The ’90s are alive in space with the sequels which have been derided and praised in equal measure. Drawing from the complex production histories of both movies, Andrea and Alex seek to understand the competing visions of the filmmakers and themes that underpin them.
Alien 3. Dir David Fincher, 1992.
Alien: Resurrection. Dir Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1997.
Intertextuality: Hollywood’s New Currency – A video examination of Hollywood’s use of nostalgia as a tool of manipulation.
The Origins of Farce – A history of the farce theatrical movement and France’s particular take on it.
Catch Jonesie the cat and keep the work loader handy because Alex and Andrea are on an express elevator to LV-426 discussing feminism, mothering, special effects and the enduring influence of classic science fiction in the Alien franchise. Stay tuned for Part 2 in June!
Alien. Dir Ridley Scott, 1979.
Aliens. Dir James Cameron, 1986.
Strange Shapes – a blog dedicated to everything Alien.
H.R. Giger – Giger’s Necronomicon and the making of Alien – A documentary on HR Giger, the artist behind some of the arresting imagery in the movies.
Alien Behind the Scenes – The extensive making-of doc taking a look at all that went into Alien.
The Making of Aliens – The equally-extensive featurette about the second film, featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
Get That Life: How I Co-Founded Bitch Media – A history of the evolution and influence of Bitch Magazine.
The Crow. Dir Alex Proyas, 1994.
30 Days of Night. Dir David Slade, 2007.
The Babadook. Dir Jennifer Kent, 2014.
Goodnight Mommy. Dirs Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, 2014.
The Mommy Trap: Four recent horror movies by women explore the most troubling aspects of motherhood.
Bust out your corsets and button up your pinafores because we’re going back to the 19th century… by way of the 1990s. In this episode, Alex and Andrea examine conflicting authorial intentions, monsters and their makers and what happens when love won’t stay dead.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Dir Francis Ford Coppola, 1992.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Dir Kenneth Branagh, 1994.