barrier.

His screenwriting credits also include the 1995 sci-fi thriller “Screamers,” which he worked on for over a decade, and the 1997 horror film “Bleeders.”

But his best known work was his screenplay for the 1979 space chiller “Alien,” the first of a film series starring Sigourney Weaver as a tough space hero who battles a colony of slimy, parasitic, insect-like creatures with razor-sharp teeth and voracious appetites.

One of the most horrifying characteristics of the aliens was their penchant for gestating inside the body of a human host before bursting out of the victim’s chest to prey on more people.

The original film, directed by Ridley Scott, garnered an Oscar for its visual effects. O’Bannon also shared credit in sequels for the characters he created. The first sequel, 1986’s “Aliens,” directed by James Cameron, won Oscars for best visual and best sound effects editing.

The latest in the franchise, an untitled “Alien” prequel set for 2011, was in production at the time O’Bannon died, according to the Internet Movie Database.

RIDLEY SCOTT BACK FOR ‘ALIEN’ PREQUEL

Posted on 3rd August 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , ,

Ridley Scott, according to 20th Century Fox, is back to direct a prequel for the ALIEN/ALIENS franchise.  Jon Spaihts, whoever the hell that is, is set to write the prequel (with, I hope, some Ridley Scott input).  More as this story develops!!