Lifelike Animatronic Facehugger Practical Effects Puppet!

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Published on 8 Sep 2022, 14:00
We meet effects artist Jesse Velez of Raptor House Effects, whose team created this animatronic Alien Facehugger for the 40th anniversary theatrical re-release of Alien back in 2018. Engineered from 14 servo motors that drive mechanical linkages along each "finger", this creature creeps alive with three remote control operators puppeting its mesmerizing movements. Jesse gives us a demo of this practical creature effect at SiliCon!

To see videos of the mechanical understructure in action, visit and click on REELS.
Design Lead, Sculpt, Skin, and Paint by Jesse Velez:
Mechanical Design by Cameron Boyce
Raptor House FX:
Thanks to Mike of PropsToHistory for the puppeting assist!

Shot by Josh Self and edited by Norman Chan
Music by Jinglepunks

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Adam Savage
Norman Chan
Joey Fameli
Ryan Kiser
Josh Self
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Bill Doran
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Darrell Maloney

Intro bumper by Abe Dieckman

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