Our second film for horror week!
UK release date: 1/9/79
Runtime: 117 minutes
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto
I think out of all films, it’s Sci Fi films that age the worst. I mean, look how quickly technology improves nowadays!
Made in 1979, Alien has aged very well. The spaceship in which the film’s been set on still looks very futuristic and not at all tacky. You know it’s a well made film if one of over thirty years old can achieve that.
I watched the 2003 director’s cut. They basically added some stuff and edited it a bit, which in some scenes you can spot. There are moments when you can tell a scenes been edited because its transition isn’t smooth and it jolts you out the movie for a second.
The setting up almost takes too long and is a tad too slow, but it’s still interesting that it won’t annoy you. After that though, wow, does the tension ramp up. The music which is so subtle it has you tense and worried without knowing why. The atmosphere is dark and worrying throughout.
Sigourney Weaver who plays Ripley, (I always used to get that mixed up with Ridley Scott), is fantastic in her role. She isn’t a damsel nor is she a perfect hero, which makes her great.
Yaphet Kottot who played Parker eventually became my favourite character, although he didn’t start out that way.
The last half an hour was utterly terrifying and, for those watching on your own, prepared to be terrified. (Be sure to turn off all the lights and watch it when you’re alone.)
To sum up, tense, great use of music, scary, well made, aged well
Was it worth the watch? Yes
Would I re-watch? Yes