The nature of motherhood presents fertile ground of fears for horror to explore. There are countless genre movies that explore the horrors of giving birth, of child-rearing, of maternal sacrifice, and simply how being a mother can affect one’s sanity. Which means that when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day, there’s no shortage of horror movies to honor the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to be a mom. The most obvious selections focus on evil mothers, protective mothers, or benign moms struggling with their evil kid. But no franchise has managed to explore every corner of motherhood quite like the Alien franchise. From the philosophical to the traditional, from conception to the stresses of raising a child (or monster), to the very definition of what motherhood is, the entire catalog of Alien films has captured the complexities of motherhood in way that’s wholly unique. For this Mother’s Day, we’re paying respects to Ellen Ripley, the Queen Mother, and mothers everywhere by looking back at the maternal core of this series.
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Sigourney Weaver made headlines this past Friday when she made a surprise appearance at the “Alien Day” encore of a New Jersey high school’s Alien play, but that wasn’t the only awesome thing Weaver did for “Alien Day” this year. She also appeared in a skit on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” spoofing Aliens and reprising the role of Ellen Ripley!
20th Century Fox has been acquired by The Walt Disney Company, but their legacy of decades of contributions to cinema will live on. And a group of high school students are already doing their part to keep their flame burning.
We’ve seen some pretty kickass horror-inspired gingerbread houses over the years, but this latest creation goes far beyond being a mere house. Cake designer Caroline Eriksson spent the past month making something we’ve never seen before: a Gingerbread Xenomorph!
The Norwegian artist shared the creation through Instagram and it blew up thanks to Reddit. She explained in an Instagram comment, “It took 3.5 weeks – 1 for the structure, and 2.5 for making dough, baking gingerbread pieces and putting it all together with burnt sugar.”
Eriksson further detailed…
“It’s an iron structure inside with sculptured gingerbread on top: I made an inner skeleton with correct proportions, and then drew pieces/designs to fit on top of it. I’ve altered the usual recipe a bit to make it stronger – so I wouldn’t recommend for eating, but I’m using twice the amount of syrup, and no baking powder. It makes the gingerbread harder and gives it a smoother surface! There’s a whole lot of melted sugar to keep it together!”
How crazy is this?!
Alien 3 explores the worst form of body horror: discovering that you’ve been reduced by the people around you to the body you live in, that you will be judged for your body, and that there is no way to change this perception of you. The result cuts deeper than any ravenous monster ever could; it hurts the heart and wounds the soul.
The Alien movies perfected body horror. The alien will kill you on sight, if you’re lucky. If you’re unlucky—and you’re unlucky by default if you find yourself in an Alien film—the creature that serves as the reproductive portion of the alien’s life cycle will catch you and lay its offspring in your chest via your throat. It will nest inside your ribcage as you walk around, using you as an incubator until it’s time for the creature to be suddenly and violently born, a process that will kill you painfully. Having used your body, it will go on to inflict more pain and terror on those around you. The alien is shorthand for fear of rape.
Each of the Alien movies explore this concept in a different setting and flavor, each with their own director’s signature stamped in bold letters across its face. Alien (Ridley Scott) is cold, analytical horror, slow-moving at first until all hell breaks loose. Aliens (James Cameron) is hot-blooded action, all heart and pumping adrenaline. Alien 3 (David Fincher) rotates back to the horror of Scott’s original film, but this time it is grimy and confused, more callous and nihilistic than the original. There’s no hope to be had when you’ve crash-landed on a penal colony with an unwelcome passenger in tow.