Year Released: 1979
Last watched: 13 May 2012
Number Watches: 3, 4, 5 who knows?
You know this is a monster movie, right? Well, it’s not. You don’t watch Alien for the monster. You watch Alien to feel like you’re there WITH the monster! And that you’re creeping along messy, metal corridors trying to keek around the corners, heart pounding, nerves jangling, trying not to be anxious and desperately not wanting to miss anything.
It’s an iconic atmosphere more than a movie and even more than 30 years on it’s still got that something. From the start, it’s slow and pondering with more music and sets than monster and scare. Nostromo. Metal eating acid. Chest explosions and a frickin’ cat. All of this has become a template for horror that only uses jumpy-fright tactics for a laugh. It’s got the same resonance that Bladerunner gave us. Well, maybe not the cat.
The sequel is good too but not in the same way so get yourself a copy of Alien, darken the room and prepare to poke a stick in the arm of anyone watching with you cause they’ll jump out their skin if you get it right!
DVD Extras? Dunno. I’ve had this on DVD for nearly a year now and not been prepared to waste the moment by watching it ‘frivoulously’!! How sad is that??
I think I love the alien. Nah, it’s Ripley in her keks. Nope, alien. No, oh… can I have them both? I really need to watch this again. If I change my mind about any of the above, I’ll let you know.
Just watched it and all the DVD extras. It’s still fab. I watched the wife jump at the scary bits too. That’s always a bonus! There are some parts that would be made better today and as I write, we are about 3 weeks away from Prometheus. But these are trivial as the characters and the down-to-earthness just shine out at you. Watch it. Just watch it. Then watch the second one. No others.
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Marry, give access to the remote control, shiver excitedly behind the sofa waiting to be surprised – again!