“Oh, it was just hellish.”

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Wow. David Fincher feels all the feelings about Alien 3 (also known as Alien Cubed, but I don’t know how to make a tiny three and stick it up near the “n”). This article from a 1992 issue of Premier Magazine, posted on Strange Shapes, gets inside the director’s head to reveal all the ambivalence, doubt, and resulting anger he felt while trying to get the movie made.

You don’t even have to watch the movie to get creeped out. Here’s Sigourney Weaver’s description of her first day working with Fincher:

On the first day of shooting, Weaver was lying naked on a table, covered only by a sheet. She was wearing a contact lens to make her eye look bloody, leaving her almost blind. Fincher called over the production’s bug wrangler, who was carrying a cup full of… lice. “David said, ‘just sprinkle a few bugs on her forehead,’” says Weaver. “And my eyes are open and I’m talking, and all these bugs drop down on my face. They went into my ears and my eyes, and I–who pride myself on having worked with gorillas and everything and being a good trooper–I went nuts. You realise what it’s like to be naked and blind and have bugs thrown in your face? It was the worst beginning with a director I could imagine.”

But the lice turned out to be cute baby crickets, and from there things went relatively smoothly.

“Oh, okay! Those are just little crickets all over my naked face! Yeah, we’re good”–Sigourney Weaver

“You f%&*ing f^&$holes can f$&@ yourselves–someone get me a f$%*^ing medic!”–me in that situation.

The original Alien is, of course, a perfect (terrifying) movie. It’s my must-watch every Halloween. It never feels dated, still creeps me out, and the freakin’ alien will always scare the crap outta me. In the grab-a-friend/pizza/drinks movie category, it’s one of the best. Feministy-wise, how rare it is to see on the screen a lead female who kicks all available ass while not sacrificing the emotional integrity of the character.

So what movie do you guys just have to watch on Halloween? Is it scary, like Alien? Or horror like Cabin in the woods? Or a guilty pleasure like The Bride? ( I kinda like The Bride. I shouldn’t, it’s not a good film. But I don’t care. I care a little. Don’t judge me. Wanna watch it with me? After Alien?)

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29 Responses to “Oh, it was just hellish.”

  1. I once had the incredibly delightful experience of watching Alien in a classroom full of people who had never seen it before (it was for a college course about 70s films). I was sitting there trying not to cackle gleefully every time they all freaked out. It was fantastic.

    Not even going to address the bugs-on-face thing, because NOPE.

  2. flanny says:

    Ooh, I’m going to be monitoring this discussion very closely for possible movies to recap next month. I also might go see Gone Girl this weekend and do a quick review of that, just FYI.

  3. artdorkgirl says:

    I never feel like my Halloween is complete unless I get in a couple of good Vincent Price flicks and some of the Hammer films from the 50s. They aren’t scary, they’re kinda silly, but I love them wholeheartedly. Sure, I like actual scary movies (Alien, The Orphanage, The Shining) but give me a 50s haunted house movie and I am there!

    • taoreader says:

      Vincent Price, yes. Also Bela Lugosi, which is the reason I like to pull out Plan Nine From Outer Space. You know what I looooove for the creeps? The silent film Nosferatu. You guys, there will never be a scarier, more believable vampire than that one. This is just his shadow:


  4. Sota says:

    NOPE. Bugs on my face and IN MY EARS?! NOPE NOPE NOPE.


    • Anyone else ever watch Brokedown Palace, with Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale? There’s a scene where Kate’s character gets sick because a COCKROACH BURROWED INTO HER EAR and I’ve never been right since.

      • That scene pretty much scarred me for life. I went to Thailand and all I could think about was cockroaches getting in to my ears and eating my brain.

      • taoreader says:

        I did see it but I’d forgotten all about that scene. So THANK YOU. Are you getting back at me for the lice-in-the-face? ‘Cause roach in the ear is waaayyy worse!

  5. catweazle says:

    I don’t like scary movies in general but I usually watch 28 Days Later around Halloween. For some reason I’m ok with that one? It’s mostly because of Cillian Murphy’s beautiful face TBH.

    Does Zodiac count as a scary movie? Because that movie is the best and I usually watch it around this time of year.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      Zodiac is so unsettling that I would say yes, it for sure counts. Real life murders? check. Unsolved mystery? check. Creepy 70s vibe? oh, that’s a check!

      • Speaking of real-life murders, can we talk about how terrible it is when you’re watching something like Dateline Mysteries or Forensic Files and all of a sudden it ends with “and the case is still unsolved.” Um, no, dudes, I watch these shows to see murderers get CAUGHT, not to have to think about them STILL OUT THERE SOMEWHERE.

        • artdorkgirl says:

          Before we got rid of cable, I had a very unhealthy relationship with ID. The unsolved ones were the worst.

        • taoreader says:

          I’m still traumatized by an Unsolved Mysteries I saw years ago where a young girl is abducted from a phone booth and her boyfriend jumps in his car to go look for her. He actually passes the pickup she’s in and hears her screaming his name. He jams the car into reverse directly from drive, and the car stalls. It was still unsolved.

        • Nooooooooo, that’s so terrible.

      • taoreader says:

        Ugh, I just looked up that phone booth abduction and it is still unsolved. Apparently I’m not the only one who remembers it.

    • taoreader says:

      A++ for Zodiac. Never seen 28 Days Later but I probably should, people seem to like it.

      • hotspur says:

        28 Days Later is very good, and also it is Important because it invented fast zombies.

        • Sota says:

          One time a friend of mine wanted to watch 28 Days Later and I was all like sure that’s fine. I spent the first half trying to figure out where Sandra Bullock was going to show up. Yeah, completely faked out by 28 Days vs 28 Days Later.

  6. nastyemu says:

    I think as an adult, the only time something from a movie has really scared me was in Pan’s Labyrinth. You know what I’m talking about.

  7. I like The Omen and The Shining for scary movies, but for dumb Halloween stuff, I like watching Scream (all three!)

  8. Casey says:

    I always think I’m going to watch Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” around Halloween, but almost never do. Not the greatest movie by any stretch, but I have a soft spot for it.

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