X is for…Xenomorph Queen

Sorry for the delayed post, folks. I was finishing this one up on Monday evening when the second set of big storms came through and knocked out our Internet access. We were lucky though–only the Internet access lost for a day and a small very small tree fell in our very small yard. Some are still without power.

So. The Xenomorph Queens.

Though the creatures in the Aliens franchise aren’t actually named in the series, they’ve long been called Xenomorphs by fans and merchandisers (the term means “strange form” and is used by a character in the second film to Xdescribe the aliens).

The first film, Alien, is a sci-fi-horror masterpiece, introducing the villainous creatures designed by surrealist H.R. Giger and Sigourney Weaver’s performance as all-around badass Ripley.

The alien creatures created for the film were based in the sexual overtones of the film, the sexual violence of the aliens themselves, creatures who hatch and then latch onto living hosts, impregnating them with a creature that gestates before bursting out of the host to mature. It’s interspecies rape. The creatures are based on this premise, based on sexual horror.

The alien species is organized in a kind of caste system with the Queen at the top–she is the only female allowed to lay eggs, and she’s the largest and most intelligent of the group.

The design for the alien queen was conceived by James Cameron and Stan Winston for the second film in the series, Aliens. The Queen can be as tall as 20 feet, with two sets of arms and a large crest extending from the already-larger-than-average xenomorph skull. Another of these crests extends from their chest, and their tales are long and segmented with sharp tips.

The Queens are known to be fierce protectors of their young. They also have the ability to remove their egg sac, which would otherwise render them immobile. During egg laying, the sac can be 30 or 40 feet long, and the queen sits with her legs folded under her, dependent on her subordinates.

Xenomorph queens are a monstrous embodiment of sexual depredation and of motherhood. They are nightmare mothers, grown large and tyrannical, creating a horde of parasitic offspring.

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  1. This!
    Yes. This!
    I am a huge fan of Alien and Aliens. Things get suspect after that.
    Alien, so suspenseful and frightening. Nightmare inducing! Even by Bishop!
    Aliens, so kick ass! Hacking and slashing and burning and shooting!

    I don’t really see it the same, about the interspecies rape. (I understand that description is from one of the writers.) Using humans as hosts, yes, like a parasite, I get.
    I’ll try not to over-think it.

    Heather

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    1. I think as the films continued, especially, that the interspecies rape became less an element, but that seems to have been one of the ideas they really started with. *shudder*

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    1. haha…Understandable—they’re not for the faint of heart! I love horror flicks and such, though, so they’re right up my alley. 🙂

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    1. That’ll do it! I was in college before I ever saw it, and thank the gods, because I might’ve been too scared to finish it otherwise! lol I’m not a fraidy cat now that I’ve grown up, but when I was younger I really didn’t like horror films and shows that much.

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  2. I still remember the first time I saw Alien. I did not sleep that night. It most certainly deserves the horror part of the title. I had never considered the aspect of the egg laying as inter-species rape, but it certainly makes sense and really is part of the horror. Thanks for a great post!

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    1. I remember sleeping the night I saw it, but only because my college friend refused to go back to her house because we were so scared, and we climbed into the same bed with my big puppy dog and slept. lol

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    2. Oh, and while I wish I could take credit for that interspecies rape idea, it’s actually from one of the writers—I remember hearing him discuss it on a DVD commentary special. 🙂

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  3. Oh my. Quite the post here!

    I looked and looked for it earlier.

    I had no idea Giger designed the original Xenomorph, and neither did Vicki.

    That’s a good point about the interspecies rape.

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    1. Yes indeed—the creatures are based on a sketch published in Necronomicon in 1975. I think the prototype alien was built from a Rolls Royce and some snakeskin and other things. The creature design won them a special effects Oscar.

      And yes—the interspecies rape is the core of the story. Wish I could take credit for that bit of analysis, but it’s actually something I remembering hearing one of the writers say in a DVD commentary.

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