ALIEN was the first real horror film my parents allowed me to watch. My mother saw it in the theater when she was eight months pregnant with my sister. That kind of freaked her out. I always heard stories about the “chest-burster” scene and my imagination would run wild with horrifying visuals. A few years later it aired on broadcast T.V. I was about 9 at the time, and my parents only let me watch up to the part where the facehugger dies and JOHN HURT wakes up. Conveniently, there was a commercial break right before the infamous scene, so they sent me to bed.
At that time, in my mind, the alien wasn’t the 8-foot, phallic-headed monster we all know and love, it was the spidery facehugger. That’s what I thought popped out of Cane’s chest and picked of the crew systematically one by one. I had to imagine what the rest of the movie was like with this facehugger killing all the crew.
The next day I drew a comic book called “ALIEN 2!” The plot was simple: The Facehugger escapes the ship and falls to Earth.HAL LINDEN from BARNEY MILLER fame was a beat cop who stumbles upon the facehugger who wakes up and starts destroying the city… and the only one who can stop it is, HAL LINDEN of course.
When I finally saw the entire film a few years later, I wasn’t disappointed. As a matter of fact, I was floored. It has become one of my top favorites of all time.
I guess it just goes to show you that sometimes your imagination is not always better than the real thing.
UNK SEZ: Turnidoff, do not sell your vision of a HAL LINDEN starring ALIEN sequel short. Although JAMES CAMERON‘s take is very difficult to top, yours, if made as you envisioned it, would certainly not be the worst ALIEN sequel in existence. I also think it is very generous of you to want to assist Mr. LINDEN‘s jump from the small screen into multiplexes. I always thought his mustache was made to be seen larger than life, on the big screen. In fact, now that you mention it, HAL‘s ‘stache just may be the absolute perfect foil for a wayward facehugger!
NOTE: TV GUIDE ad from HERE, ALIEN toys from HERE.
Earlier: Turnidoff’s take on MADAME.