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Alien

Released 1979
Distributor 20th Century Fox

The monster in Ridley Scott’s influential sci fi classic was played by a 7’2 Nigerian design student and set some kind of record for coating with K-Y Jelly, not to mention the shredded condoms standing in for its yucky jaw tendons. A huge success, it spawned three sequels.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.