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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…
Upon a second viewing, I can confirm Sir Ridley Scott has created one of the greatest sci-fi horror films of all time. Endlessly re-watchable, it is outstanding how Scott builds so much tension very early on, leading you into arguably the most tense ending in horror history. Alien is an incredibly paced film with amazing characters. The dark and creepy atmosphere lives subtly through the shadows and faint echoes that fill the gloomy and industrial set designs which are beautifully pioneered. Yes, Alien has some of the best production design Iv'e ever seen. It is a masterwork on every level.
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…
Fourth viewing, no change.
Worst. Wet. Dream. Ever.
Lots of movies in the horror genre try and go the "slow burn" route and end up wasting half of their running time just to avoid jump scares. This is one of the few that earns the decision. Every moment is designed to unsettle, some to disturb, and relatively few are meant to outright terrify. But its design makes it impossible to jump the shark, stripping away enough elements to avoid distractio from its mood and themes.
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Watched the 2003 Director's Cut for the first time last night. I indicated spoilers, and I'm referring to spoilers of this version, not of the original cut.
While this cut doesn't detract from the original, what it adds is generally insignificant. I liked seeing Parker take Ripley's side in regards to the quarantine. It feels more true to his character and more true to the overall group dynamic.
The biggest change is seeing the dead crew members being turned into eggs, bringing the cycle back to the start. Audiences might have already guessed this based on interviews with Ridley Scott or Dan O'Bannon where they mention the inspiration for the film being the way wasps parasitize other insects to hatch…
ellen ripley, a legend
I have the worst fear of wide open empty spaces (i.e. the ocean, outer space), so if anything this is one of the most unnerving films ever for me. Also, this movie suddenly feels 10 times more terrifying after playing Alien: Isolation. So I'm just thankful that I re-watched this in the daytime otherwise I would be terrified right now.
Alien is more than just a film it's a pinnacle in its genre and a completely identifiable experience. It's looming threat that runs throughout is a tension that you can actually feel. The whole horrific journey is a run up to It's scary, flickering finale.
It's structured and paced without faults. The run time goes by in a flash due to how exciting it is.
The characters are set up and picked off nicely and Ripley's transformation into her natural role as protagonist never cuts corners. The time is taken to build the mystery and fear so when shit does start going down it's 100% immersive.
It's filmed so well. Ridley Scott always pays attention to…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
NIGHT 21: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream...
Yet another knock out of the ballpark on my journey through the horror movie landscape, Alien is easily, effortlessly the most atmospherically tense and frightening film I have seen. Like The Thing, the isolation of the characters fighting the lone alien makes for a claustrophobic and yet tightly held together film that challenged me to find a fault and left me speechless.
How I've never seen Alien before tonight is a mystery to me, but I had been extremely gifted in not knowing anything about this film, save for a very vague idea of what the titular Alien looks like. The first twenty minutes, on the surface of a foreign…
Fuckin' fantastic. Nothing more to say.