Back to the Future in the Horror Universe: ALIEN

15 May

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.

ALIEN (FILM)

Release Date: May 25, 1979 (Setting is 2122 A.D.)

Series: Alien

Non-Horror Crosses: Back to the Future

The Story: The Nostromo is a commercial towing spacecraft with a seven man crew on its way home to Earth while the crew sleeps in stasis. The crew is awakened when an unknown transmission is received and the company they work for, Weyland-Yutani, orders an investigation of its source on a nearby planetoid. Some crew members depart to investigate, and find what appears to be some kind of pods. One opens and out bursts a creature that wraps itself around a crew member’s face. The crew rushes back on board, despite risk of contamination. The crew member who was attacked seems to recover, having had the “face hugger” removed and the ship departs towards Earth. However, before the crew returns to stasis, an Alien bursts from the exposed member’s chest, and becomes a dangerous threat that seems to grow really fast. The crew then tries to destroy the creature before they are destroyed, but one of the crew has ulterior motives.

Notes: This is a science fiction movie. But is is also most definitely a horror film. Weyland-Yutani was a client of Wolfram and Hart in the early 21st century, and that crossover connection solidly places Alien in the Horror Universe. However, the future of which the Alien film franchise takes place is only one of an infinite number of possible future timelines for the Horror Universe. There are many future stories with links to the Horror Universe, but with contrary versions of the fates of planet Earth, the human race, societal norms, and technological advances. All of them are still valid. Any of those futures could happen, but they all share a common history from the dawn of time to our present day. The ship has a “Mr. Fusion”. This same device, presumably from the makers of Mr. Coffee, is also seen on the time machine in the Back to the Future series. Perhaps the future timeline seen in Back to the Future Part II is part of the future Alien timeline. This film is followed by several sequels, starting with Aliens. This film has also been referenced as fictional or in homage numerous times in film and on television due to its popularity.

For more Back to the Future crossovers, click here.

For more Alien crossovers, click here.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

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