31 Days of Halloween! #13. Alien

I’m counting down my favorite 31 Horror Movies of all time. Every day this month I’ll feature one movie from my list – starting on Oct 1st with #31 and ending  on the Oct 31st, Halloween, with my #1 favorite scary movie.




#13. Alien (1979)

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm

Plot: While returning from a deep-space mission, the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo is awakened by a supposed SOS call from a system they are passing through. Descending to the planet’s surface, they discover a strange derelict spaceship – the apparent source of the transmission – and one of the crew descends into the hold. What he finds are thousands of strange alien eggs. While examining one of the eggs, it hatches and the parasite inside attacks him. After returning to the Nostromo the crew takes off again to head for Earth. The alien parasite subsequently dies and all seems well again. But what no one knows is that another alien is quietly forming within its host – and when it emerges, the crew finds itself in serious trouble.

My Thoughts

This is the Haunted House story done in Space. All the devices are there – shit you even have Harry Dean Stanton saying, “Here kitty kitty.” But what makes this movie rise above the rest of similar stories is unlike a haunted house, they are stuck in this spaceship, with no way off. They are forced to deal with something that they have no idea what it is or what it can do. They are hopelessly outmatched and the alien soon makes short work of the crew. Nowadays the image of “The Alien” is ingrained in our minds and psyche – it’s become part of our culture. But back in 1979 this H.R Giger design was fucking unreal and like nothing no one had ever seen before. That alien WAS an alien for all we knew and it scared the shit out of us.


One response to “31 Days of Halloween! #13. Alien

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