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.
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…
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…
Alien taught me how scary a film could be.
I learned this lesson at the age of 8, when my father introduced me to the horrific events that took place on the Nostromo. When most people hear that, the initial reaction is to judge a parent for allowing a tiny child to experience a hard R rated film, but be easy on the man. He wanted to share his love for both Alien and Aliens in time to take my brother and I to the theater to see Alien 3 (which I don't hate nearly as much as most people, but that's for another time).
I don't really remember the actual act of watching Alien for the first time, but…
It legitimately upsets me I wasn't alive to experience Alien for the first time when it came out in 1979. My mother often talks about how when my grandfather took her and my uncle to go see it, they spent the majority of the last half on the floor peering over the seats in absolute fear. This is the kind of experience I envy to this day.
Its definitely not hard to see why, as Alien is such an effective and simple film. No matter where or when I watch it, I almost seem to melt right into it. It's no longer a screen, it's a window right into events that look, sound, and feel real. The pouring authenticity just…
SON'S RATING: 4.5 / 5
It is hard to imagine just why the cinematographer on Alien went on to make so few feature films in his career, choosing instead to work in commercials. Of course, Ridley Scott being the perfectionist he is renowned for also deserves credit for the technical aspects that give the film such a taut, dense atmosphere. Yet Derek Vanlint's lighting work was ground-breaking at the time and as we have seen since, gone on to mould the entire genre.
That very first creep into Nostromo, as the camera lets us breath in the space inside the empty rooms, introduces us to the calm before the storm. Time to become familiar with the areas of the ship…
Alien is essentially a haunted house film in space. This is still to this day my favorite Sci-Fi horror film and one of my all-time favorite films of all time. Everything about this movie is good. The pace, atmosphere, characters and above all else the alien make this film easily slide into my top 10 list. People who have not seen this are really missing out, and for these who have seen this, you need to see it on Blu-Ray.
A classic horror film that holds up almost too well to this day. Criminally underrated at times, it feels, is the supporting cast, all character actors who brought a sense of blue collar reality to the crew of the Nostromo, spearheaded by Weaver's Ripley. And the cat lives!
It's always hard (at least for me) to write reviews of these genre defining films that really do them justice, because there is just so, so much to say, and it's hard to keep one's thoughts organized because of that. Ridley Scott's Alien truly is genre defining classic. Not only has it influenced countless aspects of modern horror, it is also the genesis of the sci-fi/horror genre. Unfortunately, very few, if any, sci-fi/horror films have been able to match up to it.
I don't exaggerate when I say that Alien is the perfect horror film. It's incredibly easy to do horror wrong, as we can see in countless examples dating back to essentially forever. But Alien does everything right and…
It's coming to something when you have to watch this quality of film for work...
Watched with the 2003 commentary track this time. Fun information, and Dan O'Bannon is not bitter at all.
Alien is one of the best movies ever made.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ridley Scott's groundbreaking Sci-Fi film "Alien" has set the standard for so many recent films in the genre. Many have copied the style with success but none have matched it for its brilliance. From the sprawling empty corridors to the amazing slow and secret introduction of the now iconic Giger designed Xenomorph this film is hugely detailed and genuine. The cast is perfect and the suspense is thick, with some great scares that never lose their ferocity no matter how many times you see it. It's one of the greatest Sci-Fi films ever made. I replaced my DVD Quadrilogy for the Blu Ray Anthology immediately and the transfer is sublime. One of the greatest Blu Rays I've ever bought, highly recommended.
A masterpiece of dread, tension, pacing and atmosphere. It is the perfect sci-fi horror, with a believable science fiction environment, characters who you can easily identify with, great, low-key performances and stunning, iconic production and sound design.