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January 12, 2017
Set standards for horror films, however, it's really slow at parts and could have had better action
January 6, 2017
Alien is a great sci-fi horror film dripping with atmosphere and tension it still holds up today as it did in 1979.,,.,,,¢,,,,¦,¢,,¦¢,¦â¦...
½ January 5, 2017
Still a fantastic science-fiction film, Alien is just a gory, fun, and even scary at parts experience. I still view this as one of the best science-fiction films ever made!
½ January 4, 2017
Rare time when the original wasn't as good as the sequel, but considering Alien is one of best sci-fi films of all time then how good is the sequel? Brilliantly crafted with pace being more important to the pay off than any jump scares. Good luck sleeping after watching it.
½ January 1, 2017
Rating: 93%
Transcending genre norms to give viewers a well-written and well-acted horror film, Alien wisely uses its setting and its characters to deliver one of the scariest films of all time.
December 31, 2016
- I am seen this many times now, and I thoroughly enjoy it each time. It looks amazing on Blu-ray, this time I watched the Director's cut. This has to be one of the all-time greatest horror/sci-fi films. I also really love the cast, everyone is so young looking in it. This is a masterpiece of the genre and if it's been a while since you last saw it, then give it another go.

- Saw this in the theatre at the Bell Lightbox last night, what a great way to see it! Such a good film, and mush better in a theatre. Not much else to say about this one except that it's an almost perfect example of horror/sci-fi...might even be the perfect example of the genre.
½ December 30, 2016
This film is a classic! Scene to scene.
December 27, 2016
Alien is not a fast-paced movie, it's not a big movie, sometimes it's not even a fun movie. You know why? Because it's not supposed to be. Alien doesn't need to show the monster more than the 6 times it does, Alien needs to tell a compelling story with three dimensional characters and good acting. All of which this movie achieves. Complaints that this movie features a "rubber monster" or practical effects that don't "tantalize" are either forgetting that this was made in 1979 or are caught up in the fact that it was made in 1979. Yes the monster looks dated on the wide shots that we get of it, but CGI was essentially non-existent and believe it or not, movies have budgets. The other side of that coin is that the world Alien builds looks and feels too much like Star Wars and the production team was just copying that. To retort, Fox decided to take this project BECAUSE of the immense success of Star Wars. Every movie company rushed to space because Star Wars did so well. Those who watch Alien need to be absorbed into the film, and those opening - so called "boring" - shots are there to do that. So if you haven't seen Alien, you really should and keep two things in mind: every second of this film matters and don't expect an overblown in-your-face monster that pops out every other minute. Alien is a fantastic film with superb acting, an original (for the time) plot, and surprisingly good practical effects.
December 27, 2016
So people think Aliens is better than Alien? Really? Come on...
December 24, 2016
What this sci-fi horror masterpiece boils down to is quite simple: a monster movie in space. That's what you're getting at the end of the day, but you're also getting brilliant direction from the great Ridley Scott, an incredibly commanding lead performance by the wonderful Sigourney Weaver, tremendously atmospheric music by Jerry Goldsmith, and a collection of revolutionary special effects. This is a well-oiled machine of a horror film that functions highly on every conceivable level.
December 15, 2016
I loved the sequel but this is the original concept, characters. In addition, the design of the ship affected was dirty, gritty and that was a fresh approach to so many previous crafts. Loved this film.
December 12, 2016
Having grown up during the success of the Alien franchise but being too young to watch the films, going back and watching them now is interesting already knowing so much about the plot. Nonetheless, the original Alien movie holds up, and despite its futuristic setting, it still plays into our basic fears of the unknown and being trapped in a confined space. The cast is excellent, with a particularly kickass but nuanced performance by Sigourney Weaver.
½ December 10, 2016
Alien suffers from a lack of suspense and the alien creature not being shown enough, its also a very slow movie and a lack of action, but the acting is pretty good and also a very good twist . This makes the movie watchable at times
November 30, 2016
Sci-Fi and horror converging into a masterpiece!
November 24, 2016
This movie is the best in science fiction. Ridley Scott in 1979 created a film with imagined technologies far beyond its time.
November 24, 2016
Slow start, but then it really picks up and gets really good
November 20, 2016
Nice but I actually thought the second was better!
½ November 17, 2016
A perfect balance between horror and science fiction that only Ridley Scott can deliver. And it shows.
November 16, 2016
I first saw this movie in 1979 and many times since. Not a huge sci-fi fan, I love this movie and its following sequel, Aliens. So well done!!!!
November 14, 2016
Not one of my all time favorites, but it's a pretty good movie.
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