Smell of Popcorn

film reviews & musings by Max Lalanne


Remembering Stan Winston and his Alien Queen

Posted by Max Lalanne on June 15, 2012


Special effects and makeup wizard Stan Winston, who passed away on this day in 2008, is legendary for having worked on, well, everything from Jurassic Park to Terminator 2: Judgement Day to Edward Scissorhands – but it’s the Oscar-winner’s (and frequent James Cameron collaborator) fantastic creations for Aliens that I think is the most marvelous. Most memorably, the gigantic, ferocious Alien Queen, who provided us with one of the most gripping science-fiction battles in cinematic history – “Get away from her, you b***h!” – when she faced off against Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Unfortunately for the extra-terrestial mommy, yeah, Ripley and her powerloader won the day – but I was sufficiently wowed by what this guy had conjured up. Here’s a clip with Stan talking about his Aliens creation.

Rest in peace!

One Response to “Remembering Stan Winston and his Alien Queen”

  1. Man, the Alien Queen just blew my mind when I was a kid. What a great legacy, Stan had

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