Alien: Review: Aliens: The Set Photography

AliensBy Simon Ward

Titan Books, out now

Going behind the scenes of one of the best SF movies of the 1980s…

Titan continue their run of excellent Alien tie-ins with this collection of photography from the making of James Cameron’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien. Starting with a piece by Carrie Henn – who played Newt – and interspersed with comments from her and Jeanette Goldstein (Private Vasquez), the text consists primarily of captions by Ward which tell the story of the film chronologically before delving into specific behind the scenes sections.

If you’ve gone through the galleries on the various releases of Aliens over the years, no doubt there’s little new here, but for those of us who prefer to see this sort of photography in book form, this is a treasure trove. There are a few places where images have been blown up beyond their tolerance but thankfully that doesn’t happen too often, and you can see detail in this volume that might not be so clear on screen.

It’s not a full making of book – we’ve already had the massive Archive from Titan that delved into all aspects of the creation of the movies – but this gives insight into the many elements that went into the film.

Verdict: A fascinating glimpse into the Alien world. 8/10

Paul Simpson


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