Release Date: June 22nd, 1979.
Written by: Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett.
Directed by: Ridley Scott.
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, and Veronica Cartwright.
Alien is the seminal Haunted House picture, although it takes place on a spaceship and doesn't involve ghosts at all... the aesthetic of a Haunted House story, however, is something that is alive and very well in this movie. It's essentially a bunch of people alone in a dark and sprawling mansion, all of them trying to survive the thing that's going bump in the night.
With Alien and Blade Runner, Ridley Scott helped to change the validity of Sci-Fi movies forever. It also helped to legitimize the horror genre, giving audiences a monster movie that wasn't cheesy and that didn't feel fake. Many have tried to reproduce Alien's Gothic horror in the years since its release, but it still stands in a class all by itself.
|PRETEND THIS SHIT DIDN'T HAPPEN, AND JUST LEAVE.|
Genuine terror ensues.
Along with Star Wars, Alien ushered in a new era of Sci-Fi entertainment, but did so in a darker and more sinister way. It won an Academy Award, launched Ridley Scott's career, and is considered not only one of the best Sci-Fi films ever made, but one of the best films period.
The creature design is perfect and terrifying; the ship's interior and exteriors are superb; it's dark, shadowy, and oozes a creepy atmosphere; it features a great cast, many of whom were in the prime of their careers; and it gave birth to many genre tropes, amongst them: a group of people trapped in a confined space with a monster, as well as Space Horror in general. It truly changed the genre, and film making forever.
Honestly, any Space Horror flick that you've seen since, owes its existence to Alien.
Oh, and let's not forget that Ellen Ripley is also one of the best female ass-kickers in all of cinema, and no doubt inspired many who came after her, like Sarah Conner, for example.
|IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU MEOW.|
|THE HORROR OF IT ALL STANDS UP BEAUTIFULLY THOUGH.|
|PRACTICAL EFFECTS MAGIC.|
|"HELLO MY BABY, HELLO MY DARLIN'..."|
|IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR SIGOURNEY WEAVER'S NIPPLES SCREAM.|
"You... are... my lucky star."
|AND ASH'S WORDS HERE WERE SINISTER AND PERFECT.|
Alien is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Sigourney Weaver was quite a dish back then... and later in life too, as it turns out.