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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.
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…
It's been about 5 years since the first time I ever watched Alien. Can't believe I've waited so long to revisit it! I appreciated the film much more this time around and there are just so many aspects that make it such an amazing blend of horror with science fiction. The visual effects still look gorgeous and quite realistic. You really feel like you are in space on this epic journey. Another thing that works remarkably well is the suspense. Wow, this film truly delivers a lot of clever and effective scares! Some may argue that it can get a little slow at times, but that's precisely why it's so brilliant for me. Director Ridley Scott keeps making you wonder…
"In space no one can hear you scream."
A visual masterpiece that boasts some of the best cinematography and special effects that i have ever seen, with an incredible mixture of the fantastical and the routine aspects of the universe. The constant symbolic resonance of the characters dealing with an almost god-like creature with the sighting of the dead space jockey, and the helplessness that they feel as the alien killer stalks them is powerful and unsettling. The movie always feels like there is more going on beyond the surface, which is shown in the opening sequence as the camera seemingly tracks no-one, yet the door opens for the camera as if it was a character in it's own right.…
greatest of all time
Its the intense build up and creepy atmosphere that creates the horror not cheap scares and lots of gore in this believable Ridley Scott masterpiece..I dare say the greatest sci-fi horror with John Carpenters The Thing following close second..
I'm a touch inebriated. I can't put together a proper review. Just watch it, you doogan. It's awesome.
Just bought the blu-ray of this film for a great price, and wow, this looked and sounded great. Someone could have told me this movie was made in the twenty-first century and I would believe them. It also still held up on a rewatch, I simply love the suspense.
Pretty much the last word in nightmarish, claustrophobic horror, and its sexual subtext could hardly be clearer. Watch it again and study the Lovecraftian monster (designed by H.R. Giger, built by Carlo Rambaldi), which bursts from John Hurt's stomach in an obscene parody of birth and has a long, slimy tongue with razor-sharp teeth that chatter and thrust into flesh. Note the womblike interior of the marooned spaceship where the crew members of the Nostromo, an oil-refinery spacecraft, discover the alien egg. Pay attention to the scene in which the alien uses its tail to impale a female victim, apparently through the vagina. Recoil at the bizarre scene in which treacherous android Ian Holm tries to cram a rolled-up magazine…
Fantastic shit-your-pants tier movie. Despite this it's not an unnerving watch and more an extremely comfy thrill ride.
Its a slow burner that masterfully builds on atmosphere and tension, all these years later it still holds up so well. Visually original and gorgeously directed by Scott, its a classic.
Alien is a classic in both the horror and sci-fi genres. It's got some really great stuff in there and is easy to enjoy. But I will say that I don't quite think it's the absolute masterpiece that a lot of people think it is. If you want to really be harsh to the film, it's essentially a typical horror slasher kind of film but in space. I don't think it should be considered that simple, but I do think that's something I noticed and kind of brought it down a little bit for me. But I do think its a super fun film that is certainly a classic.
The plot, while not exactly super original by today's standard, is…
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