Not surprisingly, there’s nothing to see of Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi horror, set as it is entirely aboard a space freighter, with weirdly effective alien planet sets – and the creature itself – based on designs by Swiss artist HR Giger.

It was filmed at Shepperton Studios, west of Shepperton Green off the B376 in Surrey, and at longtime home of Hammer Films, Bray Studios, Down Place in Berkshire.

The alien egg chamber, in which Kane (John Hurt) encounters the Facehugger, was built in the disused Acton Lane Power Station in west London, which is where James Cameron’s sequel, Aliens, was filmed.




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