Alien

  • 18
  • Ridley Scott (1979)
  • US / UK
  • 116 min
Alien
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

This revolutionary "haunted house in space" thrill-ride is the classic business, stunning you with shock after shock, even when the fascinating monster is exposed in all its hideous glory. The creature discomfort begins when the crew of an Earth-bound spacecraft answers a distress beacon coming from a barren planet and curious crewman John Hurt picks up an unwanted guest. The top-notch acting (super-astronaut Sigourney Weaver) and imaginative bio-mechanical production design (with the alien created by Swiss artist HR Giger) succeed in flattering a script culled from many cult sci-fi movies, including It! The Terror from beyond Space and Planet of the Vampires. There's also director Ridley Scott's eye for detail and brilliant way of alternating false scares with genuine jolts, which help to create a seamless blend of gothic horror and harrowing science fiction.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction horror thriller starring Sigourney Weaver. On its way back to Earth at the end of a routine voyage, a spacecraft picks up signals from a nearby planet. When three of the crew go to investigate, one of them is attacked by a mysterious creature that emerges from a repository of eggs.

Cast and crew

Cast

Captain Dallas
Tom Skerritt
Ripley
Sigourney Weaver
Lambert
Veronica Cartwright
Brett
Harry Dean Stanton
Kane
John Hurt
Ash
Ian Holm
Parker
Yaphet Kotto
"Mother"
Helen Horton
The Alien
Bolaji Badejo

Crew

Director
Ridley Scott

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama