The movie Alien is all about rape.The movie Alien is all about rape.
The 2002 documentary The Alien Saga went behind the scenes of the iconic science fiction movie series, and the findings are quite shocking! Screenwriter Dan O'Bannon is quoted as saying:
"One thing that people are all disturbed about is sex... I said 'That's how I'm going to attack the audience; I'm going to attack them sexually. And I'm not going to go after the women in the audience, I'm going to attack the men. I am going to put in every image I can think of to make the men in the audience cross their legs. Homosexual oral rape, birth. The thing lays its eggs down your throat, the whole number."O'Bannon also convinced director Ridley Scott to have Swiss artist H.R. Giger design the alien itself. It doesn't take much to deem Giger's designs and artwork as, well, extremely phallic. This goes along quite nicely with the sexual themes O'Bannon had been discussing - a penis-shaped alien impregnating humans on a spaceship...you get the picture.
Other interpretations go on to speculate that the Alien is a metaphor for women's refusal to bear children or that it is even symbolic of the id - the part of the mind in which our instinctual urges lie (read: SEX).
However you slice it, it is clear that the team that produced this film did not hesitate to make their subliminal message known. O'Bannon probably put it best when he said, "This movie is about interspecies rape. That's scary because it hits all of our buttons."