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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?)