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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…
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 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…
Alien taught me how scary a film could be.
I learned this lesson at the age of 8, when my father introduced me to the horrific events that took place on the Nostromo. When most people hear that, the initial reaction is to judge a parent for allowing a tiny child to experience a hard R rated film, but be easy on the man. He wanted to share his love for both Alien and Aliens in time to take my brother and I to the theater to see Alien 3 (which I don't hate nearly as much as most people, but that's for another time).
I don't really remember the actual act of watching Alien for the first time, but…
One of the greatest futuristic monstrosities ever created.
great sci fi movie
What can be said about ALIEN that hasn't already been said? I've seen the film many times, and it never gets old, never loses its power to frighten and amaze. On this latest rewatch, it's surprising just how much film there is before that iconic sequence where John Hurt's Kane encounters the egg and things get horrific. But right from the moment we first meet the iconic xenomorph of the title, things click into full throttle and everything from that point is just relentless, white-knuckle tension. I can only imagine what a profound experience it must have been to see this for the first time in the cinema back during its initial release.
The "haunted house in space" phrase has…
No one can hear you scream in space.alien. okay is this movie good or Bad well I can say it is good.this film as good visual effects and good score.
Just as Jaws is the icon of horror for the seas, Alien is the image of fear for space. It's the film that all other sci fi horrors will look up to and try to imitate. But none have been capable of matching its brilliance remaining the defining picture of horror in space. And it's easy to see why with visuals that hold up as well today as they ever have and one of the most threatening monsters put to screen.
When it was released we got an image of space exploration unlike any that we'd seen before. Scott ensured that there was a realistic and believable example of space exploration. He carried this out with groundbreaking special effects being…
I had a difficult time seeing what was going on on screen half the movie, but that was perfectly okay. Alien is a fun ride for anyone who decides to try it out.
As a first time viewer, there's nothing I can say about "Alien" that hasn't already been said, so I'll just tell you that everyone who told me that this movie was sweet is totally right.
One of my favorite movies ever. Hate the other ones from the series.
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- 2001: A Space Odyssey
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- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
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