QUESTION: What was the original name given to Alien prior to its release in theaters?
A) Icky Sticky Monster
B) Star Beast
C) Death Creatures From the Moon
Bob Omrod, the man behind the Giant World of Miniatures here at the American Treasure Tour, has a wonderful imagination. He creates landscapes, montages and dioramas of his favorite things, often with a humorous or unique perspective. It does not take a psychoanalyst to look at his work and realize he has a deep love not only for movies, but for horror movies. Today, we are going to discuss a film franchise he has honored with its very own display: Alien.
When Alien was released in theaters during the summer of 1979 (May 25th, to be exact), it came with an intriguing tag line: "In space, no one can hear you scream." Riding the coattails of the insanely popular science fiction fantasy film Star Wars, Alien had a different spin: humans traveling through space on an expedition stop by a planetoid to respond to a distress call. They are too late to save anyone, but bring aboard their spacecraft a very unfriendly alien that proceeds to kill the crew. Sigourney Weaver plays the heroic Ripley, whose survival instinct kicks in. The movie, slow-moving by today's standards, created an intensity that would only be rivaled by its many sequels - Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), and Alien Resurrection (1997), as well as a few other pseudo-sequels and prequels. An overwhelmingly successful sci-fi horror franchise, we do not recommend any of these movies for young viewers or anyone who does not like gooey, violent scenes. They are rarely easy to watch, but they are generally effective and exceedingly well done. That said, the display Mr. Omrod created is family friendly, incorporating action figures and bright colors. It might be a nice primer if you want to introduce your kids to something that might scare their socks off, figuratively speaking.
ANSWER: B) Star Beast.