IT WAS a stylish upgrade of the space monster from the B movies of the50s, a murderous creature that obliterated the sci-fi optimism established by Star Trek and Star Wars.

Numerous versions of the relentless, otherworldly killer from the Alien movie series have burst forth over the last 28 years. The most recent product of this creative hive arrived in theaters Christmas Day with the R-rated Aliens vs. Predator — Requiem.

Among the assorted incarnations of the creature from the Alien universe:

-1979: With the tagline In space, no one can hear you scream, Alien, the Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi scarefest, premiered. The movie lands somewhere between 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

-1982: Atari 2600 console features the first Alien video game. Like the film series, the alien presence in video games in later years evolves to include an arcade version of the Aliens film and a Game Boy version of Alien 3.

-1986: Terminator director James Cameron reworks the franchise in Aliens, an adrenaline-saturated movie sequel that broke new ground with Sigourney Weavers character Ripley reimagined as an interstellar female Rambo.

-1988: Dark Horse Comics publishes its Aliens title, which places survivors of the 1986 movie on a mission to destroy the creatures home world.

-1989: The Aliens vs. Predator comic, also published by Dark Horse, puts a group of interplanetary ranchers in a battle between the hissing monsters and deadly extraterrestrial hunters introduced in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Predator.


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-1990: In the film Predator 2, an alien skull is on display as a hunting trophy in the title characters ship.

-1992: After losing everyone she cares about, Ripley shaves her head and teams up with convicts in a monastic penal colony to fight one of the killer parasitoids in the claustrophobic Alien 3 film.

-1997: Ripley, resurrected through a cloning process two centuries after the previous film was set, is joined by space pirates as they attempt to stop the genetically engineered creatures from getting to Earth in the movie Alien: Resurrection.

-2004: In the film AVP: Alien vs. Predator, a group of researchers investigating an archaeological site in Antarctica are caught between the master hunters from the Predator movies and a fresh crop of aliens.

-2007: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem brings the fight to middle America when a Predator ship unintentionally releases its slimy cargo on humanity when it crashes in small-town Colorado.

Reach Mark de la Vina at mdelavina@mercurynews.com or 408—920-5914.

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