Happy Alien Day! Celebrate With The Unheard Nerd!

Happy Alien Day! Celebrate With The Unheard Nerd!


Today is the 2nd Alien day! A day to celebrate all things Alien, the classic sci-fi movie monster.

April 24th has been dubbed Alien Day by 20th Century Fox. Fans the world over will be rewatching the first two films, Alien and Aliens, in special cinema screenings which will feature an exclusive preview of new footage from the upcoming film Alien: Covenant.

A new wealth of merchandising will also be released or revealed today showing that the love for the classic creature, designed by H. R. Giger and released into cinemas in 1979, is still going strong.

As the film writer here at the Unheard Nerd, I have used these pages to express my love for the films and write what I hope were interesting articles and pieces relating to these classic films.

To celebrate Alien Day I have collected all my Aliens related work and linked to them below.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much I have writing them.

Happy reading!

 


WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN #15 | OPERATION: ALIENS 

One of my longest ongoing series has been “What Could Have Been…”, an exploration into the way some of our favourite films could have turned out very differently. In some cases, they never happened at all.

The Alien films have received three mentions in this series so far.

Article #15 explores the mystery surrounding a possible Saturday morning animated series based on upon the Aliens film. One possible answer comes from a fellow reader!


WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN #17 | ALIENS

Just two entries later and Aliens features again. This time we discover that Michael Biehn wasn’t the first choice for Dwayne Hicks and another actor had already been shooting for two weeks before he was replaced.


WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN #18 | ALIEN 3

In January of 2015, director Neill Blomkamp posted concept art of his take on a direct sequel to Aliens on Instagram. Both Sigourney Weaver and Blomkamp have made comments about this work over the last two years.

This edition of “What Could Have Been…” has been updated for Alien Day to reflect the latest information.


WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN…VIDEO GAMES | ALIENS: CRUCIBLE

I started a companion line of articles to look at some great concept video games that were cancelled and never saw the light of day.

In this article, I take a look at Aliens: Crucible, a role-playing game set within the Aliens universe.


RETRO GAMING REVIEW | ALIENS

In the run-up to the release of the video game Alien: Isolation, I decided to look back at the Aliens game for the 8-bit computer, the ZX Spectrum.

As you’ll discover, what version of the game you played depended on what side of the Atlantic Ocean you sat!


CAN YOU SURVIVE THE REMASTERED ALIEN TERROR!

Whilst exploring the internet I discovered I wasn’t the only fan of the old 8-bit Aliens game. Here was a newly remastered and updated version for modern computers.


Alien Isolation

REVIEW | ALIEN: ISOLATION

Finally last year I bought myself a Sony Playstation 4. One of my first games was Alien: Isolation. I hadn’t even finished the game at the time but felt compelled to write this review for The Unheard Nerd.


UKFILMNERD’S SHORTS | ALIENS: LV-426

An irregular series here at The Unheard Nerd, UKFilmNerd’s Shorts is where I showcase short films that I discover on the internet.

Aliens: LV-426 is a great ten-minute film playing out another possible future for Newt after the events of the film Aliens.


Alien: Out of the Shadows

REVIEW | ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

To coincide with 2016’s Alien Day, Audible released a 10 part audio drama entitled, Alien: Out of the Shadows. This had been adapted from the 2014 novel by Tim Lebbon.

Running at 4 1/2 hours, find out if I think it’s worth your time.


MY NERDY MEMORIES: ALIEN WAR

In the basement of the Trocadero Centre in London during the early 1990s, a live-action Aliens experience was created using actors and utilising original props from the films.

As an Alien fan, I travelled up to London to fins out if it was actually any good.


 



John Abbitt

About the author | John Abbitt

@UKFilmNerd | John loves the movies and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990's. Whilst the web page idea became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. Now he's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.