Wednesday, October 28, 2009

In space no one can hear you scream.

A blend of horror and science fiction, #4 on my scary movie list, Alien (Scott, 1979), is sure to thrill (and frighten) everyone.  This Oscar award winning film stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, and Ian Holm.  The plot revolves around a mining ship that lands on a distant planet while investigating a suspected SOS.  The crew soon discovers some strange creatures and decides to investigate...

With a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this is clearly yet another fav amongst critics.  Bruce Westbrook of the Houston Chronicle called it "A genuine fright classic."  Eleanor Ringel Gillespie of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution warns "Alien will upset your mind and upset your stomach."  And Glenn Lovell of the San Jose Mercury News wrote that "It's a most satisfying return to one o the few sci-fi films that deserves to be called a masterpiece."

I am not usually a fan of sci-fi movies, especially ones with aliens in them.  But this movie is absolutely horrifying!  One of the best parts is how slow this movie moves.  And not in a boring, please-pick-it-up kind of way.  Rather, the filmmakers take their time and slowly build up anticipation, suspense, and fear. The use of silence, shadows, and darkness are also well done and add a sense of uneasiness.  This is a must see for everyone!


  1. I watched it when I was a kid...I had nightmares for weeks! I still love it though. :)

  2. Haha same here. I first watched it with my dad and sister when I was like 6. When I was watching it I wasn't that scared but afterward I was freaked out and couldn't sleep either.