Something Bubbling Inside of Him

With a pair of sentences, one of my favorite horror movies becomes EVEN BETTER.

Mr. O’Bannon, who died in 2009, was afflicted with Crohn’s disease and suffered its symptoms for decades: “The digestion process felt like something bubbling inside of him struggling to get out.” That’s how the most famous element of Alien—the creature hatching out of a man’s stomach—was born.

The above quote is from* a 2011 New York Observer review of the book Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror, which can be found here:

The Horror! The Horror! Fright Flicks Finally Get Their Due 

This is very inspiring. Also inspiring, now that I think about it: the intestinal disease chart that hangs in every single gastro office and exam room I’ve visited since my 2003 diagnosis. Seriously gruesome shit. I’m getting right on it.



*Though I first heard about O’Bannon having and being inspired by Crohn’s on Mur Lafferty’s podcast interview with Matt Lohr and Diane O’Bannon.


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