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This article covers the various homages within the Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator franchises that reference other Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator films, games, novels and comic books.

Aliens

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Alien 3

Main article: Alien 3
  • Andrews has a drinking bird on his desk. This is an homage to Alien, in which two such birds are on the table in the mess hall of the Nostromo.

Predator 2

Main article: Predator 2
  • The panning shot that follows a blood trail up a wall and reveals the dead Colombian Scorpion hanging from the ceiling of their hideout is an homage to the similar shot that follows Hawkins' blood to his body hanging in a tree in Predator.
  • When Harrigan unmasks the City Hunter, he begins to say, "You're one ugly-" at which point the Predator grabs him by the throat and finishes the line, "Motherfucker!" This is an homage to the scene where Dutch first sees the Jungle Hunter's face in Predator and says the line himself.

Predators

Main article: Predators (film)
  • When the group flees the Super Predators after encountering them at the hunting camp, they fall down a down a cliff near a waterfall. This a clear homage to the scene in Predator where Dutch also tumbles down a cliff near a waterfall while trying to evade the Jungle Hunter.
  • When the group first encounter Noland, he taunts the group, whispering, "Over here." As he decloaks and reveals himself, he whispers to Royce, "Turn around." These are clear references to the same dialogue in Predator, first used by Mac when he kills the scorpion on Dillon's back, and later imitated by the Jungle Hunter.
  • Just after Noland decloaks, Royce asks him, "What the fuck are you?" This is another homage to Predator, specifically when Dutch asks the Jungle Hunter, "What the hell are you?" after he has mortally wounded it.
  • When Tracker impales Nikolai on his Wristblade, Nikolai utters something to the Predator in Russian before detonating the Claymore on his chest. While it isn't a direct translation, his dialogue loosely means, "You are one ugly motherfucker." This is a tribute to both Predator and Predator 2, which both feature the phrase. The direct translation is along the lines of, "You have a really ugly face".
  • The moment where Hanzo decides to stay behind and face the Predators with his katana is stylistically very similar to the scene in Predator where Billy decides to face the Jungle Hunter with his knife; the musical score is identical in both scenes, both characters discard most of their equipment and clothing, and both elect make their last stand using only a bladed weapon.
  • At the end of the film, Royce confronts Berserker in a very similar manner to Dutch's confrontation with the Jungle Hunter, even yelling the same dialogue.
  • An updated version of "Long Tall Sally", which was used during the ride in the insertion helicopter in Predator, plays over the credits.

Alien vs. Predator

Main article: Alien vs. Predator (film)
  • Weyland absent-mindedly plays the knife game with a pen while sitting at his desk in his cabin aboard the Piper Maru; Bishop notably played the same game (with a real knife) in Aliens. Both Weyland and Bishop were played by the same actor, Lance Henriksen.
  • In the above scene, Weyland also has a drinking bird on his desk, much like the drinking birds in the mess hall of the Nostromo.
  • When the Predator Mother Ship arrives in orbit, a computer display is seen reflected in a Predator Bio-Mask. This is a homage to the opening scenes of Alien, during which a computer display is reflected in an emergency helmet on the bridge of the Nostromo.
  • When Miller is exploring the whaling station, we see a shot of the interior of one of the cabins, with the light from Miller's flare sweeping from right to left across the room. This is an homage to the scene in Aliens where Jernigan and his crew recover the Narcissus, during which a scanning device emits a beam of light that sweeps the shuttle.
  • The grate in the floor of the sacrificial chamber is decorated with an image of a Queen embryo that was first used to promote Alien3; the image is virtually identical, except that it has been flipped horizontally in the film. The image is also repeated on statues and walls throughout the pyramid. This homage is pointed out in one of the film's commentaries.
  • When the Eggs first appear in the sacrificial chamber, Thomas shines his flashlight on one of them, revealing a fluttering Facehugger inside. This is similar to Kane's first encounter with the Eggs in Alien.
  • When Verheiden first comes face-to-face with a Xenomorph, he yells, "You want a piece of me, you ugly son of a bitch?!" This is likely a reference to Dutch calling the Jungle Hunter "one ugly son of a bitch" when the creature first reveals its face in Predator.
  • When Lex pulls herself up from the precipice after Sebastian is captured, the sequence is shot similarly to the scene where Ripley nervously climbs up a ladder between decks during the final act of Alien.
  • When Lex kills the Xenomorph with the Spear, its jaws approach to within a few inches of her face. This is an homage to Alien3, in which the Dragon famously leers at a helpless Ripley in the medical center. This homage is also pointed out in one of the film's commentaries.
  • The eventual team-up between Lex and Scar is an homage to the original Aliens vs. Predator comic series, in which Machiko Noguchi and Dachande similarly team up to defeat a Queen.
  • When Lex uses a piton gun to kill a Xenomorph at the base of the ice tunnel, she remarks, "You are one ugly mother-" (the final syllable cut off by her firing the gun). This is an homage to the line's use in both Predator and Predator 2.
  • The Predators' use of Xenomorph blood to mark themselves is another reference to the original Aliens vs. Predator comic. In both the comic and the film, the female protagonist is eventually marked with blood by the lead Predator after proving her worth.
  • Before leaving, the Ancient Predator notices the mark on Lex's face and offers her his weapon. This is a possible reference to both Predator 2 and the Aliens vs. Predator comic — in the former, Greyback gives Harrigan an ancient flintlock after he defeats the City Hunter, while in the latter, Dachande's clan notice the scar on Machiko and allow her to join their number as a result.

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem

Main article: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
  • During the opening titles, the sounds of both a Predator Bio-Mask and the motion tracker from Aliens can be heard.
  • During the opening scenes aboard the Predator ship, several Facehuggers are seen inside liquid-filled containment tubes; one of them lunges at the glass much in the same manner as the Facehugger that attempts to attack Burke in Aliens.
  • One of the lead male characters in the film is named Dallas, a tribute to Captain Dallas in Alien.
  • The characters of Kelly and Molly O'Brien are often considered a direct analogy to the relationship between Ripley and Newt in Aliens. Both pairs share a mother-daughter relationship (be it literal or surrogate) and the characters also share many line of dialogue. For example, Kelly assures Molly that, "There are no more monsters," just as Ripley did to Newt.
  • A pyramid similar to the one from Alien vs. Predator can be seen in the background on the Predator homeworld.
  • The chair in which Wolf sits on the Predator homeworld visually recalls the Pilot's chair in Alien.
  • When Wolf arrives on Earth, the shot of his ship entering the planet's atmosphere is very similar to that of the Jungle Hunter being dropped off in Predator.
  • After landing in the lake, the sequence where Wolf emerges from the water, his Cloak shorting out, is a near shot-for-shot recreation of the scene where the Jungle Hunter emerges from the water (just before Dutch discovers cold mud renders him invisible) in Predator.
  • When the Predalien approaches the homeless lady in the sewers, one shot of her is remarkably similar to a shot of Lambert in Alien when the Alien approaches her.
  • The panning shot that reveals the Deputy Ray's skinned body hanging in the tree mirrors similar scenes in both Predator and Predator 2.
  • In the Unrated Edition, Kelly wears a dressing gown very similar to the one worn by Ripley when Burke and Gorman visit her in her apartment in Aliens.
  • When Wolf is healing himself in the tree, a long panning shot follows a stream of Predator blood up the tree, finally revealing Wolf perched on a branch. The same style of shot was also used in Predator when the Jungle Hunter heals his wounds.
  • One of the tombstones in the graveyard seen in the Unrated Edition is marked "HAWKINS", a reference to the character Hawkins in Predator.
  • When the radio to the National Guard goes dead, the whining static sound heard is the same as that heard after Dallas is taken in Alien.
  • The acronym "OWLF" is seen on a monitor that Colonel Stevens is watching; the OWLF was Keyes' unit in Predator 2.
  • In the same scene as above, the noise made by the Mother interface in Alien can be hard in the background.
  • Again during the above scene, Stevens looks at footage of a Xenomorph on a monitor and asks, "What the fuck are you?" This is an homage to Predator, in which Dutch asks the Jungle Hunter almost the exact same question.
  • During a later scene with Stevens in the military control center, the bleeping of the Motion Tracker from Aliens can be heard.
  • Dallas yells at his brother Ricky, "Get to the chopper!" This is an obvious reference to Dutch's famous line in Predator.
  • When Wolf takes off his Bio-Mask and abandons most of his weaponry before facing the Predalien on the hospital roof, his actions and the various camera angles and edits used match the scene where the Jungle Hunter discards its equipment in the original Predator.
  • The helicopter escaping from the nuclear explosion is similar to the dropship fleeing the explosion at the end of Aliens.
  • The Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem soundtrack takes movements, themes and many musical elements from all previous Alien and Predator movies and fuses it with its own style to create what essentially feels like a remix of the preceding soundtracks.
  • Likewise, many of the Xenomorph sound effects, such as their various hisses and screeches, are recycled from earlier movies, particularly Aliens.

Alien: Out of the Shadows

Main article: Alien: Out of the Shadows
  • In the aftermath of the crash between the Marion and the Delilah, Powell exclaims, "That's it. We're screwed. Game over,"[1] an obvious homage to dialogue by Private Hudson following the dropship crash in Aliens.
  • At one point, Ripley says, "Then all we need is a deck of cards,"[2] a reference to dialogue by Corporal Hicks in Aliens.

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References

  1. Tim Lebbon. Alien: Out of the Shadows, p. 29 (2014), Titan Books.
  2. Tim Lebbon. Alien: Out of the Shadows, p. 79 (2014), Titan Books.