In his script, Damon Lindelof mentions that the giant face hugger like creature that Shaw gives birth to would be known as the Troglodyte and during Huante's explorations of the creature's name was shortened to The Trog. He thought this creature should look like an octopus, "the back of it, or belly could be smooth with the beak of an architeuthis giant squid that Ripley liked. One of his earliest visuals showing the blue squid like creature seemed to be inspired by a Chihuli sculpture.
|Likely inspiration, "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun" by William Blake|
Huante's creature was to have a back should look or felt like the back of a man, as if it should have a spine with multiple shoulder blades, or another way to describe it was an abstract of a man with three shoulder girdles stacked. His view was that the face hugger from the original film was an abstract of human hands which in a way it certainly was.
However with further exploration, very soon this creature's name changed from Troglodyte to the Trilobyte because at one stage in its design, because later it would at one point take inspiration from the form of Trilobyte. Huante's was not content with the creature that we see in the final film.
- The Trog… I never really had a chance to go at the Troglodyte properly. I thought it should be an abstract of a man, three shoulder girdles stacked. The facehugger was an abstract of human hands. The Trog, in my mind, should have not been a “creature” which is what it ended up becoming. ( Carlos Huante Interview by ThisBethesdaSea AVPGalaxy.net)