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Apr 26

Alien Day

USCM (United States Colonial Marines)
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Aliens (1986)
The first of several films in the "Alien" franchise
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"In space no one can hear you scream."

Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott which follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo who encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set loose on the ship. Alien Day (4-26) is a nod to LV-426, the moon where the xenomorphs are first discovered. The Alien xenomorph or Internecivus raptus ("murderous thief") is a fictional endoparasitoid extraterrestrial species, featuring in three subsequent sequels as well as crossover films such as Alien vs. Predator and others. The 1986 sequel, Aliens, follows Sigourney Weaver's character Ellen Ripley as she returns to the moon where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, this time accompanied by a unit of space marines, to which this tartan is dedicated.

In space, no one can hear you scream (nor peek under your kilt, easily).

Alien Day, April 26th, is a nod to LV-426, the planetoid moon where the xenomorphs are discovered in the 1979 film from Ridley Scott.

That's right, there is an official tartan dedicated to the fictional Colonial Marines associated with the 1986 American science fiction action horror film, Aliens, the sequel to the original 1979 Alien franchise film.


Written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sigourney WeaverCarrie HennMichael BiehnPaul ReiserLance HenriksenWilliam Hope, and Bill Paxton, the film follows Weaver's character Ellen Ripley as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, this time accompanied by a unit of space marines.

The USCM (United States Colonial Marines) and the UKCM (United Kingdom Colonial Marines) are informal groups of friends and associates who are deeply interested in motion picture props and costumes, specifically those based on the James Cameron film 'Aliens'. Both USCM and UKCM undertake charity work in their respective countries, usually appearing in costume. The tartan has been designed by the 'CEO' of the Aliens Legacy organisation and head of the USCM. The tartan colours were inspired by camouflage patterns. The tartan is used for kilts worn by members at official events and functions.

For all things Alien, including trivia, quizzes, and even recipes for Xenomorph egg cupcakes, click the movie poster from the first of the Alien movies from the same year.