The Making Of 'Alien': A Film by Film Guide

J.W. Rinzler’s guides to the making of films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Alien are unparalleled in terms of their attention to detail and storytelling prowess. 

This work-in-progress list follows The Making Of Alien and the many films that inspired or otherwise impacted the creation of science fiction’s greatest horror picture.

Notes in this list include abridged segments of Rinzler’s work and quotes selected from the book. Purchase your copy here (or on Amazon).

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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB
  • THX 1138
  • The Resurrection of Broncho Billy
  • Dark Star
  • Forbidden Planet
  • W
  • The Thing from Another World
  • Bug
  • Jaws
  • El Topo
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Jodorowsky's Dune
  • Star Wars
  • It! The Terror from Beyond Space
  • Queen of Blood
  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Planet of the Vampires
  • The Driver
  • The Blob
  • Point Blank
  • Julia
  • The Turning Point
  • Psycho
  • Boy and Bicycle
  • The Duellists
  • The Birds
  • Wait Until Dark
  • Warlords of Atlantis