Alien Auction

An interesting piece of film history was auctioned off today, among other items in London, for a massive £29,875 – The gruesome alien “chest-burster” (an embryonic monster) that emerges from John Hurt’s chest in Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien was renowned for scaring audiences when first seen in the cinema long before I was even born! The model, which is hydraulically powered, was sold to Irish singer Chris de Burgh (no, I’ve never heard of him either!) who described it as “an iconic piece of science fiction film history”.

“In space no one can hear you scream”

I can’t personally imagine putting this sort of thing on my mantle-piece but each to his own! Rumor has it that when the infamous scene was filmed the actors didn’t really know what was going to happen and so what we see is their genuine reactions. Other rumors state that this is just a rumor. One thing I know for a fact is that the first time I saw it my reactions were pretty genuine!

“I know what you had for breakfast”

More on this story over at BBC News.

(N.B. This is my 100th post on the new blog system!!)


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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