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Alien (1979) – Horror/Sci-Fi Movie Review

Alien (1979)… A great example of Science Fiction and Horror at it’s best!

Not everyone has this, but I suspect if you are a movie fan, you will have that series that you really like… Something that you can watch over and over again and never really ever get tired of it!

Whether or not that movie is an action movie, or a Science Fiction movie, Or even a romance movie, (It happens)…

If you do have that movie series that you have been seeing since you were a kid and still love despite having watched it dozens upon dozens of times over the years… You are lucky, for me it is the Alien movie franchise!

Starting with the true classic: Alien (1979)!

Written by: Dan O’Bannon (The Return Of The Living Dead) & Directed by: Ridley Scott (Blade Runner). Starring: Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters), Tom Skerritt (Poison Ivy), Veronica Cartwright (The Birds), Harry Dean Stanton (Repo Man), John Hurt (1984), Ian Holm (The Fifth Element), Yaphet Kotto (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare), Bolaji Badejo & Helen Horton (Superman 3).

“Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew – Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas – are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.” – Ellen Ripley (A quote by Sigourney Weaver from the movie, Alien (1979).)

Alright so this is the pretty awesome story of what can happen when a company becomes to big and looses respect for the people they hire, and make the crew of the, ‘Nostromo’ expendable!

Some of the crew after they have woken up.

What I mean by this is this… So the Nostromo is a freighter that has been traveling deep space for an incredibly long time to get from wherever the ore that was in their hold was mined to getting home.

Now the Nostromo does not have faster than light travel, and so the crew are put in to suspended animation for the majority of the journey… That was until their super computer, ‘Mother’ woke them up because she detected a signal!

So the crew goes down to investigate this signal on a cold and desolate and lifeless moon… What they find there they never expected!

Kane is going to regret investigating that section of the derelict ship!

You see, there is a derelict ship that looks like it had crashed on the moon many years ago… And in the ship, protected by some kind of field are alien eggs.

The crew being required by their contracts to investigate this type of stuff go down to the derelict ship and find the field of eggs… And one of the eggs opens and infects their second-in-command, ‘Kane’, (Played by John Hurt.)

So the expedition party hurries back to their drop ship… And Captain Dallas (Played by: Tom Skeritt) practically begs Ripley to open the door so that they can get Kane to the med bay.

Kane.. As the egg is infecting him…

Well of course Ripley refuses… But the android that had been transfered on to the ship at the beginning of their current mission, ‘Ash’ (Played by: Ian Holm) that opens the door and lets the expedition team in!

What they let on to the drop ship will ultimately have to be dealt with and quickly, before Kane and the rest of the crew are killed by the, ‘Alien’!

Now there is a couple of things I like about this movie.

1: Listen, I have seen enough horror movie heroines to know that a woman up against odds like they have to be up against when they are trying to stay alive from some overwhelming force… Well they are kind of massive bad-asses!

Ripley during her first round at being a total bad-ass!

For me, this is one of the first (maybe the first,) movie that I ever saw that portrayed a woman as a total bad-ass, and more than just, ‘The love interest’, or, ‘The woman that has to be rescued.’

And although I think it is probably true that girls more than guys need to see a female hero kicking ass as a way to empower them… But I think if more guys were given the opportunity to see women in a role that demonstrated them as being total bad asses, people to be respected, and treated with respect… I think that is important!

Seeing Ripley kick that Alien ass did help shape my opinion of women and the respect and appreciation I have for them!

Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) a great example of female bad-assdom!

2: The next thing that I wanted to say that I liked about this movie is that despite the fact that James Cameron did an absolutely amazing job with, Aliens (1986)… There is truly nothing like the original in the entire series… And I think that has to do with the vision of Ridley Scott… I mean the guy is the maestro of the series!

3: Finally… This movie really did start an amzing series… And even though storyline wise (when you consider, Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017)… The entire series is extremely well put together!

In the end, this movie is just totally awesome, extremely well worth watching… And if you are looking for something to watch, just for the sake of watching it… Watch it! It is amazing!

If you are in for series storyline (like I am,) I highly recommend starting with Prometheus… And going through this movie to the last of the original series… You will be glad you did!

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