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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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 an alien?

Has anybody ever tried to eat an alien (xenomorph from the alien-franchise)? Obviously the blood would need to be drained/neutralized.
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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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Prometheus Director's Cut (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 ...
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Do Aliens (Xenomorph) have cells?

Do the aliens from the Alien franchise have cells as we know them? I want to know as I assumed they didn't and just secreted a resinous exoskeletal system.
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How did they clone Ripley?

Okay, so this is how I understood it: They found some drops of blood that Ripley lost during the third film (Alien3). So, they clone her. Easy peasy, far future, get it. Now, that newly cloned human ...
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Was Bishop II actually a human?

At the very end of Alien3, we meet a character (credited as Bishop II) who claims to be He goes on to claim What confuses me is that he Here are some pictures to illustrate what I'm talking ...
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How does the Xenomorph evolution timeline work in the Alien/Predator universe?

I'm wanting to know how the timeline works in the Alien/Predator universe, specifically in relation to the Xenomorph's evolution. What I want to know is how this ties in with Alien Vs Predator? As ...
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Is this book considered canon in the Alien universe?

The Aliens Colonial Marines Technical Manual published in 1996 by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood is a very specific and detailed book about the Colonial Marines who landed on LV426, their weapons, equipment, ...
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Why was the Nostromo venting steam into the passageways?

Why was the Nostromo venting steam into the passageways? Parker and Brett used it to inconvenience Ripley by making her shout over it, and the Xenomorph was able to use it to scare me half to death, ...
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Were the fleeing Engineers already infected, or being chased by monsters?

Were the fleeing Engineers already infected? And if so why would they run TO the refrigerated chamber of Black Liquid, noting that this one chamber was more of a Temple (with the giant head) as ...
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Was the Robed Engineer a Good Guy?

I have read many posts here r.e. the Engineers in PROMETHEUS, but what stands out is that the Robed Engineer in the beginning of the movie is SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The opening scene Engineer is ...
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Why did the Prometheus crew get briefed after arrival instead of before?

Why would the crew of the Prometheus crew get a brief on their mission and location only after they arrived? It would seem to me that if I was going into stasis I'd want to know where I'd wake up and ...
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In Prometheus, how did the black liquid help worms but none? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How did the “black liquid” work in Prometheus? Is the black liquid inclined towards certain kind of life forms and deadly to others? The question is, why ...
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What is the purpose of this room on board the Engineer's ship?

Where is this room and what is it used for? Technically it is not confirmed where this room is, whether it is on the ship or on the planet but in either case, I could not determine what the purpose ...