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Effects Team Uploads ‘Alien 3’ 25th Anniversary Behind the Scenes Video

May 22nd marks the 25th anniversary of David Fincher’s Alien 3.

Famously disowned by Fincher himself, 1992’s Alien 3 polarized fans of the franchise long before Ridley Scott returned to take it in a bold new direction with Prometheus. The film, which was set on a prison planet and nihilistically killed both Newt and Hicks off with little fanfare, introduced the “Runner” (aka “Dog Alien”), a much faster breed of Xenomorph born from an animal host.

Many fans have criticized the Alien 3 villain for being brought to the screen with some seriously bad CGI, but the fast-moving Xenomorph was actually a combination of a practical man-in-suit and a rod puppet that was filmed against bluescreen and optically composited into the live-action footage – mind you, the effects often look pretty terrible, but it’s an important distinction to make.

In any event, the Xenomorph suit that Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated made for Alien 3 (it was worn by the company’s Tom Woodruff, Jr.) was pretty damn impressive, and its construction is highlighted in a new 25th anniversary video that ADI put together using old VHS footage and behind the scenes photos. Their work on the film, it’s safe to say, was not the weak link.

Happy 25th, Dog Alien!



  • Michael Hill

    who gives a fuck ..enough of these crap Alien articles, it’s all you cunts write about. Fuck you.

    • moebius2249

      gtfo off the site then.

      • Michael Hill

        get on your knees and worship me asshole.

        • moebius2249

          Another cunt for the block list.

          • Michael Hill

            suck me off like a vacuum bitch

          • Nealus

            Get off the site and stop ruining it for the rest of us. I come to BD everyday to check out Alien posts. They do a great job covering everything in the horror industry and I love their xeno coverage. Covenant was terrific fun and I’ll gladly pay my hard earned cash to watch, read or play anything in the Alien universe.

          • Michael Hill

            who asked your opinion asshole? go tongue out your mother’s hairy love hole.

    • The Drucifer

      Haha. It’s called film promotion.

  • huntermc

    It is a shame, because sometimes even if the finished movie ends up being a trainwreck, there may have been dozens of of talented, hard working individuals behind the scenes who put it a lot of hard work.


    a video about alien3 which has one of the greatest soundtracks e.v.e.r. and they didn’t use it in the video. wtf.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    I really don’t understand the hate for Alien 3, now if it was Resurrection I’d understand because that was a heap of doo doo. They had a cool setting, no guns, it was a different kind of xeno (having burst from a dog) and they had to use the tunnel system to trap it in the molten lead. Oh well, to each their own I suppose.

    • The Drucifer

      It’s so different from the one people seem to really love(ALIENS). The movie was hobbled from the beginning and shouldn’t be anywhere near as good as it is. I’ve always liked it. Resurrection is like when a dog is pooping and can’t get it all out. It just dangles there smelling up the place. It’s amusing at first as a spectator and then the embarrassment and sadness kicks in.

      • GunsOfNavarone

        I agree. Alien has had such a mixed tone throughout with the different directors. Alien was a suspense horror in space, Aliens was the action movie in space, Alien 3 was a drama (probably the most we got) with horror and dripping with atmosphere. But what I like most about Alien 1 and 3 are that in each, there were no marines with guns, no sentries, no means of fighting the creature. They had to think smarter and try to outwit it with what little means they had – which in Alien 3 was often by baiting themselves. But out of all the franchise, people always shit on it the most. I rarely hear criticism of Resurrection and that to me is the odd one out, a very strange movie with bastardized designs of Giger’s Xeno. Ripley is no longer vulnerable, no longer scared, she has superhuman strength… The set design was great and they had some great sequences – the underwater part being among the best, but ultimately it was garbage.

        • guest

          dont forget in resurrection, clone ripley tearing the tongue out of a xenomorph and handing it to winona since a little acid blood no longer seems to hurt anyone.

          • GunsOfNavarone

            Haha yes ! The movie had several silly parts like that.

        • moebius2249

          Resurrection isn’t a kick in the nuts to watch. The film isn’t great, but you can sit back and enjoy parts. I can’t say that about anything in that depressing dreck of a movie Alien 3.

          • GunsOfNavarone

            I beg to differ, I rate someone’s enjoyment of Resurrection on how much of an alien fan they are because it was nothing like any of the previous movies with some utterly bizarre ideas – like Ripley merging with the xenos and disappearing into some writhing mess of them. Just plain weird. Alien 3 was originally meant to be the end of the franchise and unlike alien and aliens showed that even Ripley wasn’t immune to the danger. I get that people loved Hicks and Newt but I thought many of the convict characters were great in Alien 3.

          • moebius2249

            The fact that a concept from a has been director (Blompkamp) was generating so much buzz should tell you what a lot of people think about Alien 3. It’s the Prometheus of the pre-prequel Alien movies. A vocal minority loves it, while the majority consensus runs from hate to meh.

          • GunsOfNavarone

            Meh. I’m glad it never happened, Blomkamp has made 1 good movie in his career and that was nearly 10 years ago. Concept drawings are 1 thing but actually delivering a decent movie is another and I’m convinced he’d have fucked it up. I’m going to go out on a limb here though, I like the fact that throughout the movies we have had a different cast apart from Sigourney. I think when you carry people over what you end up with is a road-trip franchise where you have a small group of individuals that seem invincible compared to all the people around them dying, and if Blomkamp had made another, the fans would have wanted all 3 to survive again. I like the fact that Ripley is the badass and through it all she’s been the one to survive. If there is one thing which I didn’t like though was that they died in the hypersleep crash. I think they should have been killed off in Aliens instead, maybe in a more heroic fashion.

          • moebius2249

            Any director Fox chooses can do a retcon.

        • The Drucifer

          Resurrection felt like the culmination of all those Dark Horse comics in the 90s, not good.

    • moebius2249

      It nihilistically killed characters people loved including the main character.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    the complaints about Alien 3 that are about story choices like killing boring characters like Hicks and Newt are ridiculous

    • Mehliens

      Butthurt fanboys that just wanted another Ripley / Cameron film instead of a proper Alien sequel. FUCK THEM

    • moebius2249

      That’s a large number of the population you’re casually dismissing.

  • Golic

    This video was 1000 times better than Covenant.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    ADI seem like jerks

    Stan Winston was okay, maybe a little over-rated
    He gets credit from me for being involved in some classics,
    but he never really had any signature rep deserving creations IMO

    And ADI aren’t even near his level, but have this smug attitude like they think they’re masters of the art and really great

    Now here they go fishing around for attention for their terrible work on A3 to cash in on interest in the terrible new prometheus movie

    • moebius2249

      At least they’re still in business considering the state of the industry. Moreover, they realize the importance of exposure when it comes to business.

    • William Smith

      ADI came from Stan Winston’s studio. Woodruff Jr was one of the “Men in the monster suit” on Aliens. When Winston passed on, the talent and training from his company lives on in ADI.

    • wedellbudwhite

      The suit effects in alien 3 are superior to the aliens suit effects in by stan winston studios. They have had a YouTube channel for awhile and have avert good resume

  • The Drucifer

    I would like an anniversary edition in the same vein as the first two. They’re beautiful sets and the assembly cut goes a long way to making it a better film. Always had a soft spot for this flick. It’s where I learned the term “nihilistic”.

  • Luca Vasto

    i ADORE Alien 3

    haters suck it

    • Saturn

      The assembly cut is definitely the way to go – that’s definitely the superior version – the only version I will watch these days.

      • moebius2249

        A superior version of a still flawed film.

        • Dark Cypher

          Flawed in you opinion

  • A.J.

    The only thing I don’t like about Alien 3 are those few instances of god-awful CGI.

    • Steven Lornie

      After all these years, it’s a bloody rod puppet.

  • All I can think of is them using a whippet as a test for the Alien.

  • Smokescreen85

    I do agree those shots with the rod puppet looked bad and fake. The practical suit was so much better.

  • Tim Behrend

    All Alien 5 Supporters, there is a petition online now!
    Please sign and share the link wherever you can to show and tell Fox what we
    really wanted! A Sequel!!!

    We want Alien 5 (Alien 3.2) with Ripley, Newt and Hicks!!!

    (I think 1000s more would sign if the would know about the
    petition!) Keep on fighting for the movie we all want and love to see!!! Share
    it so that it get attention:

    -on Facebook,

    -on youtube in the comments und all the Alien videos -on
    websites, -in Forums -tell all yout friends the fans about it!

    We have to chance Fox mind!

    • sander kemperman

      A petition won’t accomplish anything, it will only make things worse. You don’t petition companies, you petition governments. Having a petition would only discourage them. They’d see how few people sign it and come to the conclusion that not enough people are interested for it to make money.

    • moebius2249

      Pray Ridley’s films lose money, because that’s the only thing that’s going to cause Fox to change course.

      • Dark Cypher

        Bad idea, if that film loses money you will never see another alien movie

  • GrimGrinGhost

    Alien > Alien 3 > Aliens

  • Christopher Metivier

    I really wonder about the criticism for Alien 3. First off, the directors cut that is available to watch on the Blu-ray set is a least one full letter grade better than the theatrical cut. I don’t think any of us are going to try and say that Alien 3 is even close to enjoyable as the first two however, if you watch the film as a stand alone science-fiction film, it’s pretty high caliber. Think about it. It’s actually visually stunning, those sets are amazing and the acting is better in this than probably any of the others. The prisoners are really memorable and are both hideous at times, but also we do root for them. There is a melancholy atmosphere and mood in this film that is overlooked quite a bit. I agree that there are a number of cheesy shots when we see the Alien, which there also are in Resurrection and even now in Covenant, but those can be over-looked if the rest of the movie is good. It’s not likely that any film in this franchise will reach the heights of the first two. That is ok with me though. I have just as much fun anticipating a new film in the hopes that it will be great. I really enjoyed Prometheus and also Covenant. I liked them about the same and felt they were both much better than either of the two original sequels after Aliens. I see the issues in all four movies, but these last two have grandness about them especially in the visual department that makes up for a lot of the issues that are there. I personally would have liked the direction of the franchise to go differently like everyone else. Personally, I felt that there was a world where these creatures came from that could have been discovered eventually and an expansion of their mythology within it’s origin. I also thought that the mother alien in Aliens was really a great expansion from the first film. Someone could have thought about an idea of what impregnated her to be laying those eggs. We also by now should have had a scene where a character was apprehended and cocooned while still aware of what was going on. In the right hands that could have been a very intense scene in one of these pictures. I don’t like the inconsistency of the creatures. Why do they outright kill a victim sometimes, but kidnap and cocoon other times. What do they consume when humans aren’t around? There is so much that could be expanded upon, but I’m happy watching other people’s ideas. At the end of the day I’m 47 and have been a fan since I was 11 years old and snuck out of bed to watch the original on a grainy TV screen. It’s fun all these years later to still have this franchise be a part of pop culture even if the films themselves don’t ever reach the heights of the first two.

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