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Author Topic: Origins of the acid-blood?  (Read 2222 times)

Hankerson
Feb 27, 2007, 03:40:08 AM
Topic on: Feb 27, 2007, 03:40:08 AM
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Over a thousand years ago (eighth century A.D.), in the first epic poem ever written in English, “Beowulf”, a monster with acid-blood was first depicted. In the story, the hero Beowulf cuts a she-monster, called the Seahag, in half. The Seahag’s blood is so acidic that it completely melts the blade Beowulf’s sword and eats a large hole in the cave floor. The concept was rather unique for its time, don’t you think? I think that the acid-blood in “Alien” owns its origins from the epic “Beowulf”. What do you think?


SiL
Feb 27, 2007, 04:00:41 AM
Reply #1 on: Feb 27, 2007, 04:00:41 AM
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The acid blood came from a suggestion by Ron Cobb as to why the crew of the ship don't just shoot the Alien.

Whether or not he was inspired by that, dunno. It's possible.


SM
Feb 27, 2007, 04:09:07 AM
Reply #2 on: Feb 27, 2007, 04:09:07 AM
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Beowulf has been mentioned in relation to Alien, but not by anyone who worked on the film.  As SiL said, it was Ron Cobb's idea to overcome a plot problem.


SiL
Feb 27, 2007, 05:42:40 AM
Reply #3 on: Feb 27, 2007, 05:42:40 AM
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It was either acid blood, or your typical monster that can't die no matter what you hit it with.

Thank goodness they didn't do the latter.


Newsfop
Feb 27, 2007, 07:48:42 AM
Reply #4 on: Feb 27, 2007, 07:48:42 AM
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Save for Alien3, the acidic blood has been consistently detrimental, which is why the idea for it was so innovative. Whether it came from Beowulf or Cobb, I think it's some nasty stuff.

"Wonderful defense mechanism," Parker.

« Last Edit: Mar 09, 2007, 03:02:36 AM by Newsfop »


scarface
Mar 11, 2007, 02:16:13 AM
Reply #6 on: Mar 11, 2007, 02:16:13 AM
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I knwo this for sure because in the directors cut of alien there one part on disk two where they say " well why cant they just stab it with a knife ", so some one, cant remember who said well lets put something in the way of just stabbing it so thats how they came up with the acid blood.


Hankerson
Mar 11, 2007, 02:29:25 AM
Reply #7 on: Mar 11, 2007, 02:29:25 AM
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I think he said “Why can’t we just shoot it with a gun?”


scarface
Mar 11, 2007, 03:29:11 AM
Reply #8 on: Mar 11, 2007, 03:29:11 AM
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I cant remember but ill jsut watch the thing again.


frosty_141
Mar 13, 2007, 05:41:11 PM
Reply #9 on: Mar 13, 2007, 05:41:11 PM
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thats really cool i love beowulf, which by the way there making a game for on the ps3 lol!!!!


 

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