1984 TV Guide Ad for Alien

Alien 1984

Could ABC not have put together a better ad for the first network showing of a horror masterpiece? Or did they not bother because half of the movie had to be cut? What’s with that shitty tagline, ABC? The original is one of the greatest ever devised! Why does Tom Skerritt look like Jesus? Why does John Hurt look like he’s humping the control panel? Why does Sigourney have a perm, and why is she holding James Bond’s gun from Moonraker?

(Image via Platypus Comix)

4 Responses to “1984 TV Guide Ad for <em>Alien</em>”

  1. 1 His friend J August 11, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    That’s pretty sad. Anyone know what the deal is here? Did they get the movie but not the rights to promotional material? Perhaps the photos did not translate well into TV Guide? But why change the tag line? This just makes me sad. Did we really have to grow up like this?

    • 2 2W2N August 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      The mind boggles. How could they have the rights to the movie but not the tagline? The movie had been out for five years! You think the “artist” would have seen it. These ads had to be done quickly, but still…

  2. 3 Bill November 17, 2015 at 12:32 am

    You’re SO right. It’s like they didn’t even know what the movie is about.

  3. 4 Rottenberg January 27, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    …and Pam Grier as Ripley!

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