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Monday, February 1, 2021

Unpacking Nihilism, Sexual Assault and Ripley in ‘Alien 3’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Uno, Dos, Trace.

It’s been a wild month of threes, but after Scream 3Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth and Psycho III, the fun had to stop somewhere. Turns out that’s Alien 3, the nihilistic third entry in the xenomorph franchise that has one of the most troubled production histories we’ve ever seen. Thankfully we have guest Sade Sellers to help us unpack what was originally intended to be Ripley’s swan song.

The feature debut from David Fincher finds sole survivor Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) crashing onto a nearly deserted prison colony filled solely with men. Aside from kind (and sexy!) doctor Clemons (Charles Dance) and hesitant preacher Dillon (Charles S. Dutton), Ripley doesn’t get a very warm welcome from the prisoners.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an Alien film if her eternal nemesis didn’t show up. As the Alien makes quick work of the weaponless men, it’s up to Ripley to kill the creature before the Company, fronted by Lance Henriksen, arrive to pick up their biological weapon…or before she expires from the Alien queen gestating within her chest.

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Episode 110 – Alien 3 (1992) feat. Sade Sellers

Our month of 3s comes to a close with David Fincher’s Alien 3 (1992), which may take the prize for most convoluted production history. Here to help us make sense of the Assembly Cut (not the theatrical cut) is returning guest Sade Sellers (see the previous episode, Orphan), who has issues with the film’s treatment of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and sexual assault (content warning!)

Plus: our secret connections to the number three, the xenomorph as drag queen, the differences between the theatrical and assembly cuts and Charles S. Dutton as a sacrificial lamb. Also: Joe’s love of Charles Dance, confusion over “womb stuff,” and why Fincher needs to get over his hatred of his directorial debut.


Cross out Alien 3!

Coming up on Wednesday: The start of February means we’re celebrating my birthday early with a bizarro slice of Canadian genre cinema in Vincenzo Natali’s Splice (2009). CW: sexual assault and child & animal abuse.

– Joe & Trace

P.S. Subscribe to our Patreon for tons of additional content! In February we have minisodes on Religious Horror and a ranking of the Wrong Turn franchise, plus full length episodes on Willy’s Wonderland and Saint Maud. Finally, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve got an audio commentary on My Bloody Valentine (2009).



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