Episode 3

Published on:

15th May 2019

Alien - Screening and Release

  • 00:14 – Robin and Harry share their favorite moments and stories from the season thus far
  • 04:06 – Ron explains why he never used other films as inspiration for Alien
  • 04:45 – The creation of the adult Alien creature
  • 07:18 – How Ron’s editing advice led to one of the biggest scare scenes in Alien
  • 11:11 – Ron describes the feeling of seeing his words come to life on the set
  • 13:01 – Ron’s vision for the scene where Ripley escapes
  • 16:10 – The first screening of Alien
  • 18:23 – Meeting Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty
  • 19:14 – Ron speaks to the importance of the mood in Alien
  • 20:27 – A new genre combining science fiction and horror
  • 21:52 – How James Cameron convinced Fox to make a sequel to Alien
  • 23:19 – Wrapping up the final days of shooting Alien
  • 24:30 – Inviting Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to view the final product
  • 26:10 – Robin and Harry speak to the cultural impact and significance of the movie Alien


I just saw it as I wanted the mood of Jaws but in outer space.” (04:39)
“This rubber suit was the most amazing suit I’d ever seen. It was so organic and so convincing. I knew right away it’s gonna look incredible on-screen cause on stage even when you knew it’s a rubber suit it scared the shit out of you.” (07:00)
“And then I was so excited that I got one of the biggest scares that I used to sit with a chair at the front of the movie theater whenever they’d do that scene and watch the audience jump back.” (10:56)
"The directors they had were good but they weren’t good enough to live up to Ridley and Giger’s work, to equal it.” (22:44)
“Spielberg said it’s better than Jaws. Lucas said it’s better than Star Wars.” (25:02)


Music by Vincent Covello and Vic Migenes

Artwork by Barbara Mastej

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About the Podcast

An Alien in Hollywood - Ronald Shusett
The life and times of Ronald Shusett
An Alien in Hollywood is the story about the life and times of legendary filmmaker and “Godfather of Hollywood science fiction” Ronald Shusett.

Unless you’re a Hollywood behind-the-scenes aficionado you've probably never heard of Ron. He is no less than the man who co-created, wrote, and produced three of the most influential, iconic and mind-blowing science fiction blockbusters in film history – Alien, Total Recall and Minority Report.

His movies have grossed over one and a half billion dollars, have launched the careers of Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott, and turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into the #1 box office star in the world. Ron has been the inspiration for filmmakers like J.J. Abrams and James Cameron, and he made author Phillip K. Dick a household name. With the release of “Alien” Ron and his partner Dan O’Bannon spawned the “Alien Universe” and the first movie franchise in history.

The series is hosted by Harry Duran and Robin Maxwell.
Music by Vincent Covello and Vic Migenes
Podcast Artwork by Barbara Mastej