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Unbeknownst to the crew of a space ship, it has taken on an alien stowaway that incubates in some humans and hunts the rest. In space, no one can hear you scream.
A landmark of science fiction and horror, Alien arrived in 1979 between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958's It! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighter Nostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated inside one of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen's most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film's success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the "facehugger," the "chestburster," and Ripley's climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott, Alien is one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares. --Jeff Shannon
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- When you know the alien is going to come out of the chest. I still had trouble watching this scene because it was so disturbing.
- When they find the alien skin on the floor. Even though you don't see the alien, your imagination already thinks about how gross it is that this alien has now grown in size.
- When the alien manages to sneak aboard Ridley's escape pod. Just seeing that creature sitting there staring at her made it feel like it was an actual predator, something you should be afraid of if it appeared in real life. Kind of like, if you see a giant black widow spider on your leg. You don't want to move because you're afraid it's going to come after you.
This is just an uneasy, disturbing, creepy movie. The effects still look decent, even though some space back drops look a little dated. But that doesn't matter anyway, the movie is just a well edited, well directed film. If you want to creep out your spouse or just enjoy an uneasy sci-fi film, definitely check this one out.
The story is well known: the crew of an interstellar craft responds to what seems a distress signal, only to encounter a remarkably lethal alien life form that boards their ship and sets about picking them off one by one. Some of the special effects are weak (the alien spacecraft and the android "revival" are fairly notorious). There is little in the way of character development, the film has a fairly slow pace, and the story itself is predictable; you can usually guess who is going to die next.
BUT. The art designs are incredible: the entire look of the film, from the commercial nature of the spacecraft to the iconographic alien itself (brilliantly envisioned by Giger) is right on the money. Director Ridley Scott encouraged his cast to ad lib from the script, and the result is a shocking sense of realism--and the somewhat slow pace of the film and the predictablity of the story gives it a sense of relentless and ever-mounting paranoia that is greatly enhanced by the tight sets and camera set-ups. With its odd mixture of womb-like organics and cold mechanics, ALIEN is a film calculated to send even the most slightly claustrophobic viewer into a fit of hysteria.
The entire cast, led by Tom Skerrit and Sigorney Weaver, is very, very good--and the film abounds with memorable images and scenes ranging from John Hurt's encounter with the alien egg to Skerrit's search of the ship air ducts to Weaver's terrifying race against time as the ship counts down to self-destruct. Seldom has any film been so consistent in design, cast, direction, and out-and-out fear factor, and although certain aspects of ALIEN are open to legitimate criticism the end result is powerful enough to bring it in at a full five stars. A word of warning, however: you'll need to send the kids to bed for this one. And you'll probably be up half the night afterward yourself! Recommended.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
graphic novel which you can get on Amazon.com. Fox really scamed people out on this They couldn't even make the effort to include anything from the big box set. It is not worth the money. Now if you just want the movie I Recommend just get the plain Alien [Blu-ray] $16.19 that's on Amazon now or get the Alien Anthology.
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