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In space no one can hear you scream.
During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.
Sir Ridley Scott's epic atmospheric horror chiller space adventure set aboard the Nostromo that features a cast of memorable characters including a badass captain, a pair of wise cracking mechanics, a unique doctor of science, an unlikely heroine, and an alien creature thingy that likes to pop out at the craziest times. Deep sleep. Dallas's beard. Distress call. You would think spaceships would have bigger computer screens? The way John Hurt holds a cigarette. Parker's headband. Brett's Hawaiian shirt. Lambert's messy hair. Ash's facial expressions. Can you run in a spacesuit? Brett and Parker are my motherfuckers. Harry Dean Stanton's cigarette lighter. Ripley's sneakers. A pussycat who meows that I actually like. Fuck! The special effects are light years ahead…
I can't stay away. Every few months, I find myself called back to the Nostromo to try and figure out what it is about Alien that makes it so perfectly immersive and enjoyable. I haven't come close to being able to definitively state it yet, since Scott and crew do so many marvelous things here, but for this rewatch I focused on a few things that make Alien stand up so high among not only the rest of its sequels, but of a majority of sci-fi, past and present.
Who's on First?
Probably the most fascinating thing about this watch was realizing that Ellen Ripley does not become the primary protagonist until after the hour mark - more than halfway…
Ash, that transmission... Mother's deciphered part of it. It doesn't look like an S.O.S.
When you get right down to it, Alien is a "B Movie" made with "Triple A Movie" sensibilities. The story in one broad stroke is a crew of people on a ship getting killed off one at a time by a creature. A story doesn't get more "B Movie" then that. I think the problem ended up being that every single person involved with the film wasn't interested in making a "B Movie".
I'm tempted to describe so many things about this movie with the word "genius", and I still feel that way after watching it yet again for the umpteenth time. Everything that expands…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It’s hard to imagine the impact Alien had for people, like me, born after 1979. Its influence in genre cinema, both science fiction and horror, has been felt ever since and whilst it may essentially be an Old Dark House style movie in space it changed the landscape for both genres.
The opening is simplicity itself; after the slow ominous crawl through space and the scantest of intertitle exposition, the camera glides gently through the corridors of an empty industrial and utilitarian spacecraft before the computers whir into life, waking not only the ship from its deep space slumber but the human occupants too. It is a beautiful and evocative beginning, teasing elements of what is to come, from the…
I walk into the cinema at around 11:50 PM, just ten minutes until the lights dim, but this isn't an ordinary midnight screening. A palpable buzz is in the air as a rather large crowd of people are taking their seats, and I find a nice comfy spot on the left side, a perfect view of the screen. I look around the room and realize every seat in the place is a perfect view. If I were forced to stand for the duration it would have qualified as a perfect view. A cinematic experience I will surely never forget is just about to begin, and I can't wait.
If you read my previous review of one of the finest films…
Film #3 of JC13's I Do Believe I Just Shit Myself September/October Horror Marathon
Ripley: "Whenever he says anything you say "right," Brett, you know that?"
I've already reviewed this film and don't really have anything to add. Let me just put it to you this way: Alien is a masterpiece of Sci-Fi Horror. In fact it's just a masterpiece period. The atmosphere is incredible, the characters are awesome, the music is cool, and it holds up beautifully despite being 35 years old. It doesn't get much better than this. 9.5/10
(On a side note, I still jump every goddamn time when the Alien reaches out its hand. Every goddamn time!)
One of my top 5 movies of all time. Rewatched to prepare for the upcoming video game "Alien: Isolation" - as if I could even get more pumped up for that.
There is no better form of science fiction visual aesthetic than this. The late 70s gritty, grimy, rusty vision with all of its unnecessary flashing lights and clunky control interfaces - it's just perfect. The musical score is phenomenal, and the sound design is terrific. No amount of expensive CGI could ever accomplish what Ridley Scott did with his set design and practical effects.
Speaking of practical effects: the Alien itself. Probably the most terrifying and awe-inspiring work of art ever. "it's physical perfection is matched only by its…
Had the chance to actually see this in a movie theater quite recently, and the low rumbles and the atmosphere still hold up. Few movies can provoke absolute fear, a sense dulled by years of average and less than average horror movies, this is the one that makes you realize you have blood coursing in your veins when the tension ramps up, especially in the last 30 minutes.
A pretty good thriller. Definitely hugely influential (at least as far as I can tell) and some gorgeous shots, but nothing that really blew my mind. It didn't age very well, I think.
Full of thrills and horror.
Utterly sublime. Seems to only improve with age. Flawless cinema. The perfect example of efficient, atmospheric, beautiful sci-fi. A film you'll never get tired of.
Watched in a home theatre - big screen, bigger sound system.
Still the best.
He tardado más de un día en deliberar mi puntuación de esta película. Me faltan estrellas, creo.
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