In the 1980s, vampires left their castles and European hideaways for American suburbs and small towns. In this episode, Andrea and Alex examine what happens when the monster you fear is part of your community and discuss what is to be done when they want to borrow more than just sugar….
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.