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Everyone’s been talking about Prometheus this week, and while we enjoyed Ridley Scott’s Alien trilogy prequel, we’re unwavering in our resolve that no special effects will ever outdo the original. Was there even one scene in all of Prometheus that burned into your retinas to be forever embedded in your cultural psyche, like the scene in 1979′s Alien? No? We didn’t think so.

Because we’re sticklers for an original, we’ve taken a walk down memory lane with some of our favorite movie aliens of yesteryear, from Kim Basinger’s Celeste Martin to the very first (and possibly only), intergalactic rock star, David Bowie; from Doctor Who to the little guy who just wanted to call his mom, and so on…