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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…
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…
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…
It gets deeper and richer and more unsettling with every viewing. (And this must've been my tenth or eleventh go-round.) Things I fixated on this time:
• best production design ever? that set is so densely layered and looks absolutely functional-- to say nothing of how it influenced the way we see and think about future environments.
• how elegant and fluid Scott's roaming camera is and how delicious it is that nearly every composition is slightly off center.
• I never remember the bit of exposition neatly tucked into Ripley's fight with Dallas re: Ash where it's revealed that Dallas's usual science officer was replaced two days before the mission with Ash. Chills.
"I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality." - Ash
The recent news of Neil Blomkamp making a new Alien movie isn't something that I'm all that interested in, but it did give me an itch that only re watching Alien could scratch. So strap in and let me tell you about a little place where nobody can hear you scream.
Aesthetically and sonically, Alien does an incredible job of building an atmosphere of dread, even before the introduction of the extraterrestrial predator. The lighting and set design aboard the Nostromo create a well-realised futuristic environment that although spacious feels oddly claustrophobic. Visually the film is just stunning, and add to that Goldsmith's accompanying…
This film was interesting.
Considering the time it was made it was one of the first truely successful Horror Sci-fi films. I have always prefered horrors that rely more on suspense and fear of the unknown and this film does exactly that (you don't even see the alien for a large part of the movie)
It was not a perfect film but it was still very interesting to watch and I look forward to whan I eventually watch the sequels.
I'm sorry. The brevity of my tiny screen and my cultural knowledge of its terror-filled imagery lessened the impact of what I am sure is a masterpiece.
Instead of viewing the theatrical cut for the umpteenth time I decided to give "The Director's Cut" another go as it'd been several years since I'd last sat down with it. I'd actually rate this version as **** instead of the ***** I've reserved for the original version. While at its core the same movie, this later cut loses a bit of something found in the 1979 version.
Again, I was very fascinated with the model work and with how much more real and alive it still feels to me than to all of the synthetic and plastic computer images in more contemporary movies.
What else can I say? Tom Skerritt? Ian Holm? John Hurt? Yaphet Kotto? Harry Dean Stanton? Sigourney Weaver? It is still such an iconic movie that I generally think of this movie first when I see most of these actors in anything else...
Iconic horror and I cannot believe that my brother and I were allowed to see it at the young age we did! I think of the children in that age now in my life and I do not think I would ever allow them to see anything like this! Does that make me good, hypocritical, or overbearing?
Part 7 of The Ridley & Tony Scott Project
Yeah, I'm in the Aliens camp on this one. That doesn't mean I dislike the original Alien, though. The problem is that sitting through Alien feels more like homework to me than a true experience. I absolutely love the set design and just the look of the film in general, but the characters are little more than your stock haunted house characters and the pacing is a little too slow. Considering that I'm a fan of Aliens, that doesn't mean that I demand more action or more explosions, but I just want something. Some would say "less is more" and I can understand that, but Aliens had so much more character, so much more interesting developments. As it stands though, it's probably Ridley Scott's best film by quite some distance and an expertly crafted film that, unfortunately, doesn't make me wild.
Such an incredible science fiction horror film. It withstands the test of time very well. Who needs CGI? The psychological terror of hardly ever seeing the Xenomorph is intense. There are so many perfectly executed scenes in which you expect it to pop out, but Ridley Scott patiently waits and chooses his moments perfectly. Always and forever a genre masterpiece.
The best sci-fi,horror movie ever made! Goes in my Top 5 Horror list in spot Nr.1, and Nr.2 obviously goes to Aliens! Suspense from the beggining to end!
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Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…