Well, the Poster Posse is back and at it again. Ridley Scott’s Alien is one of the most terrifying films ever made, creating a near perfect blend of horror and science fiction that is a huge part of why it still holds up after all these years. There are a lot of movies from 1979 that we aren’t celebrating, or that we don’t even remember, but this year has certainly been full of people paying homage to the 35th anniversary of one of their favorite films. And the international poster crew is no different, only their commemoration is much prettier than ours, which primarily includes sitting on the couch in the dark and watching Alien repeatedly. Not to imply that’s bad, just somewhat less artistic on our part.
The artist collective took Alien’s milestone as an opportunity to create a three phase art project that celebrates what has become common knowledge at this point, the fact that in space, no one can hear you scream. This is just a smattering of the selections (check out Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 here for even more striking work), but it gives you an idea of the variety of approaches and talent they’re working with.
These posters cover a wide range of elements from the film. Of course, there’s the iconic H.R. Giger-designed Xenomorph, perhaps the most frightening, fearsome monster in all of movie history. You have the isolation and solitude of the doomed ship Nostromo rendered in other images, as well as some cool designs of the ship heading for a planet that alternately looks like one of those egg sacks the facehuggers emerge from or that have the mouth of a Xenomorph. You might want to stay away from either of those places.
Sigourney Weaver’s ultimate cinematic badass, Ellen Ripley, obviously figures prominently in many of these works, it would just be silly to have anything Alien-themed without including her, right? She is the face of the franchise after all (even if you include the Aliens Versus Predator movies in that family). However, I have to say, I think my favorites are the ones that focus on Jones, aka Jonesy, the cat that hangs out on the Nostromo and entertains the crew, as well as keeping those pesky space mice at bay.
The best part about these Poster Posse works is that if you see one you like, you can probably buy a copy for your very own. And what better way to class up your home than with a limited edition Alien poster on the wall?