Beginning with the release of Alien in 1979, the franchise has time and again delivered iconic moments and imagery that are instantly recognizable–even among people who aren’t particularly keen on horror or science fiction. This is truly a testament to the franchise’s lasting impact and it’s pretty fascinating to see just how this influence has permeated pop culture in different ways over the years. As we anxiously await the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant and celebrate Alien Day, what could be more fun than revisiting some of our favorite Alien references in TV, film, and beyond?
As you will find if you attempt to hunt down all of the notable nods to Alien over the years, there are plenty of movies, TV shows, novels, comics, and more that have referenced the franchise’s most famous scenes and characters in the past few decades. The below list consists of just a few of our favorites, and we hope you enjoy taking this walk down memory lane with us!
Spaceballs (1987) – Film
The late John Hurt–Kane himself–makes a cameo appearance in this classic Mel Brooks sci-fi parody, meeting yet another chest-bursting end. The creature that explodes from him this time, however, makes quite a different impression.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day (2001) – Video Game
This controversial Nintendo 64 action game was rife with vulgarity, violence, and pop culture references–and it was a hell of a lot of fun! Conker’s Bad Fur Day‘s final boss fight finds the titular potty-mouthed squirrel donning a mechanical suit (a la Ripley’s exo-suit in the Aliens finale) and facing down Heinrich, the Xenomorph big bad. Bonus points to the game’s creators for having Conker deliver the famed “Get away from her, you bitch!” line.
Family Guy: S06E07 (2007) – TV Show
In one of Family Guy‘s most popular cutaway scenes, we find an animated Ripley and Newt coming face to face with a somewhat less-than-threatening Xenomorph Queen. Zoop!