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Alien is a science fiction horror franchise centered around the predatory extraterrestrial lifeforms referred to as "Xenomorphs," which were designed by deceased Swiss artist H. R. Giger.
The original Alien film series, which consists of four installments released between 1979 and 1997, focuses on Lieutenant Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) and her battles with an extraterrestrial lifeform, commonly referred to as the "Alien". In addition, the two crossover films produced in collaboration with the Predator film franchise and released in 2004 and 2007, respectively, depict an intergalactic conflict between the two species. The franchise has also spawned numerous, books, comics and video game spin-offs.
On May 25th, 1979, the original film in the series, Alien, directed by Ridley Scott and starred Sigourney Weaver as the protagonist Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley, was released. In the film, an alien creature referred to as a "face hugger" lays an egg inside a crew member on a towing spaceship, which later hatches into a Xenomorph killing most of the ship's remaining crew.
On July 18th, 1986, the sequel Aliens was released, directed by James Cameron and once again starring Sigourney Weaver as the main protagonist. In the film, Ripley returns to destroy the Xenomorph colony from the first film.
On May 22nd, 1992, the third film Alien 3 was released. Directed by David Fincher, the film follows Ripley after she crash lands at a prison refinery planet with an alien aboard her escape pod from the previous film.
On November 26th, 1997, Alien Resurrection was released under the direction of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, which follows the story of a cloned version of Ripley two hundred years after the previous film.
Aliens vs. Predator
On August 12th, 2004, the first crossover film Alien vs. Predator was released, in which a group of researchers visit an ancient pyramid to discover a training ground for the Predator extraterrestrial species, who prove themselves by hunting Xenomorphs (shown below, left). On December 25th, 2007, the sequel Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was released, a Predator tracks a Predalien hybrid creature to a town in Colorado and attempts to kill all Aliens that it encounters (shown below, right).
On February 16th, 2010, the first-person shooter game Aliens vs. Predator was released for Windows, PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, in which the player can assume the role of a Xenomorph, Predator or Colonial Marine (shown below, left). On September 29th, 2011, the sidescroller game Aliens Infestation was released for the Nintendo DS handheld console.
On February 12th, 2013, the first-person shooter video game Aliens: Colonial Marines was released, in which the player assumes the role of a Colonial Marine who battles against Xenomorphs during events occurring directly after the 1984 film Aliens. In January 2014, a trailer was released for the upcoming first-person survival horror game Alien Isolation, set for release in October 2014.
H. R. Giger
The Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer Hans Rudolf Giger completed the illustration Necronom IV in 1976, which was later selected by Ridley Scott as the foundation of the Xenomorph design (shown below, left). Giger redesigned the alien without eyes, a second inner set of extendable pharyngeal jaws (shown below, right). On May 12th, 2014, Giger died in a hospital in Zurich, Switzerland due to injuries suffered from a fall.
On May 26th, 2006, the Xenopedia Wiki was launched for entries related to the Alien and Alien vs. Predator films. On November 16th, 2007, a Facebook page for fans of the franchise was created, gathering over 2.9 million likes in the next seven years. On October 27th, 2010, the /r/LV426 subreddit was launched for discussions related to the Alien franchise. On February 29th, 2012, the Alien Anthology Wiki was created, gathering upwards of 480 entries about the franchise in the next three years. In November 2013, the online retailer Think Geek began selling a Xenomorph plush doll with extendable jaws (shown below).
Kill Me is an image macro series in which people, animals or objects are depicted as if they’re suffering from pain, such as “implied” physical deformity, or otherwise uncomfortable conditions. The images are often accompanied by the caption “Kill me”, reflecting the subject’s desire to be put out of misery. The phrase stems scenes in both Aliens and Alien Resurrection in which Ripley encounters people who plead for her to kill them.
Kill It Before it Lays Eggs
Many have speculated that the expression "kill it before it lays eggs" was inspired by the egg-laying creatures from the Alien franchise.