Welcome back to my Scary-tober series, where I will be watching horror movies leading up to Halloween this year and today, I will be looking at Ridkey Scott’s classic, Alien. This was Scott’s breakthrough film and not only does it hold up for the most part, it’s a solid blend of horror and sci-fi that combines the best of both worlds.
Alien follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who discover a hive colony of some unknown creature while exploring the area on the moon. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realize that they are not alone as they encounter a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set loose on the ship and begins to take down the crew members one by one.
Ridley Scott does a very good job in establishing the dark atmosphere and building up tension throughout the film. What I love about the film is that it’s sci-fi thriller that leaves you guessing who the Alien will kill next and it builds the suspense up until the end of film. The premise is very intriguing and leaves you on the edge of your seat every time.
The production values are top-notch as well, as the set design manages to capture the atmospheric and isolated space setting the film provides and the practical effects for the Alien creature are impressive and it still holds up after 40 years. The cinematography is also astounding and Jerry Goldsmith’s score add more to the film’s tension.
The cast do an impressive job with their roles, but the standout has to be Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley. Ripley is such a badass character and I love how Weaver’s performance goes in the film. The only issues I have with the film is that the first thirty mintues can be very boring and the slow pacing can drag the film down in some places.
Overall, it’s easy why Alien is still considered to be one of the most influential movies of all time, as it’s a great blend of sci-fi and horror genres and it gave us one of the most memorable creatures in cinema history. While it can be slow and boring for some, it’s very intense and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.