With its shocks, thrills and intense atmosphere, Alien was one of the first films to effectively merge the two genres of Sci-Fi and Horror.
This was also one of the first films to feature a woman in a lead action-hero role, namely Sigourney Weaver.
Alien along with Blade Runner cemented Ridley Scott as one of the greatest directors of all time. Scott slowly raises the sense of menace and tension in the film until the level of suspense during the final 30 minutes is almost unbearable.
The production design by Michael Seymour and the alien creature design by H.R. Giger is some of the best science fiction detail ever seen in film.
This film has been extremely influential, becoming a blueprint for an entire sub-genre, namely Sci-Fi Horror. Yet three decades on, it remains the freshest looking and scariest.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Direction: Ridley Scott
Screenplay: Dan O’Bannon, David Giler, Walter Hill
Cinematography: Derek Vanlint
Editing: Terry Rawlings
Score: Jerry Goldsmith
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright