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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…
Sir Ridley Scott delivers an incredible sci-fi horror film for the ages that makes it's mark with it's beautiful direction and cinematography. It creates an atmosphere of horror and panic so well that you just can't help but be sucked in by the world that Scott has created. Also the cast is beyond great lead by a powerhouse performance by Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt and other's
On the big screen.
Pros: great atmosphere and use of lighting, filled with suspense and a sense of claustrophobia, frightening by the power of suggestion, beautiful set and creature design by H.R. Giger, realistic and relatable characters, Jonesy!
Cons: the chestburster crawling away from Kane's body looks rather silly, the clear discontinuation errors when Ash's decapitated head is revived to communicate with the crew, the occasional cartoonish sound effects that make me think of Tom & Jerry.
Watched it through headphones. Genuinely terrifying. Hurt's anguished pains while the alien is doing its thing were particularly chilling.
Another Ridley Scott sci-fi masterpiece.
RIP HR Giger.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
Written by Dan O’Bannon.
A commercial crew aboard the deep space towing vessel, Nostromo is on its way home when they pick an SOS warning from a distant planet. What they don't know is that the SOS warning is not like any other ordinary warning call. Picking up the signal, the crew realize that they are not alone on the spaceship when an alien stowaway is on the cargo ship.
• Outstanding lead cast including Sigourney Weaver as the main protagonist. She is a strong female lead as the iconic Ripley.
• Amazing sets that depict a foreign, alien landscape. The Nostromo ship also looks amazing and lifelike.
• Great use of…
Was fortunate enough to see this right after I graduated in 1979, when the film opened. Sitting in one of those old cavernous movie palaces with my girlfriend, I let the movie wash over me. That is until the chestburster scene, when said girlfriend sunk her nails into my forearm and the scene got significantly more tense.
Although there had been a few movies through the decades portraying horror in outer space (ex: It! The Terror from Beyond Space), Alien was a game-changer. By now the story is know: a cargo spaceship crew is awakened by their computer and rerouted to a barren planet for reasons that eventually become known. They are to investigate a distress signal and in the…
Alien is about as perfect a sci-fi/horror movie as possible, with a simple yet engaging plot, top notch scenery, design, directing, and an elite group of actors to pull it off. Although a few things haven't aged well over time, like the 80's era DOS computers, and the fact that everything in the film has been parodied or rehashed relentlessly for decades, this is still a classic film that excels in every way imaginable.
Adore this film!!! I stil, want a pet alien :D
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…