R | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor.
Although the Alien that hatched from the dog was a rod puppet, early filmed tests used an actual dog in an alien costume. However, the special effects team thought the dog's movements made the Alien look rather comical, so the idea was scrapped in favor of the puppet.
Stasis interrupted. Fire in cryogenic compartment. Repeat, fire in cryogenic compartment. All personnel report to emergency escape vehicle launch pod. Deep-space flight will commence in T-minus twenty seconds.
In the opening, we see a facehugger break through a cryogenic tube and as a result, the facehugger gets cut and we see a small spurt of acid spray onto the floor. The floor then starts dissolving. However, the "floor" is very obviously a piece of styrofoam so that it was easy for the crew to dissolve it with some acetone.
The 20th Century Fox fanfare that plays during the opening studio logo segues ominously into the score of the film.
The Assembly Cut from the 'Alien Quadrilogy' DVD Set does not include all of the footage from the work print. There are at least 5-10 minutes from that version that weren't re-edited for the new DVD box set:
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