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Watch Ridley Scott explain how the original Alien chestburster scene was done

Alien's chestburster scene is one of the most famous moments in cinema, but did you ever wonder how they made all that gorey magic happen without any digital effects? Alien (and Alien: Covenant (opens in new tab)) director Ridley Scott broke the process down for us step by step in a fascinating video interview which you really have to watch if you've ever enjoyed an Alien film. This is how it all began.

Does Scott's new movie measure up to the world of terror glimpsed in the original Alien? Read our Alien: Covenant (opens in new tab) review and find out, and if you've already seen it, read the 8 questions we have after watching Alien: Covenant (opens in new tab).

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.