The Beast with Metal Teeth

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a) Metal teeth of Phantom of Paradise
In 1974, The Phantom of Paradise was released featuring a phantom played by William Finlay with an owl like helmet, and teeth made from metal made by movie make up artist Tom Burman. His next door neighbour was a dental technician who specialised in making metal plates that went between teeth and this made Tom think "Metal teeth would be kind of cool."

b) Steel teeth of Jaws
And so Tom Burman went on to supply metal teeth for Richard Kiel, an actor whose body height was 7 foot 2 inches appeared as the character named Jaws in the movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" in 1977, and the character's teeth were made from steel and he could bite through cable.

The idea of the character Jaws came from film producer Albert Broccoli, and he described the character as having teeth like pliers, like tools, or like a shark – they weren’t sure and so they hired a friend of Keel's, a special effects make-up guy named John Chambers, to come up with what he thought would be what they would like but  Mr Broccoli didn’t like it. So they had a dental technician out near Pinewood try out and he liked it, and they remain in a museum in the UK.

c) Metal jaws of Giger's Alien
In the Alien production, they also opted to give the Alien inner and outer sets of teeth that were supposed to be steel, although in the end were chrome plated polyester. For Giger is showed that the monster was both human and mechanical, although still the creature for him was more human than mechanical. However,  giving him steel teeth was a way of conveying this two-fold nature.

Quote sources
  1. Tom Burman: I did the phantom's teeth, the guy next door was a dental technician who specialized in making metal plates to go between teeth, and that made me think, "Metal teeth would be kind of cool." I also did the metal teeth for Richard Keel as Jaws in James Bond movies, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, although I believe that John Chambers was given credit (Fangoria 335,p21)
  2. Cinefantastique: What about the metal jaws? What inspired those?
    Giger: I did that myself. Those teeth are also in polyester. They were chrome-plated, so as to give them a metallic shine. I imagined them that was because for me the monster is both human and mechanical - more human than mechanical, though. So giving him steel teeth was a way to convey this two-fold nature (Cinefantastique vol 9: no.1)
  3. Detroit-born Kiel appeared as the metal-mouthed henchman with a killer bite in two James Bond films – the 1977  film The Spy Who Loved Me and the 1979 movie Moonraker.He was cast in the role of Jaws by American film  producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli.
    He said he would only wear the metal teeth that sealed his place in Bond history for a few minutes because they hurt his mouth and were “nauseating”.
    Kiel, famed for his 7ft 1.5ins stature, said: “[Jaws] It was Mr Broccoli’s idea, he described the character as having teeth like pliers, like tools, or like a shark – they weren’t sure and they hired a friend of mine, a special effects make-up guy named John Chambers, to come up with what he thought would be what they would like and Mr Broccoli didn’t like it. So they had a dental technician out near Pinewood try out and he liked it. They are now in a museum here in the UK."
    They weren’t painful to wear but they were nauseating to wear, chrome, heavy in the roof of your mouth – they were gagging. It was all I could do to keep them in for more than two minutes at a time.
    Commenting on his on-screen adversary Roger Moore he said of the actor: “Roger Moore was a real gentlemen, a real nice guy. His heart was bigger than his ego. He let Jaws steal scenes and he helped me do it – he couldn’t care less as long as people were entertained and the movie was fun.(

May 2015

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Tuesday 26th May 2015
Added name page for Darius Khondji, cinematographer for Alien Resurrection

Sunday 24th May 2015
1) Added Alien 3's theatrical cut leaves it as a portent of the next Alien director

Saturday 23rd May 2015
1) Added a rather unfinished Odd similarities between Element of Crime and Alien 3
2) Added a rather sketchy Directions to pursue with Prometheus

Friday 22nd May 2015
1) added Dead Kennedys' Frankenchrist and the Penis Landscape
Wednesday 20th May 2015
1) Added sketch of Chris Foss' sketch of a Leviathan Engine from within showing 'Picador' at work 
from 1977 uploaded by Charles Lippincott
2) Martin Jackiw points out a comparison between Chris Foss's Leviathan sketch no.3 and Flagship Andromeda from 1974-75 anime series Space Battleship Yamoto
Wednesday 13th May 2015
1) Added a page for Francis Bacon
2) Added a page about Darius Khondji being inspired by Francis Bacon for Alien Resurrection for the lighting but well I probably have to find a something that really shows how he might have been inspired
3) Alien Resurrection: Echoes of the Citadel Miniatures's Plague Elemental for the Warhammer game in the Newborn

Tuesday 12th May 2015
Yesterdays additions and corrections to The Viper's nest had somehow been oddly lost, which is something that has happened from time to time when doing this blog,  but they have now been redone.  But the opportunity has been used to break the information down even further. 

Monday 11th May 2015
1) Updated The Viper's nest scene from Alien Resurrection, with some details from Cinefex and made some corrections. (This scene is perhaps one of my favourite scenes from the Alien movies. Perhaps just as the orrery scene in Prometheus is another favourite of mine as well as the space jockey scene from Alien along with the first view of the Alien Queen in Aliens in its Buddha like pose. Alien 3 possibly didn't give such a scene but gave some strange confusing situations instead)
2) Updated: Goya's "Subir y bajar" inspired Salvador Dali's"Soft construction with boiled beans (premonition of civil war) ?" with information about what Dali said about his painting 

Saturday 9th May 2015 
Updated The Viper's Nest with some information from "Alien : The Archive". (Very glad that the writer managed to get Jean-Pierre Jeunet to say a couple of words at least about it since so little was said about it and perhaps was the most interesting scene in the movie for me at least.)
Friday, 8th May, 2015
1) Sigourney's concerns about filming the scene involving descending the ladder to the nest in Alien 

Tuesday, 5th May, 2015
1) Added Necronom VIII, (1976) recognising in it impressions of the Olmec "Seated 
Man in snake" stele.
2) Had previously labeled Necronom VII as VIII but have now corrected it.

Monday, 4th May 2015
1) Updated Organic box like thing with Walt Simonson reinforcing his statement that he saw this certain scene in the roughcut of the movie and expanding slightly on details of the event

2) Beginning the Alien Production Timeline timeline inspired by Giger's Alien Diaries in an attempt to map out the events of the production.

Sunday, 3rd May 2015
I've just written the summations for my page about Alien 3's cocoon sequence. Very little is known about this scene other than what has been scripted, what Cinefex mention that Fincher intended to film causing a bit of confusion in the production leading to them being scrapped, and then what ADI worked on when they had to create cocoons. It is rather sad to think about how little information dribbles out about what Fincher had on his mind when he made Alien 3 and perhaps it's not easy to make too many speculations about it.

Saturday 2nd May 2015
1) Added Peter Beale's concerns about the production in light of Jon Finch being let go because of his sudden illness, as mentioned by Charles Lippincott on his Facebook page.
2) Added further detail about Sergius Golowin's background from an interview from
to The naming of the Necronom series and in all likelihood the information about him will have to eventually be separated and given it's own page since in Giger's life, he was more than just the person who named some paintings.

Friday 1st May 2015
1) Switched the two mentioned details around in the section Two Directions from The Derelict's Interior, because Ridley Scott mentally merging the two elements of the derelict together came later in the production, and also there is a link to mentioning his briefly talked about ideas and theories. A question that might comes to the surface about whether there should be anything more to be discovered within the derelict as it was back then that deserved another look. Its warning signal was still functioning and beneath the silo was lit up with a blue layer of light that either was perhaps some form of technology. There were questions about exactly what was in the Space Jockey chair and what happened to the thing that came out of it, what did it look like. Ivor Powell when talking about his own attempt to write a prequel/sequel to Alien, he spoke about his interest in such things as Giger's Hieroglyphics tableau. In the movie Prometheus, there was none of this what was discovered was a sleeping ancient alien humanoid in a hibernation sarcophagus on deck in the pilot chamber, and that appeared to be connected with the Space Jockey and the spacecraft was apparently still functioning to the point where it could be flown again. Perhaps there was a story about two civilisations on different planets to consider , in an attempt to mine Dan O'Bannon's original ideas. And if the derelict ship was a battlewagon, who was the Space Jockey at war with in space thousands of years ago?


Henu Barque at the Egyptian Theatre

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a)  The Original Henu Barque at the Egyptian Theatre
Above the East wall doorway of the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is a depiction of the Henu Barque. The doorway doesn't actually open , and in an old postcard it is presented as the entrance to the Egyptian Theatre. What this image is based on is another question. The photos show it to be green and yellow while a postcard from the 1930s shows it to be blue. A 1946 photo shows what should the falcon head to be like a cobra head because it is not complete.

1930s post card of the entrance of the Egyptian Theatre,
but this is the east wall with a false door

The Henu Barque appears to be blue in this postcard

Photo from 1947, (source:

Falcon head on top of the fetish almost resembling a cobra

b) Disappearance of the Henu Barque by 1979. 
However at a later date, at a time when the foyer had been extended to where the pillars were and a hieroglyphic mural had been put up, the Henu barque looks as if it had been painted out completely by 1979. When was it last there and had it been painted anywhere else since? Wings can be seen over the doorway painted much lower down than the previous falcon's and with darker wings.
(See also Alien premieres at the Egyptian theatre in Hollywood, (1979))

Space Jockey in the courtyard, 1979
photo credit: William Malone 

The other side of the wing can be seen above the door, 1979

Above photograph from a 35mm slide dated October 1983, showing the
absence of the Henu Barque,  part of the Theatre Talks collection.

c) The Henu Barque since 1998
In the modern version of this image the simplified antelope head almost resembles a long beaked wattled birds head.  However it seems as if they have turned the cobra falcon head on top of the fetish on he barque into a head of an pharoah and painted the heads either side in the same way.  The main body of the barque is green and yellow, with L shapes between the vertical white supports.

Henu Barque At the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
Henu Barque At the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood (detail)

Henu Barque At the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

Henu Barque At the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood (detail)

falcon head turned into something not quite

3D Google Earth Image showing the placement of the door
with Henu Barque image above it

Alien premieres at the Egyptian Theatre in 1979

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a) Alien opened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on May 25th, 1979

b) At the premiere in the courtyard , various props from Alien were on display including the Space Jockey and the eggs until vandals destroyed them by fire days later.

Alien eggs (
Alien egg
(Source: Bill Malone, Facebook)

Alien eggs (
Alien eggs (Photo: Bill Malone)

 The Space Jockey

Space Jockey in the courtyard
(photo credit : William Malone)
 The Space Jockey

Space Jockey in the courtyard
photo credit: William Malone 
Space Jockeyt telescope
photo credit: William Malone 

The Space Jockey
(Soirce: Bill Malone, Facebook)
The Space Jockey
The Space Jockey
(Source: Bill Malone, Facebook)
Space Jockey (source
The space jockey (photo: Bill Malone)

The Space Jockey
(Source: Bill Malone, Facebook)

derelict ship model (source

Derelict entrance model  (source

Hypersleep chamber model  (source

Space Jockey chamber model  (source

egg chamber model  (source

 Part of the Mother set

 Part of the Mother set

Alien: Obvious kit sprue

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  1. Bill Pearson: A lot of insert shots were shot at the end where everyone says," Hey! Isn't that a load of kit bits and sprues?" This is the scene where Ripley ejects the Alien from the Narcissus, and there is a closeup of buttons being pushed on a control panel.

    One of the model makers who will remain nameless to save his blushed was standing by on the stage that evening when it was being shot. He was asked to dress around the buttons to apply some interesting detail on the panel

    Unfortunately the guy was not a wiggeter, but he didn't want to say no. He picked up some very obvious kit sprue, sprayed it silver and stuck it on. When I walked in the next day, I said, "what the hell is that?" I was told it was a case of you wouldn't see it on the screen, I still cringe about it now.
    (Sci-Fi  Fantasy Models #48, p28)