Type: Endoparasitoid extraterrestrial species
Concept for the movie Prometheus
The Octo-Facehugger was a Xenomorph creature cut from Prometheus early in its production. In Jon Spaihts’ original script, titled Alien: Engineers, it was an Octo-Facehugger that impregnated Holloway with an embryo, which later hatched into the Beluga-Xenomorph. The Octo-Facehugger was entirely written out of the finished film.
The Octo-Facehuggers are found inside the Engineer temple on LV-426 by Holloway, contained within molluscoid, egg-like sacs found inside honeycomb-like recesses on the ceiling of a large chamber. One of the creatures subdues and impregnates Holloway. Jocelyn Watts later finds the chamber where the Octo-Facehuggers are held, although she flees before rousing any of them.
The sacs containing the Octo-Facehuggers open when they detect movements, and the creature within descends onto its prey on a long strand of mucus. They latch onto the victim’s face and impregnated them with a Beluga-Xenomorph embryo, before detaching and dying, like a Facehugger.They are capable of secreting acid to melt through any helmet or other obstruction the victim may be wearing, again like a Facehugger.