Ridley Scott did science fiction right. So much so that it led to a number of sequels, prequels and crossovers with another successful horror franchise.
“Alien” may have one of the scariest and most visceral scenes in all of horror: the emergence of the alien from the body of a crew member. That burst is forever ingrained in my memory and that jump is one that emerges in my nightmares.
With Sigourney Weaver taking the helm as the scream queen of outer space, the action in this film goes from start to finish with minimal time to rest–with the exception of a moment or two of false senses of security. The high intensity, visually appealing and spatially tight film leaves viewers constantly questioning when the crew will actually be safe. Will Weaver ever get to be officially in stasis without having to contend with an alien?
For obvious reasons, from the opening of the film you’ll respect the visual effects and make-ups of this movie. It is simply brilliant and a stunning example of a special effects crew that gives everything to see a film be at the best it can be. It also shows how a story would be incomplete without the work of its creatives.
While initial reception was mixed, for the most part the film was celebrated for both its innovation and its level of drama and fear. The horrific nature of this science fiction story is strong enough to not only be impactful in the immediate, but lasting far beyond the near two hour run-time.
You’ve got the time for this one. Let yourself go to space and live it.