Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Alien Review (Updated)


Release Date: 6th December 1979 – Australia

Production Companies
Brandywine Productions
20th Century Fox Productions

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 117 minutes
               139 minutes 
               (director's cut)

Budget: $11,000,000

Box Office Gross: $203,630,630

Plot Summary
"In space, no one can
hear you scream." On the
way home from a mission
for the Company, the
Nostromo's crew is woken
up from hibernation by the
ship's Mother computer to
answer a distress signal
from a nearby planet.
Capt. Dallas's rescue
team discovers a bizarre
pod field, but things get
even stranger when a
face-hugging creature
bursts out of a pod and
attaches itself to Kane.

Over the objections of
Ripley, science officer Ash
lets Kane back on the
ship. The acid-blooded
incubus detaches itself
from an apparently recovered
Kane, but an alien erupts
from Kane's stomach and
escapes. The alien starts
stalking the humans, pitting
Dallas and his crew (and
cat) against a malevolent
killing machine that also has
a protector in the nefarious

Tom Skerritt – Dallas
Sigourney Weaver – Ripley
Veronica Cartwright – Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton – Brett
John Hurt – Kane
Ian Holm – Ash
Yaphet Kotto – Parker
Bolaji Badejo – Alien

Director – Ridley Scott
Design Consultant – Dan O'Bannon
Story/Executive Producer – Ronald Shusett
Producers – Gordon Carroll, 
David Giler & Walter Hill
Production Designer – Michael Seymour
Alien Designer – H.R. Giger
Concept Artists – Ron Cobb, Chris Foss 
Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
Costume Designer – John Mollo
Cinematography – Derek Vanlint
Alien Head Effects – Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects Supervisors – Nick Allder 
& Brian Johnson
Film Editors – Terry Rawlings, Peter Weatherley
& David Crowther (Director's Cut)
Music - Jerry Goldsmith


1980 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - H.R. Giger, Carlo
Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder &
Dennis Ayling (Won)
Best Art Direction - Michael Seymour,
Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian & Ian
Whittaker (Nominated)

ALIEN is the first of the franchise that started it all with a big scream. This movie is a horrific terrifying portrayal of Ridley Scott's interpretation of alien-life forms known as the Xenomorph and the destruction they cause to mankind, that is of course until the main character Ripley comes along to put up a fight against this monster. It is Sigourney Weaver's first lead role in a big hit which led to a breakthrough in her career and it features the famous but gruesome scene that I loved involving John Hurt's character and the Xenomorph. 

This film is a major landmark for science fiction and it takes the genre to a new level which at this point not being explored since the 50s. If you enjoyed the first movie, try James Cameron's action-oriented sequel ALIENS.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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