Alien is a horror movie that just keeps on giving. In dramatic dual and harrowing scenes, Ash loses his head…twice. Viewers might have thought that they were through the worst after the iconic chest-bursting scene, but no, there was more horror and bodily fluids yet to come.
After a shocking dust-up and unexpected fight with Ripley, where Ash actually tries to kill her, we are treated to yet another unforeseen reveal. This happens when Parker rescues Ripley by literally knocking Ash’s replicant head from his Company-serving body.
The dismembered Ash is plugged back in as the dwindling and desperate crew hoped to get some sort of insight in how to destroy the Alien. Ash is revealed as a Company planted robot, charged with bringing the alien back to earth for military uses. The terrifying reality check comes from Ash at Mother’s console. That oozing milk-mouth, and the reverberating and super-chilling voice of the freshly decapitated Ash, did nothing to encourage what was left of the Nostromo crew. He coldly let them have it between the eyes as to what they were really up against.
“You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? A perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. I can’t lie about your chances, but you have my sympathies”