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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…
One of the most original, suspenseful & terrifying films you're ever going to come across, Ridley Scott's breakthrough feature is a masterful blend of imagination, art direction, set design, special effects, unsettling score, perfect cast, terrific performances & quality narration and is an extraordinary achievement in the genre of both horror & science-fiction which today is universally hailed as one of the greatest motion pictures of all time.
Alien follows a seven members crew en-route to Earth on board a huge commercial ship when their journey is interrupted by what appears to be a distress signal from a desolate planet. The crew lands to investigate but discovers a deadly life form which breeds within a human host. And so begins the horror... the…
Alien is everything.
Throughout my years as a film-fan, mainly unconsciously, I've searched for another Alien. A film that combines story, character, pacing, effects, cinematography, soundtrack, and direction of a mountainous order into something tangible and real. Films have come close, don't get me wrong, but nothing has touched the cinematic perfection of Ridley Scott's horrific masterwork. Even though Alien has already been made and revered for so long, I still kinda hope, within the realms of my cinephile mindset, that a film will eventually be made that will match Alien.
That won't happen.
Alien, from the first chilling frames, grabs your throat and doesn't let go. Jerry Goldsmith's twisty score and the slowly forming credits immediately set the…
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.
“I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.”
The future is a terrifying, unknown place. Not because we expect it to be radically different from today, but because we expect it to be littered with today’s problems in ways we can’t anticipate and may not be fully equipped to combat. Technological advancement continues apace—but will it one day outpace us? Will we be able to control it, or will it develop (or, perhaps worse, be controlled by those possessing) ulterior motives? Corporate conglomeration yields lower prices and efficiencies of scale—while also yielding behemoths markedly unencumbered by any organic ethical constraints. Will we be able to keep these massive entities in check? Science is constantly…
Ridley Scott's best film, plain and simple. Extremely unnerving and chock full of slowly unraveling suspense that'll give you the chills, again and again. Classic horror.
Ridley Scott paints with light so spectacularly in Alien that they should call him Thomas Kinkade.
Of course, everything else within Alien is just so damn near perfect. You've got that storyline that still manages to feel fresh, despite being aped so often. (Most sci-fi horror movies owe a huge debt to Alien, and ditto sci-fi horror video games.) You've got a delightful cast of characters. It's a movie that looks great in every single shot.
If there's a flaw, it's in the alien itself. Scott makes the good decision to keep the alien out of view more often than not, but the puppetry behind it isn't the most convincing puppetry you'll see. I mean, they obviously made do with…
"You are my lucky star. You..."
Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi/horror game-changer has a sizeable fanbase and one that I've never been a part of. I like every other entry of the series just fine, but this never lived up to my expectations and I just found it to be kind of dull because of Scott's deliberately slow pacing.
Well, Idiot Me from the past strikes again, because I've certainly been missing out on something for the past few years.
Ridley Scott isn't a favourite director of mine at all, but his work here is outstanding. The way he builds atmosphere here with the visuals and the editing is amazing to watch and there's an eerie quietness to most of the scenes here that's almost unbearably tense…
Alien is one of the most brilliant scientific masterpieces there is. It's also one of director Ridley Scott's best movies. Alien does some really great things in this movie that help make it great as well as redefining the genre of sci-fi horror.
The first thing I noticed about this movie is the atmosphere. The Nostromo is neither cheerful like the spacecrafts of Star Wars not pristine like those of 2001. It portrays a different future than those movies. The Nostormo is dark, dingy, and looks like it could break any second. This gives a sense of darkness and danger even before you see the killer alien. This perfect atmosphere contributes to the movie's tone and suspense in a big…
I don't like scary movies. This was impressive and stands up surprisingly well for when it was made. There's a minimalist purity to it - no detail feels unnecessary. Perfectly executed for what it is, but I don't get anything out of cringing and bracing myself for 2 hours, waiting for something to jump out.
I'm about to rewatch Prometheus soon, so I borrowed a Blu-ray copy of it and watched the many hours of Extras - I love Extras and finding out "how they did it"! - and this in turn made me want to rewatch the original Alien which set off the whole franchise.
This time round I decided to watch the version with Ridley Scott's audio commentary, partly because my early memories of the film, way back, were that it was extremely scarey and I wanted to buffer my experience for now, and partly because I think the man's a genius (even though he doesn't always succeed) and I wanted the director's take on his early masterpiece.
Scott likes to do things…
I love James Cameron's sequel, but Ridley Scott's original is the superior film; a masterpiece of slow, building dread.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…