Alien the movie review

Alien the movie credits:

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Written by: Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett

Cast:
Sigourney Weaver (Ripley)
Tom Skerritt (Dallas)
John Hurt (Kane)
Ian Holm (Ash)
Veronica Cartwright (Lambert)

Release date: 1979

Spoiler alert: some crucial elements of the movie are commented in the following review. Be warned!

My bloody rating:

Alien the movie

Alien the movie review:

Alien was the first blockbuster to really show the audience the true meaning of fear.

We could argue for hours that Jaws or The exorcist were also among the first ones to give some thrills. But they did not offer what Alien did: the greatest monster of all time!

The paintings of H.R Giger were used as a source of inspiration for the design of the various sets in the movie and for the creature itself. Luckily, nearly 30 years later, this movie is still terrifying and relevant.

The franchise is now well-established with three sequels (plus the two “Alien vs Predator” movies) and multiple video games and books currently available.

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Screenshots from trailer – Brandywine Productions, Twentieth Century-Fox Productions

None of the other movies are as terrorizing as this one is. But James Cameron did a good job pushing the franchise into another level with the first sequel simply called “Aliens”.

While the first one was limited to a single crew facing a single monster, the second one is involving many monsters fighting against more and more opponents! Visually attractive, but on another level!

The design of the creature was simply spectacular for the time. Of course, no CGI was used in 1979. Still, even today, this movie could easily teach a good lesson for someone thinking about making a low-budget movie! Yes, you can create a terrifying monster using only mechanical props if you wish!

The movie itself is also pretty well-directed! The pace is slow, but fast enough to keep your interest. The interaction between the characters is also extremely believable! The audience can easily feel the boredom of the main characters confine into a small spaceship.

And it’s also pretty easy to feel the tension when everything starts to go wrong! The viewer will also have a surprise concerning the identity of one of the characters!

Some shocking scenes are now part of history. Stomach pain as found a new face in this one! This movie has also, without any doubt, set a standard as far as how death scenes are treated!

Mixing various small shots and close-ups is a simple recipe to create a death scene that is believable and effective!

Even the trailer, which did an amazing job showing us everything and nothing (I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true!) was disturbing and intriguing! No other trailer featuring only an annoying noise (and no dialogue) could be as scary as this one!

Overall, Alien is a classic monster movie that you should really see (If you didn’t do it already!). Time did not affect the great storyline and beauty of this one!

And the trailer delivered one of the most popular sentences ever heard for a horror movie!

“In space, no one can hear you scream!” (and may I add, in your living room too!!!)

Alien the movie review written by: Martin Berube