ALIEN VAULT: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film By Ian Nathan [Review]

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I am a MASSIVE fan of the Sci-Fi/Horror/Suspense genre, so when I was given the chance to review the ALIEN VAULT: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film book, I jumped for it. This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone that is even slightly interested in this genre of film, and for the ultimate Alien fan, it would be unacceptable for this book not to appear on their bookshelf.

Ian Nathan does a wonderful job of delving into the history of Alien, and providing a behind the scenes look at the ground breaking film. From the classic “chest buster” scene to the aliens that will suction cup themselves to your face, as the reader, you’re taken through the entire process of Alien creation.

Behind the scenes facts are sprinkled throughout the book, and the best part? There are fun pull out script pages (reproductions), diagrams of the drawing boards, and other fun surprises.

In addition to the “how did they do that” moments that the book is full of, there are quotes from Ridely Scott, Sigourney Weaver, and other cast members talking about their experience during the making of Alien. I’m a freak with behind the scenes information, so I devoured every page like it was my last meal.

The “did you know” features were my favorite parts of Alien Vault. While I knew most of the information (mainly because, like I said, I’m a freak and research this stuff), I did not know that Scott actually piped in smells to give the actors a more realistic space to work in. Nor did I know a lot of the facts that Nathan supplies about the Alien itself. For example, did you know that the Alien is only supposed to be alive for four days? This was news to me!

Like I said, Alien Vault is a must have for both movie buffs, and it works as just a great conversation piece as well. This is one book that will remain on my coffee table for everyone’s enjoyment!

You can find some great images from the book below.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition | Pages: 176 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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