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Xenomorph Test Footage For Alien Is Still Creepy After 33 Years

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Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien is a classic. It defined what could be done in the horror and science fiction genre with its boiling tension, heart pulsing score and believable character moments. It also was a step forward in terms of creature design with the infamous xenomorph itself.

This early test footage of 6″10′ Nigerian actor Bolaji Badejo figuring out exactly how to move as a xenomorph is just as creepy and eerie as it was back in 1979. In the test footage, Badejo moves down the spaceship’s corridors without the xenomorph costume but still poses as a threat with the large xenomorph head.

This was the only film role for Bolaji Badejo, who was discovered by a casting agent in a London pub. He collaborated with Alien Art Director, H.R. Giger, with how the xenomorph moved and walked. Badejo took the brunt of the physical abuse as the xenomorph by enduring the heat inside of the latex suit, which only allowed him to be in the suit for only 15 to 20 minutes at a time. It was uncomfortable and the xenomorph head gave Bedejo a limited field of vision. He told Cinefantastique magazine about his experience as the xenomorph in 1979,

[The special-effects helmet] was all manual, remote controlled [...] There’s still a space in it for my head. I had it on just to make sure nothing goes wrong with the posture of the head or how tall it is in comparison to the other sequences. They must have had about 2000 tubes of K-Y Jelly [...] just to get the effect of that slime coming out of his mouth. A lot of it was spread around on the face. I could barely see what was going on around me, except when I was in a stationary position, while they were filming. Then there were a few holes I could look through.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=841950242 Zachary David Stringham

    I think you mean 6′ 10″ not 6″ 10′… Just sayin’

    • scrumble

      Your assuming they’re talking about his height. ;)

  • Ted

    Stop saying “xenomorph.”

    • Jon

      Out of curiosity, what would you prefer? I enjoy the Alien franchise, and that’s the name I always associated with the creatures. Or is your comment an observation of the writer using the word 8 times in 3 short paragraphs?

      • fe

        Wrong. Only Cameron called it that in Aliens

        NEVER in Alien. And Ridley NEVER does.

        • Zack

          Do you also get mad when people refer to the inhabitants of the first moon of Endor as Ewoks? That was a marketing ploy but was never mentioned in film…

    • Tensen01

      I understand… It’s not like that name was actually used in any of the movies or anythi– Oh wait…

      • OPfan

        It was used in Aliens when Hudson ask the Lt. if they were on a bug hunt. Hudson: “What’s a Xenomorph?” Hicks: “It’s a bug hunt.” LOL.

      • d

        It was only used in Aliens
        NEVER in Alien and NEVER by Ridley Scott

        • Einherje

          I believe Ridley Scott explicitly calls Giger’s creation “the xenomorph” in an interview relating to the, at that time, upcoming Prometheus. I can’t seem to find the interview, but search around.

        • bbmcrae

          Sorry, is this somehow an actual issue people should debate?

        • Ran1976

          it’s still the canon name now, ain’t it?

          • Crimson Call

            It is. Still alien and xenomorph are similes, even if they like them or not. They never figured out a name and just took a random noun for “stranger”. I prefer the term “xenomorph” anyway because it highlights their bizarre shape more than simply calling them “strangers”, like a racist clichè for anything foreigner.

    • peterjack12

      It’s just the latest gimmick name!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fabriken Niclas Boman

    That guy moved back to Africa after the Alien movie and he also committed suicide.

    • Jenny

      Can you guide me to proof of death. A website with the news?

      • http://www.facebook.com/fabriken Niclas Boman

        I’m responding to this 10 months late but here’s where i found this out:
        http://nojesguiden.se/artiklar/att-aterupptacka-skracken

        I’m afraid it’s in swedish though. A swedish journalist named Sigge Eklund made some research and found this out, and that’s what that blog post is about.

  • JohnJGuy

    It was such and is still a phenomenally good movie. One of the few that gets inside and haunts your memory…

    • Jammy

      I got the whole boxset for £8 wooo

      • davison

        i got it all downloaded including alien vs predator and its all for free weeeee.

  • Jenny

    According to thetallestman.com, he is 7’2″… no reference to death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.goodson.7 Charles Goodson

    Not that anyone cares, but that is background music from Legacy of kain: Soul Reaver. At one point you can even hear Raziel sharpening his claws.

    • DoomCanoe

      i care

    • Kyran

      I recognized that music immediately! Awesome!

    • Ron Hatcher

      Holy Crap. Yeah, instant recognition. I miss those games. Back when vampires were badass.

    • hexen morter

      LOL i know u wrote this 6 months ago but i am just watching this clip now and you sir are correct i would have known right away thats what it was from being one of my favorite games of all time

  • OPfan

    Didn’t this guy also wear the suit in “Predator”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Smalley/100000996422784 Michael Smalley

      No, the predator was played by Kevin Peter Hall who at 7/2″ was four inches taller then Mr. Bedejo.

      • Ran1976

        apparently Van Damme was cast as the Predator at one point. But this was when it looked like a giant bug. Believe it or not, a little bit of that footage is in the movie

  • xekushuna

    That dude was Skinny AF

  • JCKC

    Have to love that 3 minutes of test footage from Alien is still far creepier than Prometheus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.dejarnet Keith DeJarnet

    Amazing…and creepy. One of my favorite movies. I thought it was all special effects and not an actual actor. Wow…

  • http://twitter.com/st_christophr Muscles A’Pumpin

    Alien is remarkable for being, to my mind, the only movie monster in film history to not disappoint upon its reveal. to actually be creepier than most viewers are able to imagine is the rarest of horror feats, and I doubt many other than Giger could have pulled that off.

    • peterjack12

      The monster is just a man in a rubber suit with a ludicrous head stuck on top, and too many teeth! It only looks creepy because you can hardly see it in the dark!

      • justsayin

        in respect, the whole movie was supposed to be sexually rapine on a subliminal level. undertones of violation were implied.

  • Ken the cog

    This creature has haunted me for years and still scares the shit out of me

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidyesenia.gonzales David-Yesenia Gonzales

    This was freaking awesome! Man hes super tall and thin!

  • ekaj

    I think its just the music that makes this scary, there nothing scary about this otherwise bu then again i haven’t ever found the original THAT scary but i guess at its time it was probably scary as jaws was cause no one had seen a movie about that like that.

  • Rod

    That guy was like a living, breathing cartoon character.

  • Bubby

    This isn´t creepy. At all. Sad maybe (you can notice the poor guy can´t see a thing with that mask on) But creepy? Come on.

  • Tresix

    ALIEN is one of my all-time favorite movies. I remember seeing this man’s name in the end credits. I kept confusing Bolaji Badejo with Badja Djola, who played the bad guys in PENITENTIARY and A RAGE IN HARLEM. Kevin Peter Hall, who played the Predator, also played Harry in HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS. He died from AIDS in 1991. Djola died of a heart attack in 2005.

  • peterjack12

    He just looked like a man in a latex suit – just like first horror movie ‘monster’ I saw (‘The She Creature’) back in 1960! So disappointing! Where’s someone with a bit of imagination?

    • http://www.facebook.com/FirstMetazoan Shrimp Weapons

      Imagination? Few things can match the creativity displayed by this creature seen here. It’s a classic. It’s a biomechanical blend of the erotic and the terrifying. The way he moved certainly wasn’t like any other people in suits. They didn’t have any animatronics back then. Most find it convincing to this very day. It’s all a matter of opinion, but fortunately you’re very much in the minority. At the same time, I don’t believe he could move very well in the suit. They HAD to show him in brief glimpses to maintain a level of mystery and horror, There’s nothing wrong with the design either. How the hell can you compare it to a monster from the 1960s?

  • alienholic

    slenderman…? y u no teach ridley scott how to make prometheus????

  • Derek Binion

    its not really creepy,whats wrong with me?

  • Chris

    This Is Creepy…

    • wIL

      mUSIC FROM lEGACY OF kAIN

  • Crimson Call

    lol at the Soul Reaver music. It fits too nicely than expected.