Few films have continued to endure over the last 40 years quite like Alien. Ridley Scott‘s film has entered the movie lexicon on how to deliver science fiction and horror. Apart from James Cameron’s follow-up, none of the sequels or prequels have managed to register in the same way.
There have been a multitude of books and documentaries on the making of Alien, but writer/director Alexandre O. Philippe is now taking a look at the film’s origin from a different angle, with Memory: The Origins Of Alien. It will look at what inspired writer Dan O’Bannon as he crafted the film’s script from a concept called Memory, to Star Beast to Alien.
Interesting fact: I was one of the last (if not the last) people to interview Dan O’Bannon before his death in 2009. Read the interview here.
Watch the well shot and eerie trailer for Memory: The Origins Of Alien below. The film opens in UK cinemas on 30 August and hits DVD and On Demand on 2 September.
The iconic scenes and sequences from seminal sci-fi horror ALIEN are firmly embedded in film history and popular culture: the creepy eggs and HR Giger designed spacecraft on a long dead planet; the pivotal facehugger attaching itself to one of the crew of the Nostromo; the shocking chest-bursting sequence and much, much more…
But while we may all now know that “in space, no-one can hear you scream”, how did Ridley Scott and the creative team come up with the ideas for a blockbuster that changed both the horror and sci-fi genres and truly terrified audiences around the world?
As we approach the 40th Anniversary of the game-changing film a fascinating feature documentary MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, from writer/director Alexandre O. Philippe (78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene), uncovers the origin story behind Scott’s cinematic masterpiece, which arrives in cinemas on 30 August 2019 followed by DVD and on demand on 2 September from Dogwoof.
A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of moviemaking, the power of myth, and the collective unconscious, MEMORY unearths the largely untold beginnings of a movie-masterwork rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythology, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger.
It reveals a veritable treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the O’Bannon and Giger estates, including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and most importantly Dan O’Bannon’s original 29-page script from 1971, titled MEMORY.