‘Alien’ 40th Anniversary: Female Filmmakers Talk About What Ripley Means Today

A collection of short original films were recently made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Alien." HEN talked to three of the filmmakers. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

The moment the first Xenomorph burst from John Hurt’s chest, Alien was burned into our brains.

The classic horror film turns 40 on June 22 and to celebrate the anniversary, 20th Century Fox partnered with crowdsourced studio Tongal to commission a collection of short films expanding the Alien movie universe.

The studio chose just six film pitches out of more than 550 received. Given access to various studio storytelling resources from the original film series, the filmmakers completed their films and each have been released online at AlienUniverse.com, IGN.com and on @AlienAnthology social channels.

Of the six new films, two were led by female filmmakers. Halloween Every Night talked with Kailey & Sam Spear (who wrote and directed Alien:Ore) as well as Kelsey Taylor (who directed Alien: Specimen) during a press event at WonderCon 2019 in Anaheim, Calif.

The three talked about the enduring legacy of the film and its iconic heroine, Ellen Ripley.

Kelsey Taylor is the director of the new short “Alien: Specimen.” Photo by Jessica Peralta


Sam and Kailey Spear — also known as The Spear Sisters — are the writer/directors of the new short “Alien: Ore.” Photo by Jessica Peralta.