Alien

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In space no one can hear you scream.

1979

Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror, Action

Starring:
Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerrit, Ian Holm

Summary:
The crew of the mining ship Nostradamus receives an SOS on a nearby planet and lands to investigate.

While there, they find a strange alien lifeform. Unbeknownst to the crew, during their terrestrial investigation, an alien larvae has embedded itself in the chest of one of the crewmembers. Upon hatching, it kills its host and grows rapidly into a deadly adult that terrorizes the entire ship. Tough Ripley (Weaver) and her colleagues can't fight even one of the aliens off, yet alone the entire race of the perfect killers that waits on the planet surface. Unfortunately, the seemingly accidental SOS investigation wasn't as innocent as it first appeared.

Response:
An excellent quintessential sci-fi flick. Don't watch it if you have a problem with horror flicks as the entire Alien series ranks equally part science fiction, part horror. The first movie doesn't have a whole lot of blood and guts, but the alien lifecycle is horrific enough. It's not everybody's dream to become a host for an deadly alien parasite, and after seeing this movie it could definitely inspire nightmares.

For a horror film though, Alien is remarkably subtle. In fact the entire alien being isn't seen at all through the movie except for a vague full shot at the end. In this way, the movie plays even more on the frightening nature of the unknown.

Weaver delivers a strong performance of a character that would make any feminist proud (except for maybe that skimpy space underwear bit at the end). Ripley contrasts well with her cowering panic-ridden counterpart who of course ends up alien chow.

Point Blank:
Along with the sequel (Aliens), this movie is part of the canon of classic sci-fi movies for a good reason.