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USA/UK 119m, Colour
Director: Ridley Scott; Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto
Built upon the incredible artwork and design concepts of H. R. Giger, Alien was the first of a new generation of truly scary science fiction horror films to break the stereotype of “B”-movie status which these genres were largely relegated to. Sigourney Weaver’s character Ripley, also broke the mold of the male dominated lead in science fiction movies and demonstrated that female actors could be as tough as men and tougher chest popping aliens with acid for blood. The initial release of Alien was not only the first R-rated film which I saw in the theater, but also remains one of the most memorable for its suspense and unpredictability (Klaus Ming April 2010).