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Alien Saga (2003)



Critic Consensus: Director Ridley Scott re-edits his 1979 sci-fi classic to produce an elegantly re-mastered film that is as terrifying and effective as ever.

Movie Info

Originally aired on AMC, this documentary focuses on one of the most horrifying series ever to be committed to celluloid -- the Alien film series. With interviews from most of the main players, including Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, and H.R. Giger, the special goes through conception through production of all four films released from 20th Century Fox. Narrated by the Alien's first-ever onscreen victim, John Hurt, The Alien Saga gives insight into various script changes, casting choices, and the series fantastical effects through the eyes of the innovators behind them. The same production team, headed by writer/director Brent Zacky, also produced the equally exhausting horror film series documentary The Omen Legacy.
R (for sci-fi violence/gore and language)
Documentary , Television
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Critic Reviews for Alien Saga

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16)

Turns out not to be one of those movies that improves in the memory, but actually is better than you remember, mostly because it puts its multitude of imitators to shame.

Full Review… | October 31, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Scott knew how to create tension, and the movie still has plenty of white-knuckle impact, although it's a little tamer than I remembered.

October 31, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

What you will find is that the old mayhem is still masterful and that there is nothing like the big screen for this type of mortally wounded space exploration.

October 31, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Whether altered for the sake of incorporating superfluous extra material (cat fight!) or for reasons even less compelling, the editing rhythms here are way off.

Full Review… | October 30, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The movie inspired three sequels and remains undeniably frightening. It also marks a significant step in the evolution of modern science-fiction films.

October 30, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It's a most satisfying return to one of the few sci-fi films that deserves to be called a masterpiece.

October 30, 2003
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Alien Saga


I finally watched this film to see why this is so manys favorite movie... and honestly i was dissapointed! there were so many long shots of the ship in space that it began to feel like the beginning of 2001 A Space Odyessy....long...silent..and boring.

emily robinson
emily robinson

One of the greatest horror films ever made. The sequel was also one of the greatest horror films ever made. I'd be hard-pressed to not put both in at LEAST my top 25.

Jeff Bellows
Jeff Bellows

i first saw this when i was 9, then i had seen it sophomore year in college and forgot how intense it was. i wrote an essay on it earlier that week about it in my one class and i noticed how the film felt like for a majority of it like it was a horror film, but unlike a horror film it was actually good

Kyle Angebranndt
Kyle Angebranndt

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