The Alien film series is a science fiction horror film franchise, focusing on Lieutenant Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) and her battle with an extraterrestrial lifeform, commonly referred to as "the Alien". Produced by 20th Century Fox, the series started with the 1979 film Alien, which ...

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What was the common usage of the term “alien” around 1977?

The Alien movie was released in 1979. If you walked up to the average person on the street in 1977 and asked them to think of an alien, what is the first thing that would come to mind: would it be 'a ...
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When is Aliens: Colonial Marines game set?

I was just playing Aliens: Colonial Marines when the question just popped into my head. When is the game set?
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In the Alien series, how did the aliens get off their home planet?

In Aliens vs Predator, and the other Alien movies, how did the aliens get off their home planet?
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Is the derelict vessel in 'Aliens' an Engineer ship? [closed]

Is the area with all the xenomorphs in the missing derelict in the same place as on an Engineer ship? I thought they might be the same because it has the big gun-like star map found in Prometheus.
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Why Are Synthetics in Alien So Advanced?

According to the MU-TH-UR 6000 Wikia entry, we have the following: The MU-TH-UR 6000, known simply as "MOTHER" was a 182 model 2.1 terabyte AI Mainframe that served as the computer mainframe for ...
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Was there ever a story that involved Hicks and Newt surviving?

I've always considered the scene in which Ripley travels back into the hive to save Newt in Aliens, the most iconic scene from any of the Alien movies. It annoyed me that they killed off Newt and ...
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What age was Ripley by the end of Alien 3?

Between Alien and Aliens, she was in hyper sleep for 57 years. She was in hyper sleep again between Aliens and Alien3 for some amount of time. So how old was she by the finale of Alien3? EDIT ...
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Why does the Alien burst through the chest?

In the ultra (in?)famous ChestBurster scene we were introduced to the monstrous Xenomorph. But why the chest? Why didn't the alien simply claw up through the esophagus? It would have been far ...
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Where do Aliens from the Alien franchise get bio mass? [duplicate]

It just seems to me like these things can grow in size without injesting anything. The most outrageous example I can think of is that thing from the med pod in Prometheus (even though not the same ...
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How long are prespawn Facehuggers viable after hatching?

Once a Facehugger leaves its egg, how much time does the organism have to find a host before it dies (or possibly has to reenter the egg)?
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Was the alien skull foreshadowing?

In Predator 2, the hero finds the Predator's collection of skulls, including a skull from the alien in Alien. Was this meant to foreshadow the coming Alien vs. Predator project, or were there no ...
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Is the alien inevitable?

At the end of Prometheus we get to see the famous alien of Alien. It's born through the following steps: David (the android) infects Dr. Holloway with the black liquid Holloway impregnates Dr. Shaw ...
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How well can xenomorphs survive the vacuum of space?

I recently finished playing Alien: Isolation (which I assume is not canon). Near the end of that game, you have to go on a spacewalk, and some xenomorphs follow you outside. I've heard some people ...
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Is the Xenomorph life cycle based on the life cycle of a real world species?

The Xenomorph life cycle is quite complex. It basically boils down to this1: Queen Xenomorph lays eggs. Eggs hatch into facehuggers. Facehuggers implant eggs in a host organism's throat. ...
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Has anybody ever tried to eat a Xenomorph?

Has anybody or anything ever tried to eat a Xenomorph from the Alien franchise? (Obviously the acid blood would need to be drained/neutralized.) If so, when have we seen this happen?
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What are the possible ways to get infected with an Alien

In the first movie we see Ash being infected by having an alien attached to his head. In Prometheus we see something different, but I don't know if it's right to affirm that he was infected with the ...
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In Aliens, what would happen to the dead bodies?

In Aliens, what would happen to the dead bodies? The Aliens clearly would kill many humans, but it's not clear what would be done to them afterward. Were they eaten or only parts eaten?
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Is the phrase “molecular acid” redundant? [duplicate]

In the first movie in the Alien franchise, someone compares the xenomorph's blood to "molecular acid". This always struck me as redundant- isn't all acid composed of molecules? Is there any way to ...
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Is there a cut of Prometheus including the missing scenes (fan-made, perhaps)?

I'm a big fan of Alien, and I've the Prometheus collector edition (Including Alien Quadrilogy and Prometheus), but in the box, there is only a separate Blu-Ray with all the cut scenes in a single ...
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Why would Sevestapol have a lot of panels that need to be cut open in an emergency?

The game Alien Isolation frequently uses control panels and sometimes ducts that need to be cut open with a plasma torch. Always painted on these panels is "Cut open in case of emergency" or some such ...
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Why does the newborn acknowledge Ripley as its mother?

I never understood the whole Queen/Ripley reproductive process. In Alien: Resurrection, the newborn brutally kills the Queen after she gives birth to it. Surprisingly, it has human characteristics. ...
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What happened to the derelict spaceship between the 'Alien' movies?

In Alien, we saw that the derelict ship was filled with eggs, however in 'Aliens' we are told that LV-426 is now inhabited by colonists. Since the derelict was full of eggs Weyland-Yutani shouldn't be ...
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Where do the Aliens come from?

I watched all movies of the Alien series and I'm still unsure about the origin of the Aliens. In the first movie it somehow got onto the Nostromo spaceship. Then in "Aliens vs Predator" there is ...
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Where was the queen in alien when they went onto the crashed ship?

Prometheus showed how big the ship really was, so she could have just been hiding somewhere inside after filling up the whole inside of the ship. But when two of Ripley's crew went onto the ship ...
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In the Alien universe, were other extra-terrestrials encountered before The Alien?

We see in Alien how the Nostromo is diverted to the planet to investigate the crashed ship, but is that the first encounter with an alien species in that universe, or has the human race made first ...
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How does the seeding of life work in Prometheus?

In Ridley Scott's movie "Prometheus" at the beginning My question is, if Engineers seed life and create it on fertile planets from scratch, how can the evolutionary path from a single primitive ...
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What is that song Ripley sings while buckling-in the space-suit in Alien?

Towards the end, when Ripley finally ... She mutters a little song that seems to go .... you .... are ... (my) ... lucky ..... star .... .... lucky-lucky-lucky .... or something. ...
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Why is Nostromo's technology so… 1980s?

"Prometheus" is meant to be a prequel to "Alien", happening 30 years before (src). If that's the case, how come one of the very earliest spaceships, Prometheus from 2089, has a spiffy new technology, ...
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How can there be a Xenomorph skull in the Predators trophy case?

This question made me think about what we know about the Xenomorphs. Namely, that they have exoskeletons. How is it the Predators have an exoskeletoned creature's inner skull in their trophy case?
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In Prometheus we see lot of dead space jockeys/Engineers with their chests burst open. Where are the alien creatures?

In Prometheus we see lot of dead space jockeys/Engineers with their chests burst open, so where are the alien creatures? One possibility is that they died of old age but we know that the evolved ...
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In Prometheus, why did only the humans evolve from the space jockey/Engineer who drank from the cup and not the alien creatures [duplicate]

In Prometheus, why did only the humans evolve from the space jockey/Engineer who drank from the cup that contained the alien gene/recipe and not the actual alien creatures they are supposed to create ...
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Is the Aliens' blood a mundane but currently known acid, or something more exotic?

I just recently read an answer to another question that suggested that the xenomorph's (I hate that term, ugh) blood was hydrochloric or hydrosulfuric acid. Is there anything in the first few movies ...
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In the Aliens franchise how could the hive possibly survive?

In Aliens how can a hive possibly survive? As far as I know, the xenomorphs' life cycle requires a host, but it apparently seems that in the movies/games/comics aliens have the single goal of wiping ...
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What made LV 426 special amongst all the other candidates along the Nostromos path that made it seem worth terraforming?

There had to be hundreds or thousands of planets to chose from. What was the cover story behind colonizing LV 426? We know the Weyland-Yutani Corporation was interested in the Xenomorph on LV 426, but ...
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How can the Xenomorph see?

If you just look at a picture of one there are no eyes readily apparent but they clearly know where they are going. Could their screeching be some form of echo-location?
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Could a nonhuman-Xenomorph offspring be queen?

After the queen dies in the "Alien vs Predator" game, Specimen 6 becomes the new queen because she is the strongest living female left in the area, if I am correct. My question is: what if the only ...
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What are the origins of the Xenomorph?

I have see several of the Alien movies and Prometheus but in none of them do they ever mention anything of the alien's home planet. Recently a friend claimed that they came from a far away planet ...
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Where does a Chestburster gestate?

In the Aliens franchise, the facehugger places what an alien embryo (ie chestburster) inside of the host, where the chestburster quickly grows and eventually emerges from the chest of its host. My ...
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Facehugger-animal offspring

In the movies you only ever see eggs lain in humans and one predator. So theorectically could a facehugger latch onto a cat or a zoo animal? Is there any particular reason why they couldn't? And ...
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When did Ripley get infected with the parasitic Xenomorph?

At the end of Aliens, Ripley stows away in the pod with the young girl, and goes into stasis. In Alien 3, we discover that there was actually a face-hugger on board. Ripley later finds out that she's ...
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Confusion with the Alien's death at the end of Alien 3

I'm confused by the end of Alien 3, when they drown the Xenomorph in molten lead. The Xenomorph manages to survive being plunged into boiling hot lead, but previous Xenomorphs were killed by and ...
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In Alien, what were the Xenomorph's two mouths used for?

The Xenomorphs in the Alien series had two mouths, one inside the other: I remember the inner mouth being used to attack someone, but never any direct footage of the outer mouth being used. What ...
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Motivation of Engineer in final scenes

The following is a spoiler of the final scenes of Prometheus :
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Do xenomorphs have a form of self-preservation instinct?

In the movie Aliens there is a scene where an Alien manages to sneak onto a transport carrier, and after the carrier takes off, it kills the crew and also the pilot driving the carrier. After that the ...
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How did Burke get the Facehuggers into the room where Ripley and Newt were sleeping in the movie Aliens?

In Aliens, there is a scene when Ripley and Newt wake up and suddenly find two Facehuggers in their bedroom. It's obvious that Burke brought them there. But the question is - HOW did he do that? Why ...
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Why did the Science Officer not get chosen for the mission to the alien spacecraft?

After the Nostromo detects a signal from a potentially intelligent alien, the crew are arguing what to do about it. Most of the crew want to ignore it and return home, but Ash (Science Officer) ...
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How long is the alternate ending of Prometheus, and is it canon?

I just bought my copy of Prometheus on Blu-Ray yesterday and I'm going to watch it tonight. The copy I bought says it has an "alternate ending and beginning". I have two questions about this: How ...
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Can a man be attacked by facehugger twice?

The scenario of the first Alien describes the process like this: The man comes close to the egg. The egg opens and a facehugger attacks the man. After some time, the man wakes up as if nothing ...
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Inherited memory [closed]

As we know, aliens had inherited memory as seen in this review: Ripley's genes are all right too: They allow her reconstituted form to retain all her old memories, as if cookie dough could remember ...
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Would an alien chestburster be classified as a parasite or as a hybrid?

Aliens or Xenomorphs, form the Alien franchise go through several stages of development. One of these is hard to define. The chest burster feeds on its host like a parasite, Wiki - Parasitism ...