STRANGE SHAPES is dedicated to Ridley Scott’s Alien and Prometheus, James Cameron’s Aliens, and David Fincher’s Alien³. Originally launched in late 2010 at Blogger, Shapes amassed a happy half million visitors by October 2012. The blog moved to WordPress as the layout is tidier and the site much better to work with. So, we start anew!
The blog’s focus squares mainly on the content from the original films that have yet to be fully addressed in official media (including the many comprehensive documentaries and books that are widely available). The blog will provide, hopefully, a thorough look at the designs of the movies, a comprehensive look at many unmade scripts, a word or two from the series’ unheard voices, and other miscellaneous bits and pieces.
If you are so inclined, you can support Strange Shapes through Patreon.
I am a Scottish postgraduate currently studying Medieval literature. My first encounter with the Alien came via a battered VHS copy of the Aliens Special Edition which was, for whatever reason, tucked away in my loft. Naturally, my love of the series snowballed from there, and here we are. I have another blog (Conversazione) where I like to spout off into the void about topics of personal interest.
LINKS OF NOTE
An Alien trilogy blog run by my friend xeno_alpha. He has a wealth of information on unseen and alternate scenes and scripts, plus a plethora of cast and crew interviews that you won’t find elsewhere. He also addresses many of the misconceptions regarding the series. A real trove.
An Alien series blog run by wmmvrrvrrmm, who really gets into the lore that influenced the film-makers. A lot of unique material and a really extensive look at the films, comic books and art that influenced Dan O’Bannon and HR Giger.
A monster-orientated site run by my good friend. A great resource for monster maniacs. Covers Alien, Prometheus, and other films, including Godzilla, The Thing, and more!
Recollections of Alien
Alien model maker Jon Sorensen’s personal website. Contains a lot of rare photographs from the workshop and set, as well as Jon’s reminiscences.
You can get the scoop here on a plethora of Alien gadgets, toys, and collectibles.
Aliens at JamesCameronOnline
Includes an extensive FAQ, merchandise and printed media section, and several articles on the film’s creatures and its relation to Alien.
The Alien Universe Timeline
Series fan SM’s timeline of the Alien world, incorporating Alien – Alien Resurrection. Another trove on Alien lore that you may not have known about.