Star Beast: Alien Grindhoused

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Original Release Date:
1979
Original Running Time:
116 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
110 minutes
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Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Some movies are just perfection and can’t be improved. That’s one of them. But there’s always a way to provide some new interesting way to experience them and that was the goal here. Ridley Scott’s masterpiece has been converted to Grindhouse-like movie. Video got additional heavy grain and print damage, 90% of the movie was re-scored, some deleted scenes and outtakes reinstated, along with little additions of footage and dialogue lines from other movies, and some fan-created videos. New opening credits sequence was created and the end credits were also changed. Some scenes were cut, some repurposed and as a cherry on top, an alternate ending was added.
Intention:
To create a version with different vibe and feel, with added plot changes that may surprise even those, who know the movie by heart.
Other Sources:
- deleted scenes and outtake footage from Alien Anthology bonus discs
- production audio from 20th Anniversary DVD of "Alien"
- short glimpses of footage from “Alien Vs. Predator” (2004), “Alien: Covenant” (2017) and “Inserts” (1975)
- fan film “Alien-Aliens: Ripley’s little helper” by Steve Begg
- xenomorph test video animation by David Cordero
- xenomorph CGI 3D model by Cold Iron Studios
- “Alien: Isolation” game (some sounds and backgrounds).
- dialogue lines from: “Ghostbusters” (1984), “The Witches of Eastwick” (1987), “Paul” (2011), “Galaxy Quest” (1999), "The TV set" (2006), “Bone” (1972) and “Truck Turner” (1974).
- Soundtrack music by: Gene Page, Alan Hawkshaw, Nostromo, Bruno Nicolai, Christopher Gunning, Roy Budd, James Canwell, Lew Stern, Riz Ortolani, Gerald Sampler, Libra, Robert Smart, Claude Vasori
- Songs by: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Kate Nash, Tangerine Dream, Slick, The Rolling Stones, The Heavy, Grand Funk, Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie and Michael Jackson.
Special Thanks:
From fanedit.org: ArtisDead, TM2YC; from AVP Galaxy forum: Kradan, Sil and rijir.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Grindhouse effects added throughout the movie
- Re-scored over 90% of the movie & rebuilded some missing sfx
- Cut some dialogue scenes
- Added three deleted scenes from Alien Anthology Blu-ray set
- Re-edited some sequences (especially some of death scenes) using outtakes footage from Alien Anthology Blu-ray set and a few seconds of footage from other movies.
- Added some additional dialogue lines from other movies
- Re-purposed some scenes for new little sub-plot
- Added alternate ending
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
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Original Release Date:
1979
Original Running Time:
116 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
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110 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Some movies are just perfection and can’t be improved. That’s one of them. But there’s always a way to provide some new interesting way to experience them and that was the goal here. Ridley Scott’s masterpiece has been converted to Grindhouse-like movie. Video got additional heavy grain and print damage, 90% of the movie was re-scored, some deleted scenes and outtakes reinstated, along with little additions of footage and dialogue lines from other movies, and some fan-created videos. New opening credits sequence was created and the end credits were also changed. Some scenes were cut, some repurposed and as a cherry on top, an alternate ending was added.
Intention:
To create a version with different vibe and feel, with added plot changes that may surprise even those, who know the movie by heart.
Other Sources:
- deleted scenes and outtake footage from Alien Anthology bonus discs
- production audio from 20th Anniversary DVD of "Alien"
- short glimpses of footage from “Alien Vs. Predator” (2004), “Alien: Covenant” (2017) and “Inserts” (1975)
- fan film “Alien-Aliens: Ripley’s little helper” by Steve Begg
- xenomorph test video animation by David Cordero
- xenomorph CGI 3D model by Cold Iron Studios
- “Alien: Isolation” game (some sounds and backgrounds).
- dialogue lines from: “Ghostbusters” (1984), “The Witches of Eastwick” (1987), “Paul” (2011), “Galaxy Quest” (1999), "The TV set" (2006), “Bone” (1972) and “Truck Turner” (1974).
- Soundtrack music by: Gene Page, Alan Hawkshaw, Nostromo, Bruno Nicolai, Christopher Gunning, Roy Budd, James Canwell, Lew Stern, Riz Ortolani, Gerald Sampler, Libra, Robert Smart, Claude Vasori
- Songs by: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Kate Nash, Tangerine Dream, Slick, The Rolling Stones, The Heavy, Grand Funk, Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie and Michael Jackson.
Special Thanks:
From fanedit.org: ArtisDead, TM2YC; from AVP Galaxy forum: Kradan, Sil and rijir.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Grindhouse effects added throughout the movie
- Re-scored over 90% of the movie & rebuilded some missing sfx
- Cut some dialogue scenes
- Added three deleted scenes from Alien Anthology Blu-ray set
- Re-edited some sequences (especially some of death scenes) using outtakes footage from Alien Anthology Blu-ray set and a few seconds of footage from other movies.
- Added some additional dialogue lines from other movies
- Re-purposed some scenes for new little sub-plot
- Added alternate ending
Trailer

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9.0
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9.0(3)
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9.0(3)
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9.3(3)
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8.7(3)
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8.3(3)
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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8.0
As usual Gieferg conjours up an excellent grindhouse treatment with seamless and funny changes. At first I was puzzled by a certain change of a sexual nature but in the end it all made hilarious sense. I would have been fine with a shorter version but that’s just my personal preference. I also would have preferred sticking with music from the 60’s and 70’s but the music selected still was always incorporated well. Recommended for Grindhouse fans.

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So, this edit was a trip! I watched the version with trailers before the feature. Definitely should be noted the theatrical is a rated R movie but the edit is like a hard-R. The tone is generally lighter but there is more graphic content. So if you're looking for a double feature with another grindhouse fanedit, this'll do but put the kids to sleep first (I would say the same about the theatrical honestly).

Audio/Video Quality:
That said, it's got a very accurate grindhouse feel and the added content is part of that. There were some moments where compositing wasn't ideal, and moments where I wish there was slightly more damage, so one point off Audio/Video Quality, but a lot of effort was put into the look overall and the flaws were in parts that were necessary to tell the changed story, so it's still a high 9.

Visual Editing:
The cuts that were supposed to be seamless were, and the ones that had attention drawn to them helped bolster the authenticity and added to the presentation.

Audio Editing:
The music changed the tone a lot, some songs are stuck in my head days later. I didn't love all of them and not all are necessarily period appropriate but it all worked for the edit's intentions.

Narrative:
Plot changes from the original help it stay fresh, and the changes were the best parts. The original movie is slow paced and at some points I felt like the edit could have been cut down for faster pacing to fit the new punchier tone, like before they wake up, some of the waiting to see what happens to Kane or some of the wandering looking for the title creature later on. Use of deleted material and some other unexpected additions and grindhouse staples also helped keep it pretty fresh. Still a 9

Enjoyment:
I like Alien and am very familiar with it, so that familiarity made me impatient with some of the slower parts, even with the new score. But despite what I would consider a dip in "energy" in the middle, the edit has an attitude and identity of its own, is well-edited with a lot of passion and creativity, and surprises which I hope I haven't spoiled. I loved the end, and I stuck around after the credits. I hovered between 8 and 9 but am going with 9 because this is the kind of edit I like to see, changing the story and trying to give as different an experience from the original film as possible, rather than "fixing" any perceived flaws or gripes. Great job, hope to see more!
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QUALITY

Quality is often difficult to rate with a Grindhouse edit... it's MEANT to look bad... right? From my perspective, the majority of this looks like a nice crisp scan of a filthy print - works for me. Obviously some deleted scenes are worse for wear, which actually works for the concept. My only real qualm is that the first "MUTHER" segment seemed to have no processing whatsoever when showing the computer screen - no grain etc. - and looked exceptionally clean and hi res (I assume this wasn't intentional since later instances do have added wear). Otherwise, it's suitably grindhousey.


VISUAL

Some interesting stuff going on here (particularly toward the end), and I'm curious where some of the footage was from. The intro looks great and a lot of the visual degradation feels appropriate for the concept. Some of the "washed out"/over-exposed grading I found to be too harsh on the eyes when there were bright/flashing lights, or torches waving about etc. (and sometimes white walls), but there was nothing jarring in terms of cuts. Extra footage is well integrated and is only obvious due to the lower resolution of deleted scenes.


AUDIO

As a way around the original score, some scenes are basically silent except for the new music - no hiss, no foley. This doesn't sound right to me, and the music itself can come across too clean as well. Key sound effects will often poke through, which is good, but some added "film hiss" would help a lot in selling this. Sometimes when these effects poke through the original film hiss pokes through with it and it kind of exposes the absence of foley here.

I found there to be a bit of volume fluctuation at points, mostly the first half: dialogue or sound fx being too loud, while music would be very quiet, or vice versa (music drowning out quiet dialogue). To a certain extent the "grindhouse" vibe allows for imperfection, as that's kind of the point, but some of the audio just seemed too full and crisp and then not at other times. I mainly noticed this near the beginning; it felt like less of an issue for most of the second half. In short, I think some of the audio could have done with more "wearing"/degradation, and a lack of consistency with that is what I assume to be the reason for fluctuating levels. Between the two, the visual work is definitely more convincing of the Grindhouse vibe.

In terms of cuts and trims made, nothing was obvious or jarring.


NARRATIVE

No plot holes to speak of and the new narrative bits work well. Lines are dropped in occasionally to make the characters "worse" as is often the thing with Grindhouse. These are well integrated, but other parts of dialogue almost negate the added lines sometimes. It felt to me like some simple cuts or trims to lines could have gone a long way to changing up the characters a bit more and making their attitudes come across differently. There's still quite a lot of concern and compassion and decency shown on the whole, which sometimes mildly jars with an inserted f-bomb or whathaveyou.

Another comment I have is on the pacing: the original Alien is a slow-paced film, but it gets away with this because of the score and tone and atmosphere. Here, the tone is different, the score is different, and while trims have been made, it sometimes felt like a slog (the original doesn't). Part of that, i think, is a fairly restrained approach to tweaking much (not all) of the original narrative, beyond rescoring (and the rescoring itself changes the vibe and draws interest away from some of the original film's character development); I think there are still some conversations that could be trimmed down, without really hindering the core narrative, that would aid this.


ENJOYMENT

I have to admit I am not as hot on the Grindhouse craze as a lot of people are, but Alien is a favourite of mine and I have enjoyed a couple of the "classic" Grindhouse edits from fanediting history - so I couldn't not check this out. Overall, I enjoyed it, but some parts more than others. I would have loved to have seen more narrative bending ala the final act.

I don't want to spoil anything for others, but I'll just say that the new Ash plotline is very amusing and got a few chortles out of me. Seedy, for sure, but that kinda comes with the territory. The ending is significantly different as well, and you should stick around after the credits.

Thanks for the experience, Gieferg :)

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Wow, what an edit!

Really good job, captures the grindhouse feel perfectly. So may excellent touches. Just fun from the word go.

The picture and editing are suitably "grindhousey" - that is not perfect - in that much, it is perfectly imperfect!

Make sure you stay to the very end for a treat!

Loved it. Thank you Gieferg.

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I will preface this by saying I am nowhere near versed in grindhouse movies. But I feel like my roommate is, so I watched with him and he had a few things to say:

This editor has a deep understanding of grindhouse aesthetics. Their choice of music fit the scenes very well. They could have handled the Ash thing very differently. (lol)

I thought this movie was great. It had great effects, and the new narrative was at times funny, but still retained the pensive atmosphere. I wasn't expecting the abrupt change, but I laughed and welcomed it. I'll agree with my roommate that I wasn't very fond of just cutting out a huge reveal, but then again, does it have any effect on this version of the story? Not at all. This edit is a very fun and enjoyable watch. I'm definitely going to keep it in my library and bring it out every now and again. I look forward to the editor's other works.

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I am not familiar that much with the grindhouse style, so this edit was kind of new and fun for me to watch. It felt like I was watching a different movie than Alien. It was engaging and well made. I only had minor issues with the new narrative! I don't think it was necessary to add nudity in that movie, but I guess it fits the style! The new soundtrack is interesting. The new opening is good.
Video Quality: I removed points here because it feels like the alien was added to some scenes with a bit of a clunky effect and the nudity was also clearly added from another source. I think I was a bit distracted by that more than the visuals...
Narrative: It was cohesive. The new B story line for some parts was interesting novelty but I missed some character closure.
Enjoyment: It reflects my previous points and the fact that I still prefer the original movie.
Overall it was a very fun watch and an interesting way for me to discover new grindhoused movies.
It's clear Gieferg is an experienced faneditor and this movie is technically well done.
I recommend for those who are not Alien purists and wish to enjoy a fun way to watch that doesn't take itself to seriously!

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Watched this today and found it overall a lot of fun. The grindhouse style allows all sorts of licence to be taken with sources and plot, and that is certainly in evidence here. Some of the deleted footage used helps give the movie a feel of being a slightly ropey 70s movie (after all, that's why footage often gets cut - it's not good enough!), The more visible (and risible) Alien creature shots also help this, dragging the tone down closer to "Xtro" territory, The addition of a little gratuitous sexual content works well to help evoke a low budget 70s feel too.
The music tracks are the main feature of this edit. For me, they work well except for the climactic battle. To this point, the movie felt very 70s to this pop music ignoramus, but then the selection for the finale jarred badly for me, it was SO 80s.
If the tone of this edit was slightly tongue in cheek to start with, for the final few minutes the tongue bursts right through and wreaks havoc!
Recommended.

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In the original, the script takes a lot of time to establish the different characters, and takes almost half an hour for this.
Without this effort and the mood building, the original could have quickly gone into a trashy direction.

This edit gives us a taste of how quickly the overall mood can change when an equally important device like the soundtrack would have been different. Little of the previously claustrophobic mood remains and I found myself well entertained, almost relaxed by this edit and its music.

My only criticism is the pacing in the first half. In my opinion the aforementioned character building is not needed for a grindhouse film.
Funnily enough and despite the filth effects, I really enjoyed the opening sequences. As the hi res picture quality was still far superior to the worn out vhs on which I first saw this movie.

After seeing Gieferg's Three Effing Bears and the trailer for Star Beasts the day before, I can't help myself but automatically compare the films. So I like Gieferg's take on Rambo better (10 out of 10) - but Star Beast has a lot of qualities too. However, I wish that Star Beasts will be realized and becomes similarly over the top as Three Effing Bears.

Just to emphasize it - Star Best is a great edit and I will watch every edit from Gieferg from now on.

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