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Alien (1979)

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto

Director(s): Ridley Scott

Language: English

Genre: Horror


Director Ridley Scott's breakthough film, an immensely successful blend of horror and science fiction, is a classic in both genres and spawned a host of sequels and imitators. Starring Sigourney Weaver as warrant officer Ellen Ripley, ALIEN focuses on the crew of the space cargo ship Nostromo, which lands on a moribund planet in response to a faint SOS. Inside a crashed ship, the crew members come upon strange pods, one of which spews forth a repellently fleshy insectile creature that locks on t... [Get complete synopsis]

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motleymitch wrote on April 14, 2005, 3:19 am
One of the truly scary horror movies. I saw it as a kid and had to stop watching when Yaphet Koto and Veronica Cartwright bit it. I just couldn't take it anymore. I only saw it in its entirety about 15 years later, and it still freaked me out. That now classic scene of the alien bursting out of John Hurt's chest.....yeeesh! (It's so overused now that it's not scary anymore, but that first time!)
Deril wrote on April 14, 2005, 5:02 pm
BRILLIANT. A True Sci-fi classic.
Papamikey wrote on April 15, 2005, 12:28 pm
Mood: My Ding-a-ling.
Not as good as the second one, but more of a "mind" scary movie rather than waves upon waves of Aliens. Meaning what you DIDN'T see was more scary than what you DID see.

I mean, what was more scary than watching the progress of an Alien through the heating ducts only as a blip getting closer and closer to Tom Skerrit (sp?)? The tension, man, THE TENSION!

Papa Mikey!
MasterWoodsman wrote on April 17, 2005, 2:02 am
There are very few movies of this calibre of horror. Perfect in every way. Ridley Scott really knows how to make a great flick!

I saw a documentary where he explained how they came up with the whole bursting from the chest thing. They sat around trying to imagine the most horrifying thing they could, and that's what they decided on. I'd say it worked!
motleymitch wrote on August 16, 2005, 3:41 am
Just re-watched it with the commentaries - only a handful of people knew about the chest-bursting scene. Most of the actors were kept in the dark. They shot it once, with many cameras and angles, and the surprise and horror you see on the actors faces (particularily Veronica Cartwright a.k.a. Lambert, getting sprayed with blood) is genuine. Freaky.
motleymitch wrote on April 29, 2010, 6:03 pm
It's been announced thjat Ridley Scott will be directing an Alien prequel, set to come out in 2011.
Normally I'd balk at this kind of cash-grab, but I do for the most part like this franchise, and having the original director helm and oversee the project bodes well. Of course, as they say, only TAIIIME will tell!

Deril wrote on April 30, 2010, 1:35 pm
I call bullshit!

so stupid. I'm sure this will be just as good as the Phantom Menace.

Alien is one of the all time BEST (and original) sci-fi movies, and with the exception of AlienS, this franchise needs to be left to die in peace.

Why can't they just come up with something new, different & cool and call it something else? Are we gonna see a baby Ripley?

I fold !

motleymitch wrote on May 1, 2010, 3:17 am
Oh, so you're keen to see the Nightmare On Elm Street re-tooling (as well as Friday the 13th and tons of other shiite), but THIS one you won't?? As if. We'll go to this like we go to all the other dreck.

Deril wrote on May 5, 2010, 3:29 pm
I know what you're saying, but Aliens is a classic. The other's aren't really. Meaning, I don't really care if Friday the 13th or NOES dets ruined in a re-make. It will really hurt to watch A ne Alien movie featuring Jar-Jar & Robot dogs (if you know what I mean)

motleymitch wrote on May 6, 2010, 1:09 am
Fuck you, we're going.

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