September 25, 2014
The best of the series. All time classic science-fiction. What's more to say that hasn't already been said with this incredible masterpiece?
August 6, 2014
Tense, haunting, and still scary to this day. Alien is a classic.
October 30, 2007
¿Miedo al embarazo? ¿Temor de contraer una enfermedad venérea? ¿Terror frente al poder erótico y destructor del falo? Para un psicoanalista esta cinta es el equivalente de pelar una cebolla. O quitándonos cualquier intento de pretensión, Ridley Scott logra una obra maestra del terror y la ciencia ficción.
September 20, 2014
While the movie does a good job at making you feel isolated and spooked. It has those minor dragging points. None the less it's still a good horror.
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September 16, 2014
Metaphors of rape, intense suspense and horror.
September 14, 2014
What an immaculate film.
September 12, 2014
Alien is the greatest sci-fi movie ever made. There will never be another movie like it. It pushes the envelope of sci-fi as far as you can go in so many ways - Giger's fanastic alien design, production, choreography, script, pacing, story-telling, imagination - it is hard to imagine a better sci-fi movie like it today. Most people agree, as I see a 97% rating.
I also think Alien needs to remind the kids today why piling on fancy computer graphics and pretty young actors does not make a movie great. That is why so many recent movies in this genre fail, including Scott's Prometheus. Alien is great because a group of very creative, artistic, and imaginative people came together and organically made a movie that makes us not only believe in the dystopian space world they conceived, but more so in the very personal psychological terrors still waiting to be found in our imagination. Great movies pull in great casts and actors of all ages and talents, real artists like Giger, and visionary directors like Scott. Today's movies fail utterly because they are gutted of all those qualities. In addition, most are just big "video games" and layers of CGI and pretty visuals. That is why movies made today in this genre are soulless, compared to Alien. They are soulless because we have lost the respect for creative people and artists and the connection with stories that reflect both the imperfection of the human struggle and the stark reality of good story-telling that's glossed over and buried today by slick, sleazy commercialism in computer driven movie making.
September 9, 2014
A modern sci-fi horror classic.
August 26, 2012
Alien has a slow but beautiful build up that leads to a fantastic and terrifying horror classic.
September 6, 2014
Alien is a Sci-Fi Horror movie that dazzles you with wonder. Ridley Scott manages to create a true classic that's suspenseful and amazing.Highly recommended.
June 7, 2013
While I like the story the over all whole seemed kind of slow paced and boring. I understand it suppose to build suspense but it just seems uninteresting. I still like the movie but it's got flaws. I like sequel much better.
September 2, 2014
Slow to start but tense throughout, Alien is a sci-fi classic.
September 1, 2014
I wanted to like it more than I did, this is good not great.
November 5, 2013
Alien is both a terrifying horror movie and a sci-fi classic.
August 26, 2014
Still great after 35 years!
August 26, 2014
The first successful space horror film thriller.
August 25, 2014
with its scary and isolating feel alien feels like a modern movie that still is great after 35 years. Great movie with the most creative alien design i have ever seen in a movie!
August 25, 2014
A cult classic. Still efficient 35 years later.
January 2, 2014
H.R. Giger was one sick son of a bitch. I don't mean to sound hyperbolic in some of these reviews, but the title character of Alien is the scariest (in the shit-your-pants sense, if you ever saw it in real life) on-screen monster. The face hugger and chest burster are speedy little creatures that warrant some of the biggest scares in the movie, but when the chest burster appears in its fully grown, iconic form, my jaw drops. The alien isn't on screen for that long in a single scene, and what you see the creature do isn't what most terrified me. Two perpetual fears I had throughout the film were when the creature would appear (no jump scares, surprisingly; it likes to lurk in the darkness in dead silence) and what happened to the bodies of its victims. Ripley (Signourney Weaver), the heroine, happens to find the bodies somewhere in the ship. They are preserved in a nest that Giger likely created too. For what purpose is unclear. One character, Ash (Ian Holm), describes the alien as the perfect organism and that it cannot die. The implications are insane, considering how the ship it boards is going back to Earth. Ridley Scott's direction sustains this paranoid atmosphere by slowing down the pace wherever possible, as opposed to quickening it. This is why Alien leans more towards sci-fi/horror than sci-fi/action, unlike its James Cameron-directed sequel, Aliens.
Thanks to the smartly written script by Dan O'Bannon, there is a plot point that implies even scarier possibilities, regarding the alien. The space ship is used for commercial reasons, and most of the workers are there to earn their fair share. They were resting in a sleep chamber until their ship received a distress signal from some mysterious location, where a protected nest of alien eggs are held. Kane (John Hurt) decides to get closer to one egg, and the face hugger hatches from the egg. The rest should be clear. The crew doesn't know how to handle the situation, so Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt) puts his faith in Ash, the science director, and the company-built "Mother" system. (*SPOILER*) In the midst of the escalating alien rampage, it is revealed is that Ash is a robot, too built by the company, whose primary purpose is to bring the alien from its planet and to the company as a weapon. Talk about sequel bait. Each character acts rationally, which is relieving when the stakes rise, and it means I genuinely hope for the survival of every crew member. For anyone interested in watching the best of horror and/or sci-fi fiction, this is an essential watch.