Watching the movies in the Alien franchise, it’s easy to forget that the titular monster is actually a man in a suit. The slick, onyx-colored skin of the Xenomorph, the spindly, whip-like limbs, the dome-shaped head—these features seem so inhuman that it’s hard to imagine the creature being anything but another species from an unknown planet. However, this creature was man-made, dreamt up in industrial nightmare by artist H.R. Giger. Over the course of the main four films in the series, Giger and fellow designers tweaked and modified the Xenomorph, evolving the creature little-by-little. This infographic shows you the changes made in each film, from its original appearance in 1979 through Alien: Resurrection in 1997.
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Is it weird to say that we think the Xenomorph is beautiful? Ok. Sorry. (But, we still think it!) Which is your favorite version of the Alien? Are you counting down the days until Alien: Covenant, coming out next summer? Let us know in the comments! In the meantime, browsing our horror movie costumes might tide you over until then!
Design and Research Credit: Jacob Kuddes