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The 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.


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Critic Reviews for The 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.

October 31, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: B+

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 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

October 30, 2003 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 5/5

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

October 30, 2003 | Rating: 4/4

Audience Reviews for The Alien Saga

Saw it the other night at the cinema. Very creepy, very good.

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