Alien (1979)

Movie Title: Alien

Year Released: 1979

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 56min

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: Dan O'Bannon

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Bolaji Badejo, Helen Horton

Review: The crew of the Nostromo has been awaken by a mysterious distress call from a nearby moon, LV-426. When they go to investigate Kane (John Hurt) is attacked my an alien life-form and soon the entire crew is put into danger when this creature becomes loose on their ship. What can I say about Alien that hasn't already been said a million times over? This movie is a masterpiece in horror, sci-fi, and suspense that has never been equaled. After almost 40 years since its release it's still terrifying and holds firm as one of the scariest movies ever made. The cast is superb with the acting talents of Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, and a then unknown Sigourney Weaver. The set design makes you buy into this world as a functional, real location. And the creature designs are scary, nightmarish, and beautiful in there own weird way. Director Ridley Scott has made a movie that became a pop culture phenomena and influenced film-making for generations. The "Chestbuster" scene alone will make you lose your lunch! If you've seen Alien then you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't seen Alien then stop what you're doing and check it out! It's a classic! And scary as hell!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The blue laser lights that were used in the alien ship's egg chamber were borrowed from The Who. The band was testing out the lasers for their stage show in the soundstage next door.


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