Plasticine aliens


Love this movie but the 2 aliens at the end of the film looked terrible, even by 1977's standards.

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Which two aliens? There's the giant alien "leader" with his spider-like limbs accompanied by the grand musical burst which scares the humans, and the lone alien who does the hand signals - those two?

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Yes.

The first one has a scary reveal score as well.

The designs are good - but they legit look like quickly moulded plasticine complete with rough bumps where extra bits where squeezed in etc.

I heard they redid the take on the hand signal one a few months after shooting it initially with a person in a suit.

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They never bothered me. I even liked the little smile the hand signal alien attempts.

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I agree the smile was nice.

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I've just rewatched this movie in the Director's Cut, and yes, the HD definition really does bring out the problems with the first alien. In fact, I swear I can see the wires used to hold him up! The second alien is definitely animatronic or even stop-motion.

Then again, when we see Gillian taking photos of the crowds of aliens outside the ship, their eyes look human but over-sized, sometimes even cartoonish. The second alien mentioned above doesn't really look like them.

I don't know if you knew this, but I once saw a DVD extra on how they wanted the aliens to look when they came out of their ship, and they tried speeding them up, so they looked like human child-sized ANTS scurrying around at the speed real ants do. That idea was shot down FAST.

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