In space, no one can hear you scream, but everywhere else is fair game. The Alien franchise has dominated the sci-fi/horror landscape for the better part of the last four decades, and that long tradition will come to a head later this month when Alien: Covenant finally hits theaters. The film marks Ridley Scott's glorious return to the proper Alien continuity after the lackluster Prometheus, and we're officially on pins and needles to see what the film has in store.
Of course, there's obviously one very particular thing that makes the Alien franchise what it is: the Xenomorph. H.R. Giger's iconic extraterrestrial design has become utterly infamous in the years since the first Alien premiered, and the abilities of this creature have only become more deadly over time. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of all the ways a Xenomorph can kill you in the Alien franchise. Nature and The Engineers designed these creatures as perfect killing machines, so let's get started with one of the earliest stages of the Xenomorph life cycle: the Facehugger.
Removing A Facehugger
Even before a Xenomorph is properly born, it can kill its victims. Whenever a Facehugger attaches itself to the face of an unsuspecting organism, it can tighten its grip and remain in place until the Xenomorph embryo has been properly implanted into its prey. Facehuggers are nearly impossible to remove from a victim's head, and the symbiotic relationship created between the host and the alien creature means that removing the Facehugger before it has laid the Xenomorph will result in the death of the Facehugger's victim. That said, compared to the other ways a Xenomorph can kill you, it's not a bad way to go.
Once the Facehugger has implanted the baby Xenomorph into the host, there isn't much that can be done to prevent the final birth. As its name would seemingly imply, the Chestburster stage of the Xenomorph life cycle results in the small, snake-like version of the nearly unkillable alien creature violently breaking out of the victim's chest cavity -- pretty much destroying the torso in the process. This process is pretty much the same across all organisms who find themselves unfortunate enough to host a Xenomorph, and the process almost always leads to immediate death for the owner of the aforementioned chest.