Ridley Scott’s chilling science fiction masterpiece Alien first hit screens in 1979 and still has legions of loyal fans to this day. If you go into bookstores, there are dozens of comic books devoted to the Alien film series, spin off toys and a host of merchandise.
Alien, for those who have not seen it, is a horror thriller set in outer space. After some of the crew of the Nostramo land on a desolate planet, they pick up something unwanted and bring it back on board. That something is an alien, capable of growing at a rapid speed and demolishing anything in its path.
What follows is a claustrophobic and tense ride as the alien slowly picks off the crew one by one. The attacks are well paced and director Ridley Scott succeeds in conveying that feeling that you too are trapped in this nightmare.
With a stellar cast including John Hurt, Yapphet Kotto and of course Sigourney Weaver in the lead role, Alien is a film that you can return to again and again. The alien which was designed by HR Giger is a great looking creature who lurks in the shadows of the ship and is only shown when necessary.
Few horror thrillers have bettered what is achieved in this film and it makes for a superb viewing experience.
(Author Benjamin Fastnedge – themovieandthemuse).