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Alien (1979)

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).

5 comments on “Alien (1979)

  1. Marc

    As great and legendary as this film is, the idea of a prequel doesn’t sound that promising. Even though Ridley is attached I’m actually not quite on board. Could be great but if it isn’t, that would just ruin the legacy of one of the finest sci-fi films of all time. Yup I can be a pessimist at times:)

  2. klausming

    Agreed, on the basis of the last installment – Alien Resurrection (1997), I’m not holding out too much hope either.

  3. Derrick

    I liked Resurrection but can see all the flaws it had and why others dislike it. Its a franchise that i cant get mad at, anything with an alien or predator in it and i will watch and give a passing grade no matter how bad. Im interested to see what they do to the remake of Predator, if there’s going to be any alien cameos in it.

  4. klausming

    I’m still not sold on how they’ve handled the Predator connection. I like the idea, but they’ve never really pulled it off in a way that does justice to either franchise.

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