Star Beast: Alien Grindhoused

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Original Release Date:
1979
Original Running Time:
116
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Fanedit Running Time:
110
Time Cut:
16
Time Added:
10
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Brief Synopsis:
Some movies are just perfection and can’t be improved. That’s one of them. But there’s always a way to provide some new interesting way to experience them and that was the goal here. Ridley Scott’s masterpiece has been converted to Grindhouse-like movie. Video got additional heavy grain and print damage, 90% of the movie was re-scored, some deleted scenes and outtakes reinstated, along with little additions of footage and dialogue lines from other movies, and some fan-created videos. New opening credits sequence was created and the end credits were also changed. Some scenes were cut, some repurposed and as a cherry on top, an alternate ending was added.
Intention:
To create a version with different vibe and feel, with added plot changes that may surprise even those, who know the movie by heart.
Other Sources:
- deleted scenes and outtake footage from Alien Anthology bonus discs
- production audio from 20th Anniversary DVD of "Alien"
- short glimpses of footage from “Alien Vs. Predator” (2004), “Alien: Covenant” (2017) and “Inserts” (1975)
- fan film “Alien-Aliens: Ripley’s little helper” by Steve Begg
- xenomorph test video animation by David Cordero
- xenomorph CGI 3D model by Cold Iron Studios
- “Alien: Isolation” game (some sounds and backgrounds).
- dialogue lines from: “Ghostbusters” (1984), “The Witches of Eastwick” (1987), “Paul” (2011), “Galaxy Quest” (1999), "The TV set" (2006), “Bone” (1972) and “Truck Turner” (1974).
- Soundtrack music by: Gene Page, Alan Hawkshaw, Nostromo, Bruno Nicolai, Christopher Gunning, Roy Budd, James Canwell, Lew Stern, Riz Ortolani, Gerald Sampler, Libra, Robert Smart, Claude Vasori
- Songs by: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Kate Nash, Tangerine Dream, Slick, The Rolling Stones, The Heavy, Grand Funk, Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie and Michael Jackson.
Special Thanks:
From fanedit.org: ArtisDead, TM2YC; from AVP Galaxy forum: Kradan, Sil and rijir.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Grindhouse effects added throughout the movie
- Re-scored over 90% of the movie & rebuilded some missing sfx
- Cut some dialogue scenes
- Added three deleted scenes from Alien Anthology Blu-ray set
- Re-edited some sequences (especially some of death scenes) using outtakes footage from Alien Anthology Blu-ray set and a few seconds of footage from other movies.
- Added some additional dialogue lines from other movies
- Re-purposed some scenes for new little sub-plot
- Added alternate ending
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9.0
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9.0(8)
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9.4(8)
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9.4(8)
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9.6
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10.0
No denying that Alien is a classic in style and substance so a clever editor could only tighten the film up and move the pacing along...or a clever editor could just "screw" with it. Here you go, Alien if it was going to be a low budget slasher/horror film. This is as close as you will get to a drive-in at home and it is one fun party. Hard to rate edits when they are intentionally silly or sloppy. So give this a 10 for fun and being able to watch a classic film in a new light. I would recommend this inventive carnival ride for any fan of the original just to see how ingenious this editor is. Get some Ju Ju Bees, burn some popcorn and get a flat soda and have the drive-in experience in the safety of your own home. Great work!

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9.1
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This is the first Grindhouse style fanedit I have watched. Alien feels like such a great fit for this kind of thing. I was not disapointed. This is great fun. Loved the soundtrack, it gives it a great vibe and would like to have it on my spotify player. The oversaturated visual style really works well for the grindhouse mood as well. The rough deleted scene footage did not feel out of place thanks too the editing style. Some hilarious and unexpected twists especialy towards the end will make this stick in my memory for years.

The only problem with this edit is that the original is superior in narrative, visuals and audio. But I dont think this was meant of a fix 0r replacement for the original. More a fun alternative.

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8.9
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This was Great Fun! Alien gets a Grindhouse treatment! The mix of grain/dirt/damage is very well made and it's fun to see this well shot film can be so dirty looking. 100% Grindhouse. The music was fun as well and I enjoyed this ride a lot.
It will never replace the original but this edit is not meant to do that.
This will take you on a completely different journey.
I loved the missing reel part and maybe there could be more reels missing so the edit could be trimmed down more and have a higher action packed pacing.

I highly recommend this edit!
Keep up the great work!
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8.5
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As usual Gieferg conjours up an excellent grindhouse treatment with seamless and funny changes. At first I was puzzled by a certain change of a sexual nature but in the end it all made hilarious sense. I would have been fine with a shorter version but that’s just my personal preference. I also would have preferred sticking with music from the 60’s and 70’s but the music selected still was always incorporated well. Recommended for Grindhouse fans.

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9.2
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9.0
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So, this edit was a trip! I watched the version with trailers before the feature. Definitely should be noted the theatrical is a rated R movie but the edit is like a hard-R. The tone is generally lighter but there is more graphic content. So if you're looking for a double feature with another grindhouse fanedit, this'll do but put the kids to sleep first (I would say the same about the theatrical honestly).

Audio/Video Quality:
That said, it's got a very accurate grindhouse feel and the added content is part of that. There were some moments where compositing wasn't ideal, and moments where I wish there was slightly more damage, so one point off Audio/Video Quality, but a lot of effort was put into the look overall and the flaws were in parts that were necessary to tell the changed story, so it's still a high 9.

Visual Editing:
The cuts that were supposed to be seamless were, and the ones that had attention drawn to them helped bolster the authenticity and added to the presentation.

Audio Editing:
The music changed the tone a lot, some songs are stuck in my head days later. I didn't love all of them and not all are necessarily period appropriate but it all worked for the edit's intentions.

Narrative:
Plot changes from the original help it stay fresh, and the changes were the best parts. The original movie is slow paced and at some points I felt like the edit could have been cut down for faster pacing to fit the new punchier tone, like before they wake up, some of the waiting to see what happens to Kane or some of the wandering looking for the title creature later on. Use of deleted material and some other unexpected additions and grindhouse staples also helped keep it pretty fresh. Still a 9

Enjoyment:
I like Alien and am very familiar with it, so that familiarity made me impatient with some of the slower parts, even with the new score. But despite what I would consider a dip in "energy" in the middle, the edit has an attitude and identity of its own, is well-edited with a lot of passion and creativity, and surprises which I hope I haven't spoiled. I loved the end, and I stuck around after the credits. I hovered between 8 and 9 but am going with 9 because this is the kind of edit I like to see, changing the story and trying to give as different an experience from the original film as possible, rather than "fixing" any perceived flaws or gripes. Great job, hope to see more!
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