Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece Alien bursts open in rare documentary footage


Memory: the Origins of Alien explores the story behind the sci-fi horror classic Alien.

Legion M

The chestburster scene in director Ridley Scott‘s 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien still haunts me today. But because of Alien‘s originality and complex creatures, I grew up loving horror films. Now fans like me can continue to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a new documentary called Memory: The Origins of Alien

The first trailer for the documentary — which was posted on Aug. 27 — shows some of the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage that gives fans the untold origin story behind the movie Alien. 

The documentary features interviews with some of the Alien cast such as Tom Skerritt and Veronica Cartwright about their work on the original film, as well as experts who delve into the mythology that may have influenced the film’s story.

Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas), the new documentary also reveals never-before-seen materials from the archives of Alien creators Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger — including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, and O’Bannon’s original 29-page script from 1971 entitled “Memory.” 

The documentary also focuses on the making of the film’s memorable chestburster scene, which is still one of the most graphic, haunting scenes in sci-fi horror history.

Memory: The Origins of Aliens will debut in theaters and On Demand on Oct. 4.